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HeroesCon 2019 Volunteer Registration!

April 23, 2019 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Other Events, Schedule, This Just In

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HeroesCon 2019
is just around the corner, and our small, hardworking staff couldn’t pull it off each year without the help of our great volunteers. Now’s your opportunity to be a part of America’s Favorite COMIC Convention. Hit the link and sign up today! 

HEROESCON 2019 VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

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HEROESCON 2019 :: GUEST ANNOUNCEMENTS *ROUND 4*

April 16, 2019 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Guest List, HeroesCon, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, Uncategorized

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HEROES CONVENTION 2019 ::
Guest Announcements – Round FOUR!

Heroes is happy to announce our FOURTH wave of Featured Guests for our 2019 Convention!

Start making your “must-see” list NOW! Lots of artists start their commission lists well in advance of the convention, so be sure to check their websites and social media!

Keep an eye of the Heroes HotlineFacebookInstagram and Twitter as we continue to add more great artist to our 2019 Guest List, and get your 3-DAY ADVANCE TICKETS TODAY!!

APRIL 17
Robert Atkins
Sean Beck
Craig Boldman
June Brigman
Paty Cockrum
Dave Dorman
Ben Fisher
Nathan Fox 
Keven Gardner 
Matt Haley 
Ray Kryssing 
Marissa Louise 
Tom Lyle 
Kevin Maguire 
Tradd Moore 
Billy Parker 
Paul Pelletier 
Brandon Peterson 
Robert Potchak 
Roy Richardson 
Robbi Rodriguez 
JB Roe 
Bart Sears 
Brian Shearer 
Zack Soto 
Collette Turner 
Matt Webb 
Marcus Williams 
Kelly Yates

MARCH 13
Dave Aikins
Matthew Allison
Jim Amash
Paul Azaceta
Jeremy Bastian
John Beatty
Andy Belanger
Andy Bennett
Ryan Bodenheim
Tamra Bonvillain
Frank Brunner
Cullen Bunn
Buzz
Brendan Cahill 
Ben Caldwell
Richard Case
Jacob Chabot
Keith Champagne
Aaron Conley
Steve Conley
Denys Cowan
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Teresa R Davidson
Jeff Dekal
Vanesa Del Rey
J. M. DeMatteis
Michael Dooney
Colleen Doran
Nick Filardi
Jared K Fletcher
Naomi Franquiz
Michael Garland
Chris Giarrusso
Keith Giffen
Josh Greathouse
Marcus Hamilton
Cory Hamscher
N Steven Harris
Tom Heintjes
Andy Hirsch
Neal Holman
Georges Jeanty
Daniel Warren Johnson
Jay Leisten
Daniel Leister
Brian Level
Megan Levens
Mike Lilly
James Lyle
Matthew Manning
Laura Martin
Paul Maybury
Bob McLeod
Cara McGee
Dawn McTeigue
Adriana Melo
Al Milgrom
Ted Naifeh
Robert Newsome
Kevin Nowlan
Yanick Paquette
Brett Parson
David Peterson
Chris Pitzer
Andy Price
Tom Raney
Matthew Roberts
Patrick Rooks
Scott Rosema
Mike Royer
Brian Schirmer
Chris Schweizer
Ben Sears
Christopher Sebela
Brian “Smitty” Smith
K Lynn Smith
Johndell Snead
John K Snyder III
Sarah Stern
Karl Story
Ben Templesmith
Rich Tommaso
Billy Tucci
Keith Tucker
John Van Fleet
Tim Vigil
Ramon Villalobos
Chris Visions
David Wachter
Doug Wagner
David Walker
Adam Warren
Larry Watts
Nolan Woodard
Alexis Ziritt

FEBRUARY 13
Bill Amend
Pat Broderick
Ryan Browne
Andrew Buck
Chris Campana
J Chris Campbell
Vic Carrabotta
Ryan Cody
Patrick Dean
Marc Deering
Eryk Donovan
Marie Enger
Francesco Francavilla
Scott Godlewski
Gene Gonzales
J Gonzo
Randy Green
Tom Grummett
Brian Hurtt
Justin Jordan
Keenan Marshall Keller 
Karl Kesel
Matt Kindt
Sharlene Kindt
Mike Kunkel
Rick Leonardi
Mike Maihack
Kevin Mellon
Jason Moore
Tom Neely 
Andrew Pepoy
Ron Randall
Tim Sale
Matt Santorelli
Marlin Shoop
Uko Smith
Mark Waid
Joey Weiser
Jeremy Whitley
Kelly Williams
Matt Wilson
Craig Yoe
Skottie Young

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HEROESCON 2019 :: 3RD ROUND GUEST ANNOUNCEMENTS!!

March 13, 2019 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Guest List, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, Other Events, This Just In

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3RD ROUND HEROESCON FEATURED GUESTS:

 

Dave Aikins

Matthew Allison

Jim Amash

Paul Azaceta

Jeremy Bastian

John Beatty

Andy Belanger

Andy Bennett

Ryan Bodenheim

Tamra Bonvillain

Frank Brunner

Cullen Bunn

Buzz

Brendan Cahill 

Ben Caldwell

Richard Case

Jacob Chabot

Keith Champagne

Aaron Conley

Steve Conley

Denys Cowan

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Teresa R Davidson

Jeff Dekal

Vanesa Del Rey

J. M. DeMatteis

Michael Dooney

Colleen Doran

Nick Filardi

Jared K Fletcher

Naomi Franquiz

Michael Garland

Chris Giarrusso

Keith Giffen

Josh Greathouse

Marcus Hamilton

Cory Hamscher

N Steven Harris

Tom Heintjes

Andy Hirsch

Neal Holman

Georges Jeanty

Daniel Warren Johnson

Jay Leisten

Daniel Leister

Brian Level

Megan Levens

Mike Lilly

James Lyle

Matthew Manning

Laura Martin

Paul Maybury

Bob McLeod

Cara McGee

Dawn McTeigue

Adriana Melo

Al Milgrom

Ted Naifeh

Robert Newsome

Kevin Nowlan

Yanick Paquette

Brett Parson

David Peterson

Chris Pitzer

Andy Price

Tom Raney

Matthew Roberts

Patrick Rooks

Scott Rosema

Mike Royer

Brian Schirmer

Chris Schweizer

Ben Sears

Christopher Sebela

Brian “Smitty” Smith

K Lynn Smith

Johndell Snead

John K Snyder III

Sarah Stern

Karl Story

Ben Templesmith

Rich Tommaso

Billy Tucci

Keith Tucker

John Van Fleet

Tim Vigil

Ramon Villalobos

Chris Visions

David Wachter

Doug Wagner

David Walker

Adam Warren

Larry Watts

Nolan Woodard

Alexis Ziritt

MORE GUEST ANNOUNCEMENTS TO COME!! STAY TUNED!!

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REVIEW PREVIEWS with SETH!!

March 05, 2019 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, Discussion Group, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, Opinion, Other Events, Reviews, Spotlight on New Releases

SETH PREVIEW REVIEW 2019

The Current Issue of PREVIEWS is available in our store! Pick up a copy today!

A HEROES “PREVIEWS-REVIEW”
with SETH, March 14 & 16!

Are you a new reserve customer curious about some of the events and storylines coming to your favorite comics this summer?
Would you like to have a three month head start in seeing what you might want to buy before it sells out? 

Are you a longtime customer interested in seeing behind the scenes of how Heroes orders new comics?

Next week we aim to answer those questions and many more as we dive into the catalog of PREVIEWS!
Join Heroes’ Operations Manager Seth Peagler on Thursday, March 14th from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. or on Saturday, March 16 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. around the beautiful showcases in the back of our store for a fun discussion about what’s coming up over the next few months.

These are two free opportunities to learn how to make sure you get the comics you really want, and designed to work around your busy schedules.
You never know, we might even talk about the upcoming HeroesCon and some of the fun things we have planned for this year!

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BANNED BOOK WEEK EVENTS :: HEROES DISCUSSIONS at CM LIBRARY BRANCHES

September 15, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: Comics Industry, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Other Events, Out and About, This Just In

ABFFEAlong with the opening week of the Football season and the beginning of the new school term, each year September also brings us Banned Book Week. It is an annual reminder of our freedom to read.

Banned Book Week is officially scheduled Sept. 21 – 27 but there are a variety of events that will occur throughout the month. BBW is sponsored by local libraries, independent retailers along with a supportive legion of readers all over the world From the Banned Books Website: “BBW was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported.”

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) publishes a Top Ten list of Frequently Challenged Books. This year’s list (published in April) includes the # 1 Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series for offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence. The list is rounded off with Jeff Smith’s Bone series at #10 for political viewpoint, racism, and violence

“This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship,” said Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee.

At this past summer’s HeroesCon, Prof. Craig Fischer created a panel that focused on the history of the Comic Book Defense League Fund as well as a roundtable about the local issues an NC school had with Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. This will be posted at the Dollar Bin site later this month. www.thedollarbin.net

Locally, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Libraries are offering dozens of Banned Book Week events—everything from Art contests to Reading groups. To see all of the events in your area go to: www.cmlibrary.org/programs/

This year, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find is doing their part to support this noble and important movement.  Warehouse Manager Seth Peagler and Heroes Discussion Group leader Andy Mansell will be appearing at a number of branches this month to discuss Banned Books:

Seth will join UNCC Professors Robert Campbell (Graphic Design) and Dr. Erik Waterkotte (Print Media) to discuss the importance of comics and graphic novels and how they are susceptible to censorship. Audience: Adults, Teens (12-18) 9/18/2014 at 6:00 PM: Morrison Regional near South Park.

Andy will lead discussions at the following branches on why comics are particularly vulnerable to challenges and focus on some of the more frequently challenged titles.

9/18/2014 at 6:00 PM: Scaleybark  Audience: Teens (12-18), Adults, Seniors

9/24/2014 at 2:30 PM: Independence Regional   Audience: Teens (12-18)

9/25/2014 at 5:00 PM: Mountain Island Audience: Teens (12-18), Adults, Seniors

We hope to see you there and remember, reading is one of our greatest gifts. Never take it for granted!

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HEROES LABOR DAY SALE THIS SUNDAY AND MONDAY!

August 28, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, Sale!, Special Offers, This Just In

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Just a reminder that we’ll be hosting our big Labor Day Sale this Sunday and Monday! Remember that we’ll be opening three hours early on Sunday (at 10 am) to accommodate early bird shoppers, and will be open until our regular Sunday time of 6 pm. We’ll open again at our normal Monday hour of 10 am, with the sale lasting until 6 pm that night.

In addition to the 7500+ comics in our brand new dollar stock, Shelton has also deemed every single one of our statues to be on sale for this event. The more you buy, the bigger the discount. That means you can buy:

1 statue for 20% off

2 statues for 25% off

3 statues for 30% off

5+ statues for 35% off

Select statues will be marked down to rock bottom close-out prices, and will not be eligible for the discount tier above. If you’ve had your eye on any statues in recent months, this is the weekend to buy them. It’s rare for us to have a statue sale of this scale, and there won’t be another one like this any time soon, so take advantage of the sales while you can!

We’ll also be offering big discounts on toys, and the statue discount tier also applies to our entire selection of manga. However, if you buy 10 or more manga selections, you’ll get 50% off those books! Dang!

It’s going to be a fun Labor Day at Heroes! We look forward to seeing you this weekend:

Sunday (8/31): 10 am – 6 pm

Monday (9/1): 10 am – 6 pm

 

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HEROES LABOR DAY SALE :: AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 1

August 22, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Sale!, Special Offers

saleIn honor of Labor Day, we’ll be hosting a two day sale next weekend! It kicks off on Sunday, August 31 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., then picks back up on Monday, September 1 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Note that we’ll be opening three hours early next Sunday to start the festivities and give you all a few extra hours to shop.

What will be included in this sale? To start, we’ll have 30 long boxes of a brand new dollar comics on hand. This stock has never been displayed at a Heroes event, nor has it been on the road at any of our numerous convention appearances. We’ve been saving these especially for this event, so know that you’ll have plenty of good dollar comics to find.

If that’s not enough, Shelton has declared that every statue in the store will be on sale, all priced to move! It’s rare that our entire stock of statues will be on sale, so if you’ve had your eye on any of them, next weekend will be the perfect time to pick them up.

It’s going to be a busy Fall at Heroes, and we’ll have some exciting announcements in the coming weeks about store signings and our annual Heroes Pop Swap. Stay tuned to this very blog for all the news, and we’ll look forward to seeing you next weekend.

Heroes Labor Day Sale

Sunday, August 31: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Monday, September 1: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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LOOKING AHEAD :: NOVEMBER PREVIEWS

September 18, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Looking Ahead

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seth_smlSeth Peagler (SP): It’s been a few months since we featured our “Looking Ahead” column.  Between HeroesCon, warehouse sales, and traveling to other cons, we’ve all had our hands full.  It’s back now, though, and this time a Heroes married couple will be perusing Previews for your benefit.  Orders are due very soon, so make sure to get yours in this week!  With that, Heather, where do you think we should start?

heather_smlHeather Peagler (HP): Instead of just calling this “Looking Ahead” this month, I think we should call it “Looking Ahead to Heather’s Birthday.”  Clearly Marvel and DC knew that I had a birthday in November since they are choosing that month to give me an awesome Nightcrawler return and a Harley Quinn that feels like old times.  There’s so much fun stuff to choose from!  Just consider all my picks to be a nice birthday list and everyone get to shopping!

SP: We all know that comic characters never stay dead.  It’s probably no surprise that Marvel is bringing Nightcrawler back now.  This resurrection in particular looks promising.

HP: BAMF! BAMF! BAMF! the appearance of a familiar blue visage at the end of Wolverine and the X-Men could only lead to the awesomeness of a pirate Nightcrawler.  Jason Aaron should get a huge cookie basket from Marvel for making X-Men so very amazing.  Speaking of being amazing, make sure Amazing X-Men #1 by Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness is on your pull list for November!

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SP: Aaron and McGuinness are a perfect fit to herald Nightcrawler back from the beyond.  I’m excited for this as well, but am equally excited that Marvel is collecting the earliest of Captain America’s Golden Age adventures into an omnibus. It’s Joe Simon and Jack Kirby pitting Cap and Bucky against Hitler and the Nazis!  You all know how nearly impossible it is to dig up single issues or reprints of these books, so this is an opportune way to finally get these stories if you’re interested in a nice slice of comics history. Along with Golden Age Cap, Marvel is finally bringing their Silver Age Ant-Man stories back into print, via a brand new trade paperback in the Masterworks series.  This collection has long been out of print, so here’s your chance to brush up on Ant-Man knowledge before the upcoming Marvel film adaptation.

HP: Speaking of issues that are hard to find, Marvel must have gotten my subliminal messages about Chris Giarusso’s Mini Marvels as they have assembled a complete collection for my reading pleasure! It even includes a complete run of Mini Marvel comic strips! This is a great collection for kids and adults alike.  Marvel also has a collection that’s the opposite of kid-friendly coming soon with volume 1 hardcover is the latest Deadpool series.  The first twelve issues of this hilarious series by writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn are collected within.

SP: Another new Marvel collection I’m looking forward to is the Avengers: The Enemy Within TP by Kelly Sue DeConnick.  I’ve enjoyed her take on Captain Marvel, and this collection should please all members of the Carol Corps, official and honorary.

HP: Perhaps it is Halloween coming that has me in the spirit for reading the new ongoing series of Ghost by the writing team Kelly Sue DeConnick and Chris Sebela and interiors by Ryan Sook! I really enjoyed the last mini-series and am looking forward to reading more.

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SP:  Along with Ghost, we can’t ignore Dark Horse’s newest horrorific Black Beetle series.  Black Beetle: Necrologue #2 continues the pulpy goodness wrought by Francesco Francavilla, the busiest artist in comics, and features more horror elements than the last mini series.  And though it isn’t overtly a horror title, there’s plenty of gruesome genius on display in Geof Darrow‘s Shaolin Cowboy #2.  I’m thrilled that Darrow found time to bring Shaolin Cowboy back to the masses, and this series’ inclusion of zombies makes it a perfect accompaniment to Dark Horse’s other ghoulish November titles.

HP:  Over at DC there’s Harley Quinn! I absolutely adore Harley Quinn, or the early version of her anyway.  I yearn for the days of Mad Love Harley and do so miss her looniness.  I have great hope for Harley Quinn #0 to return to old school Harley and give readers back that cute and quirky homicidal maniac missing from the current pages of DC.  The creative team lends itself to the fun of Harley with artists like Darwyn Cooke, Walter Simonson and Art Baltazar all contributing.  If you share my love of Harley be sure to check out all the new t-shirt offerings on page 421 of Previews! I want at least three of them!

SP: Trust me, folks, she’s not kidding about wanting that many Harley shirts.  I think fans of all ages DC stories should enjoy the new Scooby Doo Team Up series.  Issue #1 features Batman and Robin, so if you have a young reader in the house, or are yourself a young-at-heart reader, don’t forget this one.

HP: That Scooby Doo Team Up series reminds me of the old cartoon when everyone from the Harlem Globetrotters to Sonny and Cher to Jonathan Winters would show up and take part in the hi-jinx! If it wasn’t for those meddling kids!! Speaking of kids, is it ever too early for love to be in the air? Especially when that love is expressed as A Very Vader Valentine’s Day? With art by Katie Cook, the adorable book with 36 valentine card is sure to be loved by both the kids and Star Wars fans in your life.

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SP: November definitely looks to be an especially kid-friendly publishing month.  Along with the new Scooby Doo title, there are debut issues of Ben 10 and Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and a new stand alone graphic novel in Adventure Time vol. 2: Pixel Princesses.

But if I was forced to pick a book of the month, I’d have to go with Image’s Black Science #1.  Not only does it mark Rick Remender‘s return to Image, but re-teams him with talented collaborator Matteo Scalera.  You can ascertain that the series focuses on dark science fiction, but I have a feeling this is going to be not only a big seller, but a critically acclaimed book.  That means that like Saga, the first several issues of this series might move quickly.  Get in on the ground floor with the first issue in November.  Remember to let Justin (justin@heroesonline.com) or any of the store staff know what you’d like from Previews, and we’ll make sure you get your books!

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REVIEW :: SUPERMAG by JIM RUGG

April 08, 2013 By: Craig Fischer Category: DISCUSS, Feast Your Eyes, Looking Ahead, Reviews

The most important aesthetic breakthrough in comics in the 21st century is the increased attention (by both artists and critics) to the picture plane, the exploration of comics as a rapturous visual experience as well as a vehicle for narrative. The book most responsible for this shift is the anthology Kramers Ergot #4 (2003), which juxtaposed the deliberately crude, resolutely non-narrative aesthetics of Fort Thunder cartoonists like Mat Brinkman and Leif Goldberg with such story-based work as Jeffrey Brown’s autobio strips, Sammy Harkham’s Poor Sailor, and early excerpts from Frank M. Young and David Lasky’s Carter Family graphic novel. This mix of approaches made reading Kramers #4 a disorienting experience, a book that, in critic Bill Kartalopoulos’ words,

was clearly packed with a range of comics and art that included things I was comfortable with, things I was uncomfortable with, and things that I didn’t really know how to categorize. I bought it, without much equivocation. It seemed like I had to if I really wanted to know what was going on in comics.

Part of “what was going on” was a generation following Gary Panter’s example, dedicated to elaborate margins, psychedelic colors, ironic appropriations of mass cult logos and symbols, and mark-making independent of a line’s narrative function. It was suddenly OK to draw rough and be bold.

The Fort Thunder/Kramers paradigm shift has cross-pollinated comics culture in various ways. The newfound emphasis on design and decoration has snuck into some more mainstream direct-market books—I’m thinking of the Fort Thunder-meets-Heavy Metal success of Brandon Graham over at Image—even while Kramers #5 (2004) published my favorite narrative comic novella of the last decade, Kevin Huizenga’s “Jeepers Jacobs.” And then there’s Jim Rugg, an artist uncannily able to toggle between straight-forward storytelling and wild explorations of what Rugg himself, in the introduction to his new Supermag, calls “the narrative collapse.” (more…)

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LOOKING AHEAD :: APRIL PREVIEWS

February 06, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Looking Ahead

Sometimes it takes two men to do the job of one woman. Starting this month, Seth and Rico team up  to tackle April’s telephone book-sized edition of Previews and let you know what grabbed their attention. Of course you can also get your very own copy at the store, flip through every page and let us know what we slept on. What’s good Seth?

Seth Peagler (SP): The first thing that caught my eye when I opened April’s Previews was ABE SAPIEN: DARK AND TERRIBLE #1 (of 3) (p. 42).  Regular readers of the Heroes Blog know I’m a huge fan of the Mignolaverse, but this new miniseries offers a good jumping-on point for new readers.  Not only does it feature adventures of Abe Sapien in his new and further mutated form, but it finally kicks off a series of miniseries that will deal with everyone’s favorite fish-man. Turning over to DC, what jumped out at you?

Rico Renzi (RR): SOLO (hardcover p. 138) was one of those rare occasions where a big company with beloved characters turned some of comics’ best cartoonists loose on their marquee characters free of the shackles of continuity.
SP: True. I remember this being significant for that reason, but also for the variety of genres that were included. You’ve got artists like Darwyn Cooke, Mike Allred, Tim Sale, Richard Corben, Paul Pope and more telling the exact stories they want to tell.  There’s everything from superheroes, to westerns, horror and everything in between.

RR: There’s also a new Dustin Nguyen book, BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM #1 (p. 143).  Nguyen has taken his hobby of drawing the residents of Gotham in adorable kid form (like Arthur Adams did with the X-Men in the 80’s) and turned it into a new series for DC.
SP: I read some of these stories when they were digital-only releases, and they definitely appeal to fans of all ages books. Also, if you like Skottie Young’s baby variants on the recent Marvel Now relaunches, I’m betting you’ll dig Nguyen’s take on these Bat tykes.

RR: Over at IDW, I noticed their new book COLONIZED (p. 169). Drew Moss, an artist a lot of local fans met at the recent Charlotte MiniCon, is drawing Chris Ryall’s new book. It’s Zombies vs Aliens wrapped in beautiful Dave Sim covers.

SP: Also from IDW in April is a the collection of a book whose single issues we couldn’t keep on the shelves: James Stokoe’s Godzilla: The Half Century War (p. 170).                                                                                                                                 RR: Stokoe’s art blows my mind, man. Godzilla hasn’t looked this good in a long, long time.

RR: Image’s solicited cover of JUPITER’S LEGACY (p. 188) would have you believe it’s the gripping tale of love between Russell Brand and Royal Tenenbaums-era Gwenyth Paltrow but that can’t be right can it?
SP: Alas, we may never know. What we do know, however, is that Jupiter’s Legacy is the new, highly anticipated Image title from Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. Also new from Image is a new book from Steve Niles and Tony Harris, CHIN MUSIC (p. 192). It looks like it sets supernatural elements against a gangster backdrop.


RR: If you don’t like your comics all dark and heavy, some beloved characters are getting their own comic this April. The gang from SESAME STREET (p. 244) is being drawn into their very own comic series illustrated by a HeroesCon-favorite guest, Amy Mebberson . Whether you’re looking for something for your kids to read or you’re just a Street fan from way back, check this one out.
SP: April also sees an original ADVENTURE TIME graphic novel (p. 277) by Danielle Corsetto. In addition to being a new story, it’s printed in a pocket black and format, similar to Scott Pilgrim.
RR: Another hugely popular cartoon is finally getting the comic book treatment in April. Writer KC Green and artist Allison Strejlau will try to bring REGULAR SHOW’s (p. 279) absurd brand of comedy to the printed page. This is brought to you by the same company that  successfully translated Adventure Time to comics, so I’m pretty confident that this one will be good too.

RR: Eating is my favorite. Comics and cooking make so much sense together that I’m surprised there aren’t more food/cooking comics. I can’t wait to read RELISH: MY LIFE IN THE KITCHEN (p. 311)… and try out some of the recipes included!
SP: Also on the Indie side of April, there are two new books from Dash Shaw. If you enjoyed his excellent Bottomless Belly Button, April gives you a chance to read NEW SCHOOL (p. 312), his latest graphic novel, and 3 NEW STORIES, (also p. 312) which debuts in single-comic format.
RR: Dave Elliot is what I’d call a GWT (Guy With Taste). When he puts something new together I will usually check it out on the merits of his great taste in art. Dave is bringing his anthology A1 #1 (p. 333) back for a 6 issue run at Titan Comics.    
RR: Recently, original Tank Girl writer Alan Martin put out an open call for artists interested in illustrating his new Tank Girl book, SOLID STATE TANK GIRL (p. 333). Warwick J. Caldwell is the artist Martin selected and his art is pretty interesting.  It’s worth a look.
SP: Some of you might be familiar with Double Barrel. It was a digital effort from Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon and was comprised of two separate stories, CRATER XV and HECK (both on p. 336). In April, Top Shelf debuts the printed hardcovers of both of these stories, available in print for the first time.

RR: Last year Jeffrey Brown made the hilarious Star Wars: Vader and Son and now he’s following it up with STAR WARS: VADER’S LITTLE PRINCESS (p. 373). It’s like the nerdiest version of Family Circus you can imagine.                  SP: This is one you’ll want to be sure request in your Previews order.  Like Brown’s first Star Wars book, this one should move quickly.

SP: Marvel also has a few new books worth checking out in April. The big one that caught my eye is THANOS RISING. I’m not crazy about Simone Bianchi‘s art, but the fact that Jason Aaron is writing this Thanos miniseries makes it well worth a look.  You know Marvel has big plans for Thanos, and this miniseries will probably be the place where those plans begin to unfold. Also in April, Marvel offers up its most ironic title to date:  Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel‘s X- MEN#1, which is comprised of an all female team.   RR: If Marvel can keep Wood and Copiel together on X-Men with this cast of beloved characters, this book will be huge.

SP: These are some of the books in the new issue of Previews that caught our attention. Be sure to look through a copy for yourselves, and get your special order requests in to the store by February 18.

 

 

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