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October 30, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: Uncategorized

staff_picks heather_staff_picksHEATHER’S PICK :: X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM #2: The conclusion to this year’s X-Men event is finally here! Has it only really been 10 weeks since mutants from past, present, and future have had me on the edge my seat for what happens next? Admittedly, I love any book that features a Quentin Quire Phoenix, but this has been a series that I have been looking forward to as each new book as it came out week to week.  While I am excited to see how it ends, I will hate for it not to be in my reserve bag after Wednesday.

For my first Marvel event, I have really enjoyed how the story flowed from one issue to another and didn’t require me to pick up 52 issues each week to keep up with what was going on.  Instead I really liked the story in the books I wasn’t already reading.  In fact, I will be adding Uncanny X-Men to my pull list going forward.  When you add Amazing X-Men in November, the X-Men will have completely taken over my reserve bag.


September 24, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: Uncategorized

staff_picks seth_staff_picksSETH’S PICK :: SIN TITULO HC:  It’s been quite a month if you’re a fan of big company books.  As for me, while I’ve enjoyed Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity series, and appreciate the marketing success of DC’s 3D cover bonanza, I’m much more interested in the underdog books lately.  That’s why I’m picking Sin Titulo by Cameron Stewart this week.  The book did win an Eisner back in 2010 for Digital comics, so some of you out there might object to me calling this an underdog.  Still, in a week where every speculator in the country is going to be trying to make quick cash on the Joker’s Daughter 3D cover, it’s nice to have a solid, gimmick-less book to talk about, and on a week like this one, Sin Titulo is likely to get lost in the 3D wave.  I will admit that I only started reading Sin Titulo in its digital format recently, and mainly because I wanted to write about it.  I am, however, familiar with Stewart’s work, particularly at DC and Vertigo.  If you read reviews of Sin Titulo, you’ll see words like ‘noirish’ and ‘Lynchian,’ and it’s safe to say that Stewart was likely influenced by that genre and famed director David Lynch.  It is a unique read though, and, dinosaur that I am, I’m happy to have it arriving in a book format.  So if you want something with a little more depth and aesthetic value beyond the brightest and shiniest of the week’s big company offerings, I’d encourage you to give Sin Titulo a look.




July 18, 2013 By: Karla Marsh Category: Staff Picks, Uncategorized

karla_staff_picksKARLA’S PICK :: PORCELAIN: A GOTHIC FAIRY TALE: What can I say? I’m a sucker for a creepy fairy tale. That’s why my pick this week is Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale by Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose. As most classic fairy tales do, it starts off with an unfortunate soul. This time, the tale of woe begins with a young orphan girl referred to only as “Child” who lives off of the streets, and begs, steals and cheats to stay alive. Child attempts to steal from the wealthy Porcelain Maker, an alchemist who might be much more than he seems. From there, the story weaves a fascinating, and dark, fairy tale that I can’t wait to get my hands on! The art for this story is really quite stunning, which I was charmed to see from an artist who’s last name seems like it was plucked from the pages of a fairy tale in the first place! I mean, really? Wildgoose?? OF COURSE he should illustrate a fairy tale! It seems only fitting.




May 31, 2013 By: Karla Marsh Category: Uncategorized


HeroesCon 2013 is OVERFLOWING with great exhibitors and artists bringing something from every facet of comics-fandom! We’re also happy to announce that we will be hosting some great exhibitors for artists and aspiring artists!

If you’re an artist, or if you’ve watched as some of your favorite artists compose sketches at conventions, you will know that Copic Markers have become one of the preferred tools for artists of all genres. Known for they variety of liners, markers, air brush kits and more, Copic has something for everyone, from the skilled artist to the beginner!

Copic Markers will be setting up for their very FIRST HeroesCon this year, and we hope that you will take the time to stop by their booth and check out their product!

You can watch as Copic-master, and HeroesCon friend and beloved artist, Adam Hughes gives a FREE ART LESSON using Copic Markers here!

Joining us for their second year at HeroesCon is another artist’s favorite AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro!

Autodesk is returning with their pro sketching software for Windows and Mac! It’s a professional-grade painting app that is a great digital tool for artists of all skill levels! Their apps are also available for iPad and Android devices!!

You can watch several HeroesCon artists such as: Chris UmingaChrissie Zullo and Phil Noto use the Sketchbook Pro equipment LIVE at the Autodesk Sketchbook booth throughout the convention!

So get ready! Wear your comfy shoes and bring your shopping bags! There’s going to be A LOT to see and experience at HeroesCon 2013!!


First look at HeroesCon 2013 Exhibitors!

May 22, 2013 By: Karla Marsh Category: HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, NEWS, Uncategorized

We all know that HeroesCon is known for its all-star Artist Alley each year, but let’s not overlook the AMAZING EXHIBITORS who make our show the can’t-miss event of the summer, and a destination for Gold and Silver-Age comics, comic-related apparel, art supplies, collectibles, DVD’s, toys and so much more! Take a look at our 2013 Exhibitors, and make your shopping lists in advance!

A. Pennyworth’s Comics 1412
AH Digital 2105, 2107
Almost Anything 206, 208, 210
Andrew Heath 419
Anomaly Productions 522
Anthony’s Comic Book Art 1719, 1721
Apocalypse Comics 718, 720, 722, 817, 819, 821
Aspen Comics 812, 911
Autodesk Consumer Group / SketchBook Pro
822, 921 1610
B & C Collectibles 2109
Bear Butt Comics/Mischief Leather 320
Beyond Comics 808, 810
Big Lair’s 1620
Big Wow 1904, 2003
Bill Pappas 1707, 1709
Black Dog Collectibles 1606, 1608
Blue Juice Comics 520
BOOM!/KaBoom! 920, 922, 1019, 1021
Borderlands 1818, 1820, 1917, 1919
Cards, Comics and Collectibles 1318, 1320, 1322, 1417, 1419, 1421
Carolina Comic Book Club 204
Carolina Garrison – 501st Legion 110
Carolina Ghostbusters 105
CBLDF 102, 104
Cheap Joes Art Stuff 1522
CJ Draden 218
Columbia Comics 1821
Comic Central 1512, 1611
Comic Lock 1918, 1920, 2017, 2019
Comic Whiz 212
Comic Wise 318, 417
Comics & Gaming 1517, 1519
Comics Guarantee Corporation – CGC 207, 209
Comics to Astonish 304, 306
ComicMix 1222, 1321
Convention Exclusive 305
Cool Lines Artwork 719, 721
Copic Markers 818, 917
Cosmic Times 1720
Crazy Ed’s Comics 1618
Creature Entertainment 1722
Cunningham’s Comics 407, 409
Dale Roberts Comics 518, 617
Dave’s Comics & Cards 1418, 1420, 1422, 1521
David Shankle 717
Dimension Decals 303
Dragon Song Forge 1906, 1908, 1910
Earl Shaw 408, 410, 412
Evie Tees 612
Eye Candy 2307
Frame Monkey 1619, 1621
GBM Collection 2111
Get Cash For Comics 606, 608
Gotham Super Car 111
Grant Merrill 2119, 2121
Harley Yee Rare Comics 907, 909
Harrison’s Comics 1806, 1808, 1810, 1812, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911
Heroes and Dragons 705, 707
Heroes Are Here 411
Hey Kids, Comics! 203, 205
Hot Flips 622, 1622
Ian Leino 2118
Imperial Quartermaster 2008, 2010, 2012
imPhotoGraphics Design 820
Infinity Comics LLC 202
Ink Correct 511
Intergalactic Collectibles 610
Jason Hamlin 1705
Jason McAlister/William Pigg 2022
Jim Walls 217
Joe Todd 106
Keomaka 2306, 2307
Killer Kollectibles 2302
Klingon Assault Group 108
Leroy Harper Comics 2110, 2112
Magic Massage Therapy 2301
Mario’s Comics 712
Mark Scott 1408, 1507
Mark Sparacio 521
McFarland Publishing 2005, 2007, 2009
Mighty Fine Art 2020
Mike’s Comics & Collectibles 2106, 2108
My SuperHero Guy 2120
New Age Discoveries 2308
New Force Comics 317, 319
New World Toys and Collectibles 201
North Coast Nostalgia 809, 811
Off World Designs Inc. 1922, 2021
Outer Rim Toys / Out of the Toy Box Jewelry 711
Pain-Less 2305
Painted Visions 1518, 1617
PaperCutz 919
Patrick Sullivan 2004, 2103
Planet Comics 1506, 1605
Poetic Earth 2122
Pop Culture Emporium 420
Premier Green Screens 112
Premiere Collectibles / Lightech Ltd. 2006
Pross Comics 1921
Purgatory Comics 2102, 2104
Reel Imports 1819
Reggie’s Comics and Collectibles 1410
Richard Fortenberry 311
Robert’s Comics and Collectibles 1718, 1817
Shark Robot 307, 309
Showcase Comics & Games 507, 509
Sideboard Games/El Cig’s Comics 619
Smoking Halo, LLC 1717
Soundtrack 620
Ssalefish Comics 418, 517
Static 519
Steve Smith 618
Stormcrow Comics 1612, 1711
Stylin Online 308, 310, 312; 1706-1712; 1805-1811
Supah! Comics 1508, 1510
Super Mecado Comics 621 506, 508, 510, 512, 605, 607, 609, 611 403, 405
Tales of Wonder 219, 221, 220, 222
Tangled Web 1509, 1511
TC’s Toys 211
Team Fox: DeLorean Time Machine 101
Teeturtle 2018
The Toy Federation 709
TNT Comics 1822
Tomorrow Treasures 708, 807 2117
Triangle Cards / Orange Ribbon Collectibles 301
TV’s Treasure Chest 2303, 2304
TwoMorrows Publishing 118, 120, 122
Ultimate Comics 404, 406, 503, 505
Unknown Comix 1520
Valiant Entertainment 1220, 1319
Warp 9 1912, 2011
Welcome Back Comics 1607, 1609
White Lightning Productions 321
Wyrlwynd 422
XCON Comics 710
Zenescope Entertainment 322, 421

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STAFF PICKS :: HE-MAN #1 :: APRIL 17, 2013

April 16, 2013 By: Karla Marsh Category: Uncategorized

KARLA’S PICK :: HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1 ONGOING :  By the POWER OF GRAYSKULL, we have a new HE-MAN COMIC!! Yeah, NO ONE should be surprised that this is my pick of the week. Heck, even my profile photo is a picture of me next to one of my most FAVORITE characters in the world SHE-RA, who is one of the prominent characters in the Masters of the Universe realm. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1 picks up where the six-issue mini-series, as well as the digital-only issues,  left off in January!
Peace has once again returned to Eternia after the defeat of Skeletor and the return of He-Man and the Masters. But as is all too often true, peace is short lived. Eternia quickly finds itself under attack once again, this time from an outside invader: The Evil Horde! This issue introduces Despara, force Captain of the Evil Horde, who is a ruthless conqueror loyal to the evil Hordak, and much to my relief a RED-HEADED Teela. (My favorite Teela will ALWAYS be red-headed! No offense to blonde Teela.)
With a new story-line by writer Keith Giffen and beautiful artwork by Pop Mhan, I am TRULY looking forward to getting my hands on this new ongoing series!!



September 18, 2012 By: Seth Peagler Category: Uncategorized

Seth’s Pick :: Lobster Johnson: Caput Mortuum: This is one to read if you want a pure, simple pulp/adventure comic free from the bounds of extensive continuity and crossovers.  Yes, Lobster Johnson did initially appear in Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and B.P.R.D. stories, but you need not have read any of those to appreciate this entertaining character.  In particular, this issue from Mignola, writer John Arcudi (whose other new crime book The Creep also warrants a read), and artist Tonci Zonjic, who did a fantastic job on the Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand mini series.  This one shot features Lobster battling thugs on a zeppelin.  Like I said, simple, fun comics.



May 02, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: Guest List, HeroesCon, Indie Island, Uncategorized

Kalman Andrasofszky got his start doing illustration for roleplaying games. In 2003 Kalman co-created and illustrated the comic book series iCandy for DC. From there he has gone on to freelance extensively for Marvel, DC, Image Comics, Top Cow and BOOM! Studios. He’s produced art and covers for such titles as Spider-man, Action Comics, X-Men, Captain America, Dazzler, NYX, Tomb of Dracula, Checkmate, and GI Joe. He just finished a great run as cover artist on X-23 for Marvel.

Paul Azaceta has lent his gorgeous artwork to titles such as Amazing Spider-manB.P.R.D.: 1946, and Daredevil. He’s currently illustrating the genre-bending Graveyard of Empires with his Grounded collaborator, Mark Sable. Pick up that Grounded trade paperback if you see it, it’s good comics!

We’d like to welcome back our pal Ivan Brandon to HeroesCon, it’s been a while since he’s been able to attend the show and we’re happy to have him back! Ivan is a writer with a resume to be reckoned with! You know him from his work on NYC Mech, his 24Seven anthologies, Viking, and his recently completed run on Men of War. Look for his work on Wolverine #309 in July featuring art by our friend and HeroesCon guest Jason Latour!

Becky Cloonan had such a great time at her 1st HeroesCon last year (thanks to all you great fans!) that she had to come back! It’s pretty amazing how many comics she’s made since last year! Becky is currently working on Conan the Barbarian with Brian Wood, and just finished up some great B.P.R.D. coversHopefully she’ll have copies of her new comic The Mire (a follow-up to last year’s Wolves) at the show, get to her table early!

Patrick Dean and Robert Newsome are the organizers of Fluke, a mini-comic and zine show down in Athens Georgia. They’ll be here promoting that awesome show and selling their own minis and zines, so make sure you pay them a visit in Indie Island.

Josh Latta and Brad McGinty will also be hanging out in Indie Island. These are two of the funniest and most creative guys you will meet at our show. Make sure you stop by their tables and check out their great variety of hilarious and beautifully illustrated mini-comics. Non-Comics Bonus- Behold the genius of Brad McGinty!

Did you happen to see the most beautiful book of 2011, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand? Well the guy who adapted Tale of Sand into a lush treat for the eyes is Ramón Pérez and we’re happy to say he is coming to Charlotte for his first HeroesCon! Ramón is no rookie though, he’s been making great comic for years. Check out his webcomics, Kukuburi and ButternutSquash.

Drew Weing’s Set to Sea continues to attract new readers.  He is also known for his mini-comics and webcomics including BlarPup and The Journal Comic. He is an incredibly talented creator and we are thrilled to have him back in Indie Island for another year!


Avengers Movie Contest Winners Announced!

May 02, 2012 By: Karla Marsh Category: Contests, EVENTS, Uncategorized

Dedicated Avengers fan, and contest winner, Mike Powell as Captain America

Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find would like to congratulate Mike Powell and Michael Jolly, the winners of our “Avengers Movie Tickets” Contest!

Mike and Michael have each won two passes to see “The Avengers” at midnight on Thursday at Regal Cinemas Stonecrest, as well as an Avengers logo hat, movie poster and other movie memorabilia.

Mike and Michael, you will need to stop by Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, located at 1957 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, sometime today (Wednesday, May 2) or tomorrow (Thursday, May 3) to pick up your passes! If you can’t make it by the store, you can arrange to pick up your passes and prizes at Stonecrest on Thursday night at the Heroes table!

Just remember, your tickets will get you into the movie, but seating will still be on a first come basis. Be sure to get there a little early to make sure you and your guests get a good seat!


Contest winner, Michael Jolly, with his prizes.



HEROES DISCUSSION GROUP :: Carl Barks’ Donald Duck :: April 28th

April 04, 2012 By: Andy Mansell Category: Uncategorized

If you were to ask just about any longtime comic book fans to name the five greatest comic creators of all time, it is a fair bet that the name Carl Barks would appear just as often as any of the other comic greats– if not more.
Even if you’ve never read any of his Disney Duck stories, you are certainly familiar with his name and his reputation.
Please plan to join us on Saturday Afternoon April 28th at 1:00pm as we sit down enjoy a beverage or three and examine the Great Duck Man’s work with Donald Duck Lost in the Andesthe first volume of Fantagraphics Carl Barks Library Series.
The book contains 4 classic full length adventures (20 pages each), 9 short stories (10 pages each) and 7 single page gag selections.  The edition is annotated with an introduction and Story Notes from a number of Comic critics and Barks historians.
Topics will include:
  • How Barks juggles adventure and comedy in his stories
  • The character of Donald  Duck– how do we read him and his ever-changing motivations
  • Page layout– how Barks keeps the eye moving down the page and pauses just long enough for a chuckle before pushing the adventure forward.
  • How these stories work in an all ages format without sacrificing storytelling and characterization.
  • Are the stories timeless or do they reflect the era in which they were created 1948-49.
  • And much, much more!
I promise this– you are in for a real treat.  Donald Duck Lost in the Andes by Carl Barks is available from Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find for $24.99.  As always, we are offering the Heroes Discussion Group 10% discount–just remember to mention it to the clerk when you check out.
See you on Saturday April 28th!