KARLA’S PICK :: IMAGINE AGENTS #2: I had quite the ensemble of beloved imaginary cohorts as I child, which is why when my fellow Heroes staffer (and Store Manager extraordinaire) Justin recommended Imagine Agents to me last month, I picked it up and devoured it! (Don’t be silly…I didn’t actually EAT the book, I’m not Tony Chu!) Imagine Agents is a new book from BOOM! Studios written by Brian Jones and illustrated by Bachan. It’s an intriguing concept about an organization of ”Men In Black” style agents who’s job it is to wrangle up imaginary friends after the children they befriended have outgrown them(tragic!! Right??!!). Some of those imaginary counterparts are the best friends and confidants to the children they belong to, and others are chaotic terrors who reek havoc and mayhem wherever they go, leaving their pre-adolescent benefactors to take the blame. I truly enjoyed the heck out of issue #1 (which we still have in stock!) and can’t wait to see what happens next in this 4 part series!
KARLA’S PICK :: PORCELAIN: A GOTHIC FAIRY TALE: What can I say? I’m a sucker for a creepy fairy tale. That’s why my pick this week is Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale by Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose. As most classic fairy tales do, it starts off with an unfortunate soul. This time, the tale of woe begins with a young orphan girl referred to only as “Child” who lives off of the streets, and begs, steals and cheats to stay alive. Child attempts to steal from the wealthy Porcelain Maker, an alchemist who might be much more than he seems. From there, the story weaves a fascinating, and dark, fairy tale that I can’t wait to get my hands on! The art for this story is really quite stunning, which I was charmed to see from an artist who’s last name seems like it was plucked from the pages of a fairy tale in the first place! I mean, really? Wildgoose?? OF COURSE he should illustrate a fairy tale! It seems only fitting.
HeroesCon 2013 is OVERFLOWING with great exhibitors and artists bringing something from every facet of comics-fandom! We’re also happy to announce that we will be hosting some great exhibitors for artists and aspiring artists!
If you’re an artist, or if you’ve watched as some of your favorite artists compose sketches at conventions, you will know that Copic Markers have become one of the preferred tools for artists of all genres. Known for they variety of liners, markers, air brush kits and more, Copic has something for everyone, from the skilled artist to the beginner!
Copic Markers will be setting up for their very FIRST HeroesCon this year, and we hope that you will take the time to stop by their booth and check out their product!
You can watch as Copic-master, and HeroesCon friend and beloved artist, Adam Hughes gives a FREE ART LESSON using Copic Markers here!
Joining us for their second year at HeroesCon is another artist’s favorite AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro!
Autodesk is returning with their pro sketching software for Windows and Mac! It’s a professional-grade painting app that is a great digital tool for artists of all skill levels! Their apps are also available for iPad and Android devices!!
You can watch several HeroesCon artists such as: Chris Uminga, Chrissie Zullo and Phil Noto use the Sketchbook Pro equipment LIVE at the Autodesk Sketchbook booth throughout the convention!
So get ready! Wear your comfy shoes and bring your shopping bags! There’s going to be A LOT to see and experience at HeroesCon 2013!!
Loyal HeroesCon veterans know that our annual QuickDraw Contest is a great way to put your creative and artistic talents to the test! A HeroesCon tradition, the QuickDraw is our all-ages artist competition where we give you #2 pencils and Bristol board, and you give us 20 minutes of your feverish inspiration. A qualified Art Instructor then judges the results and we, in turn, give the winners some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win and it’s open to any and all who want to try their hand at creating some HeroesCon original art!
Stepping in to sweeten the prize-winners’ pot this year, the following companies have donated more than $10,000 worth of prizes to give away to the talented winners!!
Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, in three age categories: 10 & under, 11-15, and 16 & up. The QuickDraw is held on all three days of the show, so you have three opportunities to take home some incredible art supplies and bragging rights!
Prizes from these companies will also be awarded to participants of our Drink and Draw on Friday night, June 6 at the Hilton! Drink and Draw submissions will be judged by a panel of some of our favorite Artist Alley Pros, and prizes will be awarded at our show on Saturday!
We would also like to thank Artograph, Jerry’s Artarama, and Prismacolor for helping to supply our 2013 Live Art Stage, where artists will be crafting their pieces for the HeroesCon Annual Art Auction. The Art Auction will be held on Saturday June 7, from 8PM – until in the Providence Ballroom at the Westin Charlotte. We hope to see you all there!!
As an added bonus, Jerry’s Artarama has provided us with this coupon that you can use from NOW until June 15 to get $15.00 OFF your order of $79.00 or more! So get yourself some art supplies, and maybe one day we’ll be seeing YOU in our famous Artist Alley!
We all know that HeroesCon is known for its all-star Artist Alley each year, but let’s not overlook the AMAZING EXHIBITORS who make our show the can’t-miss event of the summer, and a destination for Gold and Silver-Age comics, comic-related apparel, art supplies, collectibles, DVD’s, toys and so much more! Take a look at our 2013 Exhibitors, and make your shopping lists in advance!
A. Pennyworth’s Comics 1412
AH Digital 2105, 2107
Almost Anything 206, 208, 210
Andrew Heath 419
Anomaly Productions 522
Anthony’s Comic Book Art 1719, 1721
Apocalypse Comics 718, 720, 722, 817, 819, 821
Aspen Comics 812, 911
Autodesk Consumer Group / SketchBook Pro 822, 921
B & C Collectibles 2109
Bear Butt Comics/Mischief Leather 320
Beyond Comics 808, 810
Big Lair’s 1620
Big Wow 1904, 2003
Bill Pappas 1707, 1709
Black Dog Collectibles 1606, 1608
Blue Juice Comics 520
BOOM!/KaBoom! 920, 922, 1019, 1021
Borderlands 1818, 1820, 1917, 1919
Cards, Comics and Collectibles 1318, 1320, 1322, 1417, 1419, 1421
Carolina Comic Book Club 204
Carolina Garrison – 501st Legion 110
Carolina Ghostbusters 105
CBLDF 102, 104
Cheap Joes Art Stuff 1522
CJ Draden 218
Columbia Comics 1821
Comic Central 1512, 1611
Comic Lock 1918, 1920, 2017, 2019
Comic Whiz 212
Comic Wise 318, 417
Comics & Gaming 1517, 1519
Comics Guarantee Corporation – CGC 207, 209
Comics to Astonish 304, 306
ComicMix 1222, 1321
Convention Exclusive 305
Cool Lines Artwork 719, 721
Copic Markers 818, 917
Cosmic Times 1720
Crazy Ed’s Comics 1618
Creature Entertainment 1722
Cunningham’s Comics 407, 409
Dale Roberts Comics 518, 617
Dave’s Comics & Cards 1418, 1420, 1422, 1521
David Shankle 717
Dimension Decals 303
Dragon Song Forge 1906, 1908, 1910
Earl Shaw 408, 410, 412
Evie Tees 612
Eye Candy 2307
Frame Monkey 1619, 1621
GBM Collection 2111
Get Cash For Comics 606, 608
Gotham Super Car 111
Grant Merrill 2119, 2121
Harley Yee Rare Comics 907, 909
Harrison’s Comics 1806, 1808, 1810, 1812, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911
Heroes and Dragons 705, 707
Heroes Are Here 411
Hey Kids, Comics! 203, 205
Hot Flips 622, 1622
Ian Leino 2118
Imperial Quartermaster 2008, 2010, 2012
imPhotoGraphics Design 820
Infinity Comics LLC 202
Ink Correct 511
Intergalactic Collectibles 610
Jason Hamlin 1705
Jason McAlister/William Pigg 2022
Jim Walls 217
Joe Todd 106
Keomaka 2306, 2307
Killer Kollectibles 2302
Klingon Assault Group 108
Leroy Harper Comics 2110, 2112
Magic Massage Therapy 2301
Mario’s Comics 712
Mark Scott 1408, 1507
Mark Sparacio 521
McFarland Publishing 2005, 2007, 2009
Mighty Fine Art 2020
Mike’s Comics & Collectibles 2106, 2108
My SuperHero Guy 2120
New Age Discoveries 2308
New Force Comics 317, 319
New World Toys and Collectibles 201
North Coast Nostalgia 809, 811
Off World Designs Inc. 1922, 2021
Outer Rim Toys / Out of the Toy Box Jewelry 711
Painted Visions 1518, 1617
Patrick Sullivan 2004, 2103
Planet Comics 1506, 1605
Poetic Earth 2122
Pop Culture Emporium 420
Premier Green Screens 112
Premiere Collectibles / Lightech Ltd. 2006
Pross Comics 1921
Purgatory Comics 2102, 2104
Reel Imports 1819
Reggie’s Comics and Collectibles 1410
Richard Fortenberry 311
Robert’s Comics and Collectibles 1718, 1817
Shark Robot 307, 309
Showcase Comics & Games 507, 509
Sideboard Games/El Cig’s Comics 619
Smoking Halo, LLC 1717
Ssalefish Comics 418, 517
Steve Smith 618
Stormcrow Comics 1612, 1711
Stylin Online 308, 310, 312; 1706-1712; 1805-1811
Supah! Comics 1508, 1510
Super Mecado Comics 621
SuperHeroStuff.com 506, 508, 510, 512, 605, 607, 609, 611
SuperWorldComics.com 403, 405
Tales of Wonder 219, 221, 220, 222
Tangled Web 1509, 1511
TC’s Toys 211
Team Fox: DeLorean Time Machine 101
The Toy Federation 709
TNT Comics 1822
Tomorrow Treasures 708, 807
