Chris Claremont Added to HeroesCon 2018

Comics legend Chris Claremont is coming to HeroesCon! Don’t miss this chance to meet him June 15-17 in Charlotte, NC!

Claremont is one of the most influential writers of superhero comics, renowned for his 17-year run on Uncanny X-Men. During that period, the X-Men became one of the most popular comic book franchises in history. Claremont is credited with the creation of legendary characters including Legion, The New Mutants, Rogue, Gambit, Sabretooth, Kitty Pryde, and the White Queen amongst many others. It is a conservative estimate that Claremont has sold in excess of 750,000,000 comics worldwide.

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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 2018 Announces Last Round of Guests

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 2018 show including Paul Azaceta, Ryan Bodenheim, Ivan Brandon, Bridgit Connell, Michelle Delecki, Juan Doe, Monica Gallagher, Keith Giffen, Craig Hamilton, Scott Hanna, Scott Kolins, Rick Leonardi, Al Milgrom, Rags Morales, Joe Quinones, Tom Raney, Ben Templesmith, Mark Texeira, John Van Fleet, Adam Warren, Scott Wegener, and more! HeroesCon 2018 takes place NEXT WEEK on June 15-17, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

PAUL AZACETA | AA-1016 
Outcast, Graveyard of Empires, X-Men, Spider-Man

DUANE BALLENGER | AA-1128 
Haunted Samidge, Uptight, Wide Awake 666

STEVE BIRD | AA-618 
Robin, Detective Comics, The Crow

RYAN BODENHEIM | AA-816
The Dying & The Dead, Red Mass for Mars, Bloodshot, Black Panther, Wolverine

IVAN BRANDON | AA-1015 
Black Cloud, Drifter, Viking

BOB CAMP | AA-420-422
Ren & Stimpy, Thundercats

J CHRIS CAMPBELL | AA-1127
Creator of Neatobots, Zig Zag & Publisher of Wide Awake Press

VIC CARRABOTTA | AA-502
Golden Age Artist for Atlas Comics & Marvel Comics

STEVE CONLEY | AA-512
The Middle Age, Bloop, Astounding Space Thrills

BRIDGIT CONNELL | AA-1110
Brother Nash

JARED CULLUM | AA-1125 
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Pea Green Coffee Cup

RICK DAVIS | AA-628 
Sheena, Negative Burn, Warrior Nun

MASON DICKERSON | AA-1121
Take-Out Deluxe, Los Tres Perdidos, Peach Tree, Patty Island

JUAN DOE | 
Dark Ark, American Monster, X-Men:198, Legion of Monsters, Fantastic Four

MIKE FREIHEIT | AA-1120 
Monkey Chef: A Love Story, Tales of Freelancia, Go F*ck Myself!

ERIK FREITAS | AA-1130 
Judge Dredd, Godzilla, Ninja Turtles

MONICA GALLAGHER | AA-1216 
Part-Time Princesses, Bonnie N. Collide Nine to Five, Boobage

KEITH GIFFEN | AA-303 
Legion of Super-Heroes, Lobo, Ambush Bug, Justice League, Scooby Apocalypse

JOSHUA GREATHOUSE | AA-614 
Boom cover artist

CRAIG HAMILTON | AA-1515
Aquaman, Starman, Fables, The Spectre

SCOTT HANNA | AA-302 
Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Batman, X-Men

JAMES JAMESON | AA-304 
American Gods

SCOTT KOLINS | AA-304 
Flash, Avengers, Justice League, Spider-Man, Larfleeze

RICK LEONARDI | AA-1401 
Cloak and Dagger, X-Men, Spider-Man 2099 

BRIAN LEVEL | AA-807 
Avengers, Spider-Man, Namor, Inhumans, Deadpool, Batman, Hellblazer

CHRISTOPHER MITTEN | AA-1519 
Rasputin, Umbral, Wasteland, 30 Days of Night

CHRISTOPHER MOELLER | AA-1503 
Lucifer, Iron Empires, Magic:The Gathering 

RAGS MORALES | AA-529-530 
JSA, Hawkman, Amory Wars

JOE QUINONES | AA-701
America, Howard the Duck, Star Wars, Black Canary/Zatanna

TOM RANEY | AA-509 
Infinite Crisis, Batman-Superman, Phantom Limb Ghost Puncher

BRIAN REBER | AA-1315 
Spider-Man, Deadpool, Venom

BUDD ROOT | AA-607 
Cavewoman

NIKKI RYAN | AA-1517 
The Family Trade

RON SALAS | AA-830 
Six Million Dollar Man, Northguard, Prince Valiant, Amazing Spider-Man

STORME SMITH | AA-1130
Buño Books

JOHNDELL SNEAD | AA-621 
Robyn Hood, Grimm Fairy Tales, Back to the Future, Rez

CHRIS SPARKS | AA-724
Team Cul de Sac, The Art of Richard Thompson

DURWIN TALON & GUIN THOMPSON | AA-1505 
Beautiful Scars, Bonds, Batman

BEN TEMPLESMITH | AA-1518
The Squidder, Choker, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse

MARK TEXEIRA | AA-1603 
Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Sabretooth, Jonah Hex

ROB ULLMAN | AA-1129 
Atom-Bomb Bikini, Old-Timey Hockey Tales, Traffic & Weather

JOHN VAN FLEET | AA-1504 
Batman, Typhoid, The X-Files

DAVE WACHTER | AA-1011 
Breath of Bones, The Guns of Shadow Valley, Godzilla: Cataclysm

ADAM WARREN HERO INITIATIVE: BOOTH-1022
Empowered, Dirty Pair, Gen 13

SCOTT WEGENER | AA-1204 
Atomic Robo

JOHN WYCOUGH | AA-620 
Star Wars, G.I.Joe, Doctor Who, Transformers, Fear Itself, Chaos War

A.C. ZAMUDIO | AA-1507 
The Sixth Gun, The Remains

CARLOS NICOLAS ZAMUDIO | AA-1508 
Death Follows, We(L)come Back, Imaginary Drugs

CANCELLATIONS:
ROGÊ ANTONIO
PATRICK DEAN
MICHELLE DELECKI
JOEY ELLIS
MATT FRACTION
MATT HORAK
CASEY JONES
HOPE LARSON
JACKIE LEWIS
BRITTANY PEER
JAMES ROBINSON
CHRIS VISIONS

For the full guest list with table assignments please go here….

RSVP on Facebook!

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.

NY – Deadpool Co-Creator Signing

Writer Fabian Nicieza co-creator of Deadpool, Domino, X-Force, and a host of other comic characters, appears at Sleeping Giant Collectibles on Saturday, June 9th from 11:00 AM till 5:00 PM for his first-ever appearance in the Buffalo area. All attendees will receive a free Deadpool comic while supplies last.

A fee will apply for Nicieza signatures, which can also be ordered online. Certificates of Authenticity will be available, as will CGC witnessing.

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Sleeping Giant Collectibles
80 Clinton Street Tonawanda, NY 14150

NJ – Ben Caldwell Signing

Artist Ben Caldwell (Wednesday Comics: Wonder Woman, upcoming Dark Knight: Carrie Kelley, A-Force) appears at Dewey’s Comic City on Sunday, June 3rd from 1:00 – 3:00 PM!

Dewey’s Comic City
13 Park Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
(973) 593-0042

DE – Justice League #1 Signing

Inker Mark Morales appears at the Comic Book Shop on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from noon till 3:00 PM to sign JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 from DC Comics!

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The Comic Book Shop
1855 Marsh Road, Wilmington, DE 19810
(302) 477-1119

Hero Initiative Brings Tom Raney & Rick Maygar to Phoenix Comic Fest 2018

Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic book creators in need, is spending its Memorial Day weekend at Phoenix Comic Fest on May 24 thru 27 at the Phoenix Convention Center!

Hero will have TWO great artists exclusively at its booth #1485 – 1487AvengersCaptain America, and Star Wars artist Rick Maygar will be joined by X-MenSuperman, and Incredible Hulk artist Tom Raney! Both will be signing and doing sketches all weekend, so make sure you bring your books and boards!

And Hero Initiative Ambassadors on the floor will be collecting for Hero when you get your books signed as well. Please swing by on Arthur Adams, Jim Calafiore, Joyce Chin, Katie Cook, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Scott Godlewski, Brian and Kristy Miller of Hi-Fi Design, Scott Kolins, Andy Kuhn, John Layman, Albert Morales, Marat Mychaels, Dan Panosian, Tony Parker, Brian Pulido, and Stuart Sayger!

About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $1 million 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.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Adds Comic Luminaries Steranko, Joe Giella, Paul Levitz & Denny O’Neil

Press Release:

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor comes to life this September 28-30 as the Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets are now on sale. The Baltimore Comic-Con is thrilled announce the return of Jim Steranko to the Baltimore Comic-Con! Jim is joined by comic luminaries Joe Giella, Paul Levitz, and Hero Initiative guest Denny O’Neil.

Jim Steranko has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts, with a dozen successful careers to his credit: author, magician, illustrator, escape artist, historian. He is cited as one of the prime architects of Marvel Comics and the co-creator of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. He also wrote and drew Captain America, The Hulk, Superman, and The X-Men (for which he designed the classic title logo); generated more than 150 original storytelling devices and techniques that changed the direction of the comics medium; and evolved a devoted cult of followers who have nicknamed him The Innovator. Wizard magazine credits Steranko as the 5th Most Influential Artist in the history of the form. He has painted a multitude of movie posters, record albums, and book covers; and in 1975, created Red Tide, the First Modern Graphic Novel. As the editor-publisher of the international newsstand entertainment magazine Prevue, he conducted hundreds of superstar interviews and penned more than three million words. He numbers among his friends and associates writers Mickey Spillane, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury; the animation giants Ralph Bakshi and Shamus Culhane; and directors Federico Fellini, John Huston, and Orson Welles. As a musician, he gigged with Bill Haley in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll; as a pop-culture icon, he has appeared at more than 350 international events and exhibited his work worldwide, including at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and the Louvre in Paris; his two volumes of The History of Comics have sold more than 100,000 copies each; as an escape artist, his death-defying performances inspired the character Mister Miracle and, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, he was the man upon which the protagonist of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay was based; and more-photographer, ad agency art director, sideshow fire-eater, male model, typographer, designer…the list goes on. As a filmmaker, he collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas – for whom he created the look of Indiana Jones – and Francis Ford Coppola on some of their most popular films. He served as Creative Consultant for the History Channel’s two-hour documentary Comic-Book Superheroes-Unmasked; shook up Twitter with his innovative TNT technique (visit his live Sunday-night sessions by typing in iamsteranko); and is currently prepping An Evening with Steranko for theatrical venues across the country.

His recent Captain America covers topped Marvel sales charts; the IDW SHIELD Artist’s Edition sold out before publication (and won an Eisner Award); and the 2017 Overstreet Price Guide – with his Batman cover – had record-breaking sales. His covers on the record-setting Action 1000 and Captain America 700 have polled as fan favorites. Over the past several decades, he has amassed more than 100 highly-commercial Intellectual Properties, his Theatre of Concepts, which range from children’s interactive-learning entertainments to high-action adult digital gaming, from science fiction to superheroes. His vision is to shape, structure, and synthesize character-driven projects with state-of- the-art technology for the World of Tomorrow. And he’s still the best-dressed man in comics.

Joe Giella returns to the Baltimore Comic-Con for a rare appearance. The oldest living artist to have worked on Batman, this Golden and Silver Age creator worked at Timely, Marvel, and DC Comics as a penciller and inker. In addition to working on the comic, Giella provided pencils and inks on the Batman syndicated strip, as well as the syndicated Flash Gordon, The Phamtom, Mary Worth, and Sherlock Holmes comic strips. The United States Postal Service honored Giella by using two of his pieces of art for their 2006 “DC Super Heroes” collection of postage stamps. He has been honored with an Ink Pot Award, as well as being presented with the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement award at the 2016 Harvey Awards ceremony.

Paul Levitz has been a mainstay at DC Comics since 1972, serving as a writer, editor, and President (2002 – 2009) over the tenure of his career. His name is synonymous with the Legion of Super-Heroes, which he wrote from 1977-1979 and 1981-1989, and he created such notable characters as the Stalker, the Earth-2 Huntress, and Lucien the Librarian. Levitz has since returned to writing the Legion of Super-Heroes for the New 52, as well as the Earth-2 centric book, World’s Finest. After ending his career as DC Comics employee, Levitz moved onto the next phase of his career, accepting a Board of Directors position with BOOM! Studios. He has recently contributed Brooklyn Blood to Dark Horse Presents from Dark Horse Comics and guest edited and contributed an essay to DC’s Action Comics #1000.

A board member of Hero Initiative, retired writer and editor Denny O’Neil spent much of his career making an indelible mark at Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Initially brought on as a writer at Marvel, he had a hand in writing or scripting diverse titles including Strange Tales, X-Men, Millie the Model, and Rawhide Kid. After a year at Charlton Comics, he followed editor Dick Giordano to DC Comics, where he assumed writing duties for Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman, Justice League of America, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and, perhaps most notably, Batman. On that title, he embraced the dark roots of the character, creating and defining the tone for numerous characters from the series. He returned to Marvel in the 1980s, assuming writing chores on Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Iron Man where he once again created numerous recurring characters in the respective titles’ mythos. He also served as an editor during his Marvel stint on numerous titles and runs before returning as Batman Group editor at DC, where he also wrote The Question, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, and Batman: Sword of Azrael.

“We’re still months away from the show, and our guest list is already incredible,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “These four guys are amazing — we haven’t had Jim to the show since 2001, so we’re excited to have him rejoin us in 2018, and adding Joe, Paul, and Denny to the mix just knocks the ouevre of the room out of the park.”

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

Legendary creator John Byrne in a RARE appearance at Fan Expo Boston

Legendary creator John Byrne (X-Men, Fantastic Four, Star Trek) is making his way to FAN EXPO Boston for a rare appearance. He’ll also be talking comics & Star Trek with the one and only William Shatner!

More details on this once in a lifetime moment coming soon, get your tickets today: bostoncomiccon.com/tickets

HeroesCon 2018 Add Legends Mike Royer, Steranko & more

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 2018 show including Mike Royer, Jim Steranko, Ben Caldwell, Shane Davis, Nathan Fox, Rudy Nebres, Jerry Ordway, Tim Sale, Dean Trippe and more! HeroesCon 2018 takes place June 15-17, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

BEN CALDWELL Prez, A-Force, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Dare Detectives
SHANE DAVIS Axcend, Superman Earth One, Superman Batman, Green Lantern
JEFF DEKAL Iron Fist, Kingpin, Hulk
MICHAEL EURY | FRI & SAT ONLY Editor-in-Chief of Back Issue Magazine
JOHN FLOYD | Wonder Woman & Tasmanian Devil, Django Unchained, Batman, Rune
NATHAN FOX | The Weatherman, Vertigo SFX, Captain Victory, Dogs of War, Haunt, DMZ
JODY LEHEUP | The Weatherman, Shirtless Bear-Fighter
DANIEL LEISTER Lord of Gore, Werewolf Run, Hack/Slash
RUDY NEBRES Dr Strange, Conan, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Eerie, Creepy
JERRY ORDWAY | Superman , Captain Marvel, Infinity Inc., WildStar
MIKE ROYER | Mister Miracle, Kamandi, Superman, The Demon, Disney, Tarzan, New Gods
TIM SALE | Captain America, Batman, Spider-Man, Catwoman
CHRIS SCHWEIZER The Creeps, The Crogan Adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean
KEVIN SHARPE | Thor, He-Man, X-Men
BRIAN SHEARER | GI Joe, Transformers, Doctor Who, William the Last
JIM STERANKO | Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., History of Comics, Prevue Magazine
DEAN TRIPPE | Something Terrible, Power Lunch, Butterfly, Project: Rooftop

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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.

DE – Where We Live Signing

Press Release:

Contributors to WHERE WE LIVE: BENEFIT FOR LAS VEGAS SURVIVORS are coming to The Comic Book Shop for a signing on Saturday, June 2nd  from noon till 3:00 PM!

Please join us in supporting this meaningful collection of perspectives, experiences, and cathartic stories.

Guests Include:

Greg Pak
Erica Schultz
Liana Kangas
Justin Jordan
Matthew Dow Smith
Monica Gallagher 

The WHERE WE LIVE anthology is a riveting collection of both fictional stories and actual eye-witness accounts told by an all-star lineup of the top talent working in comics today, on Image Comics.

All the creators have graciously volunteered their time and talent to help bring some sense to this senseless act and, in the process, raise money for the survivors and their families.

The book will include a variety of perspectives with key themes exploring gun violence, common sense gun control, value of a compassionate society, mental health stigmatization, aftermath of tragedy and how individuals and communities persevere, and an appreciation of Las Vegas as a vibrant community.

WHERE WE LIVE also features stories from local writers and artists as they relate their personal experiences and reactions to this tragedy. One hundred percent of the proceeds for the WHERE WE LIVE anthology will be donated to an existing GoFundMe campaign for the survivors in Las Vegas.

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When a gunman fired on Las Vegas’s Route 91 Harvest music festival on Oct. 1, 2017, 58 people lost their lives and more than 800 were injured by gunfire. It was the worst mass-shooting in United States history, and follows a decade where the issue of gun violence has become more and more prevalent for those living throughout the 50 states.

In response, writer and artist J.H. Williams III, himself a Las Vegas resident and known for his work on Batwoman and Promethea, decided to curate a benefit anthology comic for those who were affected by the shooting. This year that project sees publication in the form of Where We Live, which is scheduled for release on May 30 through Image Comics.

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The Comic Book Shop
1855 Marsh Road, Wilmington, DE 19810
(302) 477-1119

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