HeroesCon 2017 Programming Available Now

HeroesCon 2017 programming is now available! Plan your weekend ahead of time.

FRIDAY JUNE 17

2:00 PM
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP I: CREATING MAQUETTES
Maquettes are a large part of the entertainment industry in film, animation, video games, sequential art, and toy design. John Larison In his 18 years at SCAD, he has helped to co-create four minors, ceramics, storyboarding, concept design, and action figure design 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.

2:00 PM
Room 203A
MICHAEL GOLDEN
Back Issues’ own Eric Nolen-Weathington sits down with MICHAEL GOLDEN (The Nam, Punisher, and Micronauts (and practically everything else as well!)) for a career spanning retrospection. Don’t miss it.

2:00 PM
Room 206
COLOR OF FANDOM–DIVERSE COMICS FOR KIDS
COLOR OF FANDOM provides parents comic book recommendations with diverse protagonists that are appropriate for their elementary and middle school aged children. A child’s self-esteem is highly influenced by whether or not they see themselves reflected in the stories that they see and hear. Children that are exposed to diverse stories develop a greater sense of empathy for the world that they inhabit. ROBIN MCGLOTTEN and her team will offer their recommendations of some diverse comics for young readers from pre-school through middle school

2:00 PM
Room 207A
CURSE WORDS
Join the creators of Image Comics morally-reprehensible wizard comedy for a sinister science fantasy séance! CHARLES SOULE and RYAN BROWNE are joined by Nerdy Show’s Cap Blackard and A Comic Show’s Aaron Haaland to unlock the series’ dark secrets and answer Margaret fan mail.

2:00 PM
Room 207D
LICENSING in the COMIC INDUSTRY
Tom Heintjes from Hogan’s Alley talks about Licensing products—the challenges and rewards—with a team of stalwarts: STEPHANIE GLADDEN, JOE STATON, SCOTT SHAW! DAVE DORMAN, and GEORGES JEANTY

2:00 PM
Room 208
ZDARSKY AHOY!
HeroesCon’s own Jughead, DOUG MERKLE sits down with CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals, Jughead, Howard the Duck) and examines Chip’s comic’s career. Warning: the conversation is likely to fall into the TV-MA category

2:30 PM
Room 203B
QuickDraw–A HeroesCon tradition with your MC our Queen of QUICKDRAW, FANCY PANTS gives you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give her 20 minutes and all of 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. The Quick-draw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! Be there! Pencil purloiners will be persecuted persistently.

3:00 PM
Room 207BC
IMAGE COMICS SELLS OUT*
*–OF ITS PRINT RUNS!! on a new crop of exciting books. Adam Daughhetee (Dollar Bin) chats it up with their creators: DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (Extremity), DOUG WAGNER, (Plastic) IVAN BRANDON & GREG HINKLE (Black Cloud)

3:00 PM
Room 209/210
LEGION-DARY TALENT: BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Critic Craig Fischer sits down for a one-on-one chat with artist extraordinaire BILL SIENKIEWICZ, focusing on Sienkiewicz’s radical 1984-85 work on Marvel’s NEW MUTANTS title with writer Chris Claremont. During this run, Sienkiewicz and Claremont distorted, fractured, and reassembled superhero storytelling, and in the process inspired showrunner Noah Hawley to build a spectacular 2017 TV show, LEGION, around their NEW MUTANTS character David Haller. Join them for a deep dive into Sienkiewicz’s X-verse work and its mutation into LEGION.

3:30 PM
Room 203A
ARCHER
Heroes’ own proud outspoken member of the Witness Protection Program Jason Wheately sits down for a Sterling conversation with three of the brilliant folks who have worked on the hit FX show ARCHER: NEAL HOLMAN, KEVIN MELLON, and KATHRYN HUDSON

3:30 PM
Room 203B
COLOR COMMENTARY
With this year’s guest list boasting so many of comics’ best colorists, the biggest concern was fitting them all into one panel. Our solution? Have TWO! (The other is on SUNDAY!!!) Looking to demystify the coloring process and answer your questions in the first of two Color Commentary panels this weekend, moderator Greg Matiasevich (Multiversity Comics) is joined by colorists LAURA MARTIN, MATT WEBB, KELLY FITZPATRICK, MATT WILSON, and MARISSA LOUISE

3:30 PM
Room 206
SCIENCE IN COMICS & TEACHING SCIENCE WITH COMICS
Reed Richards! Ray Palmer! Barry Allen! Riri Williams! Tony Stark! Not only is there a ton of good science and scientists in comics, but as teachers know, comics can be used to teach STEM topics! Join science educators & communicators MATT and SHARI BRADY (TheScienceOf.org), CHRIS (Chemystery) PREECE along with artist Josh Reynolds for a lively panel about some great science moments in comics: Preece & Reynolds “Chemystery,” and how Deadpool, Gwen Stacy, Iceman and more are being used in classroom settings to teach STEM! Yes, we know it’s summer vacation, but come on in and learn some science from comics!

3:30 PM
Room 207A
Famous Monsters of Filmland master BASIL GOGOS
Legendary monster artist BASIL GOGOS has a dedicated fan following as chronicled in the best-selling Vanguard book, Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos. His original Famous Monsters magazine cover paintings of the 1960s and ‘70s are highly sought-after and he has works in the collections of filmmakers and rock stars including Rob Zombie, Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, and Benicio Del Toro. Catch this spookily special appearance of the Master of Monsters at his second Heroes Con appearance ever. Moderator: J. David Spurlock, the best-selling author of How to Draw Chiller Monsters, Werewolves, Vampires, and Zombies

3:30 PM
Room 207D
THE CRAFT OF COMICS
Comics isn’t just an art form- it’s a craft. And like any craft, it’s one that has to be continually honed. Join moderator Chris Brennaman (www.atlantageekscene.com) and creators JIM RUGG, ED PISKOR, EVAN DORKIN, MICHEL FIFFE, and NATALIE ANDREWSON as we spend the hour talking about the nitty-gritty of what goes into making a career of creating comics.

3:30 PM
Room 208
DEADPOOL AND HARLEY QUINN!!!
–two of the most unlikely superstars and their pioneer creators FABIAN NICIEZA and TERRY DODSON are joined by Jason Wood (the 11 O’Clock Comics podcast) to talk about the genesis and the rise in popularity of everyone’s favorite violent misanthropes. Come Monday morning, this will be the panel everyone is talking about!

4:00 PM
Room 201
SCAD WORKSHOP II: COMICBOOK STORYTELLING – A CRASH COURSE!
TOM LYLE, a 12 year SCAD Professor and accomplished comic artist who co-created Spoiler for DC and designed the SCARLET SPIDER is going to utilize his 25 years of experience as a comic book storyteller, in order to give you a rousing workshop that highlights the basics of comic book storytelling. He’ll help you find your own voice through the pictures you draw. Just like the big guys. Think you know storytelling? You’ll know it even better after this. Come and have a great time. No supplies needed.

4:30 PM
Room 207BC
COSPLAY: FABRICATION 101
Sometimes a cosplay needs more than fabric. We’ll talk about props, accessories and the items that don’t need a sewing machine, plus some great tips for staying on budget. Panelists: DJ Spider, Aaron Riven, Cherlyn Lambeth Moderator: Sean Patton

5:00 PM
Room 203B
LGBTQ+ COMICS, CHARACTERS & CREATORS
Celebrate the full spectrum of queerness on the comic page. Cap Blackard and Bryan Pittard of The Nerdy Show Network will discuss with TAMRA BONVILLAIN, TEE FRANKLIN, MICHELLE NOLAN, and ZORA GILBERT why representation is so important and how fiction can set you free!

5:00 PM
Room 206
HEROINES IN POP CULTURE: A DEBATE ON PROGRESS
Was Rogue One a feminist step forward with Jyn Erso as the lead, or was it more of the same from Hollywood with an almost entirely male set of supporting characters? Does Eleven from Stranger Things represent a welcome trend or is she an anomaly? Is Emma Watson’s Belle a modern role model or throwback damsel-in-distress? This panel-moderated by Craig Pohlman, Ph.D., Southeast Psych- will grapple with these questions and more as two teams of psychologists debate how much progress has been made with female power in pop culture. Dr. Megan Connell, Dr. Ryan Kelly, Lindsay Stewart, Emma Kate Wright, Jonathan Hetterly, and Julie Caskey

5:00 PM
Room 207D
OUT OF STEP ARTS (OoSA)
was founded by Neil Bramlette to support and promote emerging and established artists who are not only interested in working in comics, but also have interests in other forms of visual art cultures, story development and printed matter. From mainstream to DIY/Indi comics, editorial illustration to concept development, animation and beyond – Join NATHAN FOX, ANDREW MACLEAN, ALEXIS ZIRRITT, PAUL MAYBURY, LOGAN FAEBER, CHRIS VISIONS, and VANESSA DEL REY for a conversation with OOSA artists about how they defined their unique voices, maintain their art practice and get a rare glimpse into their craft, process and contribution as professional storytellers and myth makers.

5:00 PM
Room 208
COMIC BOOK STORYTELLING
Former Marvel Editor in Chief JIM SHOOTER explains the principles of visual storytelling. Using a slide presentation of Jack Kirby’s work on Captain America, Jim walks you through the cinematography of the graphic story and shows you how to make compelling images that deliver your story with power and precision. Essential knowledge for writers as well as artists

5:00 PM
Room 209/210
INKWELL AWARDS
Celebrate 7 years of recognizing and awarding comicdom’s finest inkers at Heroes Con with the at their live, annual awards ceremony on Friday the 16th at 5pm in rooms 209-210.
Joining our host & co-presenter Bob Almond and hostess & spokesmodel Ms. Inkwell:
GUEST OF HONOR JOE GIELLA!
And guest speaker: Timely/Atlas/Marvel legend ALLEN BELLMAN! Artist MIKE PASCALE as co-presenter! Surprise creator guests! See the live results of who was chosen on last April’s ballot as your favorite 2016 comic book ink artists! Who will enter the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame? And the FIRST 25 non-member/non-award recipient ATTENDEES will win a DOORPRIZE in a post-ceremony giveaway! Please join us!

5:30 PM
Room 203A
COMICS AND THE LIBRARY
Comics and graphic novels are an important and popular literacy tool for the modern library. This panel will share information about two local library collections, the importance of the format with regard to literacy development and some great materials offered for free at the library. Come with us– Angel Truesdale, Amanda Davis, Kapil Vasudev, Jamey Rorie, and Stacy Rue (All Charlotte area librarians!)- As we explore a brief history of comics and how libraries have had to fight to place comics in their collections. We’ll also discuss how you can have an effect on your library comic collection and where to find free library events focused on comics. We are excited to hear your suggestions, comments, and questions!

6:15-7:00 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
LOOSE ENDS #4 HEROES VARIANT SIGNING
JASON LATOUR, CHRIS BRUNNER and RICO RENZI will be signing copies of the exclusive HEROESCON special variant of LOOSE ENDS #4 at the HEROES Booth 1408/1410

7:00 PM— THE CON IS CLOSED FOR THE DAY, BUT THE FUN DOESN’T STOP!!!!

7:30 PM –HEROESCON’S DRINK AND DRAW BEGINS AT THE WESTIN BALLROOM ACROSS THE STREET at the WESTIN HOTEL ‘natch!!
STOP BY AND BE A MULTI-TASKER: DRINK AND DRAW: COME CREATE SOME GREAT MEMORIES AND BUY SOME GREAT ART AND HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR TEAM CUL DE SAC AND PARKINSON’S RESEARCH!

SATURDAY JUNE 17

HURRY: ONLY ONE MORE SHOPPING DAY UNTIL INTERNATIONAL PANIC DAY (we are not making that up)
–Or–
HOW DO WE STAY SO FRESH, EXCITING AND VITAL AFTER 35 YEARS?
ONE WORD—‘MYLAR’

11:00 AM
Room 203A
TWOMORROWS, TWOMORROWS, we love them, TWOMORROWS!
ERIC NOLEN-WEATHINGTON (Modern Masters) sits down to discuss everyone’s favorite comic insider publications with ROY THOMAS (Alter Ego) and MICHAEL EURY (Back Issue)

11:00 AM
Room 203B
PREPRESS
Moderator MARISSA LOUISE sits down with NOLAN WOODARD, ERIC POWELL and KEVIN MELLON to discuss how to get your book ready for press! For the beginner or anyone working in mainstream comics. Maybe we’ll even go over paper types, printing types, and distribution!

11:00 AM
Room 207A
THE ART OF HORROR
Moderator Jittery JOE RAUCH talks about drawing dreadful stuff while creating exciting, beautiful art with ALISON SAMPSON, PAUL AZACETA, JAMES HARREN, and ANDY BENNETT

11:00 AM
Room 207D
MOTOR CRUSH
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) sits with MOTOR CRUSH creators BRENDEN FLETCHER, CAMERON STEWART and BABS TARR to talk about their hit sci-fi/action/adventure series from Image Comics! How did they come together for this project? What inspired them? What’s it like working on their own creation as opposed to work for hire? When can we expect more?! Come on by this fun and laid back panel to hear them discuss all of this and more.

11:00 AM
Room 208
Capt. America, Agent of SHIELD & STERANKO
Legendary Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-creator JIM STERANKO is interviewed by his partner in crime, award-winning author, J. David Spurlock. Controversial topics include: The true Father of the graphic novel; why Captain America Winter Soldier is dedicated to Steranko who, has been called one of the 10 Toughest Guys in Comics; followed by the Flamingo Bar fight, motorcycles, death-defying escapes, redheads, Marvel, Spielberg and more. Don’t you miss it, Pal.

11:30 AM
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP III: DRAWING DYNAMIC ANATOMY FOR COMICS
Figure drawing is the single most important aspect of visual storytelling in cartooning and comics. Whether you are drawing super stylized images of fantasy characters, crime fiction detectives or superheroes, the ability to communicate through your figures is critical. Professor DOVE MCHARGUE will talk about and show you the different approaches to inventing dynamic figures based in correct anatomy for comics’ application through several drawing demos. There will also be a Q and A period at the end

11:30 PM
Room 209/210
ORIGINAL ART COLLECTING
Heroes Con has become one of the preeminent shows for original art collecting. Join Jason Wood of the 11 O’Clock Comics podcast as he leads a discussion about comic art collecting in its many forms. He’ll be joined by Felix Lu, Owner of Felix Comic Art (and a renowned collector in his own right) and artist DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (one of the most in demand commission artists on the planet and also an avid collector) as they lead a collaborative, audience-driven conversation about the world of original art.

12:00 PM
Room 207BC
MARVEL at ART
Jason Wheatley talks art with three of the best around: SANFORD GREENE, NICK BRADSHAW, and WILFREDO TORRES. No hard-sell required for this one.

12:30 PM
Room 203A
THE OWLY HOOTIN’ANNY
It’s time for a HOOTIN’anny! Join moderator, Heather Peagler, super Librarian friend, Jennie Law, and OWLY creator, ANDY RUNTON for a fun filled hour of crafts, drawing, and entertainment. This ALL AGES panel will be a good time for the whole family. (Unattended children shall be provided with an egg full of sugar.)

12:30 PM
Room 203B
PRODUCTION DESIGN
ED PISKOR, MICHEL FIFFE, JARED FLETCHER, CHRIS PITZER, JIM RUGG talk with Aaron Kashtan (UNC Charlotte) about the actual book on the shelf. They’ll talk about the process, decisions and creativity that goes into making a publication attractive as well as functional.

12:30 PM
Room 207A
COMICS AREN’T REAL
A celebration of the unrealistic things that make comics great, from characters and stories to art styles to specific tools of comics’ storytelling. Gregg Schigiel (Pix, SpongeBob Comics) brings together a powerhouse panel for what’s sure to be a lively, entertaining discussion that might also be the realest. With: RYAN BROWNE, ALAN DAVIS, ULISES FARINAS, MEGAN LEVENS and JOEY WEISER

12:30 PM
Room 207D
VILLAINS IN POP CULTURE: PSYCHOLOGY OF EVIL
Heroes get to save the day, but villains make stories fun. This panel of psychologists moderated by Dave Verhaagen, Ph.D., Southeast Psych will explore villains across the pop culture landscape. What makes them tick? How do they come to their diabolical worldviews? What are their weaknesses? What makes them so intriguing to audiences? Panelists: Dr. Megan Connell, Dr. Craig Pohlman, Dr. Frank Gaskill, and Michael Critzer

1:00 PM
Room 208
HORROR WRITERS
Jumpy Joe Rauch finds out what it takes to make folks jump and scream and come back for more: PAUL JENKINS, DONNY CATES, EVAN DORKIN, and CHARLES SOULE provide the chills. Don’t look under the skirted table, you’ll be sorry!

1:00 PM
COSPLAY CLASS PHOTO
Location: Hall C Stage

Join us for our annual “Class Photos” at HeroesCon! The stage cannot hold the hundreds that now show up for this great photo op, so please be on time in order to get sorted to the right group.


1:00 PM
Room 209
JAWS WILL DROP, SIDES WILL ACHE… SUPER WEIRD HEROES! With CRAIG YOE!
A way-fun LOL multimedia show of the kookiest, kraziest, most bizarro leotard-clad bad-guy bashers of the Golden Age of comic books! SEE The Hand: a giant hand! SEE Madam Fatale: the first cross dressing superhero! SEE Kangaroo Man (Batman was taken!) SEE tons more nutty-cool heroes held up to reverence and ridicule! Based on the best-selling book, “Super Weird Heroes” (and its upcoming sequel) the stand-up comedy presentation is by the former Creative Director of the Muppets and now the Eisner-winning editor of IDW/Yoe Books, CRAIG YOE!. 20 laugh-riot cosplay changes in all! DON’T MISS THIS!

1:30 PM
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP IV “Drawing Costumes from Life”
Rockwell, Leyendecker, and modern contemporaries such as James Gurney, all draw inspirations of their subjects from costumed models. KIT SEATON presents a dynamic drawing session that examines techniques and stylistic choices for designing characters and costumes from observation.
Kit Seaton spent her youth backstage as a theatrical costume designer and director before deciding that she wanted to tell stories in words and pictures. She began creating web comics with playwright George Herman in 2011, and currently working on NORROWAY with sister and writer, Cat Seaton.

2:00 PM
Room 206
TEACHING COMICS SERIES: DEPICTIONS OF SOCIAL ISSUES IN COMICS
Comics are not created in a vacuum. They hold up mirrors to ourselves and our society. MICHAEL KOBRE, Professor in the English Department of Queens University, and NATHAN FOX, Chair of MFA Visual Narrative at SVA, bring their diverse backgrounds to the table as we discuss how comic books provide a unique platform to show social issues and perhaps bring about social change. Moderated by the creator of the Teaching Comics Series: SHAWN DAUGHHETEE

2:00 PM
Room 203B
QuickDraw—A HeroesCon tradition with your MC our Queen of QUICKDRAW, FANCY PANTS who gives you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give her 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. The QuickDraw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! TSA Officials will be on site to make sure those pencils never make it passed the graphite detectors. Do you think pencils grow on trees??? oh wait….

2:00 PM
Room 207AB
CONAN the DISCUSSOR
Know O Prince that everyone’s favorite cardiologist and REH scholar Scott Valeri will induce conversation so bold Kull himself will emerge from beneath the Hyborean waves to listen in. Doc V is joined by ROY THOMAS, RUDY NEBRES, GEOFF ISHERWOOD, and CARY NORD. This is going to be exciting conversation and yes, there is a doctor in the house.

2:15-3:00 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
BABYTEETH #1 HEROES VARIANT SIGNING
DONNY CATES and CHRIS VISIONS will be signing copies of the exclusive HEROESCON special variant of BABYTEETH #1 available only at the HEROES Booth 1408/1410

2:30 PM
Room 207D
A TRIBUTE TO BERNIE WRIGHTSON
THOMAS YEATES, SCOTT HAMPTON, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, JOE JUSKO, and JOHN TOTLEBEN sit down with Joe Rauch to discuss the legendary work and the life of a great artist and friend, BERNIE WRIGHTSON. Join us won’t you. Here’s to absent friends.

2:30 PM
Room 208
THE MILKFED CRIMINAL MASTERMINDS PANEL
Join us for the THIRD annual Heroes Con Milkfed Criminal Masterminds Panel! Masterminds KELLY SUE DECONNICK and MATT FRACTION return with beloved collaborators including but not limited to CHIP ZDARSKY and TERRY DODSON — plus Milkfed’s Lt. Trouble, KIT COX and moderated by design queen Laurenn McCubbin. We’ll talk current projects, what’s new and what’s upcoming for Milkfed. There will be giveaways. There will be a trash fairy

2:30 PM
Room 209
EISNER AND KIRBY AT 100 (THE 2017 MEGA-PANEL)
Which centenary to celebrate, WILL EISNER’S or JACK KIRBY’S? Ben Towle, Jennie Law, and Craig Fischer—the hosts of this year’s mega-panel—have foolishly decided to tackle BOTH birthdays.
First is Eisner: Ben will interview HOGAN’S ALLEY publisher TOM HEINTJES, who worked closely with Will at Kitchen Sink Press during the 1980s and ‘90s, particularly on a monthly column that appeared in Kitchen Sink’s comic-book-sized SPIRIT reprints. Expect insights into both Eisner the artist and Eisner the man. Craig will follow by inviting two razor-sharp comics scholars, Drs. DANIEL YEZBICK and ANDREW KUNKA (himself one-half of the COMICS ALTERNATIVE podcast team), to collaborate with the audience on a close reading of an offbeat-yet-representative SPIRIT story.
Then Kirby: Jennie will guide a panel of super-fans—cartoonists JAIME HERNANDEZ, GILBERT HERNANDEZ, and ERIK LARSEN, and Titan Books editor STEVE SAFFEL—through a free-wheeling discussion about King Kirby’s groundbreaking career, multiple reinventions, and lasting influence. Finally, Ben will discuss the sheer oddness of Kirby’s mid-‘70s riff on 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY—a fitting place to end, since Eisner and Kirby were monoliths that pushed comics to higher evolutionary achievements.

3:00 PM
Room 203A
INSPIRATIONS
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) moderates a motivational panel on what inspires cartoonists. Come see and hear BRIDGIT CONNELL (Brother Nash), ASHLEY LANNI HOYE, (Aspire), KATA KANE (Altar Girl), and CARA MCGEE (Over the Garden Wall) talk about what inspires them to create. Thoughts on art, music, literature, TV/film, pop culture and more and how it helps them along in their creative endeavors. Come discover some new things to inspire you and maybe even share your own!

3:00-3:45 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
DKIII #1 HEROES VARIANT SIGNING
BRIAN STELFREEZE will be signing copies of the exclusive HEROESCON special variant of DK III #1 at the HEROES Booth 1408/1410

3:00 PM
Room 207BC
SOUTHERN BASTARDS
Glorious Bastards is more like it. We’ve got all the Bastards in one room: JASON LATOUR, JASON AARON, SEBASTIAN GIRNER, JARED FLETCHER, and CHRIS BRUNNER with Jason Wheatley alone to keep them all in line. Good luck.

3:30 PM
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP V– DYNAMIC CHARACTER DESIGN: The art of using basic shapes to create your own Heroes and Villains!
Have you ever had a great idea for your own amazing superhero or tortured villain, but didn’t know where to start when it comes to drawing it all out? In this workshop, we’ll explore simple but effective methods to help bring those characters to life using basic shapes like circles, squares, and triangles. We’ll also cover quick story creation details to really make those characters unique! Join Professor RASHAD DOUCET (Oni Press, Boom Studios, Lucasarts, Viz Media, and DC Comics’ Zuda branch) as he guides you through each step

4:00 PM
Room 203B
SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE
Moderator MARISSA LOUISE talks with BABS TARR, KRIS ANKA and JEN BARTEL about how an artist can create a compelling social media presence and maintain it without it taking over your life

4:00 PM
Room 207A
JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ AND LEE WEEKS ARE GOING TO DRAW and TALK…LIVE!!!!
Fred Chamberlain moderates: JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ AND LEE WEEKS are legends in the comic industry, their artwork is both distinct and lauded by both artists and comic fans around the world. Here is an opportunity to join Jose and Lee, learn more about them, as they sketch some of your favorite characters and answer your questions.

4:30 PM
Room 203A
ALL-STAR SQUADRON
One of the great pre- Crisis books of all time. All-Star Squadron was every retro-continuity and Earth 2 fans dream come true. Back Issues Michael Eury sits down with ROY THOMAS, JERRY ORDWAY and ARVELL JONES to discuss this wonderful and influential book. We shall also honor co-creator RICH BUCKLER, yet another absent friend.

4:30 PM
Room 207BC
COSPLAY 101
Thinking about your first cosplay? Don’t know where to begin? Our panel of experts can walk you through the basics of where to start, where to go, and how to manage it all without losing your mind (though that part’s debatable). Panelists: Mary Cahela, Aaron Riven, Sean Patton, Chris Burns, Miracole Burns
Moderator: DJ Spider

4:30 PM
Room 208
ARTIST’S ARTISTS
We have not had this much artistic talent in one place since the Medici’s formed Renaissance Comics back in the 16th Century. Come by and meet GERHARD, ANDREW ROBINSON, PAUL GULACY, and FRANK BRUNNER as they discuss their craft, their careers and their inspirations with Moderators extraordinaire Andy Kunka and Derek Royal from Comics Alternative

5:00 PM
Room 207D
ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS
Join Adam Daughhetee from the Dollar Bin as he talks to the minds behind Albatross Funnybooks: ERIC POWELL, LOGAN FAERBER, STEVE MANNION, FABIAN RANGEL JR., and JAKE SMITH
NOTE: Monty Python informs us that this panel does not come with any bloody wafers!!(Sorry, I had to)

5:00 PM
Room 209
JACK KIRBY’S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION WITH THE KIRBY MUSEUM
Need more Kirby??? Who doesn’t? As if you didn’t know it, this year is the 100th year since the birth of Jack Kirby! Museum Trustees, RAND HOPPE and TOM KRAFT will discuss and present the Museum’s efforts to celebrate, promote and preserve the King’s legacy.

5:15-6:00 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
MOTOR CRUSH Volume 1 HEROES VARIANT SIGNING
BABS TARR, CAMERON STEWART and BRENDAN FLETCHER will be signing copies of the exclusive HEROESCON special variant of MOTOR CRUSH Volume 1 at the HEROES Booth 1408/1410

6:00 pm CONVENTION FLOOR CLOSES BUT THE ART AUCTION IS NOW OPEN—COME OVER TO THE WESTIN AND SPEND SOME HARD-EARNED SOMOLIANS ON SOME REALLY GREAT ORIGINAL ART

AND AN ADDED TREAT!!!
SPECIAL SHOW FOR ALL ATTENDING THE ART AUCTION:

6:30 PM
WESTIN BALLROOM
ODDBALL COMICS WITH SCOTT SHAW!
Cartoonist SCOTT SHAW! (Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, Sonic the Hedgehog, Simpsons Comics, Annoying Orange) once again presents ODDBALL COMICS his uniquely hilarious slideshow of “the craziest comic books ever published!” Once you’ve seen this mind-roasting presentation-which has played to standing-room-only crowds in San Diego for the better part of four decades-you’ll never forget such covers as those of the “crotch-centric” issues of Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane, those with someone getting slapped with a “fish-in-the-face,” and those Silver Age issues of Batman and Detective Comics with “Robin-in-the-corner!” Scott promises, “My hilarious presentation is for everyone who’s enjoyed reading a comic book, whether as an avid collector or as a young patient in a dentist’s office-in fact, even for people who have never read a single comic book in their life. Even if you’ve seen my acclaimed slideshow presentation many times before, when you see their covers blown up to the size of the side of a barn, you’ll be amazed and delighted at the unbelievable imagery that is revealed! See for yourself why Stan Lee calls Scott’s show “the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I’ve ever seen!”
AFTER SCOTT’S PROGRAM, AUCTION BIDDING BEGINS AT 8:00 PM,
CO-HOSTED BY DMC!!!!!!!

SUNDAY JUNE 18

12:00 PM
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP V—HAND LETTERING & TYPOGRAPHY FOR COMICS
Cartoonist and SCAD professor DAVID ALLEN DUNCAN presents the process of hand-lettering comics! Sick of ugly digital lettering or cruddy handwriting? Good hand-lettering is a sign of professionalism – ask any comics editor. Explore comics lettering techniques and materials in this hands-on workshop. Learn simple tips and tricks for dialog balloons, inflection, sound effects, display lettering, and incorporating typography into your comics. Pick up some of his mini-comics at www.gobnobble.com

12:00 PM
Room 206
MERCHANDISING
With interests in comics and comics’ culture reaching new heights, and the convention scene exploding, many of the industry’s creators have turned to merchandising their art and ideas to create a broader, more resilient income stream. Join Jason Wood (11 O’Clock Comics podcast) in a discussion with four of the industry’s most innovative merchandisers ANDREW MCLEAN, RICO RENZI, JIM MAHFOOD, and SARAH DYER to discuss how they’ve monetized their artistic efforts beyond the comic book page.

12:00 PM
Room 207A
GET YER Y.A. BOOKS OUT!
Moderator Aaron Kashtan (UNC Charlotte) talks to some of the most exciting creators in the ever-growing Young Adult comics market: MIKE MAIHACK, THOM ZAHLER, RIAN SYGH, ANDY HIRSCH and REBECCA MOCK

12:00 PM
Room 207BC
ANIMATION
A free-wheeling conversation with animation titans who’ve worked in television, film, advertising, and more, discussing process, experiences, and exploring the ever changing landscape of the art form. With: TOM BANCROFT, BOB CAMP, SEAN “Cheeks” GALLOWAY, and SCOTT SHAW! Moderated by Gregg Schigiel

12:00 PM
Room 207D
IMAGE NOW
In its 25th year, Image Comics is looking better than ever, Shawn Daughhetee sits down with KYLE STARKS, ALISON SAMPSON, ROB GUILLORY, JIM RUGG, and DONNY CATES to discuss the properties you need to read!

12:00 PM
Room 208
MARVEL TOWN HALL
Sergeant-at-arms Douglas C. (Needermeyer) Merkle publically pounds his gavel at ED BRISSON, MATTHEW ROSENBERG, CHARLES SOULE, and CHIP ZDARSKY, and discusses changes to existing zoning laws, looks into making Wednesday a weekly National Holiday and (if time remains) offer updates on all things MARVEL.

12:00 PM
Room 209/210
THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS
What do the two guys from Comics Alternative Derek Royal and Andy Kunka have to talk about with JAIME HERNANDEZ and GILBERT HERNANDEZ arguably the two finest and most consistent comics’ creators of the last 40 years? Quite a lot actually and if you’ve never heard The Bros. in conversation, you don’t know what you are missing.

12:30 PM
Room 203B
QuickDraw— A HeroesCon tradition with your MC our Queen of QUICKDRAW, FANCY PANTS who gives you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give her 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. The QuickDraw is held EVERY YEAR, so we need those pencils back!! We’ve placed state of the art tracking devices on each and every pencil. If you get itchy fingers, we’ll sniff you out and prosecute you to full extent of the law. But before all that– have fun!

1:00 PM
HeroesCon COSPLAY CONTEST
Location: Hall C Stage
Our 5th Annual Cosplay Costume Contest, emceed by DJ Spider.
Advance registration available online or in Hall C. Final registration/check-in from 11-12:30p, with the contest starting promptly at 1pm.
There will be prizes in various divisions for Adults (Masters and Novice), Teens (13-17) and Kids (12 and under). A panel of expert judges will determine the winners

1:15-2:00 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
LOVE AND ROCKETS #1 HEROES VARIANT SIGNING
JAIME and GILBERT HERNANDEZ will be signing copies of the exclusive HEROESCON special variant of LOVE AND ROCKETS #1 at the HEROES Booth 1408/1410

1:30 PM
Room 203A
DIY PRESS
Chris Brennaman (www.atlantageekscene.com) talks about the challenges and rewards of self-publishing with a handful of talented entrepreneurs: ALEXIS ZIRITT, ERIC POWELL, ULISES FARINAS, CHRIS PITZER, KAMIKAZEE, and CHARLES FORSMAN

1:30 PM
Room 207BC
LATOUR LIVE DRAW(L)
JASON LATOUR (Southern Bastards, Loose Ends) shows everybody how it’s done. Just an artist and his ELMO* (yaaaaaaaaay!) and perhaps some special guest artists.
* –that is the technical name for a fancy- shmancy overhead and is in no way associated with NPB.

1:30 PM
Room 203B
THE BITCH PLANET GAMES
Join KELLY SUE DECONNICK to talk Bitch Planet and take up space — there are actual games here at the Bitch Planet Games. You’ll see.

1:30 PM
Room 206
ALLEN BELLMAN!!!!!
Tom Heintjes of HOGAN’S ALLEY sits down with legendary Timely/Marvel artist Allen Bellman (Captain America, Human Torch, Sub-Marnier, Young Allies, Marvel Mystery Comics—wow, it’s almost easier to list what he hasn’t drawn!)) for a career spanning conversation. Mr. Bellman has done it all, seen it all and most importantly (for us) drawn it all. You don’t want to miss the golden opportunity to listen to a legend

1:30 PM
Room 207A
TELLOS!
Join a handful of MIKE WIERINGO’S most notorious pals TODD DEZAGO, CRAIG ROUSSEAU, CASEY JONES, MATT WIERINGO, and RICH CASE as they tell tales on the late legendary artist and discuss his life, his laughter, and his legacy. Oh, and they’ll probably talk about the new Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute too, so you’ll wanna be there for that.

1:30 PM
Room 207D
GRAND LARSEN-Y
President of Image Comics (thanks Erik!) and the creator of the monthly Savage Dragon comic (thanks again!) ERIK LARSEN sits down to talk about his career in comics with Heroes Store Manager and persistently annoying and judgmental letter hack Justin Crouse. Erik and his legal team went to great lengths to ease up on the Restraining Order currently issued against Mr. Crouse. Besides being another billable hour for the lawyers, this will be an entertaining and informative conversation.

1:30 PM
Room 208
DMC
Famed hip-hop star DMC sits down to discuss his new comic book along with two of his talented collaborators, AMY CHU and DOMO STANTON. This will be an incredibly entertaining and fascinating hour, make sure you are here!

1:30 PM
Room 209/210
GERHARD: The Man in the Background
Celebrating 30 years of Cerebus the Aardvark! Meet half the team behind one of the most acclaimed graphic narratives of all-time, the master of meticulous detail and stunning surreal backgrounds: GERHARD. Join the artist and Nerdy Show’s Cap Blackard for a retrospective on working on Cerebus, illustrative tips and tricks, and other artistic explorations.

2:45-3:15 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
DMC #2.5 HEROESCONS VARIANT SIGNING
DMC, AMY CHU and DOMO STANTON will be signing copies of the exclusive HEROESCON special variant of DMC #2.5 at the HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410

2:30 PM
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP VII– Social Advocacy in Comics
How do you make a difference in the world when you just draw silly comics? Comic artists don’t do that, comic artists don’t even sell comics, right? Wrong, shut up, go away, and no actually stay, because you can join comic artist, SCAD graduate student, and dollar-store-knight, JORDAN SCRIBNER (currently a freelance comic and illustration artist working primarily on his graphic novel, Batphish.) as he shows you how powerful comics can be when used to influence cultural change.
Come look at a rich history as comics as social advocates in racial, economic, and sexual issues while learning how to guide responsible and positive change with your art. Your voice is important and your art matters!

3:00 PM
Room 203A
Spotlight on BEN TEMPLESMITH
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) sits down with BEN TEMPLESMITH to discuss his illustrious career illustrating illustrations! They’ll chat about old work, new work and upcoming work. From 30 Days of Night to Wormwood to Fell. With some Batman and Doctor Who as well! How did he develop his unique style? What inspires him? Come listen, learn and maybe even love! Hail, Squid!

3:00 PM
Room 206
COMICS CANON—BOOKS ABOUT COMICS
Last year, we argued for over two hours about the need for a Comics Canon and what comics and creators belong. We got nowhere and it was a blast. This year we are tackling Books ABOUT COMICS. What are the ESSENTIAL—Historical Anthologies, Biographies, Analytical Essays, Histories, How-to, BOOKS on the subject of COMICS? Join moderator Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter) and our resident brain trust: CRAIG FISCHER (Appalachian State) NATHAN FOX (SVA) DANIEL YEZBICK (St. Louis CC), AARON KASHTAN (UNC Charlotte) and MICHAEL KOBRE (Queens). AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS A MUST!!! This is a GREAT way to end a weekend filled with Comics love!

3:00 PM
Room 207A
MORE COLOR COMMENTARY
Boy, that first panel FLEW by, didn’t it? If you wanted to hear even more comics color talk, didn’t get a chance to have your question answered, or simply weren’t able to make the first session — fear not! Moderator Greg Matiasevich (Multiversity Comics) has lined up colorists NOLAN WOODARD, LAUREN AFFE, JORDAN BOYD, TAMRA BONVILLAIN, and DANIEL VOZZO for this follow-up panel on the theory and practice of coloring comics in today’s industry.

3:00 PM
Room 207D
COSPLAY AND BODY TYPE
Is there a “right type” of body for cosplay? The answer is NO! Join us as we discuss being comfortable in your cosplay regardless of whether you look like Superman or not. We’ll also touch on cross-play, Rule 63 and the stigma of body-shaming. Panelists: Aaron Riven, Sean Patton, Lindsay Stewart Moderator: DJ Spider

3:00 PM
Room 208
MODERN MASTERS
Modern Masters Series Editor Eric Nolen-Weathington sits down with three of his most talented and popular subjects all at one: JERRY ORDWAY, ALAN DAVIS, and LEE WEEKS. Call the sitter and tell them you can’t leave until this panel has finished!

3:00 PM
Room 209
THE ANNUAL INKING PANEL
Terence Hoskins (and Brandon Padgett) have outdone themselves this year. JOE RUBENSTEIN, JOHN TOTLEBEN, DEXTER VINES, KARL STORY, JOHN BEATTY, and JOHN GLAPION talkin’ and thinkin’ about nothin’ but Inkin’!!!! Not a flesh colored thumb in the room!

3:30-4:15 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
TELLOS TRIBUTE VOLUME 1 HEROES SIGNING
TODD DEZAGO, CRAIG ROUSSEAU, CASEY JONES, MATT WIERINGO, and RICH CASE will be signing copies of the MIKE WIERINGO TRIBUTE: TELLOS VOLUME 1 available at the HEROES Booth 1408/1410


6:00 PM CONVENTION ENDS—SO BE UNCONVENTIONAL!!!!
“Convention people are roused to fury by departure from conventions, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.”
Bertrand Russell (sort of)
SO FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF BY ATTENDING NEXT YEAR JUNE 15-17, 2018

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TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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

ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

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.

HeroesCon 2017 Welcomes Roy Thomas, Erik Larsen & more

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Roy Thomas, Erik Larsen, Georges Jeanty, Khary Randolph, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

MICHAEL EURY | FRI & SAT ONLY Editor-in-Chief of Back Issue Magazine
DAN FOGEL | Fogel’s Underground Price and Grading Guide (FUGG)
JONATHAN GLAPION | Batman, Green Lantern, Ultimate X-Men
N STEVEN HARRIS | Solarman, Watson and Holmes, Aztek
GEORGES JEANTY | Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, 24 Legacy, Green Lantern
ERIK LARSENSavage Dragon, Amazing Spider-Man, Co-founder Image Comics
KHARY RANDOLPHMosaic, Techjacket, Deadpool, Justice League Beyond
KEVIN SHARPE | Thor, He-Man, X-Men
UKO SMITH | Heavy Metal, FX2
JOHNDELL SNEAD | Robyn Hood, Grimm Fairy Tales, Back to the Future, Rez
ROY THOMAS | SATURDAY ONLY Conan the Barbarian, The Mighty Thor, Uncanny X-Men
JOHN WYCOUGH | Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Doctor Who, Transformers, Fear Itself, Chaos War

RSVP on the Facebook event page!

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!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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

ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

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.

Roy Thomas Guest of Honor for Connecticut ComiCONN 2015

January 12, 2015 by  
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Connecticut ComiCONN is thrilled to announce that our 2015 “Guest of Honor” is the one and only, legendary comic creator – ROY THOMAS
Roy Thomas was the FIRST Editor-in-Chief at Marvel after Stan Lee stepped down from the position. Roy is a longtime comic book writer and editor. Thomas has written comics for Archie, Charlton, DC, Heroic Publishing, Marvel, and Topps over the years. Thomas currently edits the fanzine Alter Ego for Twomorrows Publishing. He was Editor for Marvel comics from 1972-1974. He wrote for several titles at Marvel, such as Avengers, Thor, Invaders, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and notably Conan the Barbarian.
It was also Roy Thomas who recognized the writings of one Dennis “Denny” O’ Neil (who would one day become Editor for DC/creator of Arkham Asylum/ Ra’s al Ghul/John Stewart) from a newspaper article Thomas had read. Roy reached out to O’ Neil and got him to pencil a script-test for The Fantastic Four. Shortly after Thomas showed the script to Stan Lee, who promptly hired O’Neil.
Roy helped create dozens of hugely popular characters including the following:
3-D Man, All Star Squadron, Banshee, Brother VooDoo, Conan, Doc Samson, Ghost Rider, Hyperion, Iron Fist, Living Monolith, Morbius, Ms. Marvel, Nova, Red Sonja, Spitfire, Sunfire, Tiger Shark, Ultron, Union Jack and The Vision are just a small sampling of the popular characters Roy added to both the DC and Marvel universes.
Fans who line up to see the latest Marvel Studios Avengers film, “The Age of Ultron” can thank Roy for creating two of the major characters in this big screen spectacular – the mysterious Vision and the diabolical Ultron!
So please join us as we welcome “Rascally” Roy Thomas as he makes a rare con appearance on Friday and Saturday only at our 6th annual Connecticut ComiCONN at the fabulous Mohegan Sun Convention Center on August 14 –16th, 2015 in Uncasville, CT.
#Connecticut #ComiCONN #Marvel

CA – 75 Years of Marvel Comics Signing

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Stan Lee and Roy Thomas will sign copies of 75 Years of Marvel at Taschen Books in Beverly Hills on December 5, 2014 from 6:00 till 7:00 PM. Pre-order is encouraged to guarantee your signed copy. First-come, first served, with limited availability.

Then on Saturday December 6th at 2:00 PM, Stan and Roy will be at the Hammer Museum for a Q&A with writer/filmmaker Kevin Smith! Details at the link…

A Hulk-sized tome spanning eight decades of the heroic rise of Marvel as it magically mutated from 1939’s four-color upstart to a 1960s pop-culture dynamo to current Hollywood heavy hitter. With essays by comics historian Roy Thomas and a huge fold-out timeline that chronicles the entire Marvel history.

The XL-format book includes:

– More than 700 pages of near 2,000 images including vintage comic books, one-of-a-kind original art, behind-the-scenes photographs and film stills, as well as rare toys and collectibles

– A four-foot accordion-fold timeline

– Biographies of more than 300 artists, writers, editors, and famous fans who helped shape Marvel’s history

RSVP to (310) 274-4300 or store-beverly@taschen.com to reserve.

Taschen Books
354 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 274-4300

Hero Initiative Hits SDCC 2013

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Hero Initiative Hits San Diego Comic Con

With Overstreet, Lady Death and Ballistic exclusives, plus two great parties: Stone Brewing’s Hop-con and comiXology Meet Your Makers!

Hero Initiative SDCC 2013LOS ANGELES, CA (July 9, 2013) – The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is travelling into Comic-Con International in San Diego July 17th-21st at the San Diego Convention center. We have exclusives, parties and special guests throughout the weekend that you will not want to miss! Booth #5003 is the place to be!

Hero is proud to release our exclusive limited edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #43. Now in its fifth decade, the Guide is the preeminent source for comic book pricing information, and SDCC is where to get it first! The cover, featuring Francine and Katchoo from Strangers in Paradise dressed as Wonder Woman and Zatanna is by famed SiP creator Terry Moore and colored by Brian Miller. This Hero-exclusive edition is limited to 500 copies in hardcover only at $35.

In addition, Hero has an exclusive Lady Death: Wicked Ways #1 with a new cover by Darick Robertson enhanced with Swarovski crystals and signed by Lady Death creator Brian Pulido. Only 99 copies have been made! This treasure comes bagged and boarded with certificate of Authenticity for $40.

And the brand-new Ballistic #1 makes its world premiere at the Hero booth! Ballistic is Darick Robertson and Adam Egypt Mortimer’s madcap, psychedelic, utterly wacko buddy adventure about Butch and his best friend Gun, a genetically modified, foul-mouthed firearm. Ballistic marks Darick Robertson’s return to the hard sci-fi world-building of his classic Transmetropolitan. This Hero Initiative variant features EXCLUSIVE cover art and is limited to only 500 copies at $10!

All three exclusives can be purchased at booth #5003 while supplies last!

Hero Initiative SDCC 2013And you gotta eat—even in San Diego! Five lucky winners will get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have lunch and get a sketch from famed Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons! Bid NOW in Hero’s eBay auctions!

Partygoers will have a great time with Hero, starting Wednesday, July 17 at 5 p.m. for Hop-Con! Star Trek’s Wil Wheaton and Fark.com’s Drew Curtis debut their new w00tstout beer at Stone Brewing’s World Bistro! Proceeds benefit Hero, so get your tickets NOW!

If that was not enough, the good times continue to roll Thursday night! The Hero Initiative and comiXology are sponsoring THE BLANK PAGE PROJECT hosted by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. Come and enjoy food and drinks while our creators will draw on to a gigantic 12-by-8-foot comic book page that will be auctioned off at a later date to benefir Hero. Hang out with Mark Waid, Arthur Adams, Thomas Jane, Phil Jimenez, Tim Bradstreet, Chris Moreno, Bill Morrison, Jose Delbo, Dan Jurgens, Denny O’Neil, Tony Parker, Dave Gibbons. Darick Robertson and many more at the Hilton Bayfront Vela Restaurant just behind the Convention Center from 5-7 p.m. Don’t miss out!

As always, Hero’s booth will be stocked with comics’ BEST talent, including your best chance to find George Pérez and Darick Robertson!

Hero Initiative booth schedule:

WED., JUL 17 (con hours 530-900)

600-900: Scott “Kaiser” Koblish

 

THUR., JUL 18 (con hours 900-700)

930-1130: George Pérez

1130-1230: Jon Bogdanove

130-330: George Pérez

330-430: Dan Jurgens

 

FRI., JUL 19 (con hours 900-700)

930-1130: George Pérez

1130-100: Darick Robertson

1200-130: Roy Thomas

300-430: Darick Robertson

430-630: George Pérez

 

SAT., JUL 20 (con hours 900-700)

930-1130: George Pérez

1130-100: Jerry Ordway

500-700: Darick Robertson

 

SUN., JUL 21 (con hours 900-500)

930-1130: George Pérez

1130-130: Darick Robertson

 

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 $500,000 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.

Major Updates for Florida Supercon 2012

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South Florida’s Largest Geek Entertainment Festival Returns

June 29 – July 2, 2012 To Miami, FL.
Featuring Comic Books, Anime, Cosplay, Animation, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Video Games, with over 200 guest celebrities, artists, writers and bands!

JUST ANNOUNCED: ALEX KINGSTON (DR. WHO), HORROR LEGEND TOM SAVINI, NICKI CLYNE (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) & MORE!

Miami, FL – Florida Supercon: South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Video Game Festival returns to Miami for its 7th annual event to the Miami Airport Convention Center on Friday, June 29th through Monday, July 2nd. Florida Supercon is a massive four day festival that will feature over 10,000 fans, over 200 guest celebrities, comic book creators, artists, writers, filmmakers and bands, as well as hundreds of events, including: celebrity Q&A’s, costume contests, cosplay photo shoots, industry panels, live music, video games and much more!

Florida Supercon is less than a month away and has just confirmed several new headliners for the already massive guest list! New guest additions include:
Alex Kingston: Star of Doctor Who (River Song) and ER (Dr. Elizabeth Corday).
Tom Savini: Horror Legend and Icon. Actor, Director, Make Up Artist and more!
Nicki Clyne: Star of Battlestar Galactica (Cally Henderson Tyrol).
Bob Bolling: Comic Book Artist/Writer. Creator of Little Archie.
Priscilla Barnes: Star of Three’s Company, The Devil’s Rejects and Mallrats.
Marilyn Ghigliotti: Star of Clerks.
Some of the highlights of guests already announced for Florida Supercon 2012 include:

Television and Movie Stars: Dino Stamatopoulos (Community), Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica), Linda Harrison (Planet of the Apes), Chad Lindberg (Supernatural, Fast and the Furious), Noel G. (Walking Dead, Fast and the Furious), Cindy Morgan (Tron, Caddyshack) and Allen Oppenheimer (Six Million Dollar Man, Star Trek).

Stars of The Hunger Games: Dakota Hood, Mackenzie Lintz, Annie Thurman, Tara Macken, Sam Tan and Ethan Jamieson.

Comic Book Guests of Honor: Neal Adams (Batman, The Avengers, X-Men), Carmine Infantino (Godfather of The Silver Age, Creator of Batgirl, The Flash and Poison Ivy) and George Perez (The Avengers, Wonder Woman, Superman, Teen Titans).

Comic Book Superstar Artists: Olivier Coipel (Avengers vs. X-Men, Thor), Steve Epting (Captain America, Fantastic Four), Rags Morales (Action Comics/Superman), Kevin Maguire (World’s Finest, Justice League), Clay Mann (X-Men), Ariel Olivetti (G.I. Combat, Incredible Hulk, Cable), Brad Walker (Superman, Guardians of the Galaxy), Shawn Crystal (Deadpool), Dan Parent (Archie), Greg Horn (Green Lantern, Ms. Marvel) and much more!

Comic Book Legends: Denny O’Neil (Batman, Green Lantern), Roy Thomas (The Avengers, X-Men, Star Wars), Jose Delbo (Wonder Woman, Batman), Bill Sienkiewicz (Daredevil, New Mutants, Spider-Man), Howard Chaykin (Star Wars, The Avengers, Captain America), Allen Bellman (1940’s Captain America, Human Torch).

Comic Book Industry Guests: Lauren Sankovich (Marvel Comics), Alex Segura (Archie Comics) and David Uslan (Graphic.Ly).

Musical Headliners: Less Than Jake, Celldweller and over fifteen support bands.

Stars of Ghost Hunters on SyFy: Britt Griffith, Paul Bradford and Scott Tepperman.

Michael Uslan, producer of summer blockbuster Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.

Legendary Horror Filmmakers: Lloyd Kaufman (Troma, Toxic Avenger) and Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast).

Creators and Stars of Adult Swim’s Frankenhole and Morel Orel: Dino Stamatopoulos, Scott Adsit and Britta Phillips.

Anime Stars: Brittney Karbowski (Soul Eater), J. Michael Tatum (Black Butler, One Piece), Stephanie Young (Claymore, One Piece) and David Vincent (Code Geass, Bleach).

Video Game Voice Stars: D.C. Douglas (Mass Effect, Resident Evil) and Michael Hogan (Mass Effect, Skyrim).

Animation Voice Stars: Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Gregg Berger (Transformers), Richard Horvitz (Invader Zim), Rikki Simons (Invader Zim), Larry Kenney (Thundercats), Allen Oppenheimer (He-Man and The Masters of the Universe) and Billy West (Futurama, Ren and Stimpy).

Wrestling Stars: Raven, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake and The Nasty Boys.

Florida Supercon has dedicated programming tracks for each of the genre’s being celebrated. Some of the amazing events planned include:
· Q&A’s with all of our attending guests
· Comic art portfolio reviews for aspiring artists
· Fan panels for all aspects of the show (Comics, Anime, Animation, Sci-Fi etc.)
· Industry panels for breaking into Comics, Anime, Animation etc…
· The FSC Costume Competition (with over $3,000 in cash and prizes)
· Dozens of Cosplay Photo Shoots for cosplayers and photographers
· Supercon Championship Wrestling featuring Cobra Commander, The Joker, The Mario Bros., The Geico Caveman and more!
· Filmmaking workshops with legendary Filmmakers
· The FSC Film Festival
· The FSC Tech Track
· Live Musical Performances
· Live Stand Up Comedy
· Anime Screenings and Anime Music Videos
· Over 100 Video Game stations and Video Game Tournaments
· A 50,000 square feet exhibition room with over 300 booths and tables featuring vendors, celebrity guests, artists, filmmakers and exhibits.

Complete information on all our guests and dozens of more events taking place all weekend can be found at www.floridasupercon.com

The convention hours of operation are:
FRIDAY, JUNE 29: 12:00PM – 2:00AM, SATURDAY, JUNE 30: 10:00AM – 2:00AM, SUNDAY, JULY 1: 10:00AM – 2:00AM, MONDAY, JULY 2: 11:00AM – 6:00PM
THE MIAMI AIRPORT CONVENTION CENTER is located at 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126 and has over 175,000 square feet of total convention space.

Hero Initiative at HeroesCon with New Avengers 100 Project

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New Avengers 100 Project from the Hero Initiative

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Hero Initiative travels to Charlotte North Carolina’s Heroescon with special guest Karl Kesel

Huge signing of 100 Avengers and more!

May 31, 2011 (Los Angeles): Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in medical and financial need, will be attending Charlotte North Carolina’s Heroescon June 3rd, 4th and 5th. The comics-first and family-friendly convention will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center located at?501 S. College St.?Charlotte, NC. Joining us is three time Eisner Award nominee and Captain America: Patriot creator Karl Kesel. Karl will be sketching for fans throughout the weekend to raise money for our worthy cause. Make sure you stop and get a sketch while helping Hero!

In addition, we will have newly released New Avengers 100 Project books for sale at the booth. Marvel Comics has generously donated 100 blank-covered cardstock copies of New Avengers #1 to Hero, various artists from all over the country donated original covers and we have put them all together in one wonderful compilation. Make sure come by and get this treasure and get it signed by contributing artists Dave Johnson, Craig Rousseau, Alex Saviuk, Andy Smith, Herb Trimpe and Roy Thomas all at one time! This signing will be Saturday at booth 322/421 from 1pm-2pm.

And make sure you come back for our Archie: 50 times an American Icon book and many more products, all supporting Hero Initiative’s cause! Do It!

 

Schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 3 Con Hours: 1100am-6pm

11am-1pm Karl Kesel

230pm-400pm Karl Kesel

400pm-500pm Scott Kolins

500pm-800pm Karl Kesel

 

Saturday, June 4 Con Hours 1000am-600pm

1030-1230 Karl Kesel

100pm-200pm Avengers 100 Signing: Dave Johnson, Craig Rousseau, Alex Saviuk, Andy Smith, Herb Trimpe and Roy Thomas:

300pm-500pm-Karl Kesel

 

Sunday, June 5 Con Hours 1100am-600p

11-1230 Karl Kesel

130-300 Karl Kesel

 

About The Hero Initiative:

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict 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 $400,000 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.

 

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.

Hero Initiative Announces MegaCon 2011 Schedule

March 24, 2011 by  
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Hero Initiative MegaCon 2011

Press Release:

Hero Initiative travels to MegaCon!
Special Iron Man screening
And several famous friends hanging at the booth!

March 21, 2011: Hero Initiative will be traveling to MegaCon, the southeast’s largest comic book, science fiction/fantasy, anime, toys and gaming convention. The event will take place March 25 thru 27 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. You can purchase tickets directly by logging onto: You can purchase your tickets to Megacon using Hero Initiative’s special link online at: https://www.megaconvention.com/shop/partner/hero/

Use this link, and MegaCon will donate a portion of each ticket purchase to Hero at NO extra cost to you—a true win/win!

In the evening after your MegaCon day is through on Friday, March 25, we heartily encourage you to truck on over to the Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium Cinema Regal Point Orlando Stadium Cinema, 9101 International Drive, and check out a comics classic—Iron Man! You can get in to a special MegaCon-sponsored 9 PM showing for a mere $5, and your ticket stub will even get you 20% off at Hooter’s, and free cover at the Ice Bar. The Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium Cinema is RIGHT down the street from the convention center. You don’t even have to turn off International Drive! Hope to see you there to support Hero’s great cause!

MegaCon Iron Man

Make sure you stop by our booth, #624, and pick up our newest release, Archie: 50 Times an American Icon, and get it signed by Joe Jusko, Dan Parent, Mike Perkins, George Perez and Jim Valentino! Saturday only, Rachael Carr, the hostess of Love101TV.com

Talent line up as follows!

Friday, March 25 (hours 12-7)
1200-200: George Pérez
1230-130: Khoi Pham
130-230: Tim Sale
130-230: Mark Waid
230-330: Roy Thomas
300-400: Jim Valentino
400-600: George Pérez

Saturday, March 26 (hours 10-6)
1030-1230: George Pérez
1100-1200: Rachael Carr
1230-200: Denny O’Neil
230-330: Dan Panosian, Dave Johnson
230-330: Mark Waid
330-430: Rachael Carr
330-530: George Pérez

Sunday, March 27 (hours 10-5)
1030-1130: George Pérez
1145-1230: Jim Valentino
100-300: George Pérez

 

About The Hero Initiative:

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict 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 $400,000 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.

SDCC Announces First 20 Special Guests for 2011

SDCC 2011

Press Release:

Comic-Con 2011 Registration Opens Monday

Organization announces first wave of special guests for next year’s show

San Diego – Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comic book convention of its kind in the world, will open its Comic-Con 2011 attendee registration for four-day and one-day passes at 9 a.m. PT on Monday, November 1 at Comic-Con.org. In advance of the occasion, the organization today announced the first 20 special guests for its 2011 show.

Jordi Bernet, Dave Gibbons, Alan Davis, Jonathan Hickman, Jamal Igle, and Patricia Briggs are just a few of the special guests scheduled to take part in Comic-Con 2011. Four-day passes for last year’s convention were sold out eight months prior to the show, and one-day passes were gone by April.

“2010 was the fourth straight year in which we reached a self-imposed attendance capacity,” said David Glanzer, Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations. “With the impressive roster of talent we already have lined up for 2011, we expect that enthusiasm to continue and for the 2011 show to be one to remember.”

Comic-Con 2011 will be held July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center. Passes to the show’s Preview Night on July 20 were sold out during this summer’s 2010 convention, although more four-day passes with Preview Night may be released closer to the show, depending on returns or cancellations.

Following is the current list of special guests confirmed for the 2011 convention:

Jordi Bernet (Spanish comics artist known in the U.S. for the hardboiled Torpedo series and for DC’s Jonah Hex)

Patricia Briggs (Author, Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series)

Jo Chen (Award-winning cover artist for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Runaways)

Alan Davis (British writer/artist on such titles as Captain Britain, Excalibur and JLA: The Nail; currently artist on Avengers Prime)

David Finch (Artist known for Cyberforce, Avengers, New Avengers, and Brightest Day covers; he’s now writing and drawing Batman: The Dark Knight)

Dave Gibbons (British artist on the classic Watchmen comics series, and Give Me Liberty/Martha Washington; writer/artist, The Originals graphic novel)

Kim Harrison (Author, Rachel Morgan, Madison Avery series)

Jonathan Hickman (Writer, Fantastic Four, Secret Warriors, and S.H.I.E.L.D.)

John Higgins (Long-time British artist on 2000 AD titles; colorist on the classic Watchmen comics series)

Charlie Huston (Crime/horror novelist, Hank Thompson series, Joe Pitt Casebooks; comic book writer, Wolverine: The Best There Is, Moon Knight)

Jamal Igle (Artist (Marvel, Image, Devils Due, Disney), whose latest work includes Supergirl)

Richard Kyle (Writer, Graphic Story Magazine, highly influential fanzine of the 1960s; coined the term “graphic novel” in 1964)

Rebecca Moesta (Co-author (with Kevin J. Anderson), Star Wars Young Jedi Knights series, Crystal Doors series; author, Buffy novels)

Christopher Moore (Author, humorous vampire novels, including Bite Me: A Love Story, You Suck: A Love Story, Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story, etc.)

Bill Schelly (Historian of comics fandom; books include The Golden Age of Comics Fandom, biographies of Joe Kubert and Otto Binder, etc.)

Frank Stack (Pioneering underground cartoonist (as “Foolbert Sturgeon”), artist on many of Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor stories as well as the graphic novel Our Cancer Year)

Mark Tatulli (Cartoonist with two ongoing syndicated strips: Lio and Heart of the City)

Roy Thomas (One of the first fans to become a pro: published early 1960s fanzine Alter Ego, went on to be editor-in-chief at Marvel and write titles such as Conan; currently editing revived Alter Ego magazine)

Maggie Thompson (Editor of Comics Buyers Guide; co-creator of Comic Art, one of the earliest comics fanzines in 1961)

Scott Westerfeld (Author, Uglies, Midnighters series)

About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comic book convention of its kind in the world, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer, Comic-Con organizes the San Francisco-based WonderCon each spring and the Alternative Press Expo each fall. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.

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