HeroesCon 2015 :: Spider-Gwen Panel w/ Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, & Rico Renzi

July 24, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, HeroesCon

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We’ve just posted another HeroesCon 2015 panel video! Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, and Rico Renzi talk Spider-Gwen with Joe Mochove and Rusty Rowley. Make sure you watch for the completely random “Mystery Questions” at the end! https://youtu.be/0KMOJ5AHMEE

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STAFF PICKS :: HEROESCON 2015 EXCLUSIVES

May 27, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: HeroesCon

staff_picksNo Staff Picks this week because we’ve been busy preparing for next month’s Heroes Convention! So we’re going to use this space to talk about some and tease a few of our HeroesCon Exclusives this week!
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Our HeroesCon exclusive Harrow County#1 variant cover by Jason Latour is available now by clicking the image above or simply stop by the store to grab your copy! Meet Jason along with series writer Cullen Bunn and artist Tyler Crook at HeroesCon June 19-21!

We’re stopping online sales of our Mike Zeck and John Beatty Secret Wars #1 variant so we’ll have plenty left for fans at HeroesCon!
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We also a few unannounced exclusives that we’ll be sharing fully very soon! You’ll need to be at HeroesCon on Friday for a few of these because they will probably be gone on Saturday!

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HEROES VIDEO :: SPIDER-GWEN INTERVIEW

March 19, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: EVENTS, Store Signings

Check out this live interview with the creators of Spider-Gwen! Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, and Rico Renzi talk about the creation of the character and more. If you missed the Spider-Gwen Release Party, don’t miss our next event!

If you couldn’t make it, 3 copies of our limited edition The Mary Janes (Married With Sea Monsters) Face It Tiger 7″ vinyl records are being¬†listed on ebay today. Happy bidding!¬†Click here to visit our store.

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SPIDER-GWEN RELEASE PARTY :: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH

February 19, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: EVENTS, Store Signings

PrintWe’ve been getting so many questions from excited Spider-Gwen fans coming to the Release Party! It’s almost here and we’ll¬†be your one-stop shop for all things Spider-Gwen. The entire creative team for Spider-Gwen #1 (and of course Edge of Spider-Verse #2) will be on hand¬†to sign everything you purchase here plus up to 5 items you’ve brought with you. CBCS: Comic Book Certification Service will be on site if you’d like to submit your book for grading and signature certification. Married With Sea Monsters will be performing their Mary Janes songs at intervals during the signing, and¬†along with Junior Astronomers¬†playing a full set at our After Party!

We’ll keep updating this page as new stuff comes up.

ITEMS FOR SALE:

  • Spider-Gwen #1 (This includes the regular cover, Heroes variant, Skottie Young variant, Anka 1:25 variant, Hughes 1:100¬†variant, and we’ll even have a few of the other store variants you’ve been seeing online right here for you!)
  • The Mary Janes – Face It Tiger 7″ white vinyl by Married With Sea Monsters
  • The Mary Janes tour shirt (Heroes exclusive magenta ink on black shirt)

SCHEDULE:

  • ¬†10am – Store opens!
    (All items will be on sale at this time. The 7″ vinyl and t-shirts are limited so make sure you get here early to snag those.)
  • If you are here for the signing please let us know and we will give you a numbered wristband that will let you¬†know your place in line once¬†the signing begins.
  • 1pm-5pm – Signing
  • 9pm – Store closes
  • 9pm – Spider-Gwen After Party at Snug Harbor doors open!
  • 10pm – Married With Sea Monsters performs!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  • Will Heroes exclusives be available online? If we have anything left after Saturday they will be here and here.
    Heroes Spider-Gwen #1  variant, signed copies and more available for pre-order here!
  • How many items can we get signed?¬†¬†Creators will sign up to 5 items not purchased on Saturday at Heroes. Also, you can get in line again to get 5 more items signed if time allows.
  • How much will comics, shirts, records cost? Spider-Gwen #1 regular cover – $3.99 Variant covers – ¬†Prices TBA¬†including some Release Party specials, Face It Tiger 7″ – $20, Mary Janes T-shirt – $20
  • How many comics, shirts, records can I buy? We reserve the right to limit quantities on any of the items we are selling at the Release Party.
  • How much is the After Party? $10 ticket includes admission to Snug Harbor to see full sets from Married With Sea Monsters and Junior Astronomers and a gig poster featuring Jason Latour Spider-Gwen art. Get tix here!
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STAFF PICKS :: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 :: SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

September 15, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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seth_staff_picksSETH’S PICK :: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2: When was the last time any of you saw somebody cosplay as a character who hasn’t even appeared in a published comic? I didn’t think that was even possible until now. Over the past few months I’ve seen more and more pictures of cosplayers bringing Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman to life. That character debuts in this week’s Edge of Spider-verse #2. So why have so many fans taken to this character so quickly?

I’m sure writer Jason Latour’s twist of putting Gwen in the Spidey outfit has something to do with it. People still love Gwen, and the thought of seeing her as a hero and not a victim is a good thing for comics. While Latour does provide some clever narrative skill in this issue, I think the bigger reason so many fans are looking forward to this issue is the brilliant design work of Robbi Rodriguez. Something obviously clicked in Robbi’s design and fans immediately responded, with cosplayers appearing as the character at multiple conventions around the country. I’d be remiss to not mention that my Heroes cohort Rico Renzi provides the fine color art in this issue. Rico and Robbi are frequent collaborators, and if you’ve seen their work on Vertigo’s FBP, you know they complement each other quite well. I’ve been fortunate to see the finished product, and all three guys should take a bow for crafting a wonderful single issue of comics. Don’t be at all surprised if we don’t see a Gwen Stacy: Spider-woman series after the inevitable success of this issue.¬†spiderverse

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HEROESCON 2014 GUEST LIST UPDATE :: FRANK CHO, TIM TRUMAN & MORE!

March 14, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: Guest List, HeroesCon

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3 straight weeks with HUGE HeroesCon 2014 Guest List updates?! Get used to it! Check out today’s update and please tell your friends about the show on Facebook and Twitter!  Tickets for Heroes Convention 2014 are on sale now!

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CREATORS! Artists Alley tables are still available but they are going fast! Reserve your space today!

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choFRANK CHO – Artist: Savage Wolverine, Avengers, Shanna, Liberty Meadows

DENNIS HOPELESS РWriter: Avengers Arena, Cable & X-Force, Avengers Undercover, The Answer!

MarquezDAVID MARQUEZ РArtist: Ultimate Spider-Man, All-New X-Men, Joyners in 3D

mayburyPAUL MAYBURY РArtist: Sovereign, Catalyst Comix, Aqua Leung, Marvel Strange Tales

reberBRIAN REBER РColorist: XO Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Unity, Batwing

rodriguezROBBI RODRIGUEZ РArtist: Federal Bureau of Physics, Frankie Get Your Gun, Uncanny X-Force

trumanTIMOTHY TRUMAN РArtist: Conan the Conqueror, Scout, Grimjack, Hawkworld, Jonah Hex, A Man Named Hawken

WachterDAVE WACHTER РArtist:  Breath of Bones: A Tale of The Golem, The Guns of Shadow Valley

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STAFF PICKS :: FBP TP VOL. 1 (AND MORE!) :: FEBRUARY 19, 2014

February 18, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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seth_smlSETH’S PICKS: This week I’m eschewing our regular Staff Pick formula of choosing a single book to spotlight in favor of picking three new books that should be on your radar. ¬†First up is the debut trade paperback of FBP. ¬†It features the interesting premise of science gone awry, which is brilliantly illustrated by Robbi Rodriguez and our own Rico Renzi. ¬†It’s also hard not to mention the work of Nathan Fox, who expertly matches the tone and style of the interior art with his always inventive covers. ¬†Even more than that, this first collection includes the title’s first seven issues for a mere $9.99!

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Next up is Undertow #1.  Aside from being yet another new Image debut issue (speculators ahoy!), this aquatic based series features Atlantis as a superpower, and plenty of pulpy adventure elements, which have been a regular source of comics joy for me in recent years.

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Finally, there’s the perfectly titled Loki: Ragnarok and Roll. ¬†This new series from Boom Studios offers a twist to the story of Odin banishing trickster god Loki to Earth. ¬†Rather than attempt conquest of the planet through violence and manipulation, in this series, Loki turns to the power of Rock and Roll. ¬†Cover artist Alexis Ziritt is a beast of an illustrator whose work you’re bound to be knowing more of soon. ¬†This favorite artist of the Heroes Con Drink and Draw is the perfect person to provide covers for this concept.boom_loki_001_a

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STAFF PICKS :: COLLIDER #1 :: JULY 31, 2013

July 29, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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seth_smlSETH’S PICK¬†:: COLLIDER #1: ¬†Many of you have heard that Vertigo is launching several new titles over the next few months. ¬†While this isn’t newsworthy in and of itself, what’s significant is that many of these new books bear little resemblance to the types of books Vertigo has produced in the past. ¬†Think less grim and gritty, and a little more colorful. ¬†Since it’s Vertigo, though, you can anticipate the same intelligent storytelling that you’ve come to expect. ¬†While Collider isn’t the first of these new series to hit shelves (100 Bullets: Brother Lono and American Vampire¬†are already out), it’s certainly the most obvious indicator of the publisher’s new direction.

Simon Oliver‘s thoughtful script deals with a scenario in which the concrete laws of physics we’ve all lived under start going haywire. ¬†Reading the first issue, I could tell Oliver had done considerable research, but still wisely made it a character-driven story. ¬†Oliver’s heady ideas are bolstered by the remarkable work of artist¬†Robbi Rodriguez. ¬†I’ve long been a fan of Robbi’s work, from Maintenance through his creator owned tour de force Frankie Get Your Gun. ¬†In the past, I’ve used cliches like ‘kinetic, dynamic, fluid’ to describe his work. ¬†Those words all still apply, but more than that, Collider reminded me of his strength as a storyteller. ¬†None of the panels are wasted, and even when the script calls for a fairly mundane scene (like that cabby at the end of the first issue), there’s life in them, and a moving forward of the story, even if just in the gradual change of a character’s expression.

The other half of the art team is Heroes’ own Rico Renzi. ¬†As with Loose Ends (his creator owned book with Jason Latour and Chris Brunner), ¬†here Rico reminds you how important coloring can be to a book. ¬†Like Loose Ends, Collider has its own defined palette, but one that is uniquely its own. ¬†Aside from looking unlike any other Vertigo book you’ve ever seen, the colors in Collider are executed in a way that makes sense in a story where the laws of physics are no longer what they were.

It would be a mistake if I didn’t also include a mention of Nathan Fox‘s cover art. ¬†It’s always frustrating when you see an incredible cover on a book where the interior art doesn’t remotely resemble it. ¬†Fox succeeds on Collider because he’s¬†creating pieces that fall right in line with the art and colors of the book’s creative team. ¬†Not only does Fox maintain the aesthetic tone established by Rodriguez and Renzi, but he expounds on it. ¬†On the first issue’s cover, you get an image that seamlessly fits into the story. ¬†From script to art and colors to cover, Collider signifies how good comics can be when you have a creative team moving together in a unified, focused manner. ¬†If Collider represents the new Vertigo, we’ll all be enjoying some quality new comics over the next year. collider

 

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HEROESCON 2013 GUEST LIST UPDATE :: TIM TOWNSEND! MING DOYLE! MARK MCHALEY! JOE QUINONES! & MORE!

January 10, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: Guest List, HeroesCon

While were pushing hard to get ready for the Charlotte MiniCon this month (register for your FREE pass here) we can’t forget about the big show coming up in June! We have a bunch of great guests to tell you about today! Get your HeroesCon 2013 tickets here, don’t miss the fun!

Please give a warm welcome back to Ming Doyle! Ming combines science fiction, super powers and sports in her new miniseries Mara (with Brian Wood) and we are happy she is returning to HeroesCon this year!


Tom Fleming is a talented painter who has worked on titles such as KULL, Elektra, Vampirella, Heavy Metal, Magic: The Gathering and many more!

Artist Tom Lyle is also returning to HeroesCon 2013.  Tom has illustrated numerous books like Spider-man, Robin,Punisher and Batman.  He’s also an instructor at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)!

Mark McHaley began his career when he was just 19 years old and since then he has illustrated for countless companies. Recently has done a wide array of sketch cards including DC Universe: Legacy, Indiana Jones: Heritage, Star Wars Galaxy 5 and Lord of the Rings: Masterpieces II. Check out his website for more!

Joe Quinones is well, I’m just going to let the beautiful Captain Marvel cover below do the talking. Geez Joe!


Robbi Rodriguez has self published 2 volumes of his acid western comic Frankie Get Your Gun and is working on the 3rd now. His first comics work was 2004’s Hero Camp followed by Image titles which include Night Club, 24seven vol.2 and Hazed. He also illustrated Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen and the Harvey nominated series Maintenance, published by Oni Press. Look for his new monthly series Collider from Vertigo later this year!

Tony Shasteen was the illustrator behind the Burn Notice graphic novel for DC Comics and USA Network, the Talisman graphic novel, co-written by Stephen King and Peter Straub, and 12 Gauge/Image Comic’s The Occult Crimes Taskforce (the O.C.T.), co-created by David Atchison and Rosario Dawson.

Tim Townsend pleased our eyes with his¬†immaculate¬†inks on Chris Bachalo’s Wolverine and the X-Men art in 2012 and this year he’s¬†on Marvels big re-launch of Uncanny X-Men with Bendis and Bachalo. He’s been inking Marvel Comics for 20 years, stop by and wish him a happy anniversary!


Maris Wicks wowed us a few years ago with her beautiful Yes, Let’s comic and has continued to show that she is comfortable with all aspects of comic storytelling. From doing covers for Bravest Warriors and Adventure Time to writing scripts for Spongebob Comics. Check out her blog for more great drawings of your favorite superheroes as you’ve never seen them before!
Kubert School grad¬†Thom Zahler’s Love and Capes series is a fan favorite.¬†He has won awards for both his graphic design and illustration work. He is also a recurring presence on Cleveland broadcast media, both television and radio. He recently made the jump to the national spotlight as a contestant on the syndicated version of ‚ÄúWho Wants To Be a Millionaire?‚ÄĚ where he won $32,000. He could have gone farther, but he didn‚Äôt know who the heck Charles Goren was.

 


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