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TASCHEN + MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 1 1961–1963 – CREATED WITH PHOTOS FROM SHELTON’S PERSONAL COLLECTION!

November 29, 2022 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, Exclusives, Feast Your Eyes, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Now Read This!, Special Offers, Spotlight on New Releases, This Just In, Vintage Comics

TASCHEN and Marvel Entertainment Announce ‘The Marvel Comics Library’;
Fantastic Four Vol. 1. 1961–1963

Famous First Edition: First printing of 5,000 numbered copies

In 1961 Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created The Fantastic Four—a powerhouse super hero team revolutionary for their flaws and complexity—that kicked the comic industry into high gear. This XXL volume from the Eisner Award-winning series reproduces the Four’s first 20 stories and charts how it became in Lee’s words “the world’s greatest comic magazine.”


The First Family of the Marvel Age

The ultimate collection of the world’s greatest comic magazine

Hoping to break out of a sales slump at Marvel in the early 1960s, veteran comic creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby hit on the idea of doing a super team. Kirby, who thought superheroes were due for a revival after 15 years of being pushed aside by romance, horror, and war comics, saw it as smart business. Lee just once wanted to “do the type of story I myself would enjoy reading.” The Fantastic Four forever changed their careers, their lives, and the comic book industry.

Some of the most iconic moments in Marvel history are here, starting with Reed Richards, his girlfriend Sue Storm, his best friend Ben Grimm, and her little brother Johnny Storm crash landing their rocket after it has been hit cosmic rays and discovering they have been transformed into Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Girl, the Thing, and the Human Torch in issue No. 1. They were emotionally complex characters, who weren’t always sure whether their powers were a benefit or burden. Stories were set in New York City, not some fictional stand-in, and Marvel heroes regularly crossed over into each other’s books. The art was dynamic and the writing conversational and engaging. Lee and Kirby were like the Lennon and McCartney of comic books. Where the talents of one ended and the other began was not always clear, but together one plus one equaled three.

Collected here in an XXL-size volume are the first 20 issues reproduced from the most pristine pedigreed original comics, which were cracked open and photographed in close collaboration with Marvel and the Certified Guaranty Company.

Featured alongside the comics is an in-depth essay by acclaimed Marvel writer Mark Waid, a foreword by former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, and original art, photographs, and other rarities. Welcome true believers to the Marvel Age of Comics.


The author

Mark Waid is a New York Times best-selling author who has written nearly two thousand comics and graphic novels over the course of his career. He has penned adventures for dozens of characters including Superman, Batman, the X-Men, Archie, and the Fantastic Four.

The contributing author

Mike Massimino, Ph.D, is a former NASA Astronaut who flew twice on the Space Shuttle to service the Hubble Space Telescope. He is a New York Times bestselling author, a Columbia University professor, an advisor at The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, a television host and expert commentator, and a motivational speaker.

The artists

Stan Lee (1922–2018) is known to millions as the man whose super heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. His co-creations include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and hundreds of others. While the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, he was also the Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, where he created numerous new characters and stories in areas including publishing, film, TV reality, stage, documentary, and multimedia.

Jack Kirby (1917–1994) was one of comics’ most legendary and prolific artists whose notable co-creations include Captain America, Avengers, X-Men, Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Thor.

Marvel Comics Library. Fantastic Four. Vol. 1. 1961–1963

Famous First Edition: First printing of 5,000 numbered copies

Mark WaidMike MassiminoStan LeeJack Kirby


ABOUT THE SERIES:

TASCHEN’s extra-large format, close in size to the original artworks, reveal startling new details in the work of Marvel’s most acclaimed artists. For each title in the series, the most pristine pedigreed comics (from the collection of our own SHELTON DRUM!) have been cracked open for reproduction in close collaboration with Marvel and the Certified Guaranty Company. Rather than recolor the original production artwork (as has been done in previous decades’ reprints of classic comics), TASCHEN has attempted to create an ideal representation of these books as they were produced at the time of publication. Beginning with high grade, top-quality comics sourced with the assistance of the CGC, super-high-resolution photographs of each page were made as printed more than half a century ago, using modern retouching techniques to correct problems with the era’s inexpensive, imperfect printing. This included improved and balanced ink densities and color matching, proper registration of the four-color printing and correction of thick/thin lines resulting from the flexible plates “smudging.” The end result is a finished product — as if hot off a world-class printing press produced without economic or time-pressure constraints – tailored for readers, fans, artists and collectors alike.

Each volume features an essay by a comic book historian alongside hundreds of photos and artifacts. The books use three different paper stocks, including an uncoated and wood-free paper exclusively developed for this series that simulates the feel of the original comics.

The first 5,000 copies of Fantastic Four Vol. 1 will be numbered and released as a ‘Famous First Edition’. The book is also available as a Collector’s Edition, limited to 1,000 copies featuring an aluminum print cover tipped into a leatherette-bound spine, foil embossing, and housed in a slipcase. Each book is individually numbered. The inaugural purchase of the Collector’s Edition entitles the collector to the selection of a personal favorite number between 1 and 1,000 on a first-come-first-serve basis. This will also secure a preemptive right to reserve a copy with the identical edition number for all forthcoming Collector’s Edition titles in ‘The Marvel Comic Library’.

The next title in ‘The Marvel Comics Library’ series will be Captain America, scheduled for release in 2023.


Shelton granted exclusive and unprecedented access to some of his most prized and beloved comics, and art, to assist in the creation of this comics tome.

“Working with TASCHEN and the CGC on these books has been an honor. The finished product FAR EXCEEDS any pre-conceived expectations I may have held! I just opened the box with the book, and I know the word might be overused, but it is FANTASTIC! The production quality is awesome. I love it!”


We have a few copies available for purchase in-store NOW, or you can order your copy to have it shipped today!

The Marvel Comics Library Fantastic Four Vol. 1. 1961–1963
Hardcover, 11 x 15.6 in., 10.48 lbs, 700 pages
US$ 200.00
Famous First Edition: First printing of 5,000 numbered copies

Shipping is an additional $25.00 if you are unable to pick up in store.

Pre-Order your copy for pick-up in our store HERE

Order your copy to be shipped HERE – Ships within the US ONLY

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HEROES HEADS TO BALTIMORE :: OCTOBER 28-30!

October 20, 2022 By: Karla Southern Category: EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, On the Road, Other Events

HEROES IS HEADING TO BALTIMORE COMIC-CON OCTOBER 28-30!

The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held at the:

Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Show Hours:
Friday: 1pm-7pm
Saturday: 10am-7pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

Kids 10 and under get in FREE with a paying adult

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HEROES HEADS TO ATLANTA THIS WEEKEND!

October 07, 2022 By: Karla Southern Category: EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Now Read This!, On the Road, Other Events, Out and About

THE HEROES CREW IS HEADING TO ATLANTA THIS WEEKEND FOR THE ATLANTA COMIC CONVENTION

Sunday, October 9
11AM-5PM

The Atlanta Comic Convention will be held at the:
Marriott Hotel-Century Center
2000 Century Blvd
Atlanta, Ga 30345

Admission: $5.00
Parking: $8.00

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ON THE ROAD :: ROCK HILL VINTAGE COMIC & TOY SHOW!

August 23, 2022 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Feast Your Eyes, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, On the Road, Other Events, Out and About

HAVE COMICS, WILL TRAVEL!

Shelton is heading to Rock Hill THIS WEEKEND! If you’re in the market for Vintage Comics, then don’t miss out on this weekend’s Rock Hill Show!

SATURDAY!

Saturday, September 3


ROCK HILL VINTAGE COMICS & TOY SHOW
Show Hours: 10AM-4PM
Admission: General Admission – $3.00
Kids 12 & Under FREE

HILTON GARDEN INN
650 Tinsley Way, Rock Hill, SC 29730


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Heroes Is ON THE ROAD

July 29, 2022 By: Karla Southern Category: EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, On the Road, Other Events, Out and About

Heroes is ON THE ROAD

Shelton and the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find crew will be hitting the road for the next two weekends!
We hope to see you at one of these incredible shows!

THIS WEEKEND!

Saturday, July 30
Virginia Vintage Comics and Collectibles Show

Show hours: 10am-4pm
Admission: $3 (12 and under free)

1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem, VA

NEXT WEEKEND!

Sunday, August 7
Charlotte Comicon

Show hours: 10am-5pm
Admission: $5 (12 and under free)

5400 John Q Hammons Dr. NW, Concord, NC 28027

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HERO INITIATIVE LIMITED EDITION :: OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE VOL. 52 – FEATURING ART BY MIKE GRELL

July 15, 2022 By: Karla Southern Category: Exclusives, Exclusives, Feast Your Eyes, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Now Read This!, Special Offers, Spotlight on New Releases, Vintage Comics

Overstreet HeroInitiative Vol 52 - Grell

Hero-Initiative Limited Edition

Overstreet Volume #52

Featuring Art by Mike Grell and Tom Ziuko

Hardcover Available at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find
Starting on Wednesday, July 20th

$44.95

Please send an email to: HeroesArentHardToFind@gmail.com if you would like to reserve a copy,
or if you would like to order this item and have it shipped.

 

The following features content pulled directly from HeroInitiative.org:

[Los Angeles, California and Hunt Valley, Maryland] – Mike Grell, the prolific writer-artist who has long been associated with Green Arrow, has teamed the character with Batman and brought both of them to the cover of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #52’s exclusive Hero Initiative edition. The cover is colored by industry veteran Tom Ziuko.

Known for his early work on DC’s Legion of Super-Heroes, Grell created, wrote, and illustrated Warlord, and then his creator-owned series Starslayer and Jon Sable, Freelance. In 1987, he reinvigorated Green Arrow with the character-defining mini-series Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters and kicked off an 80-issue run on the ongoing series it spawned.

Gemstone Publishing and the Hero Initiative, the first 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, have teamed up every year since 2010 for the exclusive Hero Initiative limited edition of the GuideThe Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #52 goes on sale July 20, 2022.

As with past collaborations between Gemstone and Hero, this version will be available only in a special hardcover edition, limited to 500 copies. There will be no soft cover edition of this version, and it will retail for $44.95.

The Hero Initiative Edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #52 will be available at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find starting on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

“Since we launched the Hero Initiative edition of the Guide with CBPG #40, we’ve been honored to support this great charity and their incredibly worthy cause, helping comic creators in need. We’ve also been pleased to publish some truly wonderful covers from an impressive array of artists, all of whom have turned out inspirational work on Hero’s behalf. Mike Grell is now very deservedly a member of the great roster of Guide artists, and I suspect fans will be as excited by this one as I am,” said Steve Geppi, Chairman of Geppi Family Enterprises and President and CEO of Gemstone Publishing.

“As Steve mentioned, since The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40 in 2010, Gemstone Publishing has produced the limited edition Hero Initiative exclusive version of the Guide, and each year it has played a tremendous role in our fundraising efforts. The commitment of Steve Geppi and company to Hero has been sustained for more than a decade and has included some of the best cover artists in the business illustrating some of the greatest characters. That has clearly continued this year with Mike Grell’s distinctive take on Green Arrow and Batman,” said Jim McLauchlin, Hero Initiative’s President.

Beginning with John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson, and Dean White on CBPG #40, and continuing with John Romita, Sr., Tom Palmer, and Dean White (#41), Matt Wagner and Ryan Brown (#42), Terry Moore and Brian Miller (#43), Herb Trimpe, Tom Palmer, and Laura Martin (#44), Dave Johnson (#45), Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, and Tanya Horie (#46), Rob Liefeld and Ivan Nunes (#47), Joe Jusko (#48), Alan Davis (#49), Kevin Nowlan (#50), and Joseph Michael Linsner (#51), the industry’s top talent have provided covers for the Hero Initiative fundraiser edition.

The standard editions of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #51 feature Butch Guice and Brian Miller’s powerful take on Winter Soldier, Aaron Lopresti’s inspired version of the EC Horror Hosts (with its tribute to EC publisher William M. Gaines), and J.G. Jones’ beautiful flashback to the Golden Age with The Black Terror. These are available in soft cover ($34.95) and hardcover ($44.95).

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About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Hero is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charity. The Hero Initiative Limited Edition Hardcover version of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #52 is scheduled to go on sale Wednesday, July 20 through the Hero Initiative web store and at a limited number of Hero affiliate retailer stores, including Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find. This version will be available in hardcover only and is limited to 500 copies. The retail price is $44.95.

About Gemstone Publishing

Best known as the home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Gemstone Publishing was formed by Geppi Family Enterprises Chairman Stephen A. Geppi as a conduit for his efforts in preserving and promoting the history of the comics medium. Gemstone’s product line includes The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide To Lost UniversesThe Overstreet Guide To Grading ComicsThe Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics, and The Overstreet Price Guide To Star Wars Collectibles, among others, Gemstone also publishes Scoop, a free weekly e-newsletter which looks inside the world of pop culture with a focus on auctions, toys, comics, posters, art and anything and everything pop culture.

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TASCHEN + MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT Launches AVENGERS Vol. 1 1963–1965 – Created with photos from Shelton’s personal collection!

July 13, 2022 By: Karla Southern Category: Comics Industry, DISCUSS, Exclusives, Feast Your Eyes, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Now Read This!, Special Offers, This Just In, Vintage Comics, Where Do I Start?

AVENGERS-BOOK

TASCHEN and Marvel Entertainment Announce ‘The Marvel Comics Library’;

AVENGERS Vol. 1. 1963–1965

Famous First Edition: First printing of 5,000 numbered copies

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

Assembling the definitive Marvel Age Avengers anthology

By early 1963 the foundations of the Marvel Universe had been laid. Following the introduction of the Fantastic Four in 1961 came the amazing (Spider-Man), the astonishing (Ant-Man), the strange (Doctor, that is), the incredible (Hulk), the invincible (Iron Man) and the mighty (Thor). Still, Marvel editor in chief Stan Lee realized something was missing. “I was writing these characters and I thought it would fun to put them together in a team,” he recalled. So Lee and artist Jack Kirby assembled Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Thor, and the Hulk to create the Avengers.

Right away it was clear this team was different. If the Fantastic Four were family, then the Avengers were the co-workers you didn’t choose. Not everyone got along—the Hulk fought with everyone—but working together they could defeat the baddest of Marvel’s bad guys, like Loki, Kang the Conqueror, the Masters of Evil, and Immortus. The lineup was ever changing: The Hulk departed, Captain America joined, and Ant-Man grew up to become Giant-Man. Then, remarkably, villains Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch became heroes—and Avengers—and the group’s founding members shockingly departed, leaving Captain America to lead the newly-minted heroes.

Relive the classic early adventures of Avengers Nos. 1–20 in an XXL-sized edition that’s bigger than the Hulk’s fist, weightier than Thor’s hammer, and with more extras than Iron Man’s armor. TASCHEN has attempted to create an ideal representation of these books as they were produced at the time of publication. The most pristine pedigreed comics have been cracked open and photographed for reproduction in close collaboration with Marvel and the Certified Guaranty Company. Each page has then been digitally remastered using modern retouching techniques to correct problems with the era’s inexpensive, imperfect printing—as if hot off of a world-class 1960s printing press.

Accompanying the stories are an original foreword by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and an in-depth history by the Eisner Award-winning writer Kurt Busiek that’s illustrated with original art, little-seen photographs, and rare documents. This mighty collection about Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is worthy of Tony Stark’s library—or yours.

Also available in a Collector’s Edition of 1,000 numbered copies.

The author:
Kurt Busiek
 has been writing comic books since 1982. He has written several series for Marvel, including The Avengers, and won acclaim for his work on the four-issue miniseries Marvels. In 1995 he launched his own super hero multiverse with his series Astro City.

The contributing author:
Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios, and Chief Creative Officer, Marvel, has been the driving creative force behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is a hands-on producer, responsible for all 23 interconnected feature films in the MCU.

The artists:
Stan Lee (1922–2018) is known to millions as the man whose super heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. His co-creations include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and hundreds of others. While the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, he was also the Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, where he created numerous new characters and stories in areas including publishing, film, TV reality, stage, documentary, and multimedia.

Jack Kirby (1917–1994) was one of comics’ most legendary and prolific artists whose notable co-creations include Captain America, Avengers, X-Men, Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Thor.

Marvel Comics Library. Avengers. Vol. 1. 1963–1965
Famous First Edition: First printing of 5,000 numbered copies
Kurt BusiekKevin FeigeStan LeeJack Kirby

Edition: English

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ABOUT THE SERIES:

TASCHEN’s extra-large format, close in size to the original artworks, reveal startling new details in the work of Marvel’s most acclaimed artists. For each title in the series, the most pristine pedigreed comics (from the collection of our own SHELTON DRUM!) have been cracked open for reproduction in close collaboration with Marvel and the Certified Guaranty Company. Rather than recolor the original production artwork (as has been done in previous decades’ reprints of classic comics), TASCHEN has attempted to create an ideal representation of these books as they were produced at the time of publication. Beginning with high grade, top-quality comics sourced with the assistance of the CGC, super-high-resolution photographs of each page were made as printed more than half a century ago, using modern retouching techniques to correct problems with the era’s inexpensive, imperfect printing. This included improved and balanced ink densities and color matching, proper registration of the four-color printing and correction of thick/thin lines resulting from the flexible plates “smudging.” The end result is a finished product — as if hot off a world-class printing press produced without economic or time-pressure constraints – tailored for readers, fans, artists and collectors alike.

Each volume features an essay by a comic book historian alongside hundreds of photos and artifacts. The books use three different paper stocks, including an uncoated and wood-free paper exclusively developed for this series that simulates the feel of the original comics.

The first 5,000 copies of AVENGERS Vol. 1 will be numbered and released as a ‘Famous First Edition’. The book is also available as a Collector’s Edition, limited to 1,000 copies featuring an aluminum print cover tipped into a leatherette-bound spine, foil embossing, and housed in a slipcase. Each book is individually numbered. The inaugural purchase of the Collector’s Edition entitles the collector to the selection of a personal favorite number between 1 and 1,000 on a first-come-first-serve basis. This will also secure a preemptive right to reserve a copy with the identical edition number for all forthcoming Collector’s Edition titles in ‘The Marvel Comic Library’.

The next title in ‘The Marvel Comics Library’ series will be Fantastic Four. Vol. 1. 1961–1963 and Captain America, all scheduled for release in 2022 and 2023.

______

Shelton granted exclusive and unprecedented access to some of his most prized and beloved comics, and art, to assist in the creation of this comics tome.

“Working with TASCHEN and the CGC on these books has been an honor. The finished product FAR EXCEEDS any pre-conceived expectations I may have held! I just opened the box with the book, and I know the word might be overused, but it is AMAZING! The production quality is awesome. I love it!”

______

We have a few copies available for purchase in-store NOW, or you can pre-order your copy today!
Pre-Orders should be fulfilled by September 2022!

The Marvel Comics Library AVENGERS Vol. 1. 1963–1965
Hardcover, 11 x 15.6 in., 9.76 lb, 630 pages
US$ 200.00
Famous First Edition: First printing of 5,000 numbered copies

Shipping is an additional $20.00 if you are unable to pick up in store.

If you would like to Pre-Order your copy, please send an email to: HeroesArentHardToFind@gmail.com

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Also available in a Collector’s Edition of 1,000 numbered copies
Hardcover with ChromaLuxe aluminum print cover tipped into a leatherette-bound spine.
11 x 15.6 in., 15.18 lb, 630 pages, in a slipcase

Please inquire about availability.
US$ 600.00

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FANTASTIC 40TH HEROESCON :: THANK YOU!!!

July 05, 2022 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Exhibitors, Feast Your Eyes, Guest List, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, Indie Island, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, Sidekicks = Volunteers

YOU MADE OUR 40TH

FANTASTIC

HC2022HEROJAM-THANKYOU

It’s been a little over a week since we closed the doors on our Fantastic 40th Anniversary Heroes Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center!

We took the past eight days to try to get everything unpacked, sorted, and put back where it belongs so that we can find it again NEXT YEAR when we return to Father’s Day Weekend for our 41st Anniversary Heroes Convention, June 16-18, 2023!

We can’t THANK YOU enough for your support over the past two years!

We admit, our HeroesCon reflexes were a little rusty going into this year’s event, and we have A LOT of notes going into next year on how to make things better!

To ALL OF OUR ATTENDEES:
THANK YOU!!!
You are the reason we do what we do.
It is seeing you all HAVING FUN, buying comics, showing off your costumes, getting sketches, meeting your Comic-Creating Heroes, sharing your love of comics and comics-culture with your friends, family and loved-ones. THAT makes everything we put into the show WORTH IT.

TO ALL OF OUR ARTISTS & CREATORS:
THANK YOU!!!
You MAKE the HeroesCon the unique, comics-focused,
family-reunion that it is!

We appreciate ALL OF YOU for taking the time out of your schedules to spend a weekend with us here in Charlotte, NC, celebrating comics, and the comics community.
Whether you are a seasoned PRO, an Independent Creator, or if you bought a table in our Artist Alley, you help to make our show the creator and comics-focused destination for which it has become known.
Whether you create beloved characters, and your art and/or words grace not only comic-books, but visual media, toys, t-shirts, lunchboxes and more…
Or if you’re a creator just getting started, who loves to draw, write, make, or create…
WE THANK YOU!

TO ALL OF OUR EXHIBITORS:
THANK YOU!!!
You ENSURE that there is SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE at our show!
Whether you bring the BEST Gold, Silver, or Modern Age Comics on the show floor, or if you bring that hard-to-find statue, Funko POP, Pokemon Card, new favorite T-Shirt, video-game, or trinket…
You make sure everyone has an opportunity to find something suited uniquely to them, and we appreciate how hard you all work to bring your absolute best to our show!

TO ALL OF OUR “KIBBY’S SIDEKICKS”:
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
We couldn’t do ANY OF THIS without YOU!
Your willingness to help us throughout the weekend of HeroesCon does NOT go unnoticed, or unappreciated.
You honor the memory of our beloved friend, and HeroesCon Volunteer Extraordinare, Charles Kibby, with your generosity, spirit, and love for the comics community!
Our small staff thank you ALL from the bottom of our grateful hearts.

TO ALL OF OUR COSPLAY COORDINATORS:
YOU ALL ARE INCREDIBLE!
A SUPER-SIZED SHOUT OUT TO:
Amberle Linnea CosPlay, Matt Clark, Becca Bazzle, Cheralyn Lambeth, DJ SpiderKalliste CosPlay, and those who helped these magical creatures throughout the weekend…
THANK YOU!!!
The CosPlay Masquerade was a highlight of this year’s event, and you all created pure magic out of chaos!
You made every costumed individual in the room feel like a SUPERSTAR, because YOU are SUPERSTARS!
We appreciate your hard work, and can’t wait to see what we can cook up for next year!

TO THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES:
YOU KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK!
To our TINY STAFF…you are all AMAZING!

We owe MANY THANKS to our 2022 Decorator, Carolina Tradeshow Decorators.
You were fantastic to work with, and you helped MAKE the show feel like HOME. After two years without doing a show, and having to recreate so many aspects of the show from scratch, you made it look like we hadn’t skipped a beat. We honestly can’t thank you enough for your hard work, communication, and your dedication to making the show look great!
To the wizards at Evergreen Creative Projects…THANK YOU!!!
If you liked our banners, aisle signs, info booth designs, t-shirts and more…it’s all thanks to these guys who made the impossible, possible!
Also, THANK YOU to The Fine Print Shoppe, BOINGO Graphics, and to Mullen Publications, Inc. as well!

And to all those who have had a hand, over the years, in helping to us reach 40…
Whether you be family, friend, co-worker, acquaintance,
or mystical being… 

THANK YOU!

We look forward to having you all with us again for
HeroesCon 2023, June 16-18!!

Stay tuned for updates on tickets, Guest Announcements and More by signing up for our Weekly Newsletter!!

Want to RELIVE HeroesCon 2022??

Check out these awesome links:

HeroesCon 2022 – Day 1 :: Photos By Alex Cason
HeroesCon 2022 – Day 2 :: Photos By Alex Cason

https://youtu.be/IXtwzYWI3Oc
https://youtu.be/O7P5Djp93L8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25JTjBEKk9M

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.430887095713149
https://youtu.be/PCoAD8lK_vw
https://www.facebook.com/LaNoticia/videos/741094843747452/
https://youtu.be/GsT6HMKCuq0

https://www.fumettomaniafactory.net/heroes-con-2022-reportage-di-filippo-marzo/
https://youtu.be/2jCCounsjzo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMAiK4ujBzo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53Mn9FPb840
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6zAPPGs5Vw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyalQBZyiZA&t=5s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrr0VOk6Wew
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq0o4Po4fvo
https://comic-cons.xyz/event/heroes-convention-charlotte-north-carolina/
https://lrmonline.com/news/heroes-con-2022-the-economic-future-of-the-comic-industry-looks-bright/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfQnBP3czOc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgJUw_eAu1w
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article261735187.html
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/latest-news/article262491687.html
https://www.tiktok.com/@thecharlotteobserver/video/7113247134387899690?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25JTjBEKk9M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VstMIo_FSng
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVb3nv7jRhU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GqN5Hh_Kn8
https://lrmonline.com/news/charlotte-heroes-con-review-the-social-dynamics-of-comic-fans/
https://www.wccbcharlotte.com/2022/06/24/heroes-convention-celebrates-40th-anniversary/
https://www.charlottemagazine.com/to-be-continued-heroescon-at-40/
https://clture.org/heroescon-kick-off-party/
https://clture.org/heroescon-kick-off-party-photos/
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HEROESCON 2022 COSPLAY EVENTS SCHEDULE

June 18, 2022 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Feast Your Eyes, HeroesCon, NEWS, Now Read This!, Schedule

HEROESCON 2022 COSPLAY EVENTS SCHEDULE

all will take place in Hall C near the cosplay stage

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 24

  • 2:00-4:00 Cosplay First Aid Station Open Hours (not to be confused with injury first aid!)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Basic Puppet Techniques hands-on workshop by Cher Lambeth, Former Puppet Builder at The Jim Henson Company. Capped at 20; supplies available on the spot for $6.
  • 3:00-4:00 Cosplay Masquerade Registration
  • 4:00 Friday Cosplay Masquerade hosted by DJ Spider 

SATURDAY, JUNE 25

  • 2:00-4:00 Cosplay First Aid Station Open Hours (not to be confused with injury first aid!)
  • 3:00-4:00 Cosplay Masquerade Registration
  • 4:00 Saturday Cosplay Masquerade hosted by Kalliste Cosplay
  • Group cosplay photo shoot on outdoor stairs immediately following Masquerade

 SUNDAY, JUNE 26

  • Noon-2:00 Cosplay First Aid Station Open Hours (not to be confused with injury first aid!)
  • 1:00-2:00 Cosplay Masquerade Registration
  • 2:00 Sunday Cosplay Masquerade hosted by Amberle Linnea
  • Group cosplay photo shoot on outdoor stairs immediately following Masquerade

More information on here: https://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/costume/

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HeroesCon 2022 Panels & Programming

June 18, 2022 By: Karla Southern Category: EVENTS, Feast Your Eyes, HeroesCon, HeroesCon Panels, NEWS, Now Read This!, Schedule

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HEROESCON 2022

PANEL SCHEDULE 

FRIDAY

1:00PM

ROOM 201 

SCAD 1 MINI-COMICS: a LITTLE FUN

Cartoonist and SCAD professor DAVID ALLAN DUNCAN leads students young and old through the process of drawing, producing, and distributing mini-comics! Learn about the the planning,

storytelling, and drawing that goes into making a mini-comic. Create a mini and a little

sketchbook during the workshop. Materials provided, so come join the fun!

 

1:00 pm 

Room 205

COMIC CENSORSHIP 

AARON KASHTAN leads a panel on Comics censorship, part of a national discussion due to a ban on Art Spiegelman’s Maus by the McMinn County, Tennessee school board in January. Why are comics suddenly being banned again? What are the underlying reasons behind contemporary comics bans, and how is the current anti-comics campaign similar to or different from earlier ones? Most importantly, how can we fight comics censorship?  We are tackling this problem from various perspectives — a scholar/teacher, two public librarians, and a university librarian. Laura Vallejo, Clay Freeman and others join Aaron. DON’T MISS THIS!!!

 

1:00 PM

Room 207AB 

BRAVO FOXTROT

The writer/artist/creator of the Sunday comic FOXTROT, BILL AMEND talks with TOM HEINTJES in a career spanning interview. We will make sure Jason keeps Quincy on a leash! And if you see Roger with a chess board, run quickly in the other direction.

 

1:00 pm 

Room 208 

LARRY HAMA and CARL POTTS in Conversation

From GI JOE to ALIEN LEGION, THE ‘NAM to THE PUNISHER, CONAN to LAST OF THE DRAGONS – LARRY HAMA and CARL POTTS have a combined count of more guns, swords, bombs, lasers, and explosions per career comics page than anyone else in the field. They also helped launch an entire Hall of Fame of comics creators’ careers (Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, etc.). Moderator GREG MATIASEVICH (MULTIVERSITY COMICS) gets these two legendary editors/creators talking about their careers and how they changed comics forever!

 

2:00PM

Room 206B

STAR WARS DRAW

Let’s draw with Star Wars cartoonist JAMIE COSLEY, whose comic strip The Light Side has appeared in Star Wars Insider magazine since 2017.  Learn how to draw Darth Vader, baby Yoda, Ewoks, and more! Step by step instructions that are super fun and easy to follow! 

 

2:30PM

Room 201

SCAD 2

How to Take Advantage of Clip Studio Paint and Perspective Rulers with SCAD professor JOHN LOWE

This workshop will teach you how to set up one, two, and three-point perspective rulers in Clip

Studio Paint (CSP). Other valuable and time-saving CSP tools will also be demonstrated.

 

2:30PM 

Room 205

PODCAST 101

Want to start a podcast but don’t know how? Have a podcast and want to get to the next level?

Discover the how’s and why’s of podcasting. Get tips on equipment, improving your on-mic performance, promotion, and more with a panel of veteran podcasters:

Terence Dollard – Professor, Dept. of Mass Communication at UNC Pembroke; producer/host Comic Culture.

Darrin Sutherland – Ruth Sutherland co-hosts of Trekker Talk.  

Derek William Crabbe – Host, Fanholes Podcast & History of Comics on Film

Jarrod Albriech Pat Sampson Co-hosts of Longbox Crusade Podcast.

 

2:30pm

Room 207AB

CARTOONIST KAYFABE IS LIVE!!!!

CARTOONIST KAYFABE’S JIM RUGG and ED PISKOR bring their expert comic book analysis back to Heroes!!

 

2:30 pm 

Room 208  

JONATHAN HICKMAN and SKOTTIE YOUNG in Conversation

BADR MILLIGAN sits down with two greats of modern comics: JONATHAN HICKMAN (Secret Wars, East of West) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (Strange Academy, I Hate Fairyland).

 

3:30 pm 

Room 206B 

QuickDraw—A HeroesCon tradition with your host—Miss Fancy PANTS! 

We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and all of your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories: 10 and under, 11-15, and 16 and up. The Quick-draw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! Be there! Pencil purloiners will be persecuted persistently.

 

4:00PM

Room 201

SCAD 3 INTRODUCTION TO STORYBOARDS

What is a storyboard and why is storyboarding important for creators? SCAD professor RAY GOTO leads an introductory class on its uses in visual storytelling. While the use of storyboards is not new, it has become much more popular in recent years thanks to increased attention to video content, motion design, filmmaking, and all things interactive. All skill levels are welcome. 

 

4:00PM

Room 207AB

A WRITER’S LIFE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF COMICS

de’Angelo DIA moderates a talk with DAVID WALKER (Bitter Root), NANCY COLLINS (Swamp Thing), MATT KINDT (Mind MGMT), and STEPHANIE WILLIAMS (Nubia) about their experiences as professional writers. 

 

4:00 pm 

Room 208 

MARVEL EDITORS

Marvel Methods: Behind the Scenes with Marvel Editors: What’s it like to be an editor at Marvel? We’ll get an inside perspective from two of Marvel’s illustrious editors: Howard Mackie and Louise Simonson. They’ll tell us how Marvel has changed over the years and look at the hits (and also a few of the misses) from their time as editors. We’re all living in the Marvel universe these days, and our editors will help us understand how it developed. Moderated by MIKE KOBRE.

 

5:30 pm 

Room 205

SUPERHERO MOVIES**AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION!!!

 

NERD SKOOL’s MIGHTY MOVIE MADNESS TOURNAMENT OF MIGHTINESS

Make your voice heard in deciding the most essential superhero films of all! Join the The Nerd Skool Podcast team: Joe Hunsaker, Andy Hunsaker, Tiffany Bryant-Jackson, Arthur “ArtStar” Lovely as they run a MARCH Madness-style tournament pitting comic-based films against each other, and your votes will determine the winners! Support your favorites! Defend your underdogs! Be on the podcast!

 

5:30 pm 

Room 207AB 

INKPULP INSTRUCTION PRESENTS:

TURNING YOUR ART INTO A CAREER

With 

SHAWN CRYSTAL, SANFORD GREENE, and JIM MAHFOOD

 

Shawn Crystal will be joined by fellow professional artists Sanford Greene and Jim Mahfood as they share their individual journeys of becoming professional artists, how they found interest in art, developed their skills to a professional level, and ultimately made their dreams come true. Please join us as we delve deep into the origin stories of these esteemed artists, and learn how you can do the same. Inkpulp Instruction is an online art school, where you learn directly from the pros you love and admire. Check them out at inkpulpinstruction.com.

 

7:00 pm – the convention is closed for the day, but don’t go far!

 

7:30 pm— THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY HEROESCON DRINK AND DRAW AT THE WESTIN PROVIDENCE BALLROOM!

COME CREATE SOME GREAT MEMORIES, BUY SOME GREAT ART AND HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR TEAM CUL DE SAC AND PARKINSON’S RESEARCH! 

 

SATURDAY

11:00am

Room 201  

SCAD Instructional: DEVELOPING A PITCH PACKET

DANIELLE CHUATICO will show how to break into the traditional publishing industry with your graphic novel pitch packet!

 

Room 205 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in the DC and Marvel Silver Age

PROFESSOR ZYG FURMANIUK takes us all to school; the school motto: 

Cum Real Scientia est magna Cura “With Real Science comes great Responsibility”

It wasn’t just lab accidents and adamantium – sometimes it was an actual gravitational free fall problem or a sulfur-selenium exchange reaction.  Whether the science was astoundingly correct or hilariously wrong it functioned as the gateway drug to careers in STEM for the generation that grew up and created personal computers and mapped the human genome.  We’ll keep the math to the minimum as we look at how chemistry and physics were depicted, the people behind it, and the comic book influences on Stephen Jay Gould, one of the most popular science writers of his day.

 

11:00am

Room 205

COLLECTOR’S ESTATE PLANNING  “So Dad Was a Collector….”

Significant Estates, Pedigree Markets, and Getting the Most Out of Lifelong Collections

Daniel Yezbick of Wildwood College,  Tom Eyssell of the University of Missouri-St Louis, and  Michael Wotka, an Independent Golden Age Collector and Consultant, introduce you to strategic planning for bequeathment, liquidation, and donation of large collections. 

 

11:00am

Room 208

POWER PACK unPACKED

Get your regular baby-sitter to come over to watch your real kids so we can spend an hour looking back with the co-creators of Marvel’s POWER PACK, LOUISE SIMONSON and JUNE BRIGMAN. Moderated by TERENCE DOLLARD. Will Mary Worth show up to offer super-child rearing tips?

 

12:30pm

Room 205

SCAD 5  CREATIVE CHARACTER DESIGN Instructional

Professor BRIAN RALPH teaches students a variety of character design and drawing techniques in this fast paced hands on workshop.  Building from simple shapes and iconic silhouettes, Ralph

will have participants thinking and drawing in new and exciting ways.  Roll up your sleeves and

let’s create the next hit comic character! Fun for all ages and all drawing skill levels.

 

12:30pm

Room 207AB

ALL AGES COMICS

Many of today’s most popular comics are not periodical comic books, but young adult, middle grade, and children’s graphic novels. In this panel, AARON KASHTAN talks with guests JOEY WEISER (Dragon Racer), JEFFREY BROWN (Darth Vader and Son), CHRIS SCHWEIZER (The Creeps), and CARA MCGEE (Over the Garden Wall) about the kids’ graphic novel market and how it differs from traditional comic books. Why have children’s graphic novels become so popular? How is working for graphic novels different from working for comic books? What  should readers and aspiring creators know about the  future of all ages comics? 

 

12:30pm

Room 207AB

WORLD BUILDING with CHARLES VESS and DAVID PETERSEN

BADR MILLIGAN talks with two giants of illustration, CHARLES VESS (Sandman, The Books of Earthsea) and DAVID PETERSEN (Mouse Guard, The Wind in the Willows). 

 

12:30pm

Room 208

BEFORE THE INFINITY WAR: The Avengers and the Kree-Skrull War: 

Audiences all over the world have seen The Avengers and a whole universe of heroes fight Thanos. But what was the first great universe-spanning saga in the history of Marvel? Join us for a celebration of the 51-year anniversary of the Kree-Skrull War in The Avengers #89-97 from 1971. This revolutionary run of issues brought together a whole universe of characters for the first time in a single extended storyline. We’ll talk about the Kree-Skrull War with its co-creator, legendary Marvel writer and editor ROY THOMAS. Along the way, we’ll hear about Roy’s work with the late Neal Adams, who drew crucial chapters of the storyline, and about Roy’s career at Marvel, beginning when he joined the company in the 60s and worked as Stan Lee’s “left-hand man.” Avengers Assemble! Moderated by MIKE KOBRE.

 

2:00pm

Room 205 Interview/Panel Discussion.

The 2022 HEROES MEGA PANEL Recommended for MATURE audiences

 

“Believe It or Burn!”: Comics, Religion, and Spirituality.

Attendees: Kayla E., Shakeisha Holton Gray, Andrew Kunka, Noah Van Sciver.

Moderators: Craig Fischer, Jennie Law, Ben Towle.

 

This year’s Heroes Con mega-panel—the first in three years!—explores the intersection of comics with issues of faith and belief. We’ll interview cartoonist Noah Van Sciver about his forthcoming graphic biography Joseph Smith and the Mormons (Abrams), while artist and graphic designer Kayla E. will talk about the spiritual themes in her paintings and upcoming comics memoir Precious Rubbish (Fantagraphics). Then Kayla will join Minister Shakeisha Holton Gray (Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church) and Professor Andrew Kunka (University of South Carolina, Sumter) for a roundtable discussion about Justin Green’s classic underground comic Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary. Plus: mega-panel co-organizer Jennie Law on versions of the Devil depicted in comic books, and co-organizer Ben Towle on convincing and less-so fictional comic-book religions, with a look at The Replacement God, The Incal, and more. Join us for worship! Recommended for MATURE audiences

 

2:00pm

Room 206B 

STAR WARS QUICK DRAW

Let’s draw with Star Wars cartoonist JAMIE COSLEY, whose comic strip The LIght Side has appeared in Star Wars Insider magazine since 2017. Learn how to draw Darth Vader, baby Yoda, Ewoks, and more! Step by step instructions that are super fun and easy to follow!

 

2:00pm

Room 207AB

THOR

Midgard’s own JASON WHEATLEY talks to WALT SIMONSON and RON FRENZ about their legendary contributions to the Asgardian Avenger.

 

3:00pm

Room 201

RE-DEFINING THE MODERN AGE OF COMICS

With the term “Modern Age” still being used to describe comics as far back as 1986’s WATCHMEN and DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, it’s high time for new ways to label work from both that era and all the eras since! Come give your YOUR thoughts & ideas in this brainstorming 

session moderated by Greg Matiasevich (MULTIVERSITY COMICS) and refereed by the Nerd Skool Podcast faculty!

 

3:00pm

Room 207AB 

BITTER ROOT

Bitter Root follows the Sangerye family of monster hunters during the Harlem renaissance as they fight enemies both societal and supernatural in this action-packed adventure. Creators CHUCK BROWN, DAVID WALKER and SANFORD GREENE discuss their culturally relevant comic with JASON WOOD (11 O’Clock Comics Podcast).

 

4:00pm

Room 206B 

QuickDraw—A HeroesCon tradition with your host: FANCY PANTS!!

We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories 10 and under, 11-15, and 16 and up. The QuickDraw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! TSA Officials will be on site to make sure those pencils never make it past the graphite detectors. Do you think pencils grow on trees??? oh wait….

 

4:00pm

Room 208

JOHN ROMITA Jr. HOWARD MACKIE and SCOTT HANNA In conversation

TERENCE DOLLARD moderates what is sure to be a memorable discussion with these AM influential creators. 

 

4:30pm

Room 201

SUPERHERO TV PROGRAMS**AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION!!!

NERD SKOOL’s SUPERHERO STREAMING SERIES MADNESS TOURNAMENT

Make your voice heard in deciding the most essential superhero TV shows of all-time! Join the The Nerd Skool Podcast team: Joe Hunsaker, Andy Hunsaker, Tiffany Bryant-Jackson, Arthur “ArtStar” Lovely as they run a Madness-style tournament pitting comic-based films against each other, and your votes will determine the winners! Support your favorites! Defend your underdogs! Be on the podcast!  

 

4:30pm

Room 205

CARTOON VEHICLES

Iconic Rides, Super Cars, and Villainous Vehicles: The Best, Worst, and Weirdest

Mechanical Conveyances in Comics and Culture  

What drives a hero, or rather, what does a hero drive? Join us for a high octane survey

of the most beloved and utterly ridiculous muscle cars, invisible jets, and star cruisers in

comics and culture, including colossal Kirby contraptions, shameless franchise

accessories, and impossibly cool rides, custom jobs, and cosmic jalopies of every size,

stripe, and genre! Did we forget your favorite? Let us know and keep the gearhead

geekery going!

Your PIT CREW:

Daniel Yezbick, Wildwood College St Louis, MO   

Jonathan Alexandratos, Queensborough Community College NY, NY

Tom Eyssell, U of Missouri-St Louis  

Michael Phoenix, St Louis Public Schools  

HEROES will not validate parking!!!

 

4:30PM

Room 208

JIM STARLIN

CARTOONIST KAYFABE’S ED PISKOR and JIM RUGG join JIM STARLIN for a scintillating hour with the comics legend!

 

6:00 pm CONVENTION FLOOR CLOSES

HOWEVER!!!!

COME ON OVER TO THE WESTIN GRAND BALLROOM AND SPEND SOME HARD-EARNED SCRATCH ON SOME REALLY GREAT ORIGINAL ART. BIDDING BEGINS AT 8:00, BUT THE GAWKING BEGINS NOW!!!!! 

 

SUNDAY

12:00pm

Room 201

SCAD 6: Instructional

TOY DESIGN: JOHN LARISON will talk about and show you the different media applicable to

sculpting toys traditionally. Sculpting is not easy, but it is definitely fun. John will let those who come to his workshop play with the material and tools and learn about the cost involved for the materials.

 

12:00pm

Room 205

ADHOUSE @ 20

All hail CHRIS PITZER owner/publisher/editor of ADHOUSE COMICS! Come celebrate one of the most important figures in Indie Comics alongside AdHouse creators JIM RUGG, KATHRYN IMMONEN, STUART IMMONEN, and ALEXIS ZIRITT. Hosted by the inimitable DUSTIN HARBIN.

 

12:00pm

Room 207AB

DC WRITERS

STEPHANIE WILLIAMS (Nubia), STEPHANIE PHILLIPS (Harley Quinn), and CHUCK BROWN (Aquamen), with moderator NANCY NORTHCOTT (Con-Tinual Comics Lair), discuss their careers, current projects, and their time in the comics industry.

 

12:00pm

Room 208

X-TRAVAGANZA

Legendary X-men creators CHRIS CLAREMONT and LOUISE SIMONSON spend an hour with CARTOONIST KAYFABE’s ED PISKOR.

 

1:00pm

Room 206B

STAR WARS DRAW

Let’s draw with Star Wars cartoonist JAMIE COSLEY, whose comic strip The Light Side has appeared in Star Wars Insider magazine since 2017. Learn how to draw Darth Vader, baby Yoda, Ewoks, and more! Step by step instructions that are super fun and easy to follow!

 

1:30pm

Room 201 Recommended for MATURE audiences

MEMOIRS in COMICS: I’ll Be My Mirror: The Philosophy and Practice of Memoir Comics.

 

JEFFREY BROWN, KAYLA E., NOAH VAN SCIVER  Moderator: Craig Fischer

What motivates an artist to make their life a central subject of their art? Does autobiography

allow a creator to revisit and reshape the past in order to achieve catharsis or closure? How does it feel to design a cartoon self-portrait, and then to draw and redraw hundreds of these self-portraits in the pages of a comic book or graphic novel? Is it ever unethical to borrow characters and situations from real life? These are just a few of the questions that moderator Craig Fischer will pose to three superlative autobiographical comics artists: Jeffrey Brown (Loved and Lost: A Relationship Trilogy), Kayla E. (Precious Rubbish), and Noah Van Sciver (Blammo, One Dirty Tree).

 

1:30pm

Room 207AB

LARRY HAMA– A real American Comic Book Classic!

LARRY HAMA talks about the 40th anniversary of G.I. JOE with Cobra’s own DOUG MERKLE.

 

1:30pm

Room 205

IN PICTOPIA

DONALD SIMPSON and ANDY KUNKA take a deep dive into one of the BEST short comics ever produced: the Simpson drawn IN PICTOPIA. If you haven’t read In Pictopia yet, please do so. If you have then we know you will be here for this epic discussion

 

1:30pm

Room 208

SPIDER-MAN

JASON WHEATLEY talks with RON FRENZ and MARK BAGLEY – two of the best Spidey artists ever! How can Jason possibly screw this up? Come and see!

 

2:30pm

Room 206B

QuickDraw—A HeroesCon tradition. 

We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories 10 and under, 11-15, and 16 and over. The QuickDraw is held EVERY YEAR, so we need those pencils back!! We’ve placed state of the art nano-technology tracking devices on each and every pencil. If you get itchy fingers, we’ll sniff you out and prosecute you to the full extent of the law. But before all that– have fun!  

 

3:00pm

Room 205 Interview.

SHELTON DRUM and the 40th ANNIVERSARY of HEROESCON

Shelton Drum was a busy young man: he began buying and selling comics in the early 1970s,

started the Charlotte Mini-Con in 1977, and opened his first brick-and-mortar comic shop—the

first location of what would become Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find—in 1980. But another of his

signature achievements was the founding of the Heroes Convention in 1982, which turns forty

this year. Over the decades, HeroesCon has become one of the premiere comics events in the

United States, and Shelton has been at the center of it all, hearing the stories, bonding with

creators, dealers, and fans, and sometimes navigating the event through controversies and

difficulties, most recently its two-year Covid shutdown. Join Shelton and interviewer Craig

Fischer for an in-depth talk about the history (and future!) of HeroesCon, and bring your own

questions to ask Shelton too!

 

ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT:

6:00 pm CONVENTION ENDS 

See you next year for HEROESCON 2023!

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