HeroesCon 2018 Updates Guest List

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 2018 show including Jae Lee, Darryl Banks, Chris Brunner, Francesco Francavilla,  Michel Fiffe, Andrew MacLean, Dan Parent, Dexter Vines, Chris Visions and more! HeroesCon 2018 takes place June 15-17, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center.


BOB ALMOND | Stan Lee’s Guardian Project, Black Panther, Heroes For Hire, Warlock
ROGÊ ANTONIO Batman & Robin Eternal, Grayson
DARRYL BANKS Green Lantern, Legion of Super Heroes, JLA
THOMAS BOATWRIGHT | Zeke Deadwood, The Halloween Legion, Cemetery Blues
CHRIS BRUNNER Loose Ends, Southern Bastards, Batman: LOTD
JOEY ELLIS Leaky Timbers
MARIE ENGER Fhtagn and Loathing, Regression
MICHEL FIFFE Copra, Zegas, Bloodstrike
CHARLES FORSMAN Slasher, Revenger, TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer
FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA | Afterlife with Archie, The Black Beetle, Detective Comics
CASEY JONES | Nightwing, Fantastic Four, Exiles, Excalibur, New Warriors
JAE LEE | Batman/Superman, Inhumans, Dark Tower, Fantastic Four
NATE LOVETT | Champions of Odd Lake, Kyraa: Alien Jungle Girl, Paw Patrol, Rusty Rivets
ANDREW MACLEAN | Head Lopper, Apocalyptigirl, Laser Wolf Attack
DREW MOSS Copperhead, Terrible Lizard, The Colonized, The Crow: Pestilence, In the Dark
DAN PARENT | Archie, Die Kitty Die, Betty & Veronica, Kevin Keller, Life with Kevin
BENJAMIN SCHIPPER Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Fairies, Joe Death and the Graven Image
KYLE STARKS | Rock Candy Mountain, Rick and Morty, Sexcastle, Legend of Ricky Thunder
BRENO TAMURA | Pigs, 12 reasons to die, Cupid, Doctor Fate
JEREMY TREECE | Fearsome as the Night, the Misadventures of Clawberry & Friends, I’m So Goth!
DEXTER VINES | X-Men, Nova, Avengers: X- Sanction, Buffy, Hulk
CHRIS VISIONS | Dead Letters, Spider-Gwen, Scarlet Witch, Devils on the Levee
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.

Sixth Annual Awesome Con Returns to Washington DC on Easter Weekend

Press Release:

The sixth annual Awesome Con by LeftField Media, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention, will unite 80,000 fans of comics, technology and science, television and film, custom art, over-the-top cosplay, and more at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, 2018. The convention floor and panel rooms will buzz with hundreds of hours’ worth of programs including: celebrities and experts hosting panels and exclusive reveals; cosplay fashion shows; gaming tournaments; iconic film memorabilia exhibits; and a diverse array of activities for families on Easter weekend.

Family-friendly pavilion Awesome Con Jr returns with even more playful events planned to educate and entertain kids of all ages and parents alike, with special promotions in place to engage Awesome Con’s youngest fans throughout the show. Future Con, Awesome Con’s science pavilion, will dive into the latest developments in science and science fiction sure to delight even the most curious minds. Back for the second year is Pride Alley presented in partnership with Geeks OUT, shining a spotlight on LGBTQ creators and fans in an even more robust section of Artist Alley.

With Awesome Con 2018 hosting more energetic programs, more globally recognized special guests, and presenting more exclusive previews and announcements to attendees than ever before, it continues growing into a standout annual destination as an unbridled celebration of pop culture and pure fun.


  • Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Drax the Destroyer, Blade Runner 2049)
  • Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Yondu, The Walking Dead)
  • Stephen Amell (Arrow, New Girl, Private Practice)
  • John Barrowman (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who)
  • Cress Williams (Black Lightning, Prison Break, Hart of Dixie)
  • Tom Welling (Smallville, Lucifer)
  • Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Mantis)
  • Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Guardians of the Guardians Vol. 2, Impastor)
  • Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Kraglin, Gilmore Girls)
  • Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story)
  • Joe Keery (Stranger Things, Molly’s Game, Slice)
  • Ben Savage (Boy Meets World, Girls Meet World, Chuck, Dear John, Little Monsters, Without a Trace)
  • Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, Girls Meets World, Batman Beyond, Kim Possible, Guardians of the Galaxy animated series)
  • Rider Strong (Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World, Cabin Fever)
  • Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)
  • Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Samurai Jack, Pulp Fiction, Justice League Unlimited, Mad TV, Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Comic Guests:

  • J. Scott Campbell (Gen¹³, Danger Girl, Spider-Man)
  • Fabian Nicieza (Deadpool co-creator, X-Men, Thunderbolts, Action Comics)
  • Jim Starlin (Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Infinity Gauntlet, Batman; co-creator of Drax, Gamora, and Thanos)
  • Greg Capullo (Batman, Reborn, X-Force, Quasar, The Creech)
  • Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing, Voodoo Heart)
  • Tom King (Batman, The Sheriff of Babylon, The Vision)
  • Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil, Wonder Woman, Amazing Spider-Man)
  • Sean Gordon Murphy (Batman: White Knight, Hellblazer: City of Demons, Punk Rock Jesus, Shaun of the Dead, Teen Titans, The Wake, Tokyo Ghost)
  • James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, Batman, The Woods)
  • Sorah Sungh (Iron Man, Princeless)


  • Friday or Sunday Only Admission: $35
  • Saturday Only Admission: $50
  • 3-Day Weekend Pass: $75
  • 3-Day ‘Geekend VIP’ Pass: $150
  • Kids 10 and under: free with coupon code AWESOMEJR
  • VIP passes & experiences range from the VIP Geekend ($150) to the premium, limited quantity Club Awesome Reserve Membership ($999) and offer access to various celebrity appearances and special events.

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About Awesome Con
Awesome Con is the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, D.C., having welcomed over 71,000 attendees in 2017. Awesome Con celebrates all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay and more. Awesome Con is presented in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organization company developed by the founder of New York Comic Con. Learn more at www.awesomecon.com.

Arizona Comic Mini Expo 2018 Charity Drink & Draw

January 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Arizona, Comic Books, Convention News


Comic Creators Mike Norton, Tim Seeley, Mitch Gerads, Scott Godlewski, Ryan Cody, Ryan Quackenbush, J. Gonzo, and more appear at the Bonus Round in Phoenix, AZ on Friday, May 5th for the 2018 Arizona Comic Mini Expo’s Drink and Draw launch party from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. Professional artists will be doing sketches for fans and collecting money for the Hero Initiative and the Arizona ACLU.

Bonus Round
24 W Camelback Rd, Ste DE, Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 374-6936

IL – Authors on Tap: Black Star Renegades

Michael Moreci appears in conversation with Tim Seeley at BeerShop on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

Moreci will discuss his debut non-graphic novel, Black Star Renegades, a classic space opera and galaxy-hopping adventure. And no doubt, these two won’t resist talking about comics, comics, and more comics, with their major geek-cred. Both Moreci and Seeley have an impressive back catalog of work with both DC and Image Comics. You won’t want to miss this awesome evening!

Michael Moreci is a bestselling author who has written Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and other DC super-heroes. His Image Comics series, Roche Limit, was called the “sci-fi comic you need to read” by Nerdist and io9, and Paste Magazine named it one of the “50 best sci-fi comics” of all time. Black Star Renegades, his debut novel, was recently released from St. Martin’s Press. A sequel is to follow in 2019. He lives in Oak Park with his wife and two sons. 

Tim Seeley is one of those “slash” people…a writer-slash-artist. He has drawn a number of different comic book series including GI Joe, Halloween, Wildcats, and Exsanguine. His writing work includes New York Times bestselling Hack/Slash, Nightwing, Green Lanterns, Grayson, and the critically acclaimed Revival. He resides in Chicago, Illinois and works at Four Star Studios where he is never far from his 80s action figure collection.

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1026 North Blvd, Oak Park, IL 60301
(847) 946-4164

DC – Tom King Signing

Writer Tom King (Batman, Vision, The Sheriff of Babylon, Grayson, Mister Miracle, Omega Men) appears at Fantom Comics on Sunday, November 12, 2017 from noon till 2:00 PM for a signing. Please note: the shop is limiting the number of items to be signed to two (2) per fan, due to time constraints.

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Fantom Comics
2010 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

IL – Harley Quinn Day 2017 Signing

Tim Seeley, Sheika Lugtu, and Andrea Bell appear at Challengers Comics on Saturday, September 23rd at 11:00 AM to celebrate HARLEY QUINN DAY!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

2017 ALA Conference Announces Graphic Novel & Comics Programming

Learn about the art of graphic novels, comics, illustration and how games and gaming inspire creativity and social interaction at the American Library Association’s annual conference on June 23-26, 2017! RSVP on Facebook!

Friday, June 23


DC’s Young Animal

DC’s Young Animal is a new publishing imprint spearheaded by Gerard Way, the acclaimed author of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY and best-selling musician. This new line of graphic novels is something different, inspired by the visionary work of DC’s experimental past, but shaped and focused by the absurdity of today. Join Way and some of today’s most innovative creators including Cecil Castellucci, Jody Houser, Jon Rivera, and Nick Derington, as they discuss their works DOOM PATROL VOL. 1: BRICK BY BRICK, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL VOL. 1: EARTH GIRL MADE EASY, CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE VOL. 1: GOING UNDER and MOTHER PANIC VOL. 1: WORK IN PROGRESS. This panel will discuss how the themes, characters and plot devices in these graphic novels from DC’s Young Animal will engage with readers and patrons like few other works in the industry can today.

Saturday, June 24


The Rise of Graphic Novels for Kids in Europe and the USA

European and American publishers and authors discuss the emergence of the format and its phenomenal rise internationally in the past decade. They will also look at the differences and similarities of working in comics in Europe and the USA.


Hazardous Tales and Science Fiction with Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel series NATHAN HALE’S HAZARDOUS TALES have exploded in classrooms and libraries around the country. With a seventh book on the way for Fall 2017, the craze that gets kids excited about history shows no signs of slowing. In this presentation, Nathan Hale will give the audience a sneak peek of the next Hazardous Tales book as well as discuss his recent science fiction graphic novel, ONE TRICK PONY.


Spotlight on Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation with adapter Damian Duffy and illustrator John Jennings

More than 35 years after its release, Octavia Butler’s celebrated science fiction masterpiece, Kindred, continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings have adapted this iconic work into the graphic novel format, which instantly became a #1 New York Times bestseller. They will discuss the process of working with this mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.

What Does An Idea Look Like? A Conversation About Creativity with Grant Snider, author of The Shape of Ideas

What does an idea look like? And where do they come from? An orthodontist by day and artist by night, Grant Snider, author of ’The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity’, had had comics featured in the Kansas City Star, the New York Times Book Review, as well as The Best American Comics in 2013. On this panel, he will share the secrets to his own creative process and share tips on how to keep ideas flowing. ’The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity’, is a collection of one- and two-page comics that provide insight into the joys and frustrations of creativity, inspiration, and process—no matter your age or creative background.


VIZ Media Presents – Manga!!

VIZ Media, the premier publisher of manga in the English speaking world, has released several hit series such as Naruto, Pokemon, and Ouran High School Host Club. Join us as we talk about which manga are currently the most popular on the scene as well as exciting new series coming soon!


Creator Spotlight: Jessica Abel

Writer/artist Jessica Abel has always been known for work outside the graphic novel mainstream. From her breakout work LA PERDIDA to her comics textbooks, Abel has displayed not only the ability to craft compelling stories but also a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the medium. Her latest series, TRISH TRASH: ROLLERGIRL OF MARS is the story of a mixed race teenager on Mars, struggling to escape economic oppression through a futuristic version of roller derby. Super Genius publisher Terry Nantier speaks with Abel about her long career and why TRISH TRASH is the heroine America needs right now.


Category or Genre: What’s Next for Graphic Novels?

With books aimed at everyone from young children to the most mature adults, there literally is a graphic novel for every reader. But does all this diversity mean we should rethink graphic novel sections in libraries? Should they take their place alongside more traditional books in sections ranging from biography to science fiction. Or does the unique nature of the medium (and its readers) drive a need for graphic novels to always have their own special place on the shelves?


DC Super Hero Girls Original Graphic Novels

Join DC Comics and writer Shea Fontana for a discussion on the DC SUPER HERO GIRLS original graphic novel line! With books such as FINALS CRISIS, HITS AND MYTHS and the new SUMMER OLYMPUS, these graphic novels developed for girls 6-12 have been a smash-hit success across libraries and bookstores alike. Shea will discuss how these new works from DC are relating to young girls everywhere, with themes of empowerment, friendship and teamwork prevalent throughout. Q&A to follow!

Sunday, June 25


How to write for children

An overview of graphic novels for kids, from classics (like “Tintin”, “Boule & Bill”, etc), right up to the present day. How do you think up a story for a three-year-old, an eight-year-old or a young-adult?


Comics at the frontier of a new literary movement

Comics are at a new height of popularity and cultural acceptance, but can artists and publishers ensure that this isn’t just a passing trend? Does the popularity of superhero comics help or hinder the consideration of the art form as a whole? Artists like Sam Bosma, Jen Lee & Elise Gravel are at the vanguard of taking comics beyond the public’s popular preconceptions, and they’ll discuss the shape of comics as a genre, a medium, and an art form. Learn how artists can use genre conventions to ease readers into a completely different side of the comics scene, and see what’s possible when artists are able to take you beyond your assumptions. The popularity of genre has given fans an introduction to the art of comics, and these panelists are using that to show the world that the future of the medium goes beyond any one category!


Image Comics 25th Anniversary Celebration

Comic creators Ryan Browne, Marjorie Liu, Jim Rugg, Gregg Schigiel, Tim Seeley, and Skottie Young speak about their experience of Image Comics throughout the years & reflect on how the company’s history has impacted their own career trajectory. Discussion will touch on both specifics about Image and also how comics as a whole have evolved. Creators will talk about their inspirations, tell stories about times they were directly or indirectly affected by their industry role models, talk about upcoming titles, and discuss how they are carrying the torch forward! A raffle and short signing will take place at the close of the event.


Comics for Teens: Discovery in the Library

Librarians, authors and publishers discussing and sharing thoughts about aiding teens and YA readers in discovering comics/ YA Graphic novels. A look at what has worked in the past as well as what tools can be used to grow readership in this category.


A Monstress Discussion with Author Marjorie Liu

Marjorie Liu discusses the upcoming new volume in her critically acclaimed series, Monstress. The author will describe her creative process, including inspirations and research methods, and will take questions from the audience. A raffle and short signing will take place at the close of the event.


Check out Dynamite in 2017

A discussion of Dynamite’s exciting current and future releases.


Liberties at work and Creator’s ownership

Artists come together to discuss the different creative methods in France and the USA: liberty of choices, schedules, production, printing, etc. What does it means to be a French Artist?

Authors will also discuss the concept of ownership in France and in the USA : To whom does the work belong? What are the rights of an artist over their work?

Monday, June 26


Champion of the Graphic Novel: Will Eisner at 100 Years

Will Eisner was, and still is, one of the most influential forces in the comics and graphic novels publishing industry. This year we celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday with a conversation about his contribution and commitment to the idea of graphic novels as a true form of literature. The discussion will also cover the relationship between the library world and the growth of the comics industry and more specifically how librarians helped to define and grow the graphic novel category.


Tabletop Games 101

Playing Tabletop games in libraries is growing. As libraries expand their breadth, more and more library members are enjoying table-top games, played with real people, face-to-face, in libraries. But, what exactly are tabletop games? How do I tell board games from role-playing games, from card games? Which games are suitable for young people, and which will be enjoyed by an older crowd? This panel of gaming veterans including game publishers and distributors will cut the red tape so each library knows which games to bring in. At ALA Annual, Friday Games Night will give everyone an opportunity to play a variety of games and talk to publishers and distributors. Open gaming on the floor, during the day offers more opportunities to learn and have fun doing it.


Disney Manga: family friendly fun!

With the explosion in popularity of manga, parents and librarians have rightfully been concerned about child-friendly titles. With TOKYOPOP’s Disney Manga line, we bring the magic of Disney to this popular form of graphic novels, providing families with a way to enjoy their favorite Disney characters and stories in manga style! With titles brought directly from Japan and our own original titles made in collaboration with Disney’s team, we want to break down the misconception that all manga is inappropriate for little ones and encourage young readers with this fun line of graphic novels.

Hero Initiative Blows Into C2E2 2017

Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic book creators in medical and financial need, breezes into Chicago for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, also known as C2E2, located at McCormick Place April 21-23.

And we have an amazing crew anchoring our booth, #1459! Writer/artist Bill Willingham, the man behind Fables and a NEW First Comics series to be announced at C2E2, will be EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth all weekend! He’ll be joined by Punisher and Batman artist Bill Reinhold, and Incredible Hulk writer Sean McKeever. Check them all out at booth #1459!

While at the booth, make sure you get in on our raffle for an amazing helicopter trip for two over downtown Chicago from Chicago Helicopter Experience, a $456 value! Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Hero booth all weekend, just $2 each!

And you can now DRINK your comics! Hero is hosting the WORLD PREMIERE of Ten Pin Creep, a Revival mystery story told across six beer labels! The party is Friday, April 21 from 7-10 pm at the Motor Row Gallery and Lofts 2345 S. Michigan Ave. (mere STEPS from the convention center!). Price is $4 per beer or $20 for the whole 6-pack! Non-alcoholic drinks will also be served, and creators Mike Norton and Tim Seeley WILL be in attendance autographing bottles! Many of your other fave creators such as Franco Aureliani, Amy Chu, Jenny Frison, Jody Houser, Ken Lashley, Sean McKeever, Dustin Nguyen, Steve Orlando, Mike Perkins, Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, and James Tynion IV will also be there, so don’t miss out on the party!

And as always Hero Initiative’s creative ambassadors are on the floor collecting for Hero at their own tables. Please swing by and say “hi” to Jason Aaron, Chris Burnham, Stephan Franck, Eric Gapstur, Patrick Gleason, Jonathan Hickman, Phil Hester, Jody Houser, Ken Lashley, Mike Norton, Steve Orlando, Ande Parks, Tim Seeley, Liam Sharp, Ryan Stegman, Jill Thompson, James Tynion IV, and Chip Zdarsky.

About The Hero Initiative:
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen 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 $950,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

IL – Revival Wake

Press Release:

REVIVAL is coming to the end of its 5-year journey, and we want to send it off in style. Join Revival creators Tim Seeley, Mike Nortonand Jenny Frison on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM as we all come together to celebrate 47 issues of one of the best creator-owned series Chicago has ever seen. And yes, that means there will be beer. Revival beer. So bring a hankey and prepare to shed a tear as we lay this comic to rest. Funeral dress optional.

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Nightwing Rebirth Signing


Writer Tim Seeley (Suicide Squad, Grayson) appears at Chicago Comics on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM for a signing of the NIGHTWING REBIRTH trade.

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Chicago Comics
3244 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 528-1983

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