Cincinnati Comic Expo 2018 Announces 1st Guests

Cincinnati Comic Expo has announced their first guests for this year’s show, to be held on September 14-16, 2018! Tickets are on sale now.

The Kingslayer is Coming to the Queen City

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known for his role as Jaime Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones, will be making a rare U.S. convention appearance and attending all three days of the 2018 Cincinnati Comic Expo! Nikolaj’s many film credits in numerous genre include Gods of Egypt, The Other Woman, Oblivion, Mama, and Black Hawk Down.

Get your admission passes to meet Nikolaj, who will be on hand for autographs and photo-ops will the fans throughout the weekend.

Cobie Smulders Makes Her First Trip to Cincinnati

Fans can now tell their family and friends “How I Met Cobie Smulders” when they see her at the upcoming Cincinnati Comic Expo! Following her big break of nine seasons on How I Met Your Mother, Cobie is currently cast as Agent Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Between portraying Agent Hill in The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cobie has appeared in other projects, such as The Lego Movie, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Meet Cobie on Saturday and Sunday to get an autograph and photo-op at the Expo this September.

Guest Thomas Grummett Kickoffs the Artist Lineup

Comic artist Tom Grummett will be attending the 2018 Cincinnati Comic Expo. Grummett’s work with both DC and Marvel is recognized in The New Titans, The Adventures of Superman, Superboy, The Power Company, Robin, and Thunderbolts. Following those projects, Grummett was an artist working with writer Chris Claremont on 2009’s and 2010’s X-Men Forever comic series.

Cincinnati Comic Expo Welcomes Guest Artist Rick Leonardi

The lineup of comic guests at the Expo continues to grow with the addition of Rick Leonardi. Rick has a long career with Dark Horse, DC, and Marvel working on numerous titles including Cloak and Dagger, The Uncanny X-Men, The New Mutants, Nightwing, Batgirl, Superman, and others. In addition, Rick is known for his work on Star Wars: General Grievous and Superman Returns Prequel, which tied in with the featured films.

Follow us on social media so you can be one of the first to hear the fresh line up of close to 20 NEW comic artists to Cincinnati Comic Expo and other guest film and TV stars that will join us in 2018.

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Hero Initiative hits Phoenix Comicon with Special Guest Rick Leonardi & Wonder Woman 100 Live Auction

Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, will hit the Phoenix Comicon in a HUGE way at the Phoenix Convention Center May 25-May 28.

Special guest artist Rick Leonardi will be at the Hero booth, #396-398, Friday through Sunday. Rick has been entertaining comic fans for 30 years on titles ranging from Cloak and Dagger to Uncanny X-Men, so make sure you swing by the booth for sketches and autographs!

And Hero’s MASSIVE event will be the second stage of The Wonder Woman 100 Project auctions! You can swing by the booth to view 37 original Wonder Woman covers and bid on them in an exciting auction on Saturday, May 27th at 6:00 PM in Room 127C in the convention center. Bidders who cannot attend the convention can bid by proxy with a deadline of May 23rd. Full details are at the Wonder Woman 100 Project gallery.

In addition, artists across the floor will be raising money for Hero all weekend. Please donate when you get your books signed by our good friends Chris Bachalo, Jen Broomall, Scott Koblish, Jae Lee, Ron Marz, Brian & Kristy Miller, Marat Mychaels, Tony Parker, Brian Pulido, Tom Raney, and Arthur Suydam!

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $1 million to the comics’ veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-6354.

35 New Guests Announced for HeroesCon 2017

HeroesCon has announced 35 new guests for their 35th anniversary show! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

KRIS ANKAStar-Lord, Captain Marvel, X-Men, X-Force
DARRYL BANKSGreen Lantern, Legion of Super Heroes, JLA
RYAN BROWNE | Curse Words, God Hates Astronauts, Manhattan Projects, Bedlam
RICHARD CASE | Spider-Man, Doom Patrol, Hunter: The Age of Magic, Annie Ammo
EVAN DORKIN | The Eltingville Club, Beasts of Burden, Milk & Cheese, Dork!
SARAH DYER | Calla Cthulhu, DC Nation, Beasts of Burden, Action Girl Comics, MAD
STEVE EPTINGVelvet, Captain America, Avengers
KATY FARINASteven Universe, Rick and Morty, Amazing World of Gumball
MICHEL FIFFE Copra, Zegas, Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies
KELLY FITZPATRICK | Bitch Planet, Josie and the Pussycats, Shade the Changing Girl
CHARLES FORSMAN | Slasher, Revenger, TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer
PAUL GULACYMaster of Kung Fu, Sabre, Batman
JONATHAN HICKMAN | Black Monday Murders, East of West, The Manhattan Projects, Avengers
MIKE HUDDLESTONButcher Baker, The Strain, The Beauty
RICK LEONARDICloak and Dagger, X-Men, Spider-Man 2099
ALITHA E MARTINEZBlack Panther: World of Wakanda, Riverdale, Barbie, Batgirl, Iron Man
REBECCA MOCK | Knife’s Edge, Compass South, Spera, vol. III, Hana Doki Kira Anthology
RUDY NEBRES Dr. Strange, Conan, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Eerie, Creepy
JAMAR NICHOLAS Leon: Protector of the Playground, Fist Stick Knife Gun, Detective Boogaloo: Hip-Hop Cop
ED PISKOR | Hip Hop Family Tree, Wizzywig, American Splendor: Our Movie Year
ERIC POWELLThe Goon, Big Man Plans, Hillbilly
CRAIG ROUSSEAU | Avengers, Perhapanauts, Batman Beyond, Impulse
CHRIS SCHWEIZER | The Creeps, Crogan’s Loyalty, Crogan’s Vengeance, Crogan’s March
SCOTT SHAW! | Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, Simpsons, Flintstones
BILL SIENKIEWICZ | Elektra: Assassin, Stray Toasters, New Mutants
CHARLES SOULE | Daredevil, Poe Dameron, Letter 44, Curse Words, Wolverine, She-Hulk
BABS TARR | MotorCrush, Batgirl
BEN TEMPLESMITHThe Squidder, Choker, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse
WILFREDO TORRES | Jupiter’s Circle, The Shadow: Year One, Lobster Johnson, Aliens
RAMON VILLALOBOS | Nighthawk, E Is For Extinction
DEXTER VINES | Amazing X-Men, Nova, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hulk
ALEXIS ZIRITT | Space Riders, Tarantula, The Package

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HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.