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We’ve listed several sets of Marvel’s new Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 variant covers on eBay and they end tonight! Click the image to place your bid now!
We’ve also just listed signed regular and Heroes variant covers of Spider-Gwen #1 that will ship after our signing event on February 28th. Check them out if you can’t make it to the release party!
Since 1980, Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find has been here providing comics for our community and beyond. Here’s how you can help us celebrate Heroes and owner Shelton Drum’s 35th Anniversary all year long in 2015. To find out about the great events we have planned, all you have to do is keep up with us on the social media platform of your choice. The best way to stay current with our events is to subscribe to the Heroes Hotline. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr too.
For our 1st event of many celebrating our 35th Anniversary, we’re kicking off 2015 with 35% off for subscribers who come in and clear out their reserve bags! Whether you are here every week or haven’t been in over the holidays, we want to thank you and reward your loyalty. If you purchase everything in your reserve bag, the 35% off will extend to all new comics on our shelves as well. The sale starts this THURSDAY, we’ll be open from 1pm-6pm. The sale will end when we close at 9pm on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
So, thank you! We have the best customers and we can’t wait to tell you about all the great things we have planned for 2015. Get plugged in and let’s celebrate our 35th Anniversary year together!
The votes are in and the winner is March of the Wooden Soldiers, the 3rd Volume of Fables comics. In all honesty, this is the right choice. It is the storyline where a good series with a clever premise became a great series with legs strong enough to carry it for 150 monthly issues, two spin off series, a prose novel and three stand alone graphic novels.
So plan to join us on Saturday December 20th at Noon (an hour earlier than usual) We know this is the busiest time of the year, but do yourself a solid by setting aside a few hours to break bread and talk comics.
March of the Wooden Soldiers collects Fables # 19-21 and # 23-27 along with the Prestige one-shot issue The Last Castle featuring perhaps the greatest swashbuckling hero of the last 40 years, Little Boy Blue. No, we are not kidding.
Thanks to the decree of our liege and manager Justinian, March of the wooden Soldiers is available at Heroes with the Heroes Discussion Group 10% Discount. Just remember to mention it when you check out.
Topics will include
- The choices writer Bill Willingham makes regarding characterizations of very familiar characters
- What sets Bigby Wolf apart from other popular feral characters…
- And of course, Prince Charming….would you vote for him in the Fabletown Mayoral Election
- Also, Why March of the Wooden Soldiers is (or perhaps is not) the ideal discussion choice.
We invite everyone-both new readers and devoted fans–to join us. We’d like to touch on later story lines as well as the Network TV ‘interpretations’ of the same concept: Grimm and Once Upon a Frozen Time, but if there are any discussioneers who attend and have not read beyond Wooden Soldiers we promise will tread lightly.
We will see you on Saturday December 20th at NOON and fair warning to the uninitiated, once you enter the world of Fables, it is tough place from which to escape.
This is one of the hardest posts I’ve ever had to write. It is with shock, disbelief and great sadness that I share the news that Jeremy Dale has passed away. Jeremy came to HeroesCon about 10 years ago and promptly won the quick-draw contest. The next year he was a working professional and a regular in artist alley. He and his wife Kelly became part of the extended Heroes family. He was talented, funny, supportive, hard-working and way too young. Linda and I, along with the entire Heroes crew, send love and hugs to Kelly and all of our comic family friends that knew and loved Jeremy. He will be missed. Rest in Peace Jeremy. – Shelton Drum
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!