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  • Stan Lee Returns to HeroesCon 2015

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    Stan Lee is returning to HeroesCon! He’s coming to sign autographs and take photos with fans on Saturday, June 20th. For the serious Stan ‘The Man” Fan you can join Stan Lee and a very limited number of other TRUE BELIEVERS for a meet and greet on Friday evening. Check the HeroesCon ticket page to find the package that is right for you!

    HeroesCon 2015 takes place June 19-21, 2015! 

    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.

    2015 Guests include:

    STAN “THE MAN” LEE! | Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, X-Men

    JASON AARON | Star Wars, Southern Bastards, Scalped, Wolverine & the X-Men, Thor
    ARTHUR ADAMS | Longshot, X-Men, Monkeyman & O’Brien
    MATTHEW ALLISON | Cankor
    KRIS ANKA | X-Men, X-Force, Wolverine
    JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER | Empty Zone, Abe Sapien, Batman: Arkham City 
    FRANK BARBIERE | Five Ghosts, Solar: Man of the Atom, The White Suits
    JEREMY BASTIAN Cursed Pirate Girl, The Guild: Tink, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard 
    JOHN BEATTY | Secret Wars, Punisher, Batman, Thanos Quest 
    ANDY BELANGER | Southern Cross, Black Church
    IVAN BRANDON | Drifter, Wolverine, Viking, NYC Mech, Offset Comics
    JUNE BRIGMAN Power Pack, Supergirl, Star Wars, Brenda Starr
    PAT BRODERICK | Green Lantern, Micronauts, Nibiru and the Legend of the Anunnaki
    MARK BROOKS | Star Wars, X-Men Legacy, Deadpool
    DAVE BULLOCK Director of Justice League:The New Frontier, Batman,Wednesday Comics 
    CULLEN BUNN | The Sixth Gun, Moon Knight, Hellbreak
    REILLY BROWN Lobo, Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet, Incredible Hercules
    RYAN BROWNE God Hates Astronauts, Manhattan Projects, Bedlam
    CHRIS BRUNNER Loose Ends, Sundowners, Batman: LOTDK
    ERIK BURNHAM New Warriors, TMNT/Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest
    BEN CALDWELL | Prez, Wonder Woman, Dare Detectives
    TALENT CALDWELL Superman, Fathom, Wildcats
    ERIC CANETE RUNLOVEKILL, TRON: Uprising, Beware The Batman
    RICHARD CASE | Spider-Man, Doom Patrol, Hunter: The Age of Magic, Annie Ammo
    MATT CHAPMAN Homestar Runner, Gravity Falls, The AquaBats! Super Show!
    AMY CHU Wonder Woman, Vertigo Quarterly, Girls Night Out
    MATTHEW CLARK | Legend of the Dark Knight, Ghost Rider, Wonder Woman
    BRIAN CLEVINGER Atomic Robo, 8-Bit Theater
    AARON CONLEY | Sabertooth Swordsman
    JASON COPLAND Pop, Daredevil, Kill All Monsters
    CREATUREBOX | Ratchet & Clank, 9 lives (Spider Kitty), The MONSTER VOLUME
    C MARTIN CROKER | Space Ghost, Scooby Doo, Aqua Teen Hunger Force
    TYLER CROOK | Harrow County, B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth, Petrograd
    SHAWN CRYSTAL | Arkham Manor
    TOBY CYPRESS Punkrock*Jazz, The White Suits, Rodd Racer
    GEOF DARROW | The Shaolin Cowboy, Hard Boiled, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot
    KELLY SUE DECONNICK | Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly, Bitch Planet
    JEFF DEKAL Journey Into Mystery, Avengers World, Shadowman
    JOHN DELL Harley VS Captain Carrot, Spider-Man, Guardians of The Galaxy
    VANESA DEL REY | Hit 1955/1957, Zero, Once Upon a Time: Out of the Past 
    TODD DEZAGO | Tellos, Perhapanauts, Spider-Man
    EVAN DORKIN Beasts of Burden, Milk & Cheese, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Comic Book, Dork!
    MING DOYLE The Kitchen, Constantine, Dark Universe
    NICK DRAGOTTA East of West, Howtoons
    TOMMY LEE EDWARDS | Turf, Brandon Generator, Vandroid, The Question
    JOE EISMA | Morning Glories, Notorious, Existence 3.0
    JOEY ELLIS Leaky Timbers
    MATT FEAZELL The Amazing Cynicalman, ZOT!, Disney Adventures Magazine
    MICHEL FIFFE Copra, Zegas, Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies
    IAN FLYNN | Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, New Crusaders
    CHARLES FORSMAN TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer, Revenger
    NATHAN FOX Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers, FBP, SFX Anthology
    MATT FRACTION | ODY-C, Sex Criminals, Casanova, Hawkguy
    FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA | Afterlife with Archie, The Black Beetle, Detective Comics
    JUAN GEDEON | Ghost Racers
    MITCH GERADS | The Punisher, The ACTIVITY, Doctor WHO, Planet of the Apes
    MICHAEL GOLDEN | The Nam, Micronoauts, Dr. Strange, She-Hulk, Howard the Duck
    SANFORD GREENE | Runaways, Rotten Apple, Deadpool, Methodman GN
    JUANJO GUARNIDO | Blacksad, Sorcelleries
    DUSTIN HARBIN | BEHOLD! The Dinosaurs, DIARY COMICS, Nutted!, DHARBIN!
    JAMES HARREN | Rumble, BPRD, Abe Sapien
    TONY HARRIS | Ex Machina, Starman, War Heroes, Spider-Man, Batman
    JEREMY HAUN Batwoman, Bad Karma, The Darkness
    ERICA HENDERSON | Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Subatomic Party Girls
    JONATHAN HICKMAN | East of West, The Manhattan Projects, Avengers
    JAMAL IGLE Molly Danger, Terminator, G.I.Joe
    KATHRYN IMMONEN | Operation S.I.N., RUSSIAN OLIVE TO RED KING, Moving Pictures
    STUART IMMONEN | RUSSIAN OLIVE TO RED KING, Captain America, X-Men
    KLAUS JANSON | Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil, Spider-Man
    SANDY JARRELL Batman ’66, Meteor Men, Unfair
    GEORGES JEANTY Serenity, Buffy, Green Lantern, Superboy
    DAVE JOHNSON | Superman: Red Son, Silk, Batman
    JUSTIN JORDAN Luther Strode, Spread, Dead Body Road
    KEENAN MARSHALL KELLER | The Humans, Galactic Breakdown, Force Majeure
    RYAN KELLY | The New York Four, Star Wars, Funrama, Local, Saucer Country
    MATT KINDT | Mind MGMT, Star Wars, RAI
    TOM KING | Grayson, Omega Men, Teen Titans
    BARRY KITSON | Empire: Uprising, Spider-Man, Legion of Super Heroes
    SCOTT KOLINS Flash, Avengers, Justice League, Spider-man, Larfleeze
    JASON LATOUR | Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen, Loose Ends, Winter Soldier 
    ROYDEN LEPP RUST
    TULA LOTAY | SAT-SUN ONLY Supreme: Blue Rose, Bodies
    ANDREW MACLEAN | Apocalyptigirl, Head Lopper, Colonial Souls
    MIKE MAIHACK | Cleopatra in Space
    FRANCIS MANAPUL | Detective Comics, The Flash, Adventure Comics, Superman Batman
    STEVE MANNION | Fearless Dawn, The Bomb
    BENJAMIN MARRA Night Business, OMWOT, Captain Victory
    LAURA MARTIN | Avengers, Wolverine and the X-Men
    PAUL MAYBURY | Valhalla Mad, Dogs of Mars, Aqua Leung
    DAVE MCCAIG | American Vampire, Arkham Knight: Genesis, Dark Universe
    MIKE MCKONE | Justice League United, Avengers: Endless Wartime
    BOB MCLEOD | New Mutants, Spider-Man, Kraven’s Last Hunt
    KAGAN MCLEOD | Kaptara, Infinite Kung Fu
    KEVIN MELLON Archer, Suicide Sisters, Heart, Lovestruck
    CHRISTOPHER MITTEN | Umbral, Wasteland, 30 Days of Night
    TRADD MOORE Luther Strode, Ghost Rider
    TOM NEELY | The Humans, Henry & Glenn Forever, The Blot
    MIKE NORTON | Battle Pug, Revival
    PHIL NOTO | Black Widow, Ghost, X-Force, Birds of Prey
    JAMES O’BARR | The Crow
    RYAN OTTLEY | Invincible, Haunt
    DAN PANOSIAN | John Tiffany, Batwing, All Star Western
    RAMÓN PÉREZ | Hawkeye, Tale of Sand, Spider-Man
    DAVID PETERSEN | Mouse GuardTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    ED PISKOR | Hip Hop Family Tree, Wizzywig, American Splendor: Our Movie Year
    NICK PITARRA | The Manhattan Projects, The Red Wing
    JUSTIN PONSOR | Death of Wolverine, Spider-Verse, Ultimate Spider-Man 
    JOE PRUETT | CCO/Publisher of AfterShock Comics, X-Men, Cable
    PAT QUINN | The Phantom, GI Joe: Declassified, Necrotic
    JOE QUINONES | Howard The Duck, Wednesday Comics, Amazing Spider-Man
    KHARY RANDOLPH Techjacket, Deadpool, Justice League Beyond
    ANDREW ROBINSON The Fifth Beatle, Dusty Star, Batman, Winter Soldier
    ROBBI RODRIGUEZ Spider-Gwen, Frankie Get Your Gun, FBP, Uncanny X-Force
    CRAIG ROUSSEAU Avengers, Perhapanauts, Batman Beyond, Impulse
    STEPHANE ROUX | Harley Quinn, Star Wars, Zatanna, Birds of Prey, Action Comics, Batman
    JIM RUGG | Street Angel, Supermag, Afrodisiac
    ANDY RUNTON Owly
    TIM SALE | Captain America White, Batman, Spider-Man, Catwoman
    STUART SAYGER | Machete, Bram Stokers Death Ship, Bionicle
    MATTEO SCALERA Black Science, Dead Body Road, Indestructible Hulk, Secret Avengers
    BOB SCHRECK EIC Legendary Comics 
    TOM SCIOLI | Transformers vs. G.I.Joe, Godland, American Barbarian
    BEN SEARS Double+, Pressure/Sensitivity, As You Were
    CHRISTOPHER SEBELA | High Crimes, Ghost, Dead Letters, Alien Vs. Predator
    EVAN SHANER Shazam, Flash Gordon, Adventures of Superman
    TONY SHASTEEN | Star Trek, Vampire Diaries, Batman: Arkham Unhinged 
    BILL SIENKIEWICZ | Elektra: Assassin, Stary Toasters, New Mutants
    HOYT SILVA | Operation: Nemesis, Quatermain: Ghosts of the Nzadi 
    NATE SIMPSON Nonplayer
    ANDY SMITH | Thanos, X-Men, Stormwatch, Wolverine, Superman, Batman
    MATTHEW SOUTHWORTH Stumptown, Spider-Man, Punisher
    CAT STAGGS | Orphan Black, Smallville, Vampire Diaries, Star Trek, Star Wars
    JOE STATON | Green Lantern, E-Man, Dick Tracy, Scooby Doo
    RYAN STEGMAN | Inhuman, Wolverine, Superior Spider-Man, Fantastic Four 
    BRIAN STELFREEZE | Day Men, Wednesday Comics, The Ride, Gun Candy
    ANDY SURIANO | Samurai Jack, Cosmic Scoundrels, Doc Bizzare M.D.
    BABS TARR Batgirl, Bosozoku Sailor Scouts, Lady Knights//Women Warriors
    BEN TEMPLESMITH |The Squidder, Choker, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse
    ROY THOMAS | SATURDAY ONLY
    Conan the Barbarian, The Mighty Thor, Uncanny X-Men
    FRANK TIERI | Marvel Vs Capcom 3, Wolverine, Iron man, Space: Punisher
    RICH TOMMASO | The Horror Of Collier County, 8 1/2 Ghosts, The Cavalier Mr. Thompson
    WILFREDO TORRES | Jupiter’s Circle, The Shadow: Year One, Lobster Johnson, Aliens
    TIM TOWNSEND | Wolverine and the X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man, New Avengers
    CHRIS VISIONS | Dead Letters, Devils on the Levee
    WADE VON GRAWBADGER | Star Wars, All- New Captain America, All-New X-Men
    KEVIN WADA | She Hulk, X-Men, Adventure Time
    CHRISTIAN WARD ODY-C, New Avengers, Infinite Vacation
    DAVID ANTOINE WILLIAMS X-Men: First Class, GI Joe, Incredible Hercules, Hulk & Power Pack
    BILL WILLINGHAM | Fables, Fairest, Ironwood
    MATT WILSON The Wicked + The Divine, Daredevil, Wonder Woman, Young Avengers
    ROBERT WILSON IV Bitch Planet, Laser Joan, Knuckleheads
    BERNIE WRIGHTSON | SAT-SUN ONLY
    Swamp Thing, Frankenstein, Batman: The Cult
    JAKE WYATT | Necropolis, Hulk, Regular Show
    CRAIG YOE | Yoe! Books 
    SKOTTIE YOUNG | Rocket Racoon, Fortunately the Milk, Oz
    CHIP ZDARSKY | Sex Criminals, Prison Funnies, Monster Cops
    MIKE ZECK | Secret Wars, Captain America, Punisher, Batman, G.I. Joe
    CHRISSIE ZULLO |Fables, Cinderella, Archie& MANY MORE!

    For the most up-to-date information, check our blog, or sign up for the weekly Heroes Hotline newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

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    ENTRY WILL BE $20: FRI / $20: SAT / $15: SUN AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $15 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

    Secret Wars Reunion Convention Tour

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    SECRETWARS-HeroesconJim Shooter, Mike Zeck, and John Beatty reunite for the first time in nearly 30 years to make a limited number of convention appearances together, as they celebrate the anniversary of the legendary Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars maxi-series. This will be a rare opportunity to meet, greet and get autographs from all three of the original creators of one of the most important publishing events in comic book history.

    Prior to the official launch of the tour, artists Mike Zeck and John Beatty will make a stop together for a special pre-tour celebration at HEROESCON: June 19-21, 2015 at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina. Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find and HeroesCon owner Shelton Drum said “When I heard there was going to be a new Secret Wars series, I just knew I had to get Mike Zeck and John Beatty to do a variant cover for my show (pictured at right). Secret Wars #8 has always been one of my favorites, and I am in love with their new interpretation. Having them at HeroesCon is just icing on the cake“. Don’t miss the opportunity to get your copy of the 2015 SECRET WARS ISSUE #1 HEROESCON VARIANT, featuring penciller Mike Zeck, and inker John Beatty, who reunited to recreate their classic Secret Wars Issue #8 cover, replacing the original characters with their contemporary counterparts.

    The formal tour begins when writer Jim Shooter, penciller Mike Zeck, and inker John Beatty reunite at FLORIDA SUPERCON: June 25-28, 2015 at The Miami Beach Convention Center, in Miami, Florida. Florida Supercon owner Mike Broder said “I’m thrilled to have Florida Supercon as the formal launch point for this reunion tour! Secret Wars was such a groundbreaking concept thirty years ago, and helped fundamentally change how comic books approach big events, marketing, licensing, etc.. Plus, it couldn’t be more relevant than today, just as the new Secret Wars series from Marvel Comics hits the shelves. It really is an honor and privilege to play host to these three legendary creators.”

    The second stop will be KANSAS CITY COMIC CON: August 7-9, 2015 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Matt Driscoll, owner of the convention said of the tour “Secret Wars is a milestone that has influenced writers and artists ever since its publication in 1985. We are proud to have the creative team of Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck, and John Beatty join us at Kansas City Comic Con to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the most iconic series in Marvel history”

    The tour will then continue at the CONNECTICUT COMICONN: August 14-16, 2015 at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center, Uncasville, Connecticut. Connecticut ComiConn producer Mitchell Hallock stated “Having all three of the Secret Wars creators with us … Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck and John Beatty … together at the Mohegan Sun this August for the con is a dream come true. I’m sure fans will come from miles around to say hello, shake their hands, get an autograph or three and say “thank you for making one of the greatest comic book stories ever!”

    There are at least three additional tour stops planned, which will be announced shortly. More events may be added down the line as well. Please visit the creators own websites www.mikezeck.com or www.johnbeattyart.com for additional shows at which they will appear.

    Mike Zeck, legendary Bronze Age penciler and creator of Spider-Man’s black costume, said of the tour … “We’re putting the band back together!” Looking forward to this reunion with Jim Shooter and John Beatty to celebrate the original Secret Wars series and hail the arrival of the new Secret Wars. It’s been very gratifying to see our original series maintain its popularity and remain in print for the past 30 years. A rare success! Hope to see you at one of our dates”

    John Beatty, inker extraordinaire, stated “The big picture of Secret Wars is the fans. Having fans tell me through the years over and over that this series either brought them back to reading comic books, or started them reading comic books. I never dreamed, or could have at the time, that Secret Wars with Mike Zeck and Jim Shooter would have kept its appeal for three decades. Being able to share in the history of this series with both Jim and Mike is a bit surrealistic in many ways. It’s a huge blessing that we are still able to get together 30 years later and show our appreciation for the fans who made the series the success it has been and hopefully will continue to be. Thank you all!”

    Jim Shooter, legendary writer, artist, editor, and publisher said of the tour “Secret Wars turned out to be a watershed in the history of the medium. I’m glad I was part of it and I am very, very happy to get together again with brilliant artists Mike Zeck and John Beatty.”

    Don’t miss this once in 30 years opportunity to get your comics signed by all of the creators who made it happen so many years ago … Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck, and John Beatty.

    HeroesCon 2015 Announces First Guests

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    HeroesCon 2015 takes place June 19-21, 2015! 

    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.

    2015 Guests include:

    KRIS ANKA
    KELLY SUE DECONNICK
    MATT FRACTION
    ERICA HENDERSON
    JASON LATOUR
    TULA LOTAY
    ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
    BABS TARR
    CHRISTIAN WARD
    MARIS WICKS
    & MANY MORE!

    For the most up-to-date information, check our blog, or sign up for the weekly Heroes Hotline newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

    $40 TICKETS AVAILABLE UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2014 

    BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER,FREE!

    ENTRY WILL BE $20: FRI $20: SAT $15: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $15 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY!

    HeroesCon 2014 Displays Bill Watterson Original Art

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    Press Release:

    HeroesCon 2014 is proud to display the first published comic strip art from Bill Watterson in nearly twenty years! Watterson completed his inimitable Calvin and Hobbes strip in 1995, and has since remained largely private in his life and art. If you happened to read Stephan Pastis‘ popular Pearls Before Swine strip this week, you may have noticed that Pastis employed a guest artist, billed as a second grade girl named Libby, to help him with three strips. Astute readers speculated about the true identity of the guest artist, and today the Washington Post revealed it to be none other than the legendary Bill Watterson! Pastis tells the whole story on his blog.

    In conjunction with Chris Sparks and Team Cul de Sac, we are happy to be bringing all three Watterson and Pastis strips to Charlotte to display at HeroesCon, June 20 through 22 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The art will be displayed on the convention floor all weekend, at our Drink and Draw event on Friday night, and at Saturday night’s Art Auction. We’ll also be hosting a panel on Friday, June 20 where fans will get to hear the story of how this remarkable art was produced, how it came to be featured in Charlotte, and the part that Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson plays in all of it.

    The three strips produced by Watterson and Pastis will be auctioned off in the coming months, with all proceeds from the sale going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. This charity works closely with our good friends at Team Cul de Sac, for whom we host our annual HeroesCon Drink and Draw charity event. More specifics regarding the auction of these pieces will be available at HeroesCon, here on our site and at Team Cul de Sac‘s page in the coming weeks.

    HeroesCon is the only place anyone will be able to see the rare Watterson and Pastis original art in person before they are auctioned off. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for comic and art fans across the country, and we are humbled and honored to be bringing it to Charlotte.

    HeroesCon takes place June 20 – 22 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The Bill Watterson and Cul de Sac panel takes place Friday, June 20 at 5:30 at the convention center.

    Team Eastman’s 2014 Turtle Tour

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    KEVIN EASTMAN, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and longtime publisher of Heavy Metal, kicks off a year of touring across the United States and abroad this weekend with an appearance at Jared’s Epic Party in Dallas, TX! Visit Kevin’s website for full details of all his original art available for sale and regular updates about his schedule. And stay in touch with Kevin on Facebook and Twitter!

    Upcoming 2014 appearances and signings …..

    February 22 –  Jareds Epic Party – Dallas, TX

    March 2   – Sac Con – Sacramento, CA

    March 28 and 29 – DLUX Expo – Detroit, MI

    April 5 and 6 – Gem City Comic Con – Dayton, OH

    April 25 & 26 – Calgary Comic Con, Canada

    May 3 – Free Comic Book Day, Jetpack, Rochester, NH

    May 9 & 10 – WAP! Comic Con, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    May 31 & June 1 – Indy Pop Con, Indianapolis, IN

    June 6 & 7 – Niagara Falls CC, Niagara Falls, Canada

    June 21 – Heroes Con, Charlotte, NC

    July 12 & 13 – Capitol City Comic Con – Austin, TX

    July 24-27 – San Diego Comicon – San Diego, CA

    Sept 12 & 13 – Wizard World – Richmond, VA

    Sept 26-27 – Alamo City – San Antonio, TX

    October – Australia and New Zealand TBA

    VA – Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find Exhibition

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    Press Release:

    Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find: the Comic Art Collection of Shelton Drum
    January 24 through June 29, 2014
    Preview Reception: February 6 from 6-8 p.m.
    United-Legard Galleries

    Shelton Drum, owner of the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find comic book store and founder of the renowned annual Heroes Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, brings William King Museum a vast array of original comic book art from his private collection. With the help of Neil Bramlette, founder of Bristol’s Out of Step Arts Collective, classic comics, private commissions, and original pages showcasing key artists from the 1950s and 60s as well as artists working today will be on display for the first time. Featuring comic arts past and present, this exhibit is full of recognizable characters that are sure to surprise and delight fans and newcomers alike.

    William King Museum
    415 Academy Drive Abingdon, VA 24210
    276-628-5005

    Hero Initiative Announces 20 Convention Stops in 2014

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    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative Announces 2014 Convention Schedule—20 dates in all!

    LOS ANGELES, CA (January 22, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that raises money for comic veterans in medical and financial need, will be attending 20 comic conventions in 2014!

    Yes! The Hero crew will be busy bees this year bringing you special guests, parties, and much more from San Diego to Calgary to New York City! We may be attending a convention near you, so make sure you stop by and help us help others who have paved the way for many others and have brought us years of joy! JUST DO IT!

    Schedule is as follows:

    March 7-9
    Wizard World Sacramento
    http://www.wizardworld.com/home-sacramento.html

    March 14-16
    Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO
    http://planetcomicon.wordpress.com/

    March 21-23
    Orlando MegaCon With special guest Herb Trimpe appearing EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth, #733
    http://www.MegaConvention.com/

    March 28-30
    Emerald City Seattle
    http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/

    April 4-6
    Wizard World St. Louis
    http://www.wizardworld.com/home-stlouis.html

    April 18-20
    Awesome Con Washington DC
    http://awesomecondc.com/

    April 25-27
    Reed Chicago C2E2
    http://www.c2e2.com/

    April 24-27
    Calgary Comic Expo
    http://calgaryexpo.com/

    May 2-4
    Wizard World Minneapolis
    http://www.wizardworld.com/home-minneapolis.html

    May 17-18
    Big Wow San Jose
    http://www.bigwowcomicfest.com/

    May 31-June 1
    Long Beach Comic Expo
    http://longbeachcomiccon.com/

    June 5-8
    Phoenix Comic Con
    http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/

    June 20-22
    Charlotte HeroesCon
    http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/

    July 23-27
    San Diego With Hero Board of Directors member Dennis O’Neil in attendance!
    http://comic-con.org/cci

    August 21-24
    Wizard World Chicago
    http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ch.html

    September 5-7
    Baltimore Comic Con
    http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

    September 27-28
    Long Beach Comic Con
    http://longbeachcomiccon.com/

    October 2-4
    Wizard World Austin
    http://www.wizardworld.com/home-tx.html

    October 9-12
    Reed New York Comic Con
    http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

    October 31-November 2
    Wizard World Ohio
    http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ohio.html

    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 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 $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

    For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.

    Scene on the Web: HeroesCon 2013

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    Some of our favorite cosplay photos, sketches, videos, reports and more from HeroesCon 2013.

    Scene on the Web Weekly: June 3-9, 2013

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    Reports come in from Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, people get ready for HeroesCon, the Tampa Bay Comic Con announces Hunger Games and Game of Thrones guests, and more!

    The Fifth Beatle Creators to be at HeroesCon 2013; Limited Prints Available at BookExpo America Saturday

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    The Fifth Beatle

    Press Release:

    THE FIFTH BEATLE TO BE PUBLISHED IN THREE STUNNING EDITIONS!

    “If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian.”—Paul McCartney

    MAY 31, MILWAUKIE, OR—Ever since its announcement last fall, there has been buzz about THE FIFTH BEATLE. Written by multiple Tony Award–winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary (Green Day’s American IdiotThe Addams FamilyMel Brooks’s The Producers), The Fifth Beatle, chronicling the life of the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, will officially be released on November 19.

    The Fifth Beatle, from M Press Books, a division of Dark Horse Comics, recounts the untold true story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered and guided the Beatles to unprecedented international stardom—yet died painfully lonely at the young age of thirty-two. More than merely the story of “The Man Who Made the Beatles,” The Fifth Beatle is an uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story about the desire to leave behind a legacy, amidst the struggle to overcome crushing personal obstacles and insurmountable odds.

    This marks the first full-length graphic novel painted by fanboy favorite Andrew C. Robinson (Dusty StarKing ConanStarmanSuperman). The book also features a special section paying homage to the 1960s Beatles cartoons, lovingly drawn by multiple Eisner and Harvey Award–winning cartoonist Kyle Baker (Why I Hate SaturnPlastic ManNat Turner).

    “Telling the Brian Epstein story is a true labor of love. The Fifth Beatle really is my life’s work—as I’ve been researching Brian’s life for more than half my own,” says Tiwary. “So it’s with great excitement and anticipation that I can finally share this little-known story about one of the great architects of modern pop culture with the rest of the world.”

    Vivek J. Tiwary is also set to write and produce a feature-film adaptation of his graphic novel. Tiwary has signed a deal with Sony/ATV (who control the Lennon/McCartney music catalog) which gives him unprecedented access to Beatles songs for the film.

    The standard hardcover edition will be available for $19.99 in an oversized library format. A collector’s-edition hardcover of this groundbreaking graphic novel will also be available, featuring a wraparound, textured cover and a section of bonus materials including Beatles and Brian Epstein memorabilia, artist sketches, and alternate covers, for $49.99.

    The limited edition (1,500 copies) features a tip-in sheet signed by creators Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker, along with a twenty-four-page bonus section including rare Beatles and Brian Epstein memorabilia and behind-the-scenes sketches, a unique, textured cover, and a special slipcase, for $99.99.

    Tiwary will be signing limited prints of The Fifth Beatle at BookExpo America in New York City this Saturday, June 8th at the Dark Horse booth #1003 at 11 a.m.

    Additionally both Tiwary and artist Andrew Robinson will be delivering a panel presentation at HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC on June 9th titled: Comics of the Fab Four: The Fifth Beatle and Beyond. The panel begins promptly at 11:30 a.m.

    “The Beatles will be bigger than Elvis!”—Brian Epstein, 1961

     

    Tiwary is represented by David Alpert and Lawrence Mattis at Circle of Confusion.

     

    ABOUT VIVEK J. TIWARY

    Vivek J. Tiwary is an award-winning producer, writer, and financier for film, television, theater, music, and graphic novels. He is the producer and writer of “The Fifth Beatle,” a feature film and graphic novel based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. “The Fifth Beatle” has secured unprecedented access to Beatles’ music and is in development to shoot in 2013. In television, Vivek sold a sitcom pilot “Punk Rock Dad” to CBS, based on the bestselling memoir/parenting manual by Pennywise lead singer Jim Lindberg, and he is developing a number of additional series including “Ascension,” a historical fiction / thriller juxtaposing the history of astronomy with mankind’s future in the stars. On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards from 44 Tony nominations—every single one of his shows have been decorated. They include “The Addams Family,” Green Day’s “American Idiot” (the groundbreaking adaptation of the superstar rock band’s multi-platinum album), Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (the most Tony Awards ever) and “Young Frankenstein”, “A Raisin In The Sun” (starring Sean Combs), and “A Little Night Music” (starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury). Off-Broadway, Vivek produced a theatrical collaboration between electropop/performance artists Fischerspooner and avant-garde theatre collective The Wooster Group (founded by Willem Dafoe, Spalding Gray, and others) that launched the 2008 Sao Paulo Art Bienal. Vivek also serves on the Board of Directors for Valiant Entertainment (www.valiantentertainment.com), a multi-platform company that boasts the third largest and most-loved universe of comic book characters and has been hailed by the New York Times as “Marvel 2.0”. Prior to founding Tiwary Entertainment Group (www.tiwaryent.com) and online music education/empowerment company StarPolish, Vivek held a number of major label music-industry positions, including launching and heading the Alternative Marketing Department at Mercury/PolyGram Records, and managing Video Promotion for Mercury/PolyGram, where he worked closely with MTV and VH1. Vivek has worked with artists covering the entire musical spectrum including Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Kiss, LL Cool J, John Mellencamp, Allen Ginsberg, Oasis, Hanson, 311 and The Mighty Mighty BossTones to name but a few. Among many charitable pursuits, Vivek is the Co-Founder of Musicians On Call (www.musiciansoncall), a nonprofit organization that uses music and entertainment to complement the healing process. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. Vivek also holds a filmmaking certificate from The New York Film Academy and is an acting student of Susan Batson/Black Nexxus Acting Studio.

    ABOUT DARK HORSE COMICS

    Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, including The MaskGhost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star WarsMass Effect, Buffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConanEmily the Strange, Tim Burton’s Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys, Serenity, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

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