March 24, 2017 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Horror, Movies, North Carolina, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Webcomics
HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Neal Adams, Tom Bancroft, Mike Maihack, Jerry Ordway, Joe Rubinstein, Matthew Rosenberg, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
JOEL ADAMS | Lilz, Bucky O’Hare
NEAL ADAMS | Coming of the Supermen, Batman: Odyssey, Green Lantern, X-Men
DAVE AIKINS | SpongeBob, Dora and Friends, Zombies!!!
BOB ALMOND | Stan Lee’s Guardian Project, Black Panther, Heroes For Hire, Warlock
NATALIE ANDREWSON | Mamuna, Meanwhile
TOM BANCROFT | Opposite Forces, Mulan, Tomo
WES BROOKS | Undead Speed Equipment, Grim Riders
FRANK BRUNNER | Dr Strange, Conan, Howard the Duck
BUZZ | JSA, Vampirella, Atomika
BOB CAMP | Ren & Stimpy, Thundercats
PATY COCKRUM | SATURDAY ONLY The Cat, Nightcrawler
JUAN DOE | American Monster, Solar, X-Men:198, Legion of Monsters, Fantastic Four
JASON FISCHER | Terra Flats, Seconds, Kaijumax
BEN FISHER | Grumpy Cat, Smuggling Spirits, Hexen Hammers
JARED K FLETCHER |Paper Girls, Southern Bastards, The Goddamned
NAOMI FRANQUIZ | Misfit City, Bitch Planet, Power & Magic
MICHAEL GARLAND | The Black Monday Murders, Curse Words, Wolverine, Captain Marvel
DUSTIN HARBIN | BEHOLD! The Dinosaurs, DIARY COMICS, Nutted!, DHARBIN!
| The Baker Street Peculiars, Varmints, Garfield
DANIEL LEISTER | Hack/Slash
MARISSA LOUISE | Spell on Wheels, Spook House, Robocop
MIKE MAIHACK | Cleopatra in Space, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman
JERRY ORDWAY | Superman , Captain Marvel, Infinity Inc., WildStar
RON RANDALL | TREKKER, Future Quest, Supergirl
MATTHEW ROSENBERG | Rocket Raccoon, Secret Warriors, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank, Kingpin
JOE RUBINSTEIN | Wolverine, Avengers, Daredevil
BRIAN SCHIRMER | Black Jack Ketchum, Backpacers, Ultrasylvania
BRIAN SHEARER | GI Joe, Transformers, Doctor Who, William the Last
MARLIN SHOOP | LARP!, Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends
DOMO STANTON | Starbrand & Nightmask, Prez, Deadpool, Chozen
ERIC TALBOT | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Melting Pot
JOEY WEISER | Mermin, Spongebob Squarepants
MATT WIERINGO | Ringo Scholarship
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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.
Special appearance in the Dark Horse booth from our friends at Happymatic Photo Booth! Come by with your friends or in cosplay and get your picture taken as a souvenir – for FREE!
We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.
All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.
Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.
All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald
BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS: Yishan Li
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC: Kristen Gudsnuk
THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEK GIRLS: Hope Nicholson, Tini Howard, Megan Lavey-Heaton, Kristen Gudsnuk, Fionna Adams, Meaghan Carter
5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. EMPOWERED: Adam Warren
6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. HARROW COUNTY: Tyler Crook
NEGATIVE SPACE: Ryan K. Lindsay, Owen Gieni
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m. THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN: Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. ANGEL SEASON 11, LARA CROFT AND THE FROZEN OMEN, DEEP GRAVITY: Corinna Bechko
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE: Andrew Robinson
HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D: 1954, JOE GOLEM, ALIENS: Patric Reynolds
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH: Christos Gage
BOUNTY: Kurtis Wiebe
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. BATTLEPUG: Mike Norton
SPACE-MULLET!, THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson
3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY, THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT: Geof Darrow
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. ETHER, DEPT. H, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt
DEPT. H: Sharlene Kindt
5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, WONDERFALL, CONAN RED SONJA: Gail Simone
6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC, THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEK GIRLS: Kristen Gudsnuk
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m. BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, COLDER: Paul Tobin
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. ALEISTER AND ADOLF, THE VICTORIES: Michael Avon Oeming
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE SERPENT’S HEIR: Richard Hamilton
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES, NUMBER 13: David Walker
FIGHT CLUB 2, SIN TITULO, B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: Cameron Stewart
AMERICAN GODS, FIGHT CLUB 2, KABUKI: David Mack
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. ANGEL CATBIRD: Johnnie Christmas
FINDER, HARROW COUNTY: Carla Speed McNeil
3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: LIFE AND DEATH: Brian Albert Thies
EI8HT: Mike Johnson
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. THE VISITOR: HOW AND WHY HE STAYED, RISE OF THE BLACK FLAME, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1954, SERENITY: NO POWER IN THE ’VERSE: Chris Roberson
5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. HELLBOY IN HELL, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D., BALTIMORE: Mike Mignola
6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Gene Luen Yang
THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Irene Koh
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m. SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Jose Pimienta
MAE: Gene Ha
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. TREKKER: Ron Randall
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Ron Chan
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. TOMB RAIDER: Phillip Sevy
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Irene Koh
Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/Events/Panels-And-Screenings/Panels/# for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. TCC 305 Spotlight on Matt Kindt
One of the most lauded creative minds in comics, Matt Kindt sits down for a no-holds-barred spotlight panel to discuss his upcoming projects, from Grass Kings (Boom! Studios) to X-O Manowar (Valiant Entertainment) to Dept. H (Dark Horse) and more, with special guests and some surprises for every panel attendee!
4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. WSCC 611 The Comic Elements of Avatar and Korra
Dark Horse and Nickelodeon are excited to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Join Avatar: The Last Airbender writer Gene Luen Yang and The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars artist Irene Koh as they explore this treasured world. Fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes!
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. TCC 303 Throughout the Whedonverse: 20 Years in the Making
Dark Horse is thrilled to celebrate twenty years of Buffy and fifteen years of Firefly! Dark Horse’s continuations of Joss Whedon’s cult favorites in the series Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel remain some of the most talked-about comics in the industry. Join Whedonverse writers Chris Roberson (Serenity: No Power in the ’Verse), Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seasons 10 and 11, Angel & Faith), Kel McDonald (Buffy: The High School Years), and Corinna Bechko (Angel Season 11) for an in-depth look at what it’s like to work on franchises with a cult-like following. WhedonCon’s Marisa Powers will impress fans with her knowledge of the Whedonverse as moderator of the panel!
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. WSCC 604 Dark Horse Manga
Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Lone Wolf and Cub, Berserk, and many more! Dark Horse continues to publish some of the industry’s best-selling titles, like Unofficial Hatsune Mix, I Am a Hero, Danganronpa, and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join translator Zack Davisson and Dark Horse editor Carl Horn for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!SATURDAY, MARCH 4
11:10 a.m.–12:00 p.m. TCC 302 From the Printed Page to the Silver Screen: An Overview of Licensing Comic Book Properties to the Film and Television Industries
From Arrow to X-Men; The Walking Dead to Deadpool; comic book properties dominate the film and television screens. It’s no secret that comic books are the new hot properties; the entertainment industry is scrambling to acquire the latest graphic novels. Are you ready to represent the creator of the next superhero smash hit? This CLE will help introduce lawyers and law students to the key issues involved in licensing comic book properties to the film and television industries.
12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. TCC 305 Seriously, What’s Up with Editors?
Haven’t you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to be one? Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, and IDW want to give you insight on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher! Join iZombie creator and Mignolaverse contributor Chris Roberson, Dark Horse’s VP of publishing Randy Stradley, Boom! Studios’ Eric Harburn, and IDW’s Sarah Gaydos for a rare behind-the-panels look at the secrets to building successful comic and graphic novel programs.
1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m. TCC 304 The Mignolaverse: Life after Hell
It’s been a tough few years for Hellboy fans following the death of our titular hero in 2011. But fear not: Hellboy’s spirit lives on in the other titles of the immaculately crafted Mignolaverse. Join Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Mignolaverse writer Chris Roberson (Witchfinder: City of the Dead, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954), as they delve into what the future holds for the Mignolaverse.
4:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ECCC Live Stage Level 4 Skybridge Lobby How To Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir
Join Richard Hamilton, writer on How To Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir, at the Emerald City Comicon Live Stage for a conversation about writing the comics based on the beloved How To Train Your Dragon film and TV series. You can also catch it streaming live on Twitch at http://www.twitch.tv/twitch.
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. WSCC 3A The Millennial’s Guide to Keeping Comics Alive
In recent years, Dark Horse has expanded its publishing line to reach more young and young adult comic readers. Join Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), and Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics and the role social media plays in engaging with fans!
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. TCC 303 Artists Who Write: The Craft and Creation of Comics
Whether it’s an underwater murder mystery or a scantily clad superhero, there’s a lot of thought put into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join some of the industry’s most talented artists—Matt Kindt (Dept. H, Ether), Adam Warren (Empowered), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), and Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer)—who can tell you a thing or two about comic creation.
Writer/artist Ron Randall appears at I Like Comics on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from noon till 2:00 PM to sign the new TREKKER graphic novel.
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I Like Comics
1715 Broadway Street, Vancouver, WA 98663
Steve Lieber, Mike Murphy, Celina Hernandez, and Ron Randall sign at Excalibur Books & Comics on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 from 6:00 till 8:00 pm as part of Excalibur’s 40th anniversary celebration!
Excalibur Books & Comics
2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214-3969
Bridge City Comics is proud to announce our TREKKER: TRAIN TO AVALON BAY Release Party with Ron Randall on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm! This event is free to the public.
Bridge City Comics will have copies of Trekker: Train to Avalon Bay available for purchase at this event! Trekker writer/artist (and comics legend) Ron Randall is a local Portlander and will be in attendance to sign your copy of Trekker!! Also in attendance will be Trekker colorist Jeremy Colwell!
Refreshments will be served free of charge. Sketches will be at the discretion of the artist.
About TREKKER: TRAIN TO AVALON BAY:
New Gelaph’s baddest bounty hunter, Mercy St. Clair, is in desperate need of a vacation, and her friend Molly isn’t going to take no for an answer. But when their train to the Avalon Bay resort is attacked by armed men, Mercy has to ditch her evening wear in exchange for a pair of high-powered guns. Collects installments from Dark Horse Presents #24–#29.
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Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Ron Randall signs at TFAW on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 from 7:00PM till 10:00PM.
One of Dark Horse Comics’ premier sci-fi adventure epics returns August 7 with the release of Ron Randall’s Trekker Omnibus, collecting the complete adventures of bounty hunter Mercy St. Clair and featuring more than 60 pages of brand-new color material! Come to the Portland TFAW August 7 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for a signing and release party with creator Ron Randall (Supergirl, Silence & Co.). Complimentary food and beer (for those 21+ with valid ID) provided.
Trekker debuted in 1986 at the dawn of Dark Horse Comics, setting the standard for fresh, innovative comics that reached outside the mainstream. Centering on the exploits of Mercy St. Clair, a tough-as-nails bounty hunter navigating a violent society, Randall introduced a groundbreaking female character who electrified fans of all ages.
“It’s of stuff like Trekker that revolutions are begun,” said Gail Simone (Batgirl, Wonder Woman), who wrote the foreword for the Trekker Omnibus. “A female character that is sexy but not sexualized, that is tough but not without flaws and doubts, and that is dangerous but not without compassion.”
“Trekker is the most demanding and rewarding project I’ve worked on in my career,” said creator Ron Randall, a member of Portland’s Periscope Studio. “I’m very proud of the work Dark Horse and I have done to make this collection definitive for the long-time Trekker fan, and also the perfect introduction to the character. Getting the chance to present all these original stories in one unified work is absolutely the highlight of my professional life.”
Celebrate the triumphant return of Mercy St. Clair at the Portland TFAW August 7: meet Ron Randall, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and pick up your copy of the Trekker Omnibus!
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Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232