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We’re back and we’re ready to make a few monthly deep dives into terrific comics. We appreciate your patience as we went on hiatus, but it is time to start reading again and get back into the fray.
Join us on Saturday November 1st at 1:00pm. As tradition demands, we will meet at the store and then repair to a local watering-hole for a couple of hours of great discussion along with food, drink (if you’re hungry or thirsty). It is a lot of fun to sit around and talk comics with a group of comic fans. Everyone’s opinion is welcome, we just ask that you read the books and bring an open mind.
We hope you will consider joining us for this fun and exciting afternoon. As we’ve mentioned before, you do not need to participate; if you just want to come by and listen, we’d love to see you!
We hope you’ll join us for the big return and what is bigger topic than Batman? How about 3 Graphic novels featured in The Batman 75th Anniversary Box Set which includes…
The Dark Knight Returns is a 1986 four-issue comic book mini-series starring Batman and set some 20 years in the future of continuity, written and illustrated by Frank Miller with Inks by Klaus Janson and colored by Lynn Varley. This is one of the most influential super-hero comics of all time.
Batman: Hush was published 2002-2003 in monthly installments in Batman #608-619 and was written by Jeph Loeb penciled by Jim Lee, inked by Scott Williams and colored by Alex Sinclair. A perennial best seller!
Batman: The Court of Owls was published in Batman Volume 2 #1-7 written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion. Certainly one of the most popular story line from the last few years.
(NOTE: If you already own one or more of these GNs, you are good to go but if find yourself Dark Knight Deficient, the 75th Anniversary box set is a beauty!)
And as usual Heroes will offer the special 10% discount on either the box set or any other editions of Returns, Hush and Court of Owls—but remember to mention the discount at check out!!
Suggested Topics for the afternoon? Okay how about…
- The three visions of the same characters.
- How did the series influence each other?
- The challenge (or necessity?) for continuity
- Batman himself—what draws generations of readers to this odd, angry anti-social (but popular) character?
- What other Batman storylines/GN deserve to be in the same company
- And that is just the tip of the cowl ladies and gentlemen.
And what you may ask, do we have planned for the months ahead?
Late November– Fables –and we will let you folks choose which collection we will spotlight. Watch this space for further details!!
Down the road….
The Best Comics of the Year Anthology
The Complete Bone–(if you don’t already own this masterpiece, it is a perfect Holiday gift request!)
Gilbert Hernandez -we let you folks choose– Marble Season? Julio’s Day? Human Diastrophism? just to name 3.
A Comic strip showcase: Pogo, Peanuts or Barnaby—and again–you will make the call.
And just before HeroesCon we will finally feature….. Miracleman (assuming Marvel stays on schedule # 1 thru 15 should all be available)
We hope to see you on November 1st at 1:00pm and if you enjoy the afternoon—believe us—you will!!!—plan to join us for more scheduled Discussion Groups down the road!
Along 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!
Baltimore Comic Con is this weekend! Heroes Head Honcho Shelton Drum drove up with a van load of great comics from the Golden Age to today’s hottest new books! Stop by and say hello! For more info about the show, click the banner below!
In local convention news, HeroesCon 2015 Artists Alley tables are on sale now!
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
In 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.
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.
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.