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TULA LOTAY SIGNING :: MONDAY, JULY 29TH

July 07, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: EVENTS, Store Signings

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We are honored to  welcome Tula Lotay to Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find for her only 2014 scheduled U.S. appearance besides SDCC! Lotay, artist of the Warren Ellis penned Supreme: Blue Rose will be signing copies of this exciting Image Comics #1 at our store on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 12 noon. Plan to spend your lunch break at Heroes that day!

Let us know you’re coming on our Facebook Event page! Tell your friends!

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::HEROESCON PANEL UPDATE!!!!:: ARCHIE MOVES; GCD ADDED::

June 18, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: EVENTS, HeroesCon News, Schedule

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:

SATURDAY

Room 206
10:30 am
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.

 

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Top Ten Reasons to Attend HeroesCon’s Drink and Draw

June 17, 2014 By: Heather Peagler Category: Comics Industry, DISCUSS, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, NEWS, Schedule, Special Offers

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This year marks the fourth annual HeroesCon/Team Cul de Sac Drink and Draw.  This event has grown each year as has the amount of money you wonderful people contribute in the fight against Parkinson’s.  If you’ve never attended or it’s been awhile since you’ve made it, here are my Top Ten Reasons to Attend!
10.  What’s more relaxing after a first day on the con floor than having a few drinks in the swanky Hilton lobby? The staff at the Hilton was amazing last year.  They featured super hero drinks on special last year, and may have some new ones this year!
9.  Not only can you kick back with some delicious drinks, you can do so while enjoying some free live music by Raleigh, NC based Jack the Radio.  The guys were  great addition last year and I can’t wait to hear what their acoustic sets have to offer this year. You can get a preview of the guys here.
Jack the Radio at 2013 Drink and Draw

Jack the Radio at the 2013 Drink and Draw

8. Swag!! This year not only will you be able to purchase fabulous original art, but Limited Edition Drink and Draw prints with art by Alexis Ziritt and special Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find t-shirts will be available.  Team Cul de Sac’s Chris Sparks also has too many great auction items to list!
7.  It’s quite impressive for a group of people to put in a long day of work at the con and then extend that day into the late night in the name of a good cause.  Give your HeroesCon Drink and Draw crew a hand, and maybe a drink or two to thank them for all their hard work.  Seth will once again be emceeing this event and I will also be joining him on the mic this year!  This is a cause that is near and dear to both of our hearts, and the Heroes family as well.

Seth and Justin at the 2013 Drink and Draw

Seth and Justin at the 2013 Drink and Draw

6. Not only will there be Drink and Draw art created live while you watch in the Hilton, but artists from all over have sent in pieces for you to bid on! Some of these artists don’t normally sell sketches outside of their books so this is a great opportunity to own some amazing original art you will not be able to find anywhere else.  Not to drop names, but comics greats like Art Spiegelman and Stephan Pastis are sending art this year!
5.  All of the proceeds of the Drink and Draw go to Team Cul de Sac which raises money for Parkinson’s research.  TCDS was founded by Chris Sparks with Richard Thompson after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and Chris wanted to do something to help his friend.  This is an amazing cause and we are so happy to be a part of the fundraising efforts.
2013 Drink and Draw

2013 Drink and Draw

4.  You may have seen the article in the New York Post or the Press Release on this very blog, but in case you missed it, we will have on display the original Pearls Before Swine strips that Bill Watterson of Calvin and Hobbes fame did with Stephan Pastis this month.  The original art will also be on display behind the Art Stage all weekend during convention hours.
3.  Do you collect original art? The Drink and Draw presents the opportunity to pick up some very unique pieces at great prices.   Didn’t have a chance to chat with some of your favorite artists on the con floor? A growing number of the pros at HeroesCon are attending the Drink and Draw.  If your personal favorite isn’t there, maybe you’ll find a new one or two.
A sampling of original art!

A sampling of original art!

2.  The Drink and Draw is a much smaller venue than the con floor and it is a wonderful time to spend time with friends and make new ones.  The community and support that has grown around this event has been amazing.  What started as a small crowd at Fuel Pizza has expanded to the Hilton hotel bar featuring live music in just a few years time.
1.  I mentioned above that all the proceeds raised go to Parkinson’s research, but the number one reason to attend the Drink and Draw is to honor Richard Thompson.  Richard was actually in attendance at our very first Drink and Draw in 2011.  He has not been able to join us physically since, but we know he’s here with us in spirit and happy to see such a great art community of both artists and fans honor his contribution to comics.

Richard and Roger Langridge at the 2011 Drink and Draw.

Richard and Roger Langridge at the 2011 Drink and Draw.

 

 

Want to see more of past Drink and Draws? Here are photos from 2011, 2012, and 2013.

The HeroesCon Drink and Draw event takes place on Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hilton Center City atrium located at 222 E 3rd St, Charlotte, NC 28202. HeroesCon’s first Drink and Draw event was in 2011, modeled after the Drink and Draw Social Club founded by comic artists Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian and Jeff Johnson. That event and every one since has raised money for Team Cul de Sac, the organization founded in honor of Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson that raises money and awareness for Parkinson’s Research.

 

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HEROESCON 2014 & BILL WATTERSON IN THE NEWS!

June 09, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: Comics Industry, EVENTS, Guest List, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, NEWS, Schedule, Special Offers

Watterson - Team Cul De SacEarly Saturday morning we announced that HeroesCon will exhibit Bill Watterson and Stephan Pastis‘ three collaborative strips in Pearls Before Swine. While we knew that this would be huge news, we are thrilled that several national outlets covered the story. From the Washington Post, who broke the story, to TIME, CNN and Rolling Stone, the media seems rightly excited about Watterson’s return to the comic strip. Several comic sites, including CBR, Comics ReporterComics Alliance, Nerdist and The Beat also covered the story. And Stephan Pastis himself told the story of how his collaboration with Watterson came to be.

Remember, HeroesCon is the only place that anyone will be able to see this art before it is auctioned off. While the media coverage is nice to see, the most important aspect of this story is that all of the money collected from the auction will be donated to our friends at Team Cul de Sac and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. We’ve been working with TCDS for four years in their efforts to raise money for Parkinson’s Research, and are honored to be a part of their continuing efforts.

The Watterson and Pastis strips will be on display all weekend at HeroesCon, and we’ll have even more surprises on hand at Friday night’s Drink and Draw event. Don’t forget that you can hear all about how this art was produced and how it came to HeroesCon at our panel on Friday, June 20 at 5:30. If you haven’t ordered your tickets for HeroesCon, we’re just a few days away. Now’s the time!

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HEROESCON TO DISPLAY NEW ART FROM BILL WATTERSON!

June 06, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: Comics Industry, DISCUSS, EVENTS, Guest List, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, HeroesCon, HeroesCon Art Auction, HeroesCon News, Indie Island, NEWS, Now Read This!, QuickDraw, Schedule, Special Offers, This Just In

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This year HeroesCon is proud to display the first published comic strip art from Bill Watterson in nearly twenty years! Watterson completed his inimitable Calvin and Hobbes strip in 1995, and has since remained largely private in his life and art. If you happened to read Stephan Pastis popular Pearls Before Swine strip this week, you may have noticed that Pastis employed a guest artist, billed as a second grade girl named Libby, to help him with three strips. Astute readers speculated about the true identity of the guest artist, and today the Washington Post revealed it to be none other than the legendary Bill Watterson!

In conjunction with Chris Sparks and Team Cul de Sac, we are happy to be bringing all three Watterson and Pastis strips to Charlotte to display at HeroesCon, June 20 through 22 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The art will be displayed on the convention floor all weekend, at our Drink and Draw event on Friday night, and at Saturday night’s Art Auction.   We’ll also be hosting a panel on Friday, June 20 where fans will get to hear the story of how this remarkable art was produced, how it came to be featured in Charlotte, and the part that Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson plays in all of it.

The three strips produced by Watterson and Pastis will be auctioned off in the coming months, with all proceeds from the sale going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. This charity works closely with our good friends at Team Cul de Sac, for whom we host our annual HeroesCon Drink and Draw charity event. More specifics regarding the auction of these pieces will be available at HeroesCon, here on our site and at Team Cul de Sac‘s page in the coming weeks.

HeroesCon is the only place anyone will be able to see the rare Watterson and Pastis original art in person before they are auctioned off. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for comic and art fans across the country, and we are humbled and honored to be bringing it to Charlotte.

HeroesCon takes place June 20 – 22 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The Bill Watterson and Cul de Sac panel takes place Friday, June 20 at 5:30 at the convention center.

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The HeroesCon Drink and Draw event takes place on Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hilton Center City atrium. HeroesCon’s first Drink and Draw event was in 2011, modeled after the Drink and Draw Social Club founded by comic artists Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian and Jeff Johnson. That event and every one since has raised money for Team Cul de Sac, the organization founded in honor of Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson that raises money and awareness for Parkinson’s Research.

The HeroesCon Art Auction will take place on Saturday, June 21 at 8 p.m. in the Providence Ballroom at the Westin.

For more information on all things HeroesCon, stayed tuned to www.heroesonline.com. If you have any questions regarding the Watterson and Pastis exhibit in Charlotte, contact Seth Peagler at seth@heroesonline.com or through the Heroes store at 704.375.7462. Additionally, you can contact Team Cul de Sac’s Chris Sparks at teamculdesac@gmail.com for further information.

 

 

 

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HeroesCon 2014 :: Exhibitors

June 03, 2014 By: Karla Marsh Category: EVENTS, Guest List, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, NEWS

hc-logo exhibitorsHeroesCon 2014 will host the BEST exhibitors in the country! Check them out here in advance, and make plans to visit them all at our 32nd Annual Show June 20-22!!

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*Some booth numbers may alter slightly as the show draws near. Keep an eye on the HeroesCon 2014 Exhibitors List for updates

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SC COMICON THIS WEEKEND! MAY 17 & 18 GREENVILLE, SC

May 15, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: EVENTS, On the Road

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We’re driving down to Greenville, South Carolina this weekend for Rob Young’s SC Comicon! Lots of great guests will be in attendance including THE Hulk, Lou Ferrigno! We’re bringing all our good Golden and Silver Age comics and much more including very rare Southern Bastards CBLDF variants! This will be the last time we hit the road until we drive down the street from our store and host America’s Favorite Comic Convention™ on June 20-22! We hope to see you there Saturday and Sunday! Click the banner below for more info!

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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY :: THANK YOU :: PHOTOS!

May 06, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Free Comic Book Day

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Thanks to everyone for coming out to Heroes for Free Comic Book Day! It was great to see you all! We’ve posted a bunch of our photos from the event on our Facebook page. Please feel free to tag yourself and all your friends!
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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY AT HEROES :: THIS SATURDAY!

May 01, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: EVENTS, Free Comic Book Day, Store Signings

FCBD_booksHere’s your guide to the FREE COMICS  we’ll have on hand this Saturday, May 3rd at our FCBD event! Doors open at 10AM; get here early to make sure you get the books you want! *Please be respectful of others when making your selections, supplies are limited and we want to make sure as many people as possible get the comics they want. Taking multiple copies of one title is not nice! Neither is pushing while in line. Be respectful of the people around you and we will all have a great time!

  • COMIC SHOP NEWS FCBD 2014 SPECIAL
  • 2000 AD SPECIAL
  • ADVENTURES OF JELLABY
  • ALL ROCKET RACCOON
  • ALL YOU NEED IS KILL TERRA FORMARS
  • ARCHIE DIGEST #1
  • ARMOR HUNTERS SPECIAL
  • ATOMIC ROBO & FRIENDS
  • BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE
  • BONGO FREE-FOR-ALL
  • BUCK ROGERS
  • CBLDF PRESENTS RAISING A READER
  • COURTNEY CRUMRIN #1
  • DC THE NEW 52 FUTURES END SPECIAL EDITION
  • DEFEND COMICS
  • DARK HORSE AVATAR ITTY BITTY HELLBOY REXODUS
  • DARK HORSE PROJECT BLACK SKY
  • ENTROPY
  • EPIC #0
  • FINDING GOSSAMYR WAY OF THE BLADESLINGER
  • FUBAR ACE OF SPADES
  • GIANT-SIZE 4-COMIC BUNDLE
  • GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT DUMBEST IDEA EVER
  • GRIMM FAIRY TALES #0
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
  • HATTER M FAR FROM WONDER
  • HELLO KITTY SURPRISE
  • HIP HOP FAMILY TREE TWO-IN-ONE
  • INTRINSIC VOL 2
  • IPSO FACTO
  • KABOOM SUMMER BLAST
  • LES MISERABLES FALL OF FANTINE
  • MAGIC WIND
  • MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS
  • MOUSE GUARD LABYRINTH RUST HC
  • OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE
  • PREVIEWSWORLD SPECTACULAR
  • RISE OF THE MAGI
  • SCAM CROSSWORDS #0
  • SCRATCH 9
  • SHERWOOD TX BOONDOCK SAINTS DOUBLE FEAT
  • SHOWA HISTORY OF JAPAN
  • SKYWARD & MIDNIGHT TIGER
  • SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MEGA MAN FLIPBOOK #1
  • SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES
  • STEAM WARS
  • STREET FIGHTER #0
  • TEEN TITANS GO #1 SPEC ED
  • THE SMURFS
  • THE TICK
  • TOP SHELF KIDS CLUB
  • TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE
  • UBER THE FIRST CYCLE
  • VALIANT UNIVERSE HANDBOOK
  • V-WARS
  • WALT DISNEY SCROOGE DONALD DUCK GRAVITY
  • WORLDS OF ASPEN
  • ZOMBIE TRAMP & EHMM THEORY

Our incredible list of comic creators will be signing and sketching from 1 – 5 (or longer at the creators’ discretion). Remember that free sketches are done at the discretion of artists, and are not guaranteed.

  • NATALIE ANDREWSON – Artist: Mamuana, Eris, Meanwhile
  • CHRIS BRUNNER – Artist: Loose Ends, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, The Ride
  • BRIDGIT CONNELL – Brother Nash
  • SHAWN CRYSTAL – Artist: Deadpool, Fantomex, Archer & Armstrong
  • JEREMY DALE – Writer/Artist: Skyward
  • SANFORD GREENE – Artist: Rotten Apple, Deadpool, Wonder Girl, Methodman GN
  • JOHN HAIRSTON JR – Painter
  • DUSTIN HARBIN – Boxes, Diary Comics
  • JASON LATOUR – Writer: Wolverine & The X-Men, Winter Soldier, Loose Ends Artist: Southern Bastards, B.P.R.D., Django Unchained
  • JACKIE LEWIS – Artist: Play Ball
  • JAY POTTS – Writer/Artist: World of Hurt, Atomech
  • BUDD ROOT – Writer/Artist: Cavewoman
  • ANDY RUNTON – Writer/Artist: Owly
  • HOYT SILVA – Artist: Quatermain: Ghosts of the Nzadi
  • BRIAN STELFREEZE – Artist: Day Men, Domino, Matador, Batman: Shadow of the Bat

In addition to all the Free Comics and great artists, we’ll also be debuting a brand new, never before touched sale stock on Saturday! More specifically, this is a 27 box dollar stock that happens to be in alpha-numeric order. That’s right, it’s all in alpha-numeric order! Buy single books for $1 or fill a long box for $250. We haven’t debuted anything like this in quite some time, so bring your back issue want lists and enjoy the ease of shopping through an organized stock.

PARKING: This is always a big question for FCBD attendees. We want you to know there are plenty of parking options for Saturday. You can park anywhere in the lots directly beside or behind Heroes without the threat of being towed. This includes in front of any of the businesses from Dollar General down to the former Florist, including the small lot on the other side of the Florist. Our neighbors are kind to let us use their spaces for their event, so please patronize them on Saturday. We would love for them to see a little extra business from our FCBD crowd. This is our largest store event of the year, and these lots may fill quickly. The good news is that Saturday’s weather is supposed to be perfect for the event. If and when these lots fill up, remember that you can park on any of the surrounding streets behind Heroes. 8th Street and beyond has plenty of on-street parking, and it’ll be a beautiful day to walk a block or two to Heroes.

There are a few places you cannot park. Those are the four spaces directly in front of the Laundry in the lot next to Heroes, and in any of the spaces across Pecan at Pecan Point. This includes all of the parking spaces in the shopping center including businesses like Anntony’s Caribbean, Bang Bang Burgers, and around to Sunflour Bakery. You will be towed at your own expense if you park in any of those spaces, so heed that warning now, and remember it on Saturday.

We expect hundreds of people to pass through Heroes on Saturday, but there are many more parking options for you this year. As with your actions in the store, we would appreciate you being respectful of our neighbors, parking lot, and neighborhood. This is a large and busy event, but it’s one designed to be enjoyed, and we can all work together to make sure that happens for everyone.

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HELLBOY DAY AT HEROES :: SATURDAY, MARCH 22ND

March 19, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: EVENTS

hellboydayDark Horse celebrates the 20th anniversary of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, by designating Saturday March 22nd HELLBOY DAY! To celebrate, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find are giving away limited edition prints – featuring art by Mignola, Richard Corben, James Harren, Kevin Nowlan, and Ryan Sook – to any customer purchasing a Hellboy or BPRD hardcover or trade paperback! We’ll throw in other goodies while supplies last, like posters and window clings! Free-to-all will be a Hellboy sampler comic featuring two classic and two brand new Hellboy tales! We’re even pulling out the beautiful Hellboy print from HeroesCon 2010 to sell in the store, available signed or unsigned, all in honor of everyone’s favorite Beast of the Apocalypse! Needless to say, the freebies will be on a first come, first served basis, so come on out early Saturday and get your Hellboy fix!

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