CA – Table Taffy Signing

Sean “Cheeks” Galloway and Ryan Benjamin sign at Stuart Ng Books on Saturday August 4, 2012 from 12 noon to 2pm where they will be signing their new Table Taffy books. They will add a sketch in this book and you may request a character of your choice! You can pre-order your copy to be shipped or picked up at the store.

Book 1 has Gumshoes issue 1 and Pancratia issue 1 along with sneak peaks to more Little Big Heads and much more!

Book 2 has behind-the-scenes stuff like process and a ton of backgrounds and character designs.

Ryan is “a professional comic book artist. Image, Wild Storm, Marvel and DC to name a few. I am always drawing something. I also do allot of 3d animation in Lightwave. I am also a conceptual artist for various companies. Right now I am with Sony.”

Sean works primarily in animation as a character designer. His work is evident on the Hellboy animated films and the Spectacular Spider-Man animated series. He has also contributed to DC Comics (Teen Titans Go, Wednesday Comics).

Stuart Ng Books 
20655 S Western Ave, Suite 104, Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 909-1929

HeroesCon 2011 Event Schedule

HeroesCon has released the full schedule for next week’s convention! HeroesCon takes place on June 3 – 5, 2011 at the Charlotte Convention Center (501 S. College St, Charlotte, NC 28202). For the full guest list and more details about the convention, please check out their website at the link!

Press Release:

THURSDAY, JUNE 2nd

12:00 PM

PRE-REGISTRATION BOOTH OPENS
Attendees who have purchased advance 3-day passes may pick up their wristbands, badges, and other incentive materials at this time at the Pre-Registration booth located on the College St. Concourse in the convention center.

GUEST, SMALL PRESS, & EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION OPEN
Invited guests, persons who have purchased space in Artists Alley, and exhibitors may pick up their registration materials, including the badges they will need to get on the convention floor for setup, at the Pre-Registration booth located on the College St. Concourse in the convention center.

GUESTS, SMALL PRESS, & EXHIBITOR SETUP OPEN
The convention floor will be open until 8pm for SETUP ONLY. Only persons with the appropriate badges will be allowed onto the convention floor.

8:00 PM

SETUP CLOSES
All persons must be done with their setup and OUT OF THE HALL by 8.00pm. NO EXCEPTIONS. All night security will be provided, but we strongly suggest that you make sure your booth is secure before you leave for the night.

REGISTRATION CLOSES
Registration for advance ticket holders, guests, exhibitors, etc., will reopen at 7.00am in the morning.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd

7:00 AM

SETUP OPENS
Guests, Small Press, & Exhibitors will be allowed onto the floor for setup at this time. Only persons with the appropriate badges will be allowed onto the convention floor, and only once a member of the convention’s upper management is on-hand to open the doors, for security purposes. NOTE: All items MUST be out of the aisles before the hall opens to the public at 11.00 am. No exceptions!

10:30 AM

HEROESCON DAY ONE OPENS TO ADVANCE 3-DAY PASS HOLDERS ONLY
Note this is ONLY for those who purchased a 3-day pass on or before May 31.

11:00 AM

HEROESCON 2011 DAY ONE OPENS TO GENERAL PUBLIC
All ticket holders will be allowed onto the floor at this time.

12:00 PM

SCAD-Visualizing Dynamic Anatomy
Room 201

SCAD Professor Dove McHargue and artist for the Oni Press book “All Saints Day” will be offering a workshop on Drawing Dynamic Anatomy. Dove will demonstrate how to use real world anatomy to make figures kinetic, and how to use anatomy to be able to create realistic figures that are unique and dynamic. Dove will also examine how to use those dynamic figures to effectively act in sequential art. Bring supplies to draw with and on and prepare to have fun!

12:00 PM

Green Lantern Panel
Room 207BCD

Green Lantern has been around since 1940 and after thousands of comic books, Hollywood has finally come calling. Please join Joe Staton, Joe Quinones, Shane Davis, and Neal Adams as they discuss their various takes on the character and how he has remained popular over the years. NOTE: Anyone wearing yellow or wooden clothing will not be allowed to enter the auditorium for obvious security reasons. Nice try Sinestro.

12:00 PM

Teaching Comics
Room 203A

In the past decade or so, Graphic Novels have invaded the syllabi of many colleges and Universities throughout the country. Join moderator Shawn Daughhetee and Professors Craig Fisher, Mike Kobre and Alan Rauch as they discuss what is involved in teaching comics at the college level. We will be taking attendance

12:30 PM

Art of Akira
Room 209

Join Joe Peacock as he presents some exciting pieces from his massive collection of still art, storyboards and animation cells from the ground-breaking Anime masterpiece Akira.

1:00 PM

Comic Twart
Room 206

Every monday one of the members of Comictwart picks a subject for the group to draw over the course of the week.  In the last year and and a half, using that very simple formula, Comictwart.com has become one of comics’ most popular art blogs.  Join “twartists” Dan Panosian, Francesco Francavilla, Ron Salas, Tom Fowler, Declan Shalvey, and Dave Johnson, with moderator Chris Sims of Comics Alliance, for an entertaining Q&A while the group sketches a subject taken from you the audience! All sketches to be donated to the HeroesCon Annual Art Auction!

1:30 PM

Storytelling with Michael Golden
Room 208AB

Plan to spend an hour with one of the best storytellers in the business Michael Golden as he is interviewed by his biographer Renee Witterstaetter (Excess: The Art of Michael Golden)

1:30 PM

QuickDraw
Room 203B

A HeroesCon tradition. We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the following age categories 0-10, 11-15 and 16 to 99. Any participant over the age of 100 is an automatic winner! The Quickdraw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! Be there!

