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FRIDAY

2:00 pm
Room 209
CONVENTION FAQ
Join JAMES KENNEDY and COURTNEY FLANAGAN as they provide the ins-and-outs and common-sense techniques to get the most out of your convention weekend. Topics include: Budgeting,
Planning your days by the convention schedule, how to engage an artist for commissions, Packing for the weekend and even Cosplay dos and don’ts. Why didn’t we think of this earlier?

2:30 pm
Room 203B
QuickDraw—A HeroesCon tradition.
We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and all your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories: 0-10, 11-15, and 16 to 99. The Quick-draw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! Be there! Pencil purloiners will be persecuted persistently.

2:30 pm
Room 206
So, you wanna make WEB COMICS?
Ever thought about creating your own web-comic? Do you have a ton of ideas but no clue where to start? Can you draw but not write? Can you write but not draw? Are you just curious? Join TEAM KAMIKAZE (Alan Tupper) to learn what it takes to turn your concept into a reality! An educational walk through the process of comic creation, branding, building an audience and more! Q&A to follow.

2:30 pm
Room 208A
ALL AGES PANEL TURNS 36!
There are young fans out there who has always wanted to speak to the creators of some of their favorite comics Well now’s their chance! Join DAN PARENT, BEN SEARS, CHRIS GIARUSSO to get the inside scoop on all things all ages! Moderated by CHRIS BRENNEMAN (Heroes’ designated grown-up)

3:00 pm
Room 207CD
THE ILLUSTRIOUS GENTLEMEN PODCAST-LIVE FROM HEROES!
The Illustrious Gentlemen are SCOTT GODLEWSKI and RYAN CODY, two professional comic book artists who get together each week and share a drink and talk about life, pop culture, comics and more! Listen to every episode on your favorite pod-catcher site or at www.tigshow.com. This panel is a “must attend” event, and features special guest and fan favorite, DECLAN SHALVEY (Deadpool).

3:00 pm
Room 208B
BATMAN FAMILY
Dollar Bin Productions’ ADAM DAUGHHETEE talks about the crime rate in Gotham City and viewpoints about criminal justice with CULLY HAMNER, JOELLE JONES, LEE WEEKS, and BEN CALDWELL.

3:30 pm
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP I: TRADITIONAL AND DIGITAL INKING TECHNIQUES
Discover how to use the tools of the inking trade in this hands-on workshop!
Participants will be instructed by author/artist and educator John Paul Lowe on the proper use, handling, and care of traditional tools. Digital pens and brushes, and how to manipulate them will also be demonstrated. Suggested tools: dip pen nib(s) and holder, ink, brush(es), and a container for water. Recommended tools: French curves, metal ruler, Bristol board, paper towels.

4:00 pm
Room 203A
COLOR STORYTELLING—IT’S A PRISM BREAK!!!
DEAN TRIPPE examines the color of the comic as a storytelling device with such stalwarts as NICK FILARDI, MICHAEL GARLAND, ADAM GUZOWSKI, NAYOUNG KIM, MATT WILSON, and CARLOS ZAMUDIO.

4:00 pm
Room 203B
KIDS!!!--LEARN TO DRAW STAR WARS CHARACTERS
Star Wars Insider’s JAMIE COSLEY will show the kids (and adults too!) how to draw Star Wars characters!! Learn how to draw Ewoks and BB8’s and Yodas and maybe even a Stormtrooper!

4:00 pm
Room 206
MAKING MINI-COMICS
YA author & illustrator LAURA LEE GULLEDGE walks you thru her process for making graphic novels while sharing original art and video shorts. She will then demonstrate the process by working with the audience to develop a crowd-sourced character and write a six-panel story—DRAWING LIVE! Guests walk away with inspiring handouts to create their own mini-comics!!!

4:00 pm
Room 207AB
MAGIC REALISM IN THE COMICS
JOE RAUCH sits down with BRIDGIT CONNELL, KYLE STARKS, MATTHEW ROBERTS, and KATIE SKELLY to discuss the way these creators give us worlds that are almost like our own, but also, a bit special, a bit different, a bit daring, a bit dangerous with plenty of sub-text to spare! Don’t miss this panel!

4:00 pm
Room 208A
DEADLINE HEROES (with stars in their eyes!)
They need it fast, they need it good, regardless which property, regardless which characters, these pros get it done and make it special, again, again and again. DollarBin’s ADAM DAUGHHETEE sits down with AL MILGROM, WILFREDO TORRES, and CARY NORD to find out how they do it!

4:30 pm
Room 208B
BETWEEN PEN AND PIXEL
Digital technology has transformed the experience of reading books. Is the book dead, or is it just changing into something else? Comics can help us answer that question. AARON KASHTAN talks with MATT KINDT, DEREK ROYAL, ANDREW KUNKA and CRAIG FISCHER about his new book Between Pen and Pixel: Comics, Materiality and the Book of the Future, which explores what comics can tell us about the future of the book as an art and an industry.

5:00 pm
Room 209
INKWELL AWARDS
Celebrate 8 years of recognizing and awarding comicdom’s finest inkers at Heroes Con with the Inkwell Awards at their live, annual awards ceremony on Friday the 15th at 5pm in rooms 209-210, where they will be commemorating their 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY (2008-2018)!
Joining our host Bob Almond and 2 hostess Ms. Inkwell spokesmodels Hailey & Kathy
GUEST OF HONOR MIKE ROYER!
And our Presenter DAN PANOSIAN! Lifetime Achievement Presenter PAT BRODERICK! Surprise creator guests! See the live results of who was chosen on last April’s ballot as your favorite 2017 comic book ink artists! Who will enter the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame? Witness the launch of the Above & Beyond Awards! And the FIRST 25 non-member/non-award recipient ATTENDEES will win a DOORPRIZE of signed original art and/or prints in a post-ceremony giveaway! Please join us!

5:30 pm
Room 203A
INSPIRATIONS
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) moderates a motivational panel on what inspires cartoonists. Come see and hear MONICA GALLAGHER (Assassin Roommate, Ghost Friends Forever), MEGAN LEVENS (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10, Star Trek: Boldly Go), TINI HOWARD (Assassinistas!) and KATIE SKELLY (My Pretty Vampire) talk about what inspires them to create. Thoughts on art, music, literature, TV/film, pop culture and more and how it helps them along in their creative endeavors. Come discover some new things to inspire you and maybe even share your own!

5:30 pm
Room 206
TEACHING COMICS SERIES: WHY DIVERSITY MATTERS
Comics are becoming more and more diverse in theme and subject matter. Audiences are changing as a reflection of this diversity. Does this mean that curriculums and courses need to adapt to this shift? Join our panelists, STACEY ROBINSON and LAURA LEE GULLEDGE, and our moderator, SHAWN DAUGHHETEE as we discuss the importance of teaching across a spectrum of race, religion, gender, and identity.

5:30 pm
Room 207AB
PLOTMASTERS PROJECT
JESSE GLENN and DAVID PETERSEN are two artists looking back and revisiting their oldest characters and stories. The video podcast about nostalgia, creative influences, artistic growth and concept editing is live on stage at HEROESCON!

5:30 pm
Room 207CD
COSPLAY 101:
Thinking about your first cosplay? Don’t know where to begin? Our panel of experts can walk you through the basics of where to start, where to go, and how to manage it all without losing your mind (though that part’s debatable). HOSTS:DJ SPIDER and SEAN PATTON with GUESTS TBA AMAZING!

5:30 pm
Room 208A
LATOUR LIVE DRAW(L) 1
JASON LATOUR (Southern Bastards, Loose Ends,) shows everybody how it’s done. And joining him are special guest artists MICHAEL CHO, and HeroesCon regular and fan favorite: TBA. To quote the late great Syndrome, “Oh man, this is just too good!”

6:00 pm
Room 208B
ED PISKOR’S GRAND DESIGN
ED PISKOR, one of the great voices in comics today, sits down with Jason Wood, co-host of the 11 O’clock Comics podcast, to dive deep into X-Men: Grand Design. After years of chronicling the history of hip hop, Ed turned his attention to retelling the X-men’s history, through his singular vision. Join us for a romp through Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, with a detour through Charlotte, North Carolina.
7:00 pm— THE CON IS CLOSED FOR THE DAY, BUT THE FUN NEVER STOPS!!!!

HEAD ACROSS THE STREET (LOOK BOTH WAYS!) TO THE WESTIN HOTEL AND HEAD INTO THE PROVIDENCE BALLROOM (1ST FLOOR) FOR A SPECIAL PRE- DRINK & DRAW PANEL:

7:00 pm
CREATOR LAW 101
The value of intellectual property created by artists and writers is often misunderstood or neglected. Attorneys CHRIS CAIRA and BRIAN SAUCIER of the Creator Law Blog will discuss some of the fundamental legal and business issues faced by creators, as well as myths surrounding those intellectual property rights. Come for the program and IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING:

7:30 pm
At THE PROVIDENCE BALLROOM at THE WESTIN…. THE 8TH ANNUAL HEROESCON’S DRINK AND DRAW BEGINS: COME CREATE SOME GREAT MEMORIES AND BUY SOME GREAT ART AND HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR TEAM CUL DE SAC AND PARKINSON’S RESEARCH! And for gosh sake, use a coaster!!!
SEE PAGE 4 FOR DETAILS

SATURDAY

11:00 am
Room 203A
PUBLICATION DESIGN
Publication design often goes unnoticed, yet lots of thought goes into it, and it has a massive impact on the comics reading experience. In a sequel to last year’s successful publication design panel, KATIE SKELLY, BEN SEARS, CHARLES FORSMAN and BRYCE CARLSON offer various perspectives about the role of design in shaping how we read comics.

11:00 am
Room 209
PSYCHOLOGY AND THE COMICS (DOUBLE FEATURE!!)
PART 1: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HBO’S WESTWORLD
MODERATOR: Dr. Dave Verhaagen PANELISTS: Shrink Tank Podcast with Dr. Dave Verhaagen, Dr. Frank Gaskill, Dr. Emma Kate Wright, Jonathan Hetterly, LPC
PART 2: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF VIOLENCE IN POP CULTURE
MODERATOR: Dr. Dave Verhaagen PANELISTS: Shrink Tank Podcast with Dr. Dave Verhaagen, Dr. Frank Gaskill, Dr. Emma Kate Wright, Jonathan Hetterly, LPC

11:30 am
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP II: FANTASTIC CHARACTER DESIGN: The art of using basic shapes to create your own Heroes and Villains! With RASHAD DOUCET
Ever had a great idea for your own amazing superhero or tortured villain but don’t know where to start when it comes to drawing it all out? In this workshop, we’ll will explore simple but effective methods to help bring those characters to life using basic shapes like circles, squares, and triangles. We’ll also cover quick story creation details to really make those characters unique!

11:30 pm
Room 203B
everything’s ARCHER
Moderator DAVID PRICE was warned repeatedly not to do it, but he is going to risk it all to talk with ARCHER creators KEVIN MELLON and NEAL HOLMAN.

11:30 pm
Room 206
WRITING EFFECTIVE STORYTELLING FOR COMICS
This educational presentation from KAMIKAZE (Alan Tupper) will dive deep into the creative process and provide the nitty gritty info on effective storytelling techniques for comics. We’ll go over structure, character creation, comic format vs prose, with a special focus on communicating your vision to the artist. Perfect for writers, artists and anyone who loves comics! Q&A to follow.

11:30 pm
Room 207AB
SPOTLIGHT ON SANFORD GREENE
Renowned illustrator SANFORD GREENE has worked for Marvel, DC, Image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Lion Forge, Archie, Disney, SEGA, Nickelodeon, Fox, Hasbro, Warner Brothers, and Webtoon, and is an Adjunct Professor of Art at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. His current projects include 1000, currently publishing at Webtoon, and the upcoming Bitter Root with David Walker and Chuck Brown at Image. Sanford recently finished a critically acclaimed run on Power Man and Iron Fist for Marvel. Join Webtoon Head of Content TOM AKEL for a discussion on Sanford’s career, influences, what he thinks the future of comics holds, and some sneak peeks at upcoming work. ​​

11:30 pm
Room 208B
STERANKO
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) sits down with the legendary JIM STERANKO for a fun and frank 1:1. They will discuss Steranko’s groundbreaking comics, working with other legends, film work, magic, influences, fandom and more! Come hear about the fascinating life of one of the most enigmatic people in comics! This will be a scintillating session, indeed!

12:00 pm
Room 207CD
KEVIN NOWLAN AND KLAUS JANSON in CONVERSATION
Imagine getting two of the best artists ever, to sit down and talk about comics and their careers: Sit back and enjoy as KEVIN NOWLAN and KLAUS JANSON do just that. Moderated by LUCKY son of a Gun JOE RAUCH

12:30 pm
Room 203A
COMICS CANON: “HOW TO READ NANCY “and other indispensable books ABOUT COMICS
Join our merry band of Academics—CRAIG FISCHER ANDY KUNKA, MIKE KOBRE, JENNIE LAW and DEREK ROYAL as they discuss important books ABOUT comics that are essential. And yes, we will spend a bit of time on “HOW TO READ NANCY” a new book this program director thinks should be on every book shelf. Alternate title: “How to Read ‘How to Read Nancy’” HA!

1:00 pm
COSPLAY CLASS PHOTO
Location: Hall C Stage

Join us for our annual “Class Photos” at HeroesCon! The stage cannot hold the hundreds that now show up for this great photo op, so please be on time in order to get sorted to the right group.

1:00 pm
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP III: DRAWING THE HEROIC HEAD
The head is one of the most critical storytelling parts of any character. Whether your character creations are talking, laughing, or fighting, understanding what anatomy lies beneath the skin gives the artist a huge advantage when inventing and drawing those amazing characters. In this workshop DOVE MCHARGUE (Oni Press, Harcourt, Image Comics) will show the anatomy of the head and demonstrate ways to make that art friendly and dynamic. Bring your supplies and be ready to draw!

1:00 pm
Room 206
COLOR COMMENTARY
Another GREAT HeroesCon, another GREAT “Color Commentary”! Moderator GREG MATIASEVICH (Multiversity Comics) has lined up colorists LAUREN AFFE, NOLAN WOODARD, TAMRA BONVILLAIN, SARAH STERN, and MATT WILSON for another roundtable on the theory and practice of coloring comics in today’s industry.

1:00 pm
Room 207AB
WRESTLING WITH COMICS
In this corner we have three outstanding wrestling comics creators: TINI HOWARD, ANDY BELANGER, J GONZO and in the other corner cowering by the turnbuckle is CHRIS (Pile Driver) BRENNEMAN. No disqualification, 1-hour time limit. The winner(s) retain the coveted Cardboard Belt!

1:30 pm
Room 203B
THE OWLY HOOTIN’ANNY
It’s time for a HOOTIN’anny! Join moderator, HEATHER PEAGLER, super Librarian friend, JENNIE LAW, and OWLY creator, ANDY RUNTON for a fun filled hour of crafts, drawing, and entertainment. This ALL AGES panel will be a good time for the whole family. (Unattended children shall be provided with an egg full of sugar).

1:30 pm
Room 208B
VENOM
Dollar Bin Productions’ ADAM DAUGHHETEE talks about the symbiote everybody loves to hate- Venom- with two of the character’s present creators: MARK BAGLEY and CLAYTON CRAIN.

1:30 pm
Room 209
BATMAN COVERS
Judge these books by their covers, because they are remarkable pieces of work and require our attention and praise. Luckiest moderator ever—ADRIAN JOHNSON sits down with JAE LEE, MICHAEL CHO, DAN PANOSIAN, BRIAN STELFREEZE.

2:00 pm
Room 207CD
KEITH GIFFEN and MICHEL FIFFE in CONVERSATION
A KEITH GIFFEN retrospective/interview conducted by MICHEL FIFFE (who continues to be influenced by Keith). This will be a casual, fun talk about comics with moderator KYLE PINION making sure MICHEL stays in his chair (he’s pretty excited!). And so are we!!!

2:00 pm
HEROES BOOTH # 1408 (CONVENTION FLOOR)
WHERE WE LIVE BOOK SIGNING
WHERE WE LIVE is an anthology of stories related to gun violence published by Image Comics: more than 70 stories from over 160 creators. All proceeds go to victims of the Las Vegas October 1, 2017 shooting.
Stop by the Heroes Booth on the Convention floor to purchase a copy of the book and have it signed by 11 of the creators: PAUL AZACETA, MONICA GALLAGHER, ISAAC GOODHART, LELA GWENN, JOELLE JONES, JUSTIN JORDAN, LIANA KANGAS, ARIELA KRISTANTINA, MATT LESNIEWSKI, ANDREW MACLEAN, KELLY WILLIAMS.

2:30 pm
Room 206
DIVERSE COMICS FOR KIDS
A child’s self-esteem is highly influenced by whether or not they see themselves reflected in the stories that they see and hear. Children that are exposed to diverse stories develop a greater sense of empathy for the world that they inhabit. We’ll give our recommendations of some diverse comics for young readers from pre-school through middle school. Our COLOR OF FANDOM panelists: ROBYN MCGLOTTEN, KENYA EASELY and TRACY HOLT.

2:30 pm
Room 207AB
HORROR STORIES
PART ONE OF OUR HORROR SHOWCASE,
Jumpy JOE RAUCH talks about writing horror and what goes bump in the night under your bed with EVAN DORKIN (Blackwood), SARAH DYER (Calla Cthulhu) and BRIAN HURTT (The Damned)

3:00 pm
Room 203A
HOW TO BREAK INTO COMICS WITH WEBTOONS
Webtoon is the largest comics publisher on the globe with over 10 million daily readers across thousands of titles. Hear from creators publishing with Webtoon including Kaitlyn Narvaza (Siren’s Lament, Where Tangents Meet), Shen (Bluechair, Live with Yourself), Monica Gallagher (Assassin Roommate, BOO! It’s Sex), Leeanne Krecic (Let’s Play), Sherard Jackson (Darbi), and Webtoon Head of Content Tom Akel, on what it takes to break into the industry, how they’ve built their fanbases through Webtoon, and how to survive once you’re a full-time creator.

3:00 pm
Room 203B
QuickDraw—A HeroesCon tradition.
We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories 0-10, 11-15, and 16 to 99. The QuickDraw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! TSA Officials will be on site to make sure those pencils never make it passed the graphite detectors. Do you think pencils grow on trees??? oh wait….

3:00 pm
Room 208B
DEADPOOL
The Merc with the Mouth has captivated (or is that incapacitated) hearts and minds since his debut in the early 90s. Now a pop culture icon, come join us as we celebrate Wade Wilson and the creators who are currently bringing you his comic adventures. Join Jason Wood, co-host of the 11 O’Clock Comics podcast, as he sits down with DECLAN SHALVEY, MIKE HENDERSON and SCOTT HEPBURN to regale in all types of ‘Poolishness.

3:00 pm
Room 209
KING-SIZED KIRBY ANNUAL # 101
Presented by THE KIRBY MUSEUM Moderated by RAND HOPPE AND TOM KRAFT
A landmark 3- part Panel featuring:
KIRBY 101—what is so great about Jack Kirby. An essential for both novices and devotees.
A celebration of the influence of Kirby with MIKE ROYER and ED PISKOR and JOHN MORROW
Finally, a discