HeroesCon is exactly one month away and guests are still being announced. This isn’t even the last guest list update before the show! We’re bursting at the seams! Get your tickets today! See the full guest list on the website!
We are happy to welcome Neal Adams back to HeroesCon this June 22-24! Thanks to everyone who attended last year and met Neal on his first visit to HeroesCon; you must have made a great impression! Neal is a legend in the comic book industry as much for his artwork as he is for crusading for the rights of fellow creators and striking out on his own when such a thing was unheard of. Neal’s career spans decades, from classic runs on characters like X-Men, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and Batman to his current Batman: Odyssey. Be on the lookout for The First X-Men coming soon from Neal and writer (and fellow HeroesCon 2012 guest) Christos Gage! One of Jared Moraitis’ BeastWreck Shirts & Stuff was recently featured on an episode of NBC’s Community. Jared makes great shirts and if you buy two shirts at HeroesCon this year one of them should say BeastWreck on it! The other one will of course say HeroesCon or Indie Island.
Michel Fiffe is the creator of the comic series, Zegas, which he began publishing in 2011 as Copra Press. On top of writing and drawing Zegas, Fiffe has immersed himself in various comics projects such as editing the indie anthology Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies and conducting in-depth creator interviews for several institutions including The Comics Journal.
When he’s not working in animation, Dan Duncan is making comics. You’ve seen his art on the latest incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and on the beautifully painted covers of Xenoholics. Catch this guy before he and his crew are super famous and don’t have time for you. Ah, he’d make time anyway, Dan is a super nice guy.
Artist Tom Lyle is also returning to HeroesCon next month. Tom’s illustrated numerous books like Spider-man, Robin, Punisher and Batman. He’s also an instructor at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), who he’ll be setting up with again this year.
Jeffrey Brown had a recent hit with Darth Vader and Son, and is well known for other comics like The Incredible Change-Bots, Little Things, Clumsy, Unlikely and many more.
Tom Bancroft is a veteran artist in animation, storyboards and comics. He’s done design work for lots of big Disney films like Aladdin, Lion King and Mulan, and illustrated books like Opposite Forces and the art instruction book Creating Characters With Personality.
June Brigman and Roy Richardson are the married creators behind the past fifteen years of Brenda Starr. June is also known for her work on titles like Power Pack, Supergirl and an adaptation of the novel Black Beauty with Roy. Dennis Calero has been a go-to artist for many companies over the years. In addition to work on popular properties like 28 Days Later: The Aftermath, Calero’s also illustrated books like X-men: Noir, X-factor and Cowboys & Aliens. Michael Dolce is a comics writer who has worked on books like Grimm Fairy Tales, Descendant and Sire.
Zealand “Steve” Jones has been a character designer on animated shows such as Batman: Brave and The Bold, Justice League Unlimited, Batman Beyond, Superman, and the New Adventures of Batman. He also worked on Teen Titans, Legion of Superheroes, JL: The New Frontier DTV, JL: Crisis on 2 Earths DTV, Men In Black and G I Joe: Renegades. Currently , he is working on the new CG TMNT cartoon at Nickelodeon Studios. His pals Dan Panosianand Tim Townsend told him HeroesCon was a great show so he decided to make his first trip to the Queen City to check it out!
Drew Moss is currently drawing a story for Outlaw Territory Volume 3. He has also worked on Zombies VS Robots and The Baku.
Ethan Van Sciver has been a mainstay at DC for years now. He’s illustrated titles like Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Rebirth, Flash: Rebirth and most recently the new 52 title Fury of Firestorm.
David Antoine Williams made quite an impression last year at his first ever appearance at HeroesCon! See the image below for one of the reasons why! David has been keeping busy with covers for G.I. Joe, Cobra and tons of other stuff since we saw him last. Don’t miss this chance to meet and chat with the one and only “Brohawk”!
Jeffrey Brown signs at Isotope Lounge on Wednesday, May 16th 2012 from 4pm – 7pm.
One of the most talked about comics and creators of the year is coming to the Isotope!
Indie comics god Jeffrey Brown, the man behind some of our most beloved comics including CAT GETTING OUT OF A BAG, CLUMSY, UNLIKELY, and INCREDIBLE CHANGE-BOTS, has a really wonderful new book coming out that you won’t want to miss… DARTH VADER AND SON, and the Isotope and our friends at Chronicle Books have teamed up to bring you Jeffrey’s first 2012 San Francisco public appearance.
DARTH VADER AND SON takes place in an alternative Star Wars universe filled with hilarious and charming scenes from Luke Skywalker’s childhood if Darth Vader had been a good dad. One look and you’ll be just as in love with this as we all are!
While we await Mister Brown’s imminent arrival with stacks of what will surely be one of our favorite graphic novels of the year, go check out this cinematic trailer for the book, catch a preview over at Apartment Therapy, sit in on a Skype interview with Jeffrey, check out the Drawing Between the Lines Jeffrey Brown documentary which had it’s world premiere screening at the Isotope, and go have some puzzle-solving and finger-puppet making fun with the Darth Vader And Son Activity Book.
We’ll also be giving out free DARTH VADER AND SON pinback buttons during our event too! How cool is that?!
326 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Jeffrey Brown signs on Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm
What if Darth Vader actively raised his son? What if “I am your father” was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown’s delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars™ moments a fresh twist, showing that the trials and joys of parenting are universal, even in a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber battling practice, using the Force to raid a cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star, and the special bonding moments shared between any father and son.
The Cartoon Art Museum answers these questions and more in the 18-piece exhibition Darth Vader and Son, featuring artwork by award-winning cartoonist Jeffrey Brown. This exhibit opens on Saturday, April 28. Brown will sign copies of his book at the Cartoon Art Museum on Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm.
About the Author
Jeffrey Brown is the author of numerous graphic novels and comics, including Cat Getting Out of a Bag, and Cats Are Weird. Jeffrey also co-wrote and created artwork for the film Save The Date, which was selected for Dramatic Film Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. A lifelong Star Wars fan, he lives in Chicago with his wife and five-year-old son.
About Chronicle Books
One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. For more information about Chronicle Books, visit www.chroniclebooks.com.
STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.
Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Jeffrey Brown opens an exhibition of art at Secret Headquarters on Friday, July 29th from 7- 9pm!
3817 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Jeffrey Brown opens a gallery show on May 13, 2011 from 6-9pm.
Scott Eder Gallery
18 Bridge St, Suite 2-i, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Wednesday, April 13th – Carla Speed McNeil will present original artwork and discuss her award winning series, FINDER. She self published this critically acclaimed series for over a decade and the book has acquired a cult status as “the best book you haven’t read”. She has found a new home at Dark Horse Comics who just released the massive FINDER LIBRARY VOL. 1, and FINDER: VOICE the newest chapter in the series.
Thursday, April 14th – Benjamin Marra is flying in from Brooklyn for a very special art exhibit and book signing. Marra is the creator of NIGHT BUSINESS, GANGSTA RAP POSSE, and INCREDIBLY FANTASTIC ADVENTURES OF MAUREEN DOWD #1 (a work of satire and fiction) which received media coverage from both Fox News and Huffington Post on the same day. Marra was recently published by Marvel Comics in their alt-comix anthology, STRANGE TALES II.
Friday, April 15th – Jeffrey Brown is one of the most popular alternative cartoonists working in comics. Well known for his autobio relationship comics, he has also branched out with hilarious superhero parody comics, and a series of super cute cat comics. Top Shelf will be publishing the second volume of his awesome Transformers parody, INCREDIBLE CHANGE BOTS, which will debut at this book signing.
WHO: Carla Speed McNeil
WHAT: FINDER art exhibit and book signing
WHEN: Thursday, April 13th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101
WHO: Benjamin Marra
WHAT: Art exhibit and book signing
WHEN: Thursday, April 14th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101
WHO: Jeffrey Brown
WHAT: Book release and signing
WHEN: Friday, April 15th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101
Carla Speed McNeil – Since 1996, Finder has set the bar for science-fiction storytelling, with a lush, intricate world and compelling characters. Now, Carla Speed McNeil’s Eisner Award-winning series comes to Dark Horse with the original graphic novel Voice.
In a society defined by its intricate network of clans, Rachel Grosvenor has grown up an outcast, straddling worlds. Now, her quest for admission to a highly exclusive clan sends Rachel spiraling into the dark underbelly of Anvard and a paradox that holds the key to her future: How do you find a Finder?
* Rising star Carla Speed McNeil has been nominated for seventeen industry awards, winning five times, since 1998!
* Voice won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Webcomic.
* “Completely fascinating.” -Warren Ellis
* “Finder is, bar none, the best SF comic being published today.” -Strange Horizons
Benjamin Marra – Benjamin Marra is the notorious creator of the comic books NIGHT BUSINESS, GANGSTA RAP POSSE and THE INCREDIBLY FANTASTIC ADVENTURES OF MAUREEN DOWD (A WORK OF SATIRE AND FICTION).
Marra’s comic book work has drawn comparison to mainstream masters Jim Steranko and Paul Gulacy as well as underground comix legends R. Crumb and Spain. His work exists beyond the cutting edge of independent comic books and operates within the cut itself.
Marra’s illustration work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, The Society of Publication Designers, American Illustration and the Art Directors Club. Some of his clients include Playboy, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Marvel Comics, Vice, Nylon, Widen+Kennedy and McCann-Erickson.
Jeffrey Brown – After growing up in Michigan, a 25-year-old Jeffrey Brown moved to Chicago in 2000 to pursue an MFA at the School of the Art Institute. He splashed onto the comics scene with the self-published relationship memoir Clumsy, which earned praise from cartoonists and readers alike, and was eventually picked up by Top Shelf. Many acclaimed graphic novels followed, establishing Brown as both a hyper-sensitive chronicler of bittersweet romance (Unlikely, Any Easy Intimacy) and a deadpan master of absurdist humor (Incredible Change-Bots, Sulk, I Am Going to Be Small).
Additional projects include: directing a music video for Death Cab for Cutie; the autobiographical collections Little Things, Funny Misshapen Body, and Undeleted Scenes; and the observational books Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Cats Are Weird. The prolific Mr. Brown lives and works in Chicago.
Jeffrey Brown signs on April 13 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Jeffrey Brown signs on December 11th from noon to 2pm. The author of Clumsy, AEIOU, Every Girl is the End of the World for Me, Bighead, I am Going to be Small and Sulk, is signing copies of his books and doing sketches for fans at Third Coast Comics.
Third Coast Comics
6234 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
Graphically Speaking: Jeffrey Brown’s UNDELETED SCENES
North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
Monday, April 26, 2010 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
FREE TO ATTEND
Part of the Keep Toronto Reading Festival. Presented by The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and The Beguiling
Jeffrey Brown, one of the most celebrated autobiographical cartoonists of the past 10 years, returns to Toronto to celebrate the release of his newest graphic novel Undeleted Scenes. Brown is best known for his “Girlfriend Trilogy” of graphic novels including Clumsy, Unlikely, and AEIOU, from Top Shelf, and his recent works for Simon & Shuster’s Touchstone Books line including Funny Misshapen Body and Little Things. In addition, Brown’s popular Cat Getting Out of a Paper Bag is on its fourth printing for Chronicle Books, and last year Brown directed an animated music video for pop-rockers Death Cab for Cutie.
Undeleted Scenes collects all of Jeffrey Brown’s short stories and non-fiction pieces created since the release of Clumsy into one 352 page book, including little-seen and rare material. Brown will be on-hand to talk about the unique challenges of creating soul-bearing autobiography in comics, his development as a cartoonist and storyteller, and blurring the line between fact and fiction.
Graphically Speaking: Jeffrey Brown’s Undeleted Scenes is presented in partnership with The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a week long comics event culminating in a two-day exhibition at Toronto Reference Library, May 8th and 9th 2010. For the complete list of Keep Toronto Reading programming check out their wesbsite. Hope to see you there!
Becky Cloonan (Demo, Pixu)!
Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed To Thrizzle)!
Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy, Mini-Sulk)!
THE BIGGEST EVENT YOU’VE EVER SEEN (on March 6th)!
Challengers and Chicago Comics are pleased to bring you STRANGE TALES SATURDAY: A full-day, two-store celebration of the new Strange Tales hardcover from Marvel. Your bestest day ever kicks off at Challengers at 1pm, with a one-hour Panel Q+A featuring all three creators. Then it’s a signing with Michael, Becky and Jeffrey at Challengers from 2pm-4pm. BUT IT DOESN’T STOP THERE! The fun moves over to Chicago Comics at 6pm, with another two-hour signing with Mr. Kupperman, Ms. Cloonan and Mr. Brown, followed by a “will wreck your Sunday” AFTERPARTY at 8pm.
Should be an amazing day of comics, conversation, celebration and commuting. One note, though. Purchase of a Strange Tales hardcover from EITHER store the week of signing (with receipt as proof) is required to attend the signing. You’re welcome to bring MORE items to get signed (and we’ll have other books if you need ‘em), but you will be required to purchase a copy of the STRANGE TALES hardcover at either Challengers or Chicago Comics, and if you get it before the event, just bring your receipt with you. Cool? Thanks!
THIS JUST IN: Paul Hornschemeier joins the signing!!
March 6, 2010 ~ 1:00 – 4:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R, Chicago, IL 60647
March 6, 2010 ~ 6:00 – 8:00pm
Chicago Comics – 3244 N. Clark St. Chicago, Il. 60657