2:00 PM

Nick Cardy- A Golden Artist in a Silver Age
Room 207BCD

Come celebrate with us as we look back on the fabulous 60 plus year career of one of the great comic artist as we delve into an hour of all things Nick Cardy. Please join us as we say thanks and examine why his fabulous art endures! Join Moderator John Coates along with Nick himself, Todd Dezago, Tony Harris, Adam Hughes, Cully Hamner and others.

2:00 PM

Taking over the Property- The Comic Books
Room 203A

Well, we can’t take a topic this juicy and just leave it for the comic strippers. So we are going to discuss the challenges involved in taking over and re-imagining existing comic book characters. Our list of creators is so exciting this panel requires no other descriptions : Richard Case (Doom Patrol), Tony Harris (Starman) and Jim Starlin (Warlock, Captain Marvel)

2:30 PM

Everything ARCHIE
Room 206

HeroesCon All Ages Celebration continues on as Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino brings together Paul Kaminski, Jon Gray, Ian Flynn and Jim Amash to discuss the creative process from the folks who bring us all things Riverdale as well as all things SONIC!!!!

2:30 PM

Comics Goes to Movies: Working for the Movies and Television
Room 209

Hoo-ray for Hollywood! What’s it like working for the movies? Find out by joining The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald as she talks Tinseltown with Tommy Lee Edwards (Batman Begins) Nick Derington (Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly), Peter Krause (storyboarding) and Geof Darrow (The MATRIX)

2:30 PM

SCAD-Composition & Clarity
Room 201

For a comic to succeed, artistically or commercially, it needs to read clearly, and at the heart of clarity in comics is strong composition. Chris Schweizer will teach you about clarity in composition, from using value to define planes and visually invest your reader in a scene, to identifying and avoiding any of the six types of compositional tangents that can pop up in even the best artist’s work to ruin a panel

3:00 PM

Project: Rooftop –Superhero Fashion
Room 203B

Project: Rooftop is where cartoonists and illustrators bring their costume design skills to task in tribute to the superheroes and villains we’ve grown up with. P:R is intended to promote the idea of superhero costume redesigning as a skill, specific to superhero media.  Join Dean Trippe, Joel Carroll and Ming Doyle as they discuss why there’s more to looking super than wearing your underwear on the outside of your pants.
ALSO: Look to 4:00 PM for a special Project: Rooftop feature!

3:30 PM

COVER ART: The ART of the First Impressions
Room 207BCD

What sells a comic? How do you incorporate 22 pages of story
and art into one single illustration? Dollar Bin’s Adam Daughhetee will ask a group of masters: Adam Hughes, Cliff Chiang, Chrissie Zullo, Skottie Young and Frank Cho. Looking at the HeroesCon Guest list, this particular panel topic became top priority for all. Be there.

4:00 PM

Project: Rooftop-QUICKDRAW SPECIAL
Room 203B

Plan on joining us for a first time ever Project: Rooftop/Quickdraw where we civilians can try our hand at redesigning specific character. The winner will get their drawing posted on the Project: Rooftop web site.

4:00 PM

Kickstarter: A New Way To Fund Personal Projects
Room 206

Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of comics, music, film, art, design and other creative fields. Join Dustin Harbin, Tony Harris, Jay Potts, and Jeremy Bastian as they discuss their experiences using this new resource to publish comic projects.  www.kickstarter.com

4:00 PM

Taking over the Property-The Comic Strips
Room 203A

The Comic Strips—As always, this is another great year for the classic comic strips at HeroesCon. How do you follow a cartooning legend and take those already established characters and work to make them your own? Mike Rhode will ask veteran cartoonists Jim Scancarelli (Gasoline Alley), Marcus Hamilton (Dennis the Menace), Alex Saviuk (Spider-man) and we will be joined by welcome veteran newbie: Joe Staton (Dick Tracy)

4:30 PM

Heroes Discussion Group #30 Superman Earth One
Room 209

This was one of the best selling graphic novels of the past twelve months. Join the Heroes Discussion Group as we take the opportunity to pose as many questions as we can to the GN’s super-star artist Shane Davis! Copies of the book will be available after the discusion for brief signing.

5:00 PM

SCAD-Mini-Comics: The Whole Package
Room 201

David Allan Duncan, cartoonist and professor of Sequential Art at SCAD-Savannah, offers insight, tips and instruction in the creation of one of the most popular stepping stones into the comics industry: mini-comics. David’s workshop focuses on the medium, production and distribution of mini-comics as well as the planning, storytelling, and drawing that goes into their creation. Materials will be provided, so come join the fun!

5:00 PM

A Tribute to Joe Simon
Room 208AB

Join Titan Books Editor and special friend of HeroesCon Steve Saffel (Spiderman: The Icon, The Best of Simon & Kirby, Simon & Kirby Superheroes) as he discusses the career of Joe Simon. In addition to a ton of fun stories about Mr. Simon, Steve will present three short films about the life of this pioneer comic artist.

6:00 PM

Drink & Draw Social Club Preview
Room 203B

The Drink and Draw Social Club will convene tonight at 7:30 PM at FUEL Pizza (right across the street from the convention center). Meet D.D.S.C. founders Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian and Jeff Johnson as they give a brief history of the club. Nobody is going to be driving, however drawing is a different thing altogether! Please draw responsibly.

7.00 PM

HEROESCON DAY ONE CLOSES TO PUBLIC
At this time all ticket-holders must leave the hall for the evening. Hall will reopen to the public Saturday at 10.00 am.

7:30 PM

HALL A LOCKED DOWN
All persons, including exhibitors, guests, and staff, must be off the hall floor at this time. Please be sure your booth is secured. We cannot be held responsible for your items, although we will provide overnight security for the hall.

7:30 PM

DRINK AND DRAW SOCIAL CLUB
@ Fuel Pizza
Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian, and Jeff Johnson, the founders of D.D.S.C. invite everyone to join us across the street at Fuel Pizza for a night of drinking, drawing and who knows what else!

SATURDAY, JUNE 4th

10:30 AM

SCAD-Visualizing Writing
Room 201

There is a lot of information on how to structure story, but how do you get a reader to invest in your story? Good storytelling in sequential art starts with a written story that utilizes visualization and pacing, and results in writing to draw. Anthony Fisher will walk you through the steps of visualizing story in writing by using emotion, action and design of characters, as well as scene staging to visually pace story.

10:30 AM

Richard Thompson: A Celebration
Room 209

Is Cul-De Sac the best comic strip being published today? Perhaps, but one thing is for certain, it is the best drawn and the funniest. Okay, that’s two things. Please join Mike Rhode and some fellow strip creators as we sit down and examine the art of Mr. Thompson. In addition to discussing craft and daily deadlines, we will see if Richard can provide any insight as to whether poor Petey will make it through the entire soccer season without having a psychotic breakdown. Ahhh, total Bliss (haven).

10:30 AM

Heroes Discussion Group #31: Wednesday Comics
Room 208

The break-away hit from last year is being featured at HeroesCon 2011. Plan to join guest moderator Swain Hunt and creators Joe Quinones, Ryan Sook, Shawn “Cheeks” Galloway, John Arcudi and Brian Stelfreeze as they discuss the challenges of a unique page size, the pressure of a weekly deadline and how they approached their particular characters. Don’t miss this! Copies of the book will be available after the discusion for brief signing.

10:30 AM

C’mon People: There’s a War Comic On
Room 203A

Pull up a bunk us and join the platoon as we examine War Comics in their myriad of forms. Joining moderator extraordinaire John Coates will be Nick Cardy (The Artist at War), Michael Golden (the NAM), Matt Kindt (Superspy) and Becky Cloonan (Northlanders)

12:00 PM

Approaches to Humor
Room 209

Sure the convention is HeroesCon, but let’s never forget the funny side of the comic book world. Join The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald as she sits down with three of the very best cartoonists in the business. They are able to me us smile and even laugh out loud: Richard Thompson (Cul De Sac), Roger Langridge (The Muppets, Fred the Clown) and Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese, Yo Gabba Gabba!) are three of the wizards who put the comic in comic.

12:00 PM

Matt Fraction: FEAR Itself
Room 207BCD

Join us for a scintillating conversation between HeroesCon’s very own Doug Merkle and the master-mind behind Marvel’s summer Magnum Opus Fear Itself, Matt Fraction. This will be a panel you’ll look back upon often as the summer wears on.

12:00 PM

Color Me Talented
Room 203A

Join Dollar Bin’s Adam Daughhetee as he sits down with Laura Martin (Planetary, Astonishing X-Men), Rachelle Rosenberg (Captain America), Charlie Kirchoff (Hellraiser, Doctor Who), Matt Wilson (Thor), Brian Reber (X-Men) discuss this integral aspect of comic art—the coloring.

12:00 PM

Frank Cho Draws Sexy Women
Room 208AB

Don’t be misled by the Title! This presentation is all about Frank Cho drawing sexy women. The audience selects a character for Frank to draw. Then Frank spends the hour drawing it and you the lucky audience gets to watch the creative process unfold through the miracle of A/V technology. The session ends with a live auction of the finished piece. Frank has done this in several other cities and it has always been a big hit. Charlotte will be no exception

1:30 PM

Designing Comics
Room 203A

What is it that draws your wandering eye to one particular book on a shelf that is brimming with loud, look-at-me, multi-colored covers? It is the design of the book that makes that first impression count. Join cartoonist Rich Barrett (Nathan Sorry) as he dissects the art and function of Design with some of the most important and innovative names in the business: Jonathan Hickman (FF, The Nightly News), Chris Pitzer (all things Adhouse) Matt Kindt (Superspy) Drew Weing (Set to Sea) and Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac)

1:30 PM

4th Annual Inkwell Awards        1st live awards ceremony
Room 209

Host: Bob Almond presents this year’s winners of the coveted Inkwell Awards. After the live presentation, there will be a special Q & A with the winners. Ethan Van Sciver will be our auctioneer for the previously mentioned small, live auction following the ceremony.

1:30 PM

Heroes Discussion Group #32—Cinderella-From Fabletown with Love
Room 207BCD

Please schedule your weekend properly
so you will have time to join writer Chris Roberson and cover artist, Charlotte’s own Chrissie Zullo as they discuss everyone’s favorite secret agent and shoe provocateur. At last year’s HeroesCon we discussed Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall. This will be the perfect follow-up.
Copies of the book will be available after the discusion for brief signing.

1:30 PM

SCAD-Creating Maquettes
Room 201

Maquettes are a large part of the entertainment industry in film, animation, video games, sequential art, toys, and toy design for all of these markets. Professor John Larison will talk about and show you the different media applicable to sculpting maquettes, and go over the basics of maquette building during his workshop. Sculpting is not easy, but it is definitely fun. John will let those who come to his workshop play with the material and tools and learn about the cost involved for each material.

2:30 PM

Comics Alliance
Room 206

Comics Alliance is a comic website owned by AOL. If you’re not familiar with us, we’re currently the #1 most visited comics site in America and were awesomely nominated for an Eisner this year! Come see why this is one of the most popular site on the web.

3:00pm

The Master of Screaming Metal: A Tribute to Moebius
Room 209

He’s one of the greatest comics’ artists of all time, a man who’s given us vistas of the Old West and of science-fiction planets unsurpassed in their beauty and elegance. He’s Jean Giraud—pseudonym “Moebius”—and for this year’s Heroes Con, cartoonist Ben Towle and blogger Craig Fischer have teamed up to celebrate Moebius’ art and 50-year career. This “mega-panel” will include a number of events. First is a screening of Moebius Redux (Hasko Baumann, 2007, 70 minutes), a documentary chronicle of Moebius’ life that covers his role in Les Humanoïdes Associés and the radical revitalization of French comics in the 1970s and his contributions to such films as Alien (1979), Tron (1982), and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unproduced adaptation of Dune. The panel will continue with Craig’s playful analysis of a scene from Moebius and Jean-Michel Charlier’s Blueberry—simply the best comic-book Western ever—and conclude with Ben interviewing stellar writer and artist Geof Darrow (Hard Boiled, Shaolin Cowboy), himself a friend and admirer of Moebius. Join us for a wild ride on an alien pterodactyl, won’t you?

3:00 PM

FF: Retooling the Flagship
Room 208AB

Pull up a pew and join Heroes’ own Doug Merkle as he sits down with the dynamic creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting and they describe the challenges of retooling a legend: The Marvel Universe flagship the Fantastic Four or should we say, the Future Foundation? (Yes, yes we should)

3:00 PM

Comics Goes to Movies–Adapted Work
Room 203A

Big Budget movies developed from comic properties is a cottage industry unto itself. But what do the comic creators really think about the adaptations of their concepts? Please join The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald as she questions Cully Hamner (Red), Roy Thomas (Conan), Jeff Parker (X-Men: First Class) and John Arcudi (The Mask) during this exciting hour.

3:30 PM

QuickDraw
Room 203 B

A HeroesCon tradition. We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an art instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the following age categories 0-10, 11-15 and 16 to 99. Any participant over the age of 100 is an automatic winner! The Quickdraw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! Be there!

4:00 PM

SCAD-Manga Studio
Room 201

From panel layout to finished inks, Manga Studio is the most powerful software there is that specifically caters to the needs of comic book artists. It has amazing tools to layout panels, its drawing and inking tools are extremely natural using a tablet or Cintiq, and you can create and manage entire projects with astounding ease. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Follow along with SCAD professor, Pat Bollin, as he demos his digital drawing techniques using Manga Studio, and discusses the pros and cons of using digital techniques vs. good old-fashioned ink on paper.

4:00 PM

Costuming: How To Make It Work
Room 208AB

Open discussion about costuming; from character selection to reference to supplies to fabric choices to construction, and now that you have the costumes: storage, cleaning and maintenance. Chris Donio and Riki Riddle LeCotey will give a general  overview on how they approach costuming.

4:00 PM

Portfolio Review
Room 203B

Bob Scheck is the Editor-in-Chief of Legendary Pictures’ new line of comics & graphic novels, Legendary Comics. Bob and Greg Tumbarello his Assistant Editor will sit down and take the time to look at your art
portfolios.

4:30 PM

Taking on the Property—ICONOGRAPHY
Room 207BCD

Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino sits down with Tim Sale, Ed McGuinness, Darwyn Cooke and Don Rosa as they discuss the challenges of taking a comics icon and putting their own original stamp on the characters yet still remaining true to the original vision. What a way to end HeroesCon Day Two!

6:00 PM

HEROESCON DAY TWO CLOSES TO PUBLIC
At this time all ticket-holders must leave the hall for the evening. Hall will reopen to the public Sunday at 11:00 AM.

6:30 PM

HALL A LOCKED DOWN
All persons, including exhibitors, guests, and staff, must be off the hall floor at this time. Please be sure your booth is secured. We cannot be held responsible for your items, although we will provide overnight security for the hall.

8:00 PM

HEROESCON ANNUAL ART AUCTION
Westin Ballroom

The HeroesCon Annual Art Auction is one of the most well-known and enduring traditions on the convention circuit. Fans come from all over the country for the chance to bid pieces of original art not available anywhere else, donated by our guests to help defray the incredible cost of putting on the convention!
And best of all, the Art Auction is a great chance to hobnob with pros in a relaxed, fun environment–it’s just one of the things that have made us so popular with fans and pros alike! Event scheduled to begin close to 8.00–seriously!

The number of donations we get is so immense, this year we’re going to try and pick a representative group of pieces to take to the “live” Art Auction. But if you can’t make it to the Art Auction, you can bid on the other pieces in our new Silent Auction all weekend long! Check at the Info Booth or at the Art Auction stage for more details!

SUNDAY, JUNE 5th

10:00 AM

SETUP OPENS
Guests, Small Press, & Exhibitors will be allowed onto the floor for setup at this time. Only persons with the appropriate badges will be allowed onto the convention floor, and only once a member of the convention’s upper management is on-hand to open the doors, for security purposes. NOTE: All items MUST be out of the aisles before the hall opens to the public at 11.00 am. No exceptions!

10:30 AM

HEROESCON DAY ONE OPENS TO ADVANCE 3-DAY PASS HOLDERS ONLY
Note this is ONLY for those who purchased 3-day passes on or before May 31.

11.00 AM

HEROESCON DAY THREE OPENS TO PUBLIC
All ticket holders will be allowed onto the floor at this time.

11:00 AM

Historical Comics
Room 203A

Blending real historical facts and humor based comics into something provocative and highly entertaining is no feat. Join Chris Schweizer (Crogan’s )as he leads the discussion with Ben Towle (Amelia Earhart), Matt Kindt (Superspy) and Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge) as they explain the intricacies of the creative juggling act.

11:00 AM

SCAD–Story-Driven Character Design
Room 201

Well thought out character creation is essential to the comic making process. In this workshop SCAD Community Education Instructor, Rashad Doucet, will examine a variety of popular characters and show just how much strong, original story concepts are visually expressed in our favorite heroes and villains. Participants will also be given the fundamental processes needed to form and/or enhance their own creations.

11:30 AM

WEB COMICS–Group Effort
Room 206

Meet the Small Press groups who have developed their own multi-strip brand: Curt Franklin, Chris Haley, Mike Maihack, Kevin Church, and Benjamin Birdie will sit down and talk to Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino about creativity in the Small Press World.

11:30 AM

HAMMER TIME (or more specifically it’s Mjolnir Time)
Room 207BCD

Did you hear there is a mega budget movie about The Mighty Thor featuring Oscar-winners Hannibal Lecter, Padme Amidala and directed by Professor Lockhart (on Amnesia leave from Hogwarts). Well, let’s remember that Thor started as a comic book long before the Nordic folk were offering tithes to the Nordic Thunder God. So plan to join Dollar Bin’s Adam Daughhetee as he sits down with Matt Fraction, Roger Langridge, and Jonathan Hickman to discuss their various takes on the superhero that is so popular they named Thursday after him.

11:30 AM

Heroes Discussion #29–The Outfit
Room 209

A few years ago, the Heroes Discussion group covered Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter and we had so much fun, we thought we should discuss The Outfit next. Join us as we discuss this fabulous graphic novel with its creator Darwyn Cooke! Copies of the book will be available after the discusion for brief signing.

11:30 AM

Inking Panel
Room 208AB

The inker is the true MVP of any comic book creative team. They make the finished product look finished and professional. They need to add their own individual touch to the art but still maintain the flavor of the original pencil work. How do they accomplish this? Join Big Dog Studio’s Brandon Padgett along with Tim Townsend, Art Thibert, Mark Morales, Bob McLeod and Bob Almond as they discuss the fine art of the fine line; the tools they use, the challenges they encounter; the variety of penciling styles they need to negotiate. This panel will be a must see before…

12:30 PM

Portfolio Review Portfolio Review
Room 203A

Bob Scheck is the Editor-in-Chief of Legendary Pictures’ new line of comics & graphic novels, Legendary Comics. Bob and Greg Tumbarello his Assistant Editor will sit down and take the time to look at your art portfolios.

1:00 PM

Adam Hughes & Kevin Nowlan: One on One
Room 208AB

Let’s take two great artists, both known for their draftsmanship, their design and their pure drawing talent, put them in the same room and talk for an hour about their art. This will be one enlightening and entertaining conversation.

1:00 PM

Family Friendly Comics
Room 209

This panel has become a yearly tradition at HeroesCon. We take pride in this convention being for the entire family and what better way to celebrate Shelton Drum’s vision than by spotlighting comics the entire family can read. Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino will interview Andy Runton (Owly), Chris Schweizer (Crogan’s Vengeance), Chris Giarusso (Mini Marvels), Jamie Cosely (Cody the Cavalier) and come see what all the
buzz is about

1:00 PM

Horror Comics
Room 207BCD

Horror comics are more popular today than practically any other genre (okay besides the spandex crowd). We are having a group of specialists sit down and explain to us why horror endures and what makes a great horror product. Join Dollar Bin’s Adam Daughhetee as he discusses with Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) what is under the bed and why we should fear it.

1:30 PM

SCAD-Comics in PaintTool SAI
Room 201

Sarah ‘Pickles’ Dill, a sequential art graduate student at SCAD, will be demonstrating the advantages of PaintTool SAI, a comprehensive and affordable alternative for beginning comic artists. Using SAI, an artist can create comics of all sizes, styles, and colors. Coloring, sketching, inking, vector demos and instruction will be included.

2:00 PM

QuickDraw
Room 203B

A HeroesCon tradition. We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the following age categories 0-10, 11-15 and 16 to 99. Any participant over the age of 100 is an automatic winner! Last day—but we still need those pencils back!

2:30 PM

THE WEB COMICS: Solo Shocker
Room 207BCD

Join Rich Barrett, Tom Scioli, Jay Potts and Drew Weing as they tell Dollar Bin’s Adam Daughhetee what it’s like go it alone making some of the most exciting Web comics out there in the ether.

2:30 PM

ANIMATION NATION
Room 209

We have an unusually large amount of professional animators lurking in our artist alley. It is only fitting we ask them to join us to discuss the Animation Industry and what it’s like to earn a living in this fast paced exciting world. Plan to join Eric Canete, Sean Galloway, Jeff Johnson and Dave Johnson for a spirited (and animated—sorry) hour of conversation

3:00 PM

SKETCH CHARLOTTE
Room 203B

Who are SKETCH Charlotte and what are they doing loitering in Showmars every Thursday evening? Find out as we wind down on Sunday afternoon as we are invited to eaves drop on a special meeting of the Queen City artists as they discuss Comics in general and HeroesCon 2011 in the specific. What a great way to end a memorable weekend.

4:00 PM

SCAD: Breaking down Breakdowns
Room 201

The most important stage in the creation of sequential art is the development of breakdowns, where the visual planning of sequential art originates. To have successful breakdowns, a structured philosophical approach is necessary. Through this approach, Doug Dabbs wills show you how to create sequential art that is successful in telling a clear story that emotionally engages the reader.

4:00 PM

Adapting Licensed Properties to Comics
Room 209

Since the era when the great EC Segar produced the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Capers comic strip for the Chicago Herald, licensed properties have been joined at the hip with comic books. Working with already existing characters and concepts create their own set of artistic challenges. Please join Roger Langridge (The Muppets), Amy Mebberson (Disney) and James Silvani (Darkwing Duck) Georges Jeanty (Buffy) as they enlighten us on the internal workings of this important comic niche. Moderated by Heroes’ in-house counsel Heather McKinney, we may have saved the best for last!

6:00 PM

HEROESCON CLOSES TO PUBLIC
At this time all ticket-holders must leave the hall. Thanks for attending HeroesCon 2010. Before you leave, please be sure to pick up your advance tickets for Heroes Convention 2012 (Our 30th Anniversary Extravaganza!). You will be first in line for any incentives or other special offers we feature throughout the year!

LOADING DOCK OPENS
At this time the door to the Loading Dock (located on Stonewall between Brevard and College) will open for persons possessing dock passes. ACCESS TO THE DOCK WILL NOT BE ALLOWED DURING THE DAY! We strongly suggest that you begin queuing for the dock well before this time.

Danger Girl Creator Comes to Boston Comic Con 2011

Press Release:

J. Scott Campbell, one of the most popular artists in comics, has graciously accepted an invitation to Boston Comic Con 2011! One of the most requested guests for any convention, we are ecstatic to have the opportunity to bring him to meet his New England fans. Campbell first exploded on the scene in the 90s with his first book, Gen 13. His dynamic storytelling and reputation for illustrating some of the most attractive women in the industry continued with his follow-up project, Danger Girl. His covers currently grace titles including Spider-Man, Wolverine, GI Joe, and many more! Be sure to catch his panel with fellow cover artists JG Jones, Adam Hughes, and Dave Johnson!

Joining Campbell at Boston Comic Con are local writers Christos Gage, Christopher Golden, and Tom Sniegoski, The Walking Dead’s Cliff Rathburn, pencillers Sanford Greene, Keu Cha, Leo Leibelman, Mike Lilly, and a legion of inkers including Dexter Vines, Jack Purcell, and Mark Morales. Finally we are happy to welcome back stalwart supporters Craig Rousseau, Scott Wegener, Norman Lee, and Sara Richard. Check the website for full bios!

Previously announced guests include Neal Adams, Frank Quitely, Joe Kubert, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho, Tim Sale, Dave Johnson,  J.G. Jones, Mark Chiarello, Matt Wagner, Ryan Ottley, Sean Galloway, Stan Sakai, Stephane Roux, Terry Moore, Tony Harris, Khoi Pham, Howard Chaykin, David Mack, Greg Capullo, Gahan Wilson, Stephanie Buscema, Daixong Guo, Mark McKenna, and many more! Be sure to tell your friends! This is the largest and most talented collection of comic creators in New England ever!

Tickets are currently available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids get in free with paid adult admission!

The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently-run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. The convention will be held from 10am to 7pm on Saturday April 30th and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

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Silver Age Icon Joins Boston Comic Con 2011 Roster

Press Release:

Boston Comic Con is honored to announce that comic book icon Neal Adams is the latest addition to an already extraordinary guest list for 2011! A Silver Age legend, Adams has been one of the most influential artists in the industry both on the page and behind the scenes. From returning Batman to his dark and gritty roots to campaigning for creators’ rights, Adams holds the highest position of respect. His photorealistic art has graced the pages of The Brave and the Bold, Deadman, Uncanny X-Men, Avengers, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and most recently Batman: Odyssey. Be sure to come to Boston Comic Con on April 30 – May 1, 2011 to welcome Neal Adams to New England!

Other recent additions include Spawn artist Greg Capullo, Playboy cartoonist Gahan Wilson, Marvel artist Stephanie Buscema, and returning guests Daixong Guo and Mark McKenna. Check out the convention website for full profiles of our guests and all the latest updates!

Previously announced guests include Frank Quitely, Joe Kubert, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho, Tim Sale, Dave Johnson,  J.G. Jones, Mark Brooks, Mark Chiarello, Matt Wagner, Ryan Ottley, Sean Galloway, Stan Sakai, Stephane Roux, Terry Moore, Tony Harris, Khoi Pham, Howard Chaykin, David Mack, and many more! Be sure to tell your friends! This is the largest and most talented collection of comic creators in New England ever!

Tickets are now available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids get in free with a paid adult!

The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently-run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. The convention will be held Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm each day. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

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Boston Comic Con 2011 Doubles in Size and Moves to New Venue

 

Press Release:

This spring the Boston Comic Con doubles in size and moves to a much larger venue, the Hynes Convention Center! In light of the massive crowds at the previous convention, the move was essential to accommodate the growing popularity of the show. And with this line up of comic creators, every extra foot of space is absolutely needed.

Boston Comic Con is thrilled to announce that the April 30-May 1, 2011 show features the best guest list New England has ever seen. Comic fans and collectors will not want to miss this amazing opportunity to meet superstar creators including Frank Quitely, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho,  Tim Sale, Dave Johnson, and Golden Age legend Joe Kubert! Check out the full guest list below!

Joe Kubert is indisputably one of the most impressive craftsmen in the field’s history. During his time in the business, Kubert has drawn everything from horror to Westerns to superheroes: DC Comics’ Hawkman, Tarzan, Sgt. Rock, Batman, and The Flash. Kubert is also the creator and artist of characters The Heroic Caveman, Tor, and Abraham Stone. Kubert will be appearing Sunday only at the 2011 Boston Comic Con.

Scottish artist Frank Quitely most frequently collaborates with writer Grant Morrison on series including Batman & Robin, All-Star Superman, New X-Men, We3, and many more. This is a rare US appearance of one of the most influential and innovative artists in comics.

Adam Hughes is one of the most in-demand artists in the industry. A fan favorite for his covers on Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, and more, Adam’s convention sketches are highly coveted by discerning collectors.

Darwyn Cooke is the creator of New Frontier from DC Comics. He formerly worked in animation where he created the title sequence of Batman Beyond. He is currently adapting Richard Stark’s Parker novels for IDW Publishing.

Frank Cho made a big splash with his comic strip Liberty Meadows while still in college. Entirely self-taught, he is regarded as one of the best Good Girl artists in the business; his sexy ladies have grace the pages of Mighty Avengers, The Ultimates, and Shanna the She-Devil.

Arthur Adams is one of the most influential comic book artists of his generation. Adams has a very detailed and realistic style that is a fan favorite. He has drawn everything from X-Men and The Fantastic Four to Batman and Superman Adams is also creator of Monkeyman and O’Brien.

Tim Sale is best known for working on iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, Daredevil, Hulk, and Spider-Man. He is currently drawing the highly anticipated continuation of his Spectrum series, Captain America: White.  Tim’s art is also known worldwide to fans of the NBC hit drama Heroes, as he created the television show’s prophetic visions of the future.

“Reverend” Dave Johnson’s highly design-based covers have been featured on The Punisher and most famously on 100 Bullets. Dave is also the founder of The Drink & Draw Social Club.

J.G. Jones is the co-creator of Wanted. He also created every cover for DC’s year-long weekly series 52 and drew the Final Crisis series. Most recently, he is working on the covers for First Wave.

Matt Wagner is well-known for his character-driven, creator-owned series Grendel and Mage. He has also worked on comics featuring The Demon and Batman. Wagner’s recent projects include Madame Xanadu for Vertigo and a Green Hornet spin-off for Dynamite Entertainment.

Ryan Ottley came to fame when he took over the penciling duties for Invincible from original artist Cory Walker. Since then, he has co-created the series Haunt and Sea Bear & Land Shark.

Tony Harris is most famous for co-creating the Eisner-winning series Starman and Ex Machina. An artist of wide acclaim, he is the founder of Jolly Roger Studios.

Stan Sakai began his career by lettering comic books, notably Groo the Wanderer by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier and Stan Lee’s Spider-Man daily comic strip. He became famous with the creation of the epic saga Usagi Yojimbo, first published in 1984, which he still continues as the sole creator, doing almost all the artwork himself.

Terry Moore created the long running indie hit Strangers in Paradise. SIP is published under Moore’s own imprint, Abstract Studio, and is one of the most successful independently published books in the comics industry.

Sean “Cheeks” Galloway is a cartoonist whose fun, lively style was directly adapted to the Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon series. He drew the Teen Titans feature for DC’s Wednesday Comics.

Howard Chaykin influenced the comic book industry by creating titles aimed at mature audiences most notably American Flagg! He also earned early fame by adapting the original Star Wars movie for Marvel Comics.

Stephane Roux is a French comic book artist who is known mostly for his cover work for Marvel, DC, and Semic Comics. He has worked on such titles as Witchblade and Birds of Prey. Roux is currently working on the ongoing DC Comics series Zatanna.

Khoi Pham is a graduate of Northeastern who went to become a trial attorney till he decided to live his dream of becoming a comic artist. One of the Young Guns of Marvel Comics with art on titles such as Mighty Avengers and The Incredible Hercules, he is currently drawing the series Chaos War.

David Mack is the creator of the independent comic book sensation Kabuki. A talented artist who often experiments with media, his works has been seen in many comic series including Daredevil, White Tiger, and Avengers.

Finally, Mark Chiarello is the Art Director of DC Comics, he edited the high profile and critically acclaimed series Batman: Black & White, Solo, and this past summer’s Wednesday Comics. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he worked on Batman/Houdini, countless covers for both Marvel and DC as a painter, and published a book of portraits of baseball players from the Negro Leagues.

Boston Comic Con is happy to announce that Chiarello will once again conduct a limited number of portfolio reviews. This is a rare opportunity for artists to show their work to the man in charge of the look of the DC Universe.  Last year he met with dozens of local artists and found at least one to bring into the DC fold.

Tickets are now available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass.

The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently-run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. The convention will be held Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm each day. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

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NV – Batman Beyond Signing

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Writer Adam Beechen, artist Ryan Benjamin, and special guest artist Sean Galloway sign on Friday November 5th starting at 5pm.

Comic Oasis
3121 N Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89108

CA – Freshly Squeezed Signing

Sean Galloway (aka Cheeks), Ryan Benjamin, Ryan Odagawa and Jonboy Meyers appear on Saturday, September 18, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, to discuss art, comics, animation, video game visual design, character design, sketchbooks, and other topics.  They have all self-published sketchbooks and will signing and drawing in their books.

Sean “Cheeks” Galloway is an animation character designer (Spectacular Spider-Man, Hellboy Animated) and comics artist (Wednesday Comics).

Ryan Benjamin is a comic book artist (Marvel, DC, and Wildstorm) and concept artist for Sony.

Ryan Odagawa is a comic book artist (Aspen/NBC Heroes online graphic novels, Marvel, Wildstorm, Sony).

Jonboy Meyers is a comic book artist, trading card illustrator, and video game concept artist.

This is a great opportunity to ask a group of artists about how to break in to comics, animation or gaming, or for tips on producing your own sketchbook.

They will be doing head sketches in their books of the character(s) of your choice (if it is not a character they normally draw, you should supply reference).

 Stuart Ng Books
20655 S. Western Ave, Suite 104, Torrance, CA 90501

ECCC 2011 Has Some Fringe Benefits

Emerald City ComiCon announces more guests for 2011 starting off with a pair of media guests from the Fox TV series Fringe, JOHN NOBLE (Dr. Walter Bishop) and JASIKA NICOLE (Astrid Farnsworth). Both actors will be appearing Saturday and Sunday only.

We also have some great animation media guests to announce, including modern animation legend BRUCE TIMM (DC Animated universe), SEAN “Cheeks” GALLOWAY (character designer for The Spectacular Spider-Man) and a trio of Pixar guests, TED MATHOT (Presto), DEREK THOMPSON (Wall-E) and JAMES S. BAKER (Up).

In the area of comic guests, we have another bunch of guests who’ve never been to ECCC, like LARRY HAMA (G.I. Joe), STEVE EPTING (Captain America) and TERRY & RACHEL DODSON (Uncanny X-Men), plus returning favorites like MIKE MIGNOLA (Hellboy), ADAM HUGHES (Wonder Woman), SKOTTIE YOUNG (Wonderful Wizard of Oz), DUSTIN NGUYEN (Batman), DARICK ROBERTSON (The Boys), BEN TEMPLESMITH (Choker) and so many more! View the complete list here…

Heroes Con Welcomes New Guests & Old Friends

Press Release: Heroes Convention is preparing for one of the LARGEST Guest Lists in it’s 28 year history this June 4-6!  Pack your bags and gas up the car, because this will be one of our greatest shows of all time!  Making their First Appearance at Heroes Con this year are J. Scott Campbell, Brian Bolland, Humberto Ramos, Jimmy Cheung, and Rob Liefeld!  They’ll be joining the Heroes Con Family of regular All-Stars like Adam Hughes, Tony Harris, Frank Cho, Brandon Peterson, Mark Brooks, Tommy Lee Edwards, Phil Noto, Cully Hamner, and tons more!!

Long-time favorites like Ron Garney, Rick Leonardi, and Michael Golden are returning, as well as West Coast heavy-hitters like Mike Mignola, Tim Sale, Dustin Nguyen, Eric Canete, and Sean “Cheeks” Galloway.  It’s insane!!  Now we just have to figure out where to put everybody!  One thing is for sure, this all points to a stellar Art Auction on Saturday night!!

Also in 2010, Indie Island is stronger than ever with Jill Thompson, Evan Dorkin, Scott Morse, Jim Mahfood, and Kate Beaton onboard!  Like in previous years, there will be lots of exclusive artwork for Indie Island and always the coolest t-shirts!  In addition to the new wave of Indie folks, we’ll also host some of the all-time greats of the Independent Creators like James O’Barr, David Mack, Brian Pulido, and Joseph Michael Linsner!  It’s a powerhouse lineup this year!!
And, yes, even with EVERY artist in the comics industry in attendance (nearly!), we also get to have some of the most awesome writers in the world at Heroes Con, like Bill Willingham, Mark Waid, Christos Gage, Steve Niles, Jeff Parker, and the legendary Roy Thomas!
One thing we always try to do is to bring in the Artists and Writers that we get the most requests for, and this year we’re REALLY excited to have lined up several of the MOST requested of all time!  In addition to Campbell, Bolland, and Willingham, we can also confirm Kevin Maguire is finally making his first appearance at Heroes Con!  Joining Kevin in making their much-desired first appearance is Ben Templesmith, Todd Nauck, and Talent Caldwell!  It’s great to have these guys at Heroes Con!
As always, we could stage a major Battle Royal between all the Heavy Hitters from DC and Marvel at the show!  This year, from Marvel Comics we have Steve Epting, Mike McKone, Tom Raney, Mike Choi, and Skrappy Skottie Young!  From DC Comics, we have the Ever-Lovin’ Ethan Van Sciver, Mark Bagley, Billy Tucci, and Stephane Roux!  Lucky for us, if a Pier-Six Brawl should break out, we’ll have grappler Mick Foley in the house to keep things under control!  Mick (better known to some as Cactus Jack or Mankind) will be here on Saturday to make a big announcement at the 12 Gauge Comics booth!
For the full run down on the Guest List, just visit us here…
And, always keep up to date with the Heroes Convention news here…
There’ll be information and previews of exclusive art by J. Scott Campbell, Mike Mignola, and Skottie Young coming within the next few days!  There’s also 2-3 surprise guests in the works that we can’t announce just yet, so keep checking in!
See you at HEROES CONVENTION 2010, June 4-6!!!

CA – FCBD on Earth-2

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Saturday, May 1, 2010, is the big day. The reason we celebrate? FREE COMIC BOOK DAY at Earth-2 Comics. As always, we guarantee a fun time and plenty of surprises and special guests at both our Sherman Oaks and Northridge locations. Besides the traditional assortment of free comics from all your favorite publishers, we’ll have creators in the house to sign comics and do some sketches!

SHERMAN OAKS:

STERLING GATES (Supergirl, Superman) 11-3pm
SEAN “Cheeks” GALLOWAY (Spider-Man Animated) 12-2pm
RYAN BENJAMIN (Batman, Detective Comics) 12-2pm
RYAN ODAGAWA (Heroes, Iron Man) 12-2pm
TODD HARRIS (Prodigal) 11-2pm

15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 386-9590

NORTHRIDGE:

MARK WAID (Amazing Spider-Man, Irredeemable) 10-12pm
JT KRUL (Justice League, Blackest Night Titans) 11-1pm
CHRIS YOST (X-Men, X-Force) 12-2pm
FILIP SABLIK (Top Cow) 12-2pm

8967 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 993-7804

www.earth2comics.com