Charlotte MiniCon is going to kick off 2013 with a bang! Along with the great guests we’ve already announced, artists Brian Stelfreeze (Before Watchmen, Shadow of the Bat, Domino) and Chris Brunner (Loose Ends, Legends of the Dark Knight, Hellblazer) will also be joining us on Sunday January 20th!
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Costume Contest: Come in costume for a chance to win prizes. Register on site to compete!
Door Prizes each hour!
This year’s MiniCon will be held at the Grady Cole Center, there is plenty of parking
but it isn’t free. Parking will be free!
JUSTIN’S FAVORITES OF 2012:
Favorite Super-hero Book of 2012: This may be a bit premature, but the Marvel NOW! relaunch of Captain America stands head and shoulders above any other new superhero book for me this year. It manages to be kitschy and modern all at once, a post-millennial nod to Jack Kirby’s near autonomous 1970s run that would surely send the King over the moon. I haven’t read a single issue of a comic book so many times this year; I think my current tally is closing in on a baker’s dozen. Rick Remender deserves a big ol’ hug. If he’d come to Heroes Con, he’d get one.
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KARLA’S PICK :: DR. MANHATTAN #2: If you’ve been following the new Before Watchmen series, you know that this is not just any prequel. The artist and writers working on these new titles are true fans of the characters they are bringing to life. That has never been more apparent than in the new Dr. Manhattan series by J. Michael Straczynski, John Higgins, and Adam Hughes. If you are a fan of Mr. Hughes’ artwork, this book will not disappoint. With Adam on covers and interiors, this book is not only captivating for its storytelling, but for its impeccable art as well. It’s a can’t miss for me.
What makes a good comic book is up for debate. Content-wise, there is no real consensus to be polled. But if the prevailing business model at the Big Two is any indication, good comic books come from the Big Event. There’s a definite thrill to seeing our humble little industry mentioned in grown up newspapers when editors pull stunts like guest-starring the President, but the constant barrage of reboot and crossover can also grow tiresome and desensitizing. It can leave an audience a little cold, especially after the initial buzz of the press release.
It almost goes without saying that no event straddled the gulf between content and concept quite like DC’s Before Watchmen. When the project was announced, the Interwebs lit up with endless flame wars about the merits of such an undertaking. The lines were drawn with a clarity and conviction that was palpable, even for the obsessive comic book fan. Now that DC has completed the roll-out last week with the first issue of Dr. Manhattan, here’s a bucket list of how the books measure up to their source material. (Note: the following views are the author’s own and do not represent Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, Inc. or any of its affiliates – ed.)
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DOUG’S PICK :: BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS #2: Jae Lee art! Jae Lee art! Jae Lee art! Need I say more? Ozymandias is the best of the Before Watchmen books and the closest in tone to the original series.