HeroesCon 2017 Announces Another Round of Guests

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Jason Aaron, Todd Dezago, Francesco Francavilla, Tommy Lee Edwards, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

JASON AARON | Southern Bastards, Star Wars, Scalped, Thor, Dr Strange
JEN BARTEL | Jem and the Holograms, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy
JOHN BEATTYSecret Wars, Punisher, Batman, Thanos Quest
ALLEN BELLMANGolden Age artist for Timely, Marvel, Atlas
DANICA BRINESurvivorland
ED BRISSONIron Fist, Bullseye, The Violent
RYAN CODY Doc Unknown, Monstrous, The Phantom
JAMIE COSLEY | Cody the Cavalier
PATRICK DEAN | FLUKE, Big Deal Comics & Stories
JEFF DEKAL | Hulk, Journey Into Mystery, Avengers World, Shadowman
TODD DEZAGO | Tellos, Perhapanauts, Spider-Man
MICHAEL DOONEY | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Grimm Fairy Tales, Gizmo
TOMMY LEE EDWARDS | Mother Panic, Marvel 1985, The Question, Star Wars, Wolverine
JOEY ELLIS | Leaky Timbers
LOGAN FAERBER | Namwolf, Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors
FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA | Afterlife with Archie, The Black Beetle, Detective Comics
JOE GIELLABatman, Green Lantern, Marvel’s Strength & Fitness & Superhero Cook Book
ADAM GORHAM The Violent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
STEPHEN GREEN | BPRD, The Legacy of Luther Strode, Dark Horse Presents
JEREMY HAUN | The Beauty, Batwoman, Bad Karma, The Darkness
MATT HORAKPunisher, Octo Skull
GEOF ISHERWOOD | Conan, Dr. Strange, Suicide Squad, Namor
SANDY JARRELL | Reggie and Me, DC Bombshells, Black Canary
CASEY JONESFantastic Four, Exiles, Excalibur, New Warriors
ERIC LAYTON | Blood Blister, the Remaining, Grim Ghost
BRIAN LEVEL | The Mantle, Constantine
KEVIN MELLON | Archer, Suicide Sisters, Heart, Lovestruck
ROBERT NEWSOME | Atomic Elbow, FLUKE
GEOFF SHAW | God Country, Buzzkill, The Paybacks
JOE STATON | Green Lantern, E-Man, Dick Tracy, Scooby Doo
JIM TOWE | Youngblood
DAVE WACHTER | Breath of Bones, The Guns of Shadow Valley, Godzilla: Cataclysm
MATT WILSON | The Wicked + The Divine, Daredevil, Paper Girls, Black Widow
ROBERT WILSON IV | Bitch Planet, Laser Joan, Knuckleheads
RENEE WITTERSTAETTER | Excess: The Art of Michael Golden, Joe Jusko: Savage Beauty

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

UK – Image Comics 25th Anniversary Panel

Jordie Bellaire, Warren Ellis, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Declan Shalvey, and Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson appear at Gosh! Comics from 7.30-9pm on Friday the 17th March.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a signing event. There will not be a signing session before or after the talk. Jordie & Declan will be part of a signing event occurring on Saturday the 18th March.

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Jordie Bellaire is probably the most lauded (and certainly most prolific) colourist working today. You’d be lucky to find a week without one of her books shipping, and even luckier to experience her mastery of palette. Always pushing the boundaries of colour as an integral part of storytelling, her versatility is astounding. Equally impressive has been her outspoken advocacy for inclusiveness in the industry, including initiating the “Comics are for everybody” movement.

Warren Ellis hardly needs an introduction, a man who has repeatedly kicked the stool out from under a complacent industry to bring it standing to attention. He has a masterful hand for reinvention, a keen futurists eye, and an authorial voice that can bring laughter, tears, excitement and horror all with deceptive ease. His current Image titles, Injection and Trees, rank among the best comics work he’s done.

Kieron Gillen is one of the brightest stars in the British comics firmament. Gaining prominence for his work on Phonogram, he has gone from strength to strength through his subsequent work on titles such as Young Avengers (where one could argue he and creative partner Jamie McKelvie set the tone for the increased progressiveness and inclusiveness in the Marvel universe that was to follow), Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, Generation Hope, Darth Vader and of course The Wicked + The Divine.

Jamie McKelvie, often in partnership with Kieron, has brought a slick new visual vocabulary to mainstream comics, bringing in influences from the worlds of music and fashion. As well as outstanding artistic stints on Phonogram, Suburban Glamour, Young Avengers and The Wicked + The Divine, Jamie has been a key designer for Marvel, including two of its most iconic modern costume designs: Captain Marvel and Ms Marvel (now, as an icon of the Resist movement, a cultural phenomenon in her own right).

Declan Shalvey brings a weighty, graphic eye to his art, wowing everyone with his striking work on Warren Ellis’ superb Moon Knight run. Starting out in the world of self-publishing, he first caught our eye in the pages of Thunderbolts and has since become a draw in his own right. As well as ongoing work on Ellis’ Injection, he has recently popped up in the pages of All Star Batman, and his covers have been gracing Becky Cloonan’s current Punisher run.

Eric Stephenson has been with Image since its earliest days. Working as Extreme Studios’ editor, he also wrote and co-wrote a number of those early Extreme titles. Continuing to work on in a publishing capacity, he was a key member of the Image team for both Jim Valentino and Erik Larsen’s respective runs as Publisher, before taking the position himself in 2008. Under his directorship, Image has found a new place within the market, positioning itself as the premiere publisher for creator owned work and changing the face of graphic novel sales throughout all channels with titles such as The Walking Dead and Saga. A passionate believer in positive change for the comics business, his annual Image Expo addresses are a must for industry-watchers. He’s also returned to writing, with Nowhere Men and They’re Not Like Us both proving that he’s still more than capable of considerable creative output alongside his publishing duties.

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

UK – Image Day 2017 Signing

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Alison Sampson (Genesis) and Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Phonogram) appear at Orbital Comics to sign copies of their books on Wednesday 1st of February 2017 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of Image Comics.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

UK – Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 Signing

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Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Kev Walker will be signing the first issue of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 7th December at 6:00pm.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra – Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he ever learns of her survival, he’ll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it’s time for a return to what she does best.

With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she’s off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim and everywhere in between. Aphra’s got debts to pay after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!

Kieron Gillen came to attention as a comic writer with his collaboration with Jamie McKelvie, Phonogram. In 2014 the same partnership managed to find a way to make their brand of pop-comics sell, with the critical and commercial smash, The Wicked + The Divine. He’s worked for publishers including Marvel, Image and Avatar, on books as varied as Iron Man, Uber, THREE, Thor, Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men and many more. His acclaimed work on Marvel’s Darth Vader introduced the character of Doctor Aphra.

Kev Walker began his career on 2000 AD and Warhammer comics as well as a number of DC and Marvel titles. He is also noted for his illustrations for the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

CA – The Wicked + The Divine #23 Signing

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Kevin Wada and Ezekiel Kweku appear at Fantastic Comics on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 5:00 PM for a Q&A, followed by a signing between about 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

KEVIN WADA is a fan favorite artist known for his fashion inspired re-imaginings of characters. His work has graced the covers of titles from every major comics publisher. We will ask him about how THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #23 became his first issue as the lead interior artist and his process designing for the gods.

EZEKIEL KWEKU is a journalist who has written for MTV News, Vice Sports, The Toast, and other publications. His subjects include politics, economics, race, culture, and sports in his ongoing column about the Golden State Warriors, DUBBED. We will find out his approach to interviewing a fictional character and what was like becoming a journalist in the world of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE.

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Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
510-848-2988

DC – FCBD: Shutter Signing

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Press Release:

Writer Joe Keatinge and artist Leila del Duca appear at Fantom on Saturday May 7th for Free Comic Book Day! They’re the creative team behind SHUTTER, one of our absolute favorite comics.

Writer Joe Keatinge first got our attention with his experimental sci-fi adventure Glory. Today he writes Shutter in addition to his new pro wrestling personal drama Ringside.

Artist Leila del Duca became a household name with Shutter, but she’s also known for the indie superhero hit The Pantheon Project, as well as the just-announced young adult graphic novel Afar. She might be familiar to many of you as the guest artist on The Wicked + the Divine #16–the juicy issue about the Morrigan!

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Fantom Comics
2010 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
202-241-6498

UK – Free Comic Book Day 2016

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Time to bring your festive cheer! It’s that time of year, the comickers favourite celebration – Free Comic Book Day. On Saturday, May 7th, we will be open from 10.00-9pm (yes, that’s 30 minutes earlier than normal opening hours). We will be hosting various events and signings throughout the day.

Kids Workshop – 11-2pm
with John Allison, Emma Vieceli, Jason Ford, Rachael Smith, Gary Northfield, Joe & Sam Decie, Kristyna Baczynski, Dilraj Mann, JAKe, Babak Ganjei, Paul Shinn, Ramzee and Marc Ellerby.

Guardian Cartoonist Signing 2-4pm
with Tom Gauld, Simone Lia, Krent Able, and Stephen Collins.

Image Comics Signing 5-6pm
with Kieron Gillen, Christian Ward, Tula Lotay, Caspar Wijingaard, and Dan Watters.

Avery Hill Launch Party 7-9pm
with Rachael Smith, Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen D. Pomery

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

UK – Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl Signing

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Gosh! Comics hosts a launch party and signing for the trade of Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl with Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and the B-side contributors Tom Humberstone, Julia Scheele, and Sarah Gordon. The launch will be from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on Friday, 1st April 2016!

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

UK – Comic Heroes Re-Launch Party

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Kieron Gillen, Jessica Martin, Paul Cornell, and Rachael Stott sign at Orbital Comics on on Friday January 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the return of Comic Heroes magazine!

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

UK – Star Wars Day

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Gosh! Comics celebrates the release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens on the 12th December! Jedi Knight JAKe (How to Speak Droid / Wookiee) will run a workshop for kids from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM. Writer Kieron Gillen (Phonogram, The Wicked and Divine, Young Avengers) will also be here for a Darth Vader Volume 1 signing from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

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