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June 06, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: Comics Industry, DISCUSS, EVENTS, Guest List, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, HeroesCon, HeroesCon Art Auction, HeroesCon News, Indie Island, NEWS, Now Read This!, QuickDraw, Schedule, Special Offers, This Just In

Watterson - Team Cul De Sac

This year HeroesCon is proud to display the first published comic strip art from Bill Watterson in nearly twenty years! Watterson completed his inimitable Calvin and Hobbes strip in 1995, and has since remained largely private in his life and art. If you happened to read Stephan Pastis popular Pearls Before Swine strip this week, you may have noticed that Pastis employed a guest artist, billed as a second grade girl named Libby, to help him with three strips. Astute readers speculated about the true identity of the guest artist, and today the Washington Post revealed it to be none other than the legendary Bill Watterson!

In conjunction with¬†Chris Sparks¬†and Team Cul de Sac, we are happy to be bringing all three Watterson and Pastis strips to Charlotte to display at HeroesCon, June 20¬†through 22¬†at the Charlotte Convention Center. The art will be displayed on the convention floor all weekend, at our Drink and Draw event on Friday night, and at Saturday night’s Art Auction. ¬†¬†We’ll also be hosting a panel on Friday, June 20 where fans will get to hear the story of how this remarkable art was produced, how it came to be featured in Charlotte, and the part that¬†Cul de Sac¬†cartoonist¬†Richard Thompson¬†plays in all of it.

The three strips produced by Watterson and Pastis will be auctioned off in the coming months, with all proceeds from the sale going to the¬†Michael J. Fox Foundation¬†for Parkinson’s Research. This charity works closely with our good friends at Team Cul de Sac, for whom we host our annual HeroesCon Drink and Draw charity event. More specifics regarding the auction of these pieces will be available at HeroesCon, here on our site¬†and at Team Cul de Sac‘s page in the coming weeks.

HeroesCon is the only place anyone will be able to see the rare Watterson and Pastis original art in person before they are auctioned off. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for comic and art fans across the country, and we are humbled and honored to be bringing it to Charlotte.

HeroesCon takes place June 20 – 22 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The Bill Watterson and Cul de Sac panel takes place Friday, June 20 at 5:30 at the convention center.


The HeroesCon Drink and Draw event takes place on Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hilton Center City atrium. HeroesCon’s first Drink and Draw event was in 2011, modeled after the Drink and Draw Social Club founded by comic artists Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian and Jeff Johnson. That event and every one since has raised money for Team Cul de Sac, the organization founded in honor of Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson that raises money and awareness for Parkinson’s Research.

The HeroesCon Art Auction will take place on Saturday, June 21 at 8 p.m. in the Providence Ballroom at the Westin.

For more information on all things HeroesCon, stayed tuned to If you have any questions regarding the Watterson and Pastis exhibit in Charlotte, contact Seth Peagler at¬†or through the Heroes store at 704.375.7462. Additionally, you can contact Team Cul de Sac’s Chris Sparks at for further information.






June 04, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: Feast Your Eyes, Guest List, HeroesCon, Schedule

Our pal Francesco Francavilla is coming to HeroesCon this weekend and he’s bringing Mondo with him!! Want to know how you can get a Black Beetle screen print available only at HeroesCon? Here’s the skinny:

Mondo is pleased to announce a screen print based on the comic book The Black Beetle by comic artist and creator Francesco Francavilla.

TITLE: The Black Beetle
ARITST: Francesco Francavilla
SIZE: 24″ x 36″
EDITION: 225 (regular), 110 (variant)
PRICE: $55 (regular), $75 (variant)

The variant will be sold this weekend at HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC on Saturday (June 8), where Francesco Francavilla will sign copies in person.

Black Beetle HeroesCon Variant

Follow  @f_francavilla and @MondoNews for the exact sale time and location.

The regular will be sold online at a future date on  Follow @MondoNews for updates.
The Black Beetle is centered on a pulp-noir character and takes place in a fictional universe that‚Äôs based in Colt City. The character debuted on the pages of Pulp¬†Sunday, Francesco Francavilla’s blog devoted to all things pulp, and had a brief life as webcomic before stepping in the print world with an ashcan first, and on the pages of Dark Horse Presents anthology later. Francesco quickly realized that many fans were interested in exploring this world with him, so soon after the short run in DHP, a new 4-issue mini – titled “NO WAY OUT” – was released. The first 2 issues have sold out and have required DH to go back to press for a second printing.

With issue 4 coming out next week and with the first hardcover volume – also titled “NO WAY OUT” – available for pre-orders right now, there is no better time to jump on board of the fantastic adventures of¬†The Black Beetle.

Black Beetle Regular Edition

The Black Beetle is a Detective/Vigilante SuperHero ‚Äď His mission is to fight crime in Colt City. We don‚Äôt know who he is, not yet anyway. We do know that he has access to some advantaged technology and that he is patrolling the city streets and protecting the citizens the best he can. He is ‚Äďafter all- one man. Colt City is a fictional city set in the late ‚Äė40s America on the East Coast and has a very ‚Äúpulp‚ÄĚ vibe to the city‚Äôs depiction and inhabitants.

Commenting on his collaboration with Mondo, Francavilla said, “I’ve been a huge fan of Mondo for a while, and I’ve recently become one of their poster artists (which brings me joy all the time), so you can ¬†only imagine how happy I was when I heard that they were a big fan of my creation,¬†The Black Beetle. From there it didn’t take too long to get to the poster you see here. Hopefully it’s just the first of many. Hope you guys enjoy the poster and consider jumping on the books as well: they are what comics should be: 100% entertainment and FUN! Thanks again, Mondo, for making this happen.”

Francesco official website:
The Black Beetle official blog:
Pulp Sunday blog:

About Mondo
Mondo is an art gallery and online store devoted to a passionate love of film, art and music. The company has received global recognition for bringing art back to movie poster design and has emerged as one of the leading curators of classic and contemporary film soundtracks on vinyl. Utilizing the talents of world-class artists and designers, Mondo produces limited edition, screen printed posters based on film, television and comic properties, working with companies like DC Comics, HBO, Marvel, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios and Walt Disney Studios as well as filmmakers including Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo Del Toro, Zack Synder, Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright. Based in Austin, TX, Mondo operates out of a permanent gallery space that hosts regular exhibitions featuring a blend of breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints. Mondo is also recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a full archive of film posters as part of their research library. The parent company of Mondo is Alamo Drafthouse.


May 30, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, NEWS, Schedule

If you’re attending HeroesCon next weekend, we want to remind you of what has become one of the highlights of recent year’s cons – our Drink and Draw event.¬† Inspired by the original Drink and Draw Social Club (founded by Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian and Jeff Johnson), this is a laid back event where anyone can sit down, have a drink, and create art alongside countless comic artists and fans.¬† The great thing about the Heroes’ Drink and Draw is that much of the professional art produced is auctioned off that night at the event itself,¬†with all the proceeds going to charity.¬†¬†Amateur artists¬†can also enter their work into art contests that night, with the possibility of winning art supplies and products from our friends at Jerry’s Artarama, Prismacolor, and Artograph.

For the third year in a row we are happy to be donating all of the proceeds to Team Cul de Sac, a fantastic group that raises money and awareness for Parkinson’s research.¬† The Heroes family became aware of this organization when our friend Richard Thompson (the brilliant cartoonist behind the critically acclaimed Cul de Sac strip) was diagnosed with the disease.

Team Cul de Sac’s founder¬†Chris Sparks has assured me that he’s bringing some incredible items to auction off at the Drink and Draw and throughout the con, including gems like an Art Spiegelman signed/sketched copy of Maus and Bill Watterson signed editions of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes and the Team Cul de Sac book. He’ll also be bringing original art from the likes of¬†Mark Tatulli (Lio),¬†Patrick McDonnell (Mutts),¬†Jim Borgman (Zits) and more to auction Friday night.¬† Bidding on the signed/sketched Maus edition will take place all day on Friday at Team Cul de Sac’s table, and resume and conclude at Drink and Draw.¬† Similarly, you can bid on the signed Complete Calvin and Hobbes at Team Cul de Sac’s table,¬†with bidding concluding¬†at our annual Art Auction that night. ¬†These are truly rare items, and HeroesCon might be your only opportunity to pick them up.

This year’s Drink and Draw will be at a new location, the Hilton Charlotte Center City. ¬†As with past years, the event kicks off on Friday at 7:30 and lasts until there’s no one left drawing. ¬†In addition to being one of our host hotels, the Hilton is close to the Convention Center (at 222 E. 3rd St.), and has spacious indoor and outdoor bars that will make this year’s Drink and Draw our largest to date.¬† Another new element at this year’s event will be live music provided by Jack the Radio.¬† They’re a Southern-Indie band from Raleigh comprised of several comic fans and artists, and we know they’ll add¬†to the experience.

The Drink and Draw event hearkens back to HeroesCon’s long tradition of charitable involvement.¬† If you attended the Con in past years, you might remember the numerous blood drives and work with the Firefighters Burned Children Fund.¬† ¬†The Drink and Draw offers everyone who comes to the Con an opportunity to kick back and create¬†some¬†art in a fun atmosphere.¬† Make it a point to be at the Drink and Draw, pick up one of these remarkable pieces, enjoy the comics community at large, and most importantly, raise money for¬†a worthy cause.



HEROESCON 2012 :: I’d like to Thank the Academy…

July 02, 2012 By: Andy Mansell Category: HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, Interviews, Schedule

but before I do, I really need to say something and then thank some folks individually.
First of all– we did it. ¬†70 panels!! Some scoffed, some laughed, some pitied, some checked to see if my medication was current–some did all four but I can confidently say that we offered something for everyone.–and our moderators, panelists, volunteers and¬†audience members all delivered! My thanks in no particular order:
  • To Laura Martin and Val Staples for taking a techno-disaster and turning the Coloring Panel into a fascinating hour and a half for all the attendees who stuck it out!
  • Special thanks must go out to Becky Cloonan, Francesco Francavilla, Roger Langridge, Scott Snyder, Steve Saffel and Mike Mignola for each agreeing to appear on so many panels. ¬†Thank you all for giving so selflessly of your time!
  • To my all-star moderators– DapperDoug(the¬†M¬†is silent)Merkle, SNAPS!, Dustin Harbin,¬†our Mod RookiesSeth Peagler & Heather Peagler from Exile on Plain Street and Not so DapperJason (Stone Ground) Wheatley,¬†¬†and of course our out of town internet ringers–Mike Eury (Back Issue), Jimmy¬†Aquino (Comic News Insider), Chad Bowers (Awesome Hospital), Tim Callahan (Genius Boy Firemelon), Cap Blackard (Consequence of Sound), B. Clay Moore,¬†Heidi MacDonald from¬†The Beat and Johanna Draper Carlson from¬†Comics Worth Reading.

Chris Pitzer, Pants, & Scott C.

  • To all the concerned innocent by-standers and convention-goers who offered assistance because they were convinced I was having some kind of psychotic episode. ¬†(Typical weekend joke: How can you locate Andy on the Con floor? ¬†Just find the area directly below the circling vultures)
  • To my brain trust of Craig Fisher, Chris Schweizer, Mike Kobre and Steve Saffel and that intense hour that was the Comics Canon Panel. ¬†Who’d of thought a hoard of agitated librarians would make such a rabble-rousing lynch-mob/panel audience. ¬†We must do that again next year!!
  • To Jaime Hernandez for providing two of the best hours I’ve ever spent discussing comics. The man is as eloquent and entertaining as he is a great artist. ¬†I am certain we could have stayed and listened to him of another two hours¬†at least.
  • To Ben Towles and Craig Fisher the brains behind the brilliant¬†1982 mega-panel. ¬†Every year they impress. ¬†And thanks for letting me prattle on about¬†Master¬†of Kung¬†Fu. ¬†what a comic! what a panel! what complimenting!
  • To Jere Thomas and his WTVI posse for helping to make this special weekend even more special. ¬†Sorry I was unable to make¬†our post-con interview– the spirit was willing but the flesh (my tendon in particular) was weak.
  • To¬†¬†Michaele¬†Autry and¬†Trey¬†Alexander for organizing an art auction for the ages that left us all gasping and spending! ¬†I still say that Frankenstein water color by Bill Sienkiewicz was the best piece!
  • To the entire Heroes staff and volunteers (and especially Shelley¬†(Conun) Drum!!) for keeping the Stan Lee situation under control. ¬†Truly you all showed Grace under¬†Pressure. ¬†This all culminated in our great¬†Stan Lee Panel Row Shuffling Incident (as it would come to be called)¬†that you had to see to believe.

The Unflappable ‚ĄĘ Adam Daughhetee

But most of all…¬†I must thank THE PANEL DREAM TEAM: (Valiant) Val Staples!, Kate (Indivisible) Nation, Matt Tyree, Lauren Dillard, Pants, Emily Joyner and the Unflappable ‚ĄĘ¬†Adam¬†Daughhetee, Shawn¬†Daughhetee, ¬†Devin Bannen and that Ted Tarver person.
You made¬†everything work. ¬†I can’t thank you enough.
And thank you all for laughing at the same 10 jokes over and over and over–next year– 10 all new jokes, I promise!
And our utility infielder Professor John Larison of SCAD take a bow!
And of course-
Rico Renzi, Karla Marsh and Shelton Drum for having faith that we could tame that 70 panel gorilla. ¬†Rico your leadership skills are amazing. ¬†And Shelton— here’s to 30 more! ¬†I can hardly wait!


June 20, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: Guest List, HeroesCon, Schedule

Due to a great response from his fans, Stan Lee has extended his HeroesCon visit again! Not only are there more opportunities for fans to meet Stan now, he will be giving another talk on Sunday now! Here is Stan’s slightly modified signing schedule with 2 chances to see him on a panel in one weekend! Get your True Believer passes now, only a few hours left to¬†purchase¬†advance¬†passes!


  • 9:30 AM – VIP photo session (advance pass and all VIP in 30 min prior to public)
  • 11:30 AM – VIP autograph session
  • 2:00 PM – Regular photo session
  • 3:30 PM – Regular Autograph session
  • 5:00 PM – “An Hour With Stan Lee” Panel
  • 6:00 PM – Convention closes


  • 10:00 AM – Photos (VIP pass holders in 1 hour prior to public to be in Stan Lee line only.)
  • 11:30 AM – Autographs
  • 1:00 PM – ¬†Photos
  • 3:00 PM “Stan Speaks” Panel
  • 4:00 PM Autographs



HEROESCON 2012 :: STAN LEE’S Signing & Photo Schedule!

June 18, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: Guest List, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, Schedule


Because YOU demanded it, and because you sent a million emails to both us and Stan asking for it, Stan Lee will be extending his stay at HeroesCon until Sunday afternoon!

That’s right! The response to the True¬†Believer pass was so strong that Stan didn’t want to disappoint anyone that wanted to meet him and get an autograph or a photo taken with him! All VIP pass holders will have 2 days of opportunity to meet Stan “The Man” Lee!

Below is the full signing and photo schedule. If you were thinking about getting a True Believer pass, do it now. They are still on sale, but obviously for a limited time!


  • 9:30 AM – VIP photo session (advance pass and all VIP in 30 min prior to public)
  • 11:30 AM – VIP autograph session
  • 2:00 PM – Regular photo session
  • 3:30 PM – Regular Autograph session
  • 5:00 PM – “An Hour With Stan Lee” Panel
  • 6:00 PM – Convention closes


  • 10:00 AM – Photos (VIP pass holders in 1 hour prior to public to be in Stan Lee line only.)
  • 11:30 AM – Autographs
  • 1:00 PM – ¬†Autographs


May 31, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, Schedule

Thanks to the great response we¬†received¬†from you guys, we are going to have our first HeroesCon Fun Run this year! Join us Saturday morning on June 23rd for exercise, friends, and fun! We’ll be meeting outside The Westin, Stonewall St side ¬†at 7:00 AM. We’ll be accepting donations (after we cover printing costs) on behalf of the¬†Hairy Cell Leukemia Research Foundation to fund research into the causes, diagnoses, and treatment of hairy cell leukemia, the disease that took the life of the great Dave Stevens. For your donation you will¬†receive¬†a HeroesCon Fun Run shirt with art by Eric Canete! Eric has even offered to do portfolio reviews for any aspiring artists willing to run, details here!

You don’t need to make a donation to run, but we sure would appreciate it and so would the foundation. You also don’t need to run to donate or get the shirt! Shirts will be available for pre-order for a VERY limited time (we need to get them to press!) So get your orders now! We will do a very small overprint of a few sizes to have the day of the run. We will not be shipping shirts, they will only be available the morning of the run! Thank you! Your generosity is appreciated!


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May 28, 2011 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Guest List, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, Indie Island, Schedule, Special Offers

Last chance for Advance 3-Day passes to HeroesCon 2011 that is! HeroesCon 2011 starts in 5 days! The deadline for¬†purchasing¬†these will be Tuesday, May 31 at 9:00 PM EST. Advance 3-Day passes entitle you to early entry every day of the convention (at our discretion). Every year we also give an signed and numbered print to advance pass holders and this year is no different! The 2011 incentive print features art by master of the macabre, Bernie Wrightson! Feast your peepers on a teaser of the art for this year’s print above. NOTE: ¬†Prints are not guaranteed to be ready for pickup until possibly Friday evening or Saturday as Bernie has to sign over a 1000 of these bad boys when he gets into town. So, if you see Bernie, just say thank you and go easy on the handshakes!

In other convention news, we are working round the clock to get all of our small press listings up on the site and ready for our program books. Thank you for your patience! We are a small staff running a BIG convention and we are going to make sure everyone that attends the show this year has the time of their lives!

Table assignments for professionals, Indie Island and exhibitors are now up on the site, check them out!¬†We can’t wait to see you all in just a few days!




May 26, 2011 By: Rico Renzi Category: HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, Schedule

Plan your weekend at HeroesCon, our complete event schedule has been posted!


HEROESCON :: UPDATES :: Exhibitor Locations, Schedule, More!

May 28, 2010 By: Dustin Harbin Category: Guest List, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, NEWS, Schedule

Super crazy INSANE late night last night finishing the program book for this year’s HeroesCon, and thus finalizing all the little bits and pieces that go into it. The good thing about that is that all those little bits and pieces are finally finalized, including these guys:





hmm, is there anything else? Well just to remind you that you need to buy


on or before Monday, May 31, if you want to get one of these exclusive signed and numbered 11″ x 17″ prints by Mike Mignola F-R-E-E. That is cheap at twice the price, sports fans, just look at this beauty: