HEATHER’S PICK :: RUNAWAYS #2: I missed out on picking Runaways #1 since it came out the week of HeroesCon and things were just a little bit busy around here. I didn’t even have a chance to glance at the issue until the Monday after HeroesCon. I did have a chance for an all too brief chat with artist, Sanford Greene and was a little dismayed to learn that Molly Hayes was the only original Runaway to be appearing in the new series. I didn’t exclaim out loud what I was thinking which was “No Arsenic and Old Lace?!?”. (Seriously find a way to work Old Lace into the new story and I will love you forever.)
After reading the dinosaur free first issue, I found myself intrigued and I would be entirely remiss not to pick the second issue. The premise of the Battleworld Runaways is a school for the “gifted” set up by Dr. Doom. Joining Molly are some familiar (to me) faces, Jubilee, Pixie, Cloak and Dagger, and even Bucky Barnes as a hall monitor! Issue two’s final exam for the freshmen class seems to be setting up the rebellion against authority that features in the original series. Written by Noelle Stevenson (of Lumberjanes-have you read Lumberjanes, yet?!?) and drawn by the aforementioned Greene, this is one Battleworld story that will be on my pull list!
Psssssss: if you love Old Lace as much as I do, be sure to pick up Runaways The Complete Collection Volume 4 that came out last week.
Lee Weeks, a favorite of fans and peers alike will be joining us for the Charlotte MiniCon on Sunday, January 20, 2013! If you haven’t met Lee you’re in for a treat. The only thing better than his great renditions of your favorite heroes is his warm personality!
Complete 2013 Charlotte MiniCon Guest List (so far):
- Rich Barrett
- Chris Brunner
- J. Chris Campbell
- Rich Case
- Sanford Greene
- Chris Hamer
- Dustin Harbin
- Cassie Hart Kelly
- Tom King
- Jason Latour
- Lost Story Studios (Brockton McKinney & Bo Fader)
- Kevin Mellon
- Don Monroe
- Drew Moss
- Eraklis Petmezas
- Jay Potts
- Buddy Prince
- Budd Root
- Andy Smith
- Matthew D. Smith
- Spandex Splinters
- Brian Stelfreeze
- Rob Ullman
- Lee Weeks
- John Wycough
Charlotte MiniCon takes place on January 20, 2013 at the Grady Cole Center. There will be lots of free parking*
Like our Facebook page and register at Eventbrite for FREE admission to the show! We are lending our support to two great charities, The American Red Cross and Second Harvest Food Bank and encourage you to donate to them on the day of the show as representatives will be in attendance. We plan to have MiniCon exclusive gifts to encourage and reward your generosity.
HEATHER’S PICK :: ROTTEN APPLE: Creators Sanford Greene and Chuck Brown describe this comic as a “Cannonball Run-style race for a mystical relic” and I am pretty much sold on the concept. Add to that premise that the art is done by almost local, Sanford Greene and I am now completely sold. In the city of Rotten Apple, San Gee is hired by a religious group to find the Bleeding Rock, a sacred relic, but she’s not the only one looking for it. An interesting and visually stimulating tale is sure to be spun as our heroine races to complete her job and beat all the others to this priceless possession. Make sure this one-shot collecting the Rotten Apple stories from Dark Horse Presents #2-#5 is on your list this week!
Happy Halloween! We have some not-so-scary news for you! Charlotte MiniCon 2013 will be taking place on Sunday, January 20, 2013. This year we bid a fond farewell to the cozy Palmer Building and instead will be holding the show at the Grady Cole Center. This means more space, more creators and more exhibitors!
A few of our friends have already let us know they’ll be joining us at this year’s MiniCon, among them are J Chris Campbell, Sanford Greene, Kevin Mellon, Andy Smith, and Rob Ullman! We have many more guests to announce in the coming weeks! This will be our biggest and best MiniCon yet!
If you’d like to exhibit at this year’s MiniCon please give us a call!
It looks like departments stores are already setting up their Christmas displays so it’s not too early for me to remind you that Heroes is a great place to do some Christmas shopping while you’re picking up your own comics. From an excellent All Ages section to art books to comic strip collections, there’s something for everyone on your list. There’s also the annual Holiday Sale for the bargain hunters among us. Keep an eye on the blog for that announcement.
Avengers #1 and #2: Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena take on an expanded Avengers roster as the team entered the Marvel NOW! era. This title will be shipping twice a month and the preview art is stunning. (Marvel Previews, pages 4-8)
Amazing Spider-Man #700: While new titles are launching in the Marvel-verse, this long running Spider-Man series is coming to an end. It’s ending in a big way with 104 pages and some great covers, including a variant with the names of the creators who have worked on the book appearing in the city skyline. (Marvel Previews, pages 47-50)
Monsters, Inc. #1: Marvel is bringing another hit Disney movie into comics with this adaption of Monsters, Inc. in a mini-series that follows the adventures of a human girl who has sneaked into Monstropolis. (Marvel Previews, page 67)
Hellboy in Hell #1: Mike Mignola returns to both writing and drawing duties as we join Hellboy after his sacrifice in Great Britain landed him in hell with both familiar faces and a throne that have been awaiting his arrival. (pages 31-33)
Rotten Apple: Heroes regular, Sanford Greene, teams with writer Chuck Brown on a hunt for a priceless relic in the dystopian city of Rotten Apple. (page 50)
Django Unchained #1 and #2: Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie hits comics as an adaption of his full screenplay that tells the story of a dentist turned bounty hunter and his partner a newly freed slave. If that’s not enough, the art for the series is provided by Scalped‘s R.M. Guera and Charlotte’s own Jason Latour. (page 137)
Sweet Tooth #40: The journey of Gus comes to an end in this final issue of Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed series. (page 143)
Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition New Printing: If you missed out on the first printing of this beautiful artist’s edition, never fear, just in time for the holidays a new printing is available. (page 173)
MARA #1: Brian Wood and Ming Doyle tell the story of Mara Prince, a celebrity athlete with supernatural abilities that is now famous for all the wrong reasons. Ming’s art is gorgeous and in Brian’s hands this is sure to be an interesting tale. (pages 182-184)
Chew volume 6: Space Cakes TP : I’ve been reading Chew in trade and I am ecstatic that a new volume awaits me in December. Collecting issues 26-30, plus the amazing Secret Agent Poyo one-shot, this trade is sure to make the Chew fan in your life have a very happy holidays indeed. (page 203)
Love and Rockets: The Covers: Fantagraphics has collected over 150 covers from Los Bros. Hernandez and brought them together in one glorious oversized art book for our viewing pleasure. The covers are almost exclusively presented without cover logos or texts (page 296)
Mermin volume 1: Out of Water: Don’t miss the full color hardcover of the adventures of Mermin the Merman and his human friends after he washes ashore following his escape from the underwater kingdom of Mer. Originally published by Joey Weiser in mini-comics, this new collection is sure to please comic fans of all ages. (pages 306-307)
Get a head start on holiday shopping with this month’s Previews order and don’t forget to throw in a little something for yourself!