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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY @ HEROES :: TOMORROW!

May 01, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: EVENTS, Free Comic Book Day

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Free Comic Book Day 2015 at Heroes is TOMORROW! Come out and meet amazing comic artists, get free comics and have a great time with your pals at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find! Check out our awesome guest list below!

Unfortunately, Sanford Greene had to cancel his appearance this year.

Creators will be signing from 1PM to 5PM (or longer at the creators’ discretion)

Guest list:

RICHARD COMELY - Creator of Captain Canuck

BRIDGIT CONNELL – Brother Nash

JOEY ELLIS – Leaky Timbers

JOHN HAIRSTON JR – Painter

DUSTIN HARBIN – Behold! The Dinosaurs, Diary Comics

JASON LATOUR – Artist: Southern Bastards Writer: Spider-Gwen

FRANK MARTINEZ – Artist: The Highwind

HOYT SILVA – Artist: Quatermain: Ghosts of the Nzadi

BRIAN STELFREEZE – Artist: Day Men, Domino, Matador, Batman: Shadow of the Bat

RIAN SYGH – Artist: Regular Show, Stolen Forest, Munchkin, Teen Dog

CHRIS VISIONS – Artist: Dead Letters

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HEROES & HISTORY ON “THE SCOOP”

April 29, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Free Comic Book Day

1Check out this article by Scoop Editor Jeff Vaughn about the history of our current location and sign up for their weekly newsletter while you’re there! See you this Saturday for Free Comic Book Day!
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STAFF PICKS :: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015

April 29, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS :: AVENGERS WEST COAST VISION QUEST TP NEW PTG
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Let’s head back to the late ’80’s as the all star creative team of Byrne, Byrne and Byrne turn the the super-team known behind their backs as Avengers 90210 into quite the chaotic mess by completely screwing with the Vision and the Scarlet Witch. And if that isn’t enough, Byrne unveils the Great Lakes Avengers who have to deal with the triple threat of the Dread Mosquito, the onslaught of The Living Humidity and the unlimited power of The Snow Plow!! Collects WEST COAST AVENGERS #42-47 and AVENGERS WEST COAST #48-50.
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AVENGERS EPIC COLLECTION BEHOLD VISION TP
(W) Roy Thomas (A) Various (CA) John Buscema
Writer Roy Thomas and artists John Buscema, Gene Colan and Sal Buscema proved once and for all that the House of Ideas was capable of great things without Stan Lee at the typewriter. Inside the covers of this TPB we witness the debut of the Vision, the introduction of Yellowjacket as well as an all-new Goliath! Plus, Ultron, Kang the Conqueror and the chess-piece wielding Squadron Sinister. Need more? Howzabout the Black Panther and the return of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch? Collecting AVENGERS #57-76 and MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #17 And yes, years before Star Trek: Generations we discover that even an android can cry. And lastly, a Shocking cameo from one Percy Bysshe Shelly. Poetic Justice, indeed!
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AVENGERS VISION AND SCARLET WITCH TP NEW PTG
 (W) Steve Englehart, Bill Mantlo (A) Don Heck, Rick Leonardi (CA) Gil Kane
Set the Way-Back Machine to 1982 and meet the first true Power Couple as they toil to make a life for themselves in the suburbs. ScarViz -as the paparazzi like to call them– and their super powered battles and marital spats make the trials and tribulations of the Kardashians seem positively trivial in comparison. Collecting GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS #4 and VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH (1982) #1-4. Bravo!
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FANTASTIC FOUR OMNIBUS HC ROSS CVR VOL 03 ROSS CVR
(W) Stan Lee (A) Jack Kirby (CA) Alex Ross
For those who prefer their classic Marvel comics 100% Vision, Quicksilver, Ultron and Scarlet Witch free, we have one of the greatest runs in main stream comics history starting with a brooding mad Silver Surfer and ending with Victor Von Doom: Art Critic. Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR  #61-93 and ANNUAL #5-7 (Franklin!) and material from NOT BRAND ECHH #5-7.
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HEROESCON 2015 GUEST LIST UPDATE

April 24, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: Guest List, HeroesCon

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Click the image to see the full guest list so far and to order your 3 Day Passes to America’s Favorite COMIC Convention!

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STAFF PICKS :: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015

April 21, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS :: HULK FUTURE IMPERFECT TP NEW PTG: Writer Peter David along with artists George Perez and Dale Keown take that old SF/superhero chestnut of the hero going into the future to change the past. Or is it the Hero’s job to change the present by going to the future to change the future’s past and the present’s future. Ah hell, who cares (although a Visio couldn’t hurt) when the story and art are this much fun. Keep an eye on those backgrounds; they’re are many smashed Easter Eggs to be found.  Collecting HULK: FUTURE IMPERFECT #1-2 and INCREDIBLE HULK: THE END. Plus, see the Hulk’s hairline recede, but don’t stare, he’ll kill ya.
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unnamed (1)JOSS WHEDON: THE COMPLETE COMPANION REVISED & UPDATED SC:
Of course Joss Whedon is the creative juggernaut behind Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngelFireflySerenityDollhouse, and even Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, as well as two feature films starring  The Avengers. The Joss Whedon Companion (newly revised) is the ultimate survey and analysis of his career genre bending career. This SC edition from TITAN BOOKS is well written and quite engaging. Perhaps this revised edition includes a chapter on Card Show Hotel Room Etiquette; if so we need to get a copy over to Zander ASAP
HARVEY KURTZMAN HC MAD AND HUMOR IN AMERICA:
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Writer Bill Schelly -a man who has interviewed the titular cartoonist numerous times- delivers an exciting biography of Harvey Kurtzman, the creative mastermind behind Mad Magazine as well as the modern realistic war comic with Two Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat. Kurtzman’s story is one everyone needs to read– lawsuits, the FBI, Hugh Hefner and much, much more. He is easily in the top 5 or 6 most influential comics’ creators of all time. Forward by Python alum Terry Gilliam. Fantagraphics has a track record of publishing really solid Creator biographies and it is a no-brainer that HARVEY KURTZMAN HC MAD AND HUMOR IN AMERICA is another worthwhile, reliable gem.
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HEROES CON 2015 EXCLUSIVE :: SECRET WARS #1 VARIANT by ZECK & BEATTY :: PRE-SALE

April 17, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Feast Your Eyes, Guest List, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News

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Hey y’all! Rico, your Heroes Creative Director here (I sound like Julie from the Love Boat), to tell you about our HeroesCon exclusive Secret Wars #1 variant cover. Let’s get the business out of the way first. This thing is beautiful and it’s available for pre-order now. Get it HERE.

Seth_notesWhen Marvel decided to bring back Secret Wars for 2015′s mega crossover event we knew we had to get our friends Mike Zeck and John Beatty involved and tie it all together with their appearance at HeroesCon 2015 (June 19-21). We asked these comics legends to revisit their classic Black Suit Spider-Man cover from Secret Wars #8. Once they agreed Shelton (the boss!), Justin (Store Manager), Seth (Warehouse Manager), and I got to work brainstorming which characters we’d like to appear on the cover. We placed Miles in the center and then worked out from there. This was a LOT of fun for us as you can probably imagine.

SW_zeck_RoughThe next step was gathering character reference for Mike to work from while getting Marvel approvals along the way. We sent these over to Mike and he quickly finished his “rough” sketch. That’s the one over there that pretty much looks like a finished cover illustration. Whoa! Mike then completes his pencils, approvals again and then it’s over to John Beatty for some silky inks. Beautiful!
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Now the cover heads back to us for colors and trade dress. Since we already changed so much from the original, we thought keeping a similar color scheme, the original logo and corner box would finish this off nicely. Thankfully we didn’t have to work from old scans or build all of that from scratch. Mike had already created a vector file of the entire Secret Wars #8 cover which he very graciously allowed us to use for this! A few tweaks here and there and it was finally complete! We think it’s a great looking cover that honors the past while featuring some great current characters along with favorites from all eras.
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Thanks for reading and thanks to Mike Zeck and John Beatty for doing this wonderful cover for us!

Secret Wars #1 comes out on May 6th but you can pre-order a copy now by going HERE. Of course if we have any left, we will have them at HeroesCon, June 19-21 where you can get both Mike Zeck and John Beatty to sign yours.

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STAFF PICKS :: RUNLOVEKILL :: APRIL 15, 2015

April 15, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks rico_staff_picksRICO’S PICK :: RUNLOVEKILL: Anytime Eric Canete takes time from his busy schedule of animation work to draw comic books, I’m checking it out. The 1st issue of this 8 issue series comes out today and if you’re into science fiction, explosions and great art you should check it out. You can tell Eric how much you love this when you meet him at HeroesCon in June.

04_RunLoveKill_PreviewBONUS PICK :: SENSATION COMICS #9: Don’t miss today’s Sensation Comics featuring 2 great looking Wonder Woman stories. The first features art by HeroesCon family member Mike Maihack and the second is a Lois Lane and Wonder Woman story with art by Chris Sprouse, Karl Story and Jordie Bellaire all wrapped in a great cover by Ben Caldwell.
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STAFF PICKS :: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 08, 2015

April 08, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS ::ASTRO CITY FAMILY ALBUM TP NEW ED

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For my money, this is the best Astro City collection. Family and Home are the connecting theme. Two stories stand out. A family moves to Astro City and has to adjust to a world with wall to wall super-heroing and super-villainy. Then Busiek and Anderson focus on the Furst Family-their homage to the Fantastic Four as well as other families of Heroes. And it comes wrapped by a great new cover from Alex Ross.
And wait ’til you meet the dread Mr. Smarty.
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Milt Gross was perhaps the most popular comic artist/humorist during the first half of the past decade.  This volume reproduces one of the first graphic novels of all time. The two principle characters from Gross’ successful Sunday strip ‘That’s My Pop’ run wild through the streets of the Big Apple. Yankee Stadium, The New York Public Library and Coney Island along with many other points of interest will never be the same. Gross was a true master. Don’t miss the recovery of this lost gem.

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Collecting MIRACLEMAN #11-16 and ALL-NEW MIRACLEMAN ANNUAL #1. It’s finally back in print, the final story arc from Alan Moore. It is quite simply the most startling, exciting, violent and eventually transcendent comic books ever created. This volume also includes stories from Grant Morrison and Joe Quesada and Peter Milligan and Mike Allred from the Annual. A must-read for all as well as being the future topic of a Heroes Discussion Group.

HERALD VOL 1: HISTORY IN THE MAKING TP
The search for Amelia Earhart continues as Nikola Tesla and HP Lovecraft team up to take on the Cthulhu cultists with a copy of the original Necronomicon at the center of it all. I’ve not read it, but it sounds like a hoot. Based on true events–no, not really. Collects Herald: Lovecraft & Tesla 1-3
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HEROESCON 2015 :: INDIE ISLAND UPDATE!

April 01, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: Guest List, HeroesCon, Indie Island

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No foolin’, Indie Island at HeroesCon 2015 is the place to be! We just updated our guest list with some great creators! Get your tickets and reserve your hotel rooms today!

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Reserve your stay at the Westin Charlotte at a HeroesCon rate!

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STAFF PICKS :: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 01, 2015

April 01, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS :: DOCTOR WHO 9TH #01
It’s Barty Crouch!  No, it’s Barty Crouch….JUNIOR!, No it’s the detective from Broadchurch..No, it’s the detective from Gracepoint. No its the Doctor! But which Doctor? Why, the Ninth Doctor ( the one from ‘Blink’!!!) and these Doctor Who comic series from IDW have been consistently good regardless which Time Lord is on the cover and driving the ol’ Tardis.
FLASH A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC
I want to say, 75 years old and he hasn’t lost a step, but I won’t. These milestone celebration books from DC have been consistently worth the price you pay and the shelf space it takes up. The Scarlet Speedster’s edition looks to be just as good if not better than the previous volumes. Content unavailable at New Release time, but rest assured Fox, Infantino, Broome, Loeb and many other creative greats will be featured.
GROO VS CONAN TP
It shouldnt have worked–a story that combines the big foot comic art of the great Sergio Aragones with the realistic detail laden hero art of Tom Yates–but Writer Mark Evanier somehow pulls it all together with a clever framing story involving the scheduled demolition of a beloved local comic shop. This 4-issue series is already a classic.
JOHN ROMITA AMAZING SPIDER MAN ARTIFACT ED HC
The greatest good-girl artist of the Marvel Age struts his stuff on page after page of comics reproduced from original art at its original size. And Romita’s Spider-Man ain’t too shabby neither.
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LONE WOLF & CUB OMNIBUS TP VOL 08
One of the best Comic series of all time begins it’s long, brutal and dramatic final act. Lone Wolf and his son are within miles of Edo (Feudal era Tokyo) and the Shogun demands a resolution to this long painful and violent feud between the scheming Yagyu clan and the vengeful Wolf with baby cart in tow. You need to be picking up these inexpensive volumes; at this price, they are a gift.
WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK GN VOL 02 SHERIFF BULLET VALLEY
Been meaning to try a Carl Barks collection, but haven’t gotten around to it? Well, try this volume that collects one of Bark’s most celebrated Donald Duck adventures. You’ll love it, your kids will love it. If you don’t have kids then your neighbors kids will love it. These are great comics. Take a gander.

 

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