Just don’t tell mom.
ANDY’S PICK :: BATMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS: It seems like every time you turn around there is another HC Celebration of one character or another. They all blend into a kind of expensive jumble. But BATMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS really stands out. The editors at DC have put together one heck of a collection. This 432 (!) page book includes the following landmark tales: DETECTIVE COMICS #27 (1st appearance!), 83 (Alfred!), 211 (Catwoman!), 216 (The Batman of the Future!), 327 (First New Look!), 359 (Batgirl!), 395 (Secret of the Waiting Graves!), 442 (Toth!), 474 (Rogers/Austin/Deadshot!), 574 (Origin revamp plus Alan Davis!), 633 (Milligan!), 711 (Knight Out!) , 757 (Air Time!) and 821 (Dini /Williams!), BATMAN #1 (Joker!), 49 (Vicki Vale!), 181 (Poison Ivy!), 497 (Batman needs to see a chiropractor), BATMAN #2 (from THE NEW 52), WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #94 (The Supes/Bats Team Origin!), DC SPECIAL SERIES #21 (Frank Miller!) and BATMAN SPECIAL #1 (The Wrath!) This is going to be a great party and everyone’s invited!!
It wouldn’t be a major convention of any sort without a bit of last minute shuffling. We have a time/date change and an addition.
First the change:
Due to some travel issues, The ARCHIE PANEL originally scheduled for Friday at 4:00 has been moved to SATURDAY at 2:00pm.
SATURDAY 2:00PM Room 201
PART I :: ARCHIE: Life, Afterlife and Beyond
Join moderator Jimmy Aquino (COMIC NEWS INSIDER) in a talk about the major events happening at Archie Comics – from the hit horror series AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE to the upcoming “Death of Archie” in the pages of LIFE WITH ARCHIE and much more – with an all-star cast of Archie staff and stars, including artist FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (Afterlife with Archie), PAUL KAMINSKI (Archie Comics Executive Director of Editorial) and Red Circle Comics Editor and Archie SVP – Publicity and Marketing ALEX SEGURA.
PART II :: ARCHIE: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and MEGAMAN
Get the inside scoop on what’s coming up in Archie’s best-selling “Action” line of video game titles, including SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, SONIC UNIVERSE and MEGA MAN, with SONIC/MEGA MAN editor PAUL KAMINSKI and long-time Sonic and Mega Man creators IAN FLYNN and TRACY YARDLEY
and we have a special addition to the schedule:
MEET THE GRAND COMICBOOK DATABASE (GCD)
Find out what all goes into compiling and maintaining the enormous (and indispensable) GRAND COMIC BOOK DATABASE. BOB BAILEY, WILL ALLRED, DANIEL NAUSCHUETZ and STEVEN ROWE will explain the challenging process of indexing comics. Thanks to their efforts, the GCD has become the go-to source for creator listings. DC and Marvel both use the GCD for their archives. Stop by dive deep into comics and comics’ history and prepare to be astounded by their Herculean effort.
The best just keeps getting bester.
PANELS—WE’VE GOT PANELS!!
The HeroesCon 2014 Schedule is up. Just click on this link….
So what have we got? Take a few minutes and look through the program; we try to have something for everyone. Plan your days around a few of these gems like:
How about THE INKWELL AWARDS? Saturday at Noon–BILL SIENKIEWICZ IS THE GUEST OF HONOR At the 4th Inkwell Awards Live Ceremony! See the live results from April’s votes for the BEST INKERS of 2013 and the recipients of the JOE SINNOTT HALL OF FAME AWARD!! To read more about this annual event, click here…
Speaking of ANNUAL HeroesCon Events— we have
- COSPLAY—3 ways! Group Photo, Meet the Cosplayers Panel and The 2nd Annual Cosplay costume Contest
- 4 SCAD Workshops
- Inking Panel
- 2 IMAGE Panels!
- 2 MARVEL Panels
- 2 ARCHIE Panels
- The 2nd Annual convention within a convention—THE CAROL CORPS!!!
- The Humor Panel—this is a can’t miss panel this year
- The All Ages Panel
- THE MEGA PANEL—Comics Regulation, Comics Censorship: Past and Present
- The Comic Strip Panel!!
- TWO (!!) Teaching Comics Roundtables
- Adam & Comfort’s Workshop
- New Masters of Horror!!
- INDY COMICS CREATORS
- And of course The QuickDraw—All Three days
Celebrate TwoMorrows Publishing 20th Anniversary all day Saturday with
- Modern Masters: Lee Weeks, Cliff Chiang, Mark Schultz and Art Adams!!
- CONAN Panel with Roy Thomas and Tim Truman!
- A Kirby Tribute Panel
- A Conversation with Denis Kitchen
- and A TwoMorrows Roundtable
Heidi MacDonald of THE BEAT and Tom Spurgeon of THE COMICS REPORTER head our team of all-star moderators so if it is scintillating conversation you want …
- Mark Waid
- Jim Starlin and Andy Smith
- Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez!
- KEVIN EASTMAN!
- ONLINE COMICS!
- Breaking Into Comics as a Writer
- The Challenges of a famous Property with Jeff Smith and Terry Moore
AND MORE—LOTS MORE—
And make sure you stop by on Sunday to pay respects to our absent friend NICK CARDY!!! A True Titan!
ENJOY!!–This is all for YOU!!!!
ANDY’S PICK :: DISNEY JUNIOR ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANIMATED CHARACTERS: Where was this book when I was a kid. As a Disney obsessed youth (I blame the classic Gold Key published, Walt Disney Comics Digest) I used to make lists of every character I could. These were the years before the internet so I had to go off memory and comic books. What I wouldn’t have done for a book like this! There are over 150 entries with illustrations and character info starting with Ariel (I imagine) and ends (I’m pretty certain) with Zurg. And the inside of the book jacket is a giant poster. All for only $13.00!!! Any pre-teen will love it!
ANDY’S PICK :: DEVIL DINOSAUR BY JACK KIRBY THE COMPLETE SERIES TP: Here’s the back-story. In 1972, DC asked Jack Kirby to come up with a title to compete with Marvel’s recent licensing acquisition of Planet of the Apes. Hence, Kamandi. A few years later, Kirby was back at Marvel and they asked him to create a new property that could go paw to paw with the new Kamandi TV series that DC was developing. So Kirby grudgingly came up with Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy. The series only ran for 9 issues. The comic was geared at younger readers, but like most comics back in the ’70s it was never marketed properly. So, at the time DD looked like a big-foot n embarrassment from the once-great King when compared to the more cutting edge ‘relevant’ comics from O’Neill and Engelhart. Today those topical books are still fun but are self important, quite silly and rather dated; meanwhile ol’ DD remains a great kids comic just brimming with the Kirby excitement, movement and creativity. Marvel is offering all nine issues in an affordable soft cover edition for only 19.95. You owe it to yourself to pick it up and enjoy!