Triangle Cards / Orange Ribbon Collectibles 301
TV’s Treasure Chest 2303, 2304
TwoMorrows Publishing 118, 120, 122
Ultimate Comics 404, 406, 503, 505
Unknown Comix 1520
Valiant Entertainment 1220, 1319
Warp 9 1912, 2011
Welcome Back Comics 1607, 1609
White Lightning Productions 321
XCON Comics 710
Zenescope Entertainment 322, 421
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KARLA’S PICK :: HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1 ONGOING : By the POWER OF GRAYSKULL, we have a new HE-MAN COMIC!! Yeah, NO ONE should be surprised that this is my pick of the week. Heck, even my profile photo is a picture of me next to one of my most FAVORITE characters in the world SHE-RA, who is one of the prominent characters in the Masters of the Universe realm. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1 picks up where the six-issue mini-series, as well as the digital-only issues, left off in January!
Peace has once again returned to Eternia after the defeat of Skeletor and the return of He-Man and the Masters. But as is all too often true, peace is short lived. Eternia quickly finds itself under attack once again, this time from an outside invader: The Evil Horde! This issue introduces Despara, force Captain of the Evil Horde, who is a ruthless conqueror loyal to the evil Hordak, and much to my relief a RED-HEADED Teela. (My favorite Teela will ALWAYS be red-headed! No offense to blonde Teela.)
With a new story-line by writer Keith Giffen and beautiful artwork by Pop Mhan, I am TRULY looking forward to getting my hands on this new ongoing series!!
Today’s Guest List update is pretty awesome! Check it out!
Heroes Convention is in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 7-9 2013. Get your 3 day passes today! The full guest list (so far) is here.
We still need volunteers too!
MICHAEL GOLDEN – Artist: The Nam, Micronoauts, Dr. Strange, She-Hulk, Howard the Duck
DANIEL GOVAR – Artist: Azure
MIKE HENDERSON – Artist: Masks and Mobsters, TMNT, Banshee: Origins
VAN JENSEN – Writer: Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, Green Lantern Corps
KONSTANTIN KOMARDIN – Artist: City Stories, Max Cooler
STEVE OLIFF – Digital Color Pioneer: Akira, Spawn, Sandman, The Maxx, Armature
MARK TEXEIRA – Artist: Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Sabretooth, Jonah Hex
BILLY TUCCI – Artist: Shi, Sgt.Rock: The Lost Batallion, A Child Is Born
ROBERT VENDITTI – Writer: X-O Manowar, Demon Knights, Green Lantern
RENEE WITTERSTAETTER – Writer/Editor: Excess: The Art of Michael Golden, Joe Jusko: Savage Beauty, She-Hulk
KARLA’S PICK :: HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #6: For those of you that KNOW me personally, you’ve KNOWN this day was coming. My pick for this week is He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #6!! Yes, ladies, gents and kids of all ages, He-Man is BACK, and trapped in a world that he can’t remember!! This is the LAST ISSUE of this series, and the title (THANK THE GODS!!) is being picked up for an on-going series starting in April!! I can’t wait! If you grew up raising a plastic sword high above your head crying “By the Power of Grayskull”, you HAVE to pick up this book!! DC is taking one of your childhood heroes, and giving him the chance to be the Most Powerful Man in the Universe once more!
Charlotte Mini-Con is fast approaching, and with all the “AMAZING” things we have in store for you, we’d also like to direct your attention to some of the wonderful charities that we will be hosting at Sunday’s show.
The Charlotte Chapter of the American Red Cross will be on site raising funds for Hurricane Sandy Relief as well as for various other disaster relief causes. For a minimum donation of $10.00 to the American Red Cross attendees can reserve a copy of Hawkeye #7 signed by writer Matt Fraction. (more…)
My, how time flies! Can you believe that the Heroes Discussion Group is celebrating it’s 50th (that’s right, 50th!!) meeting already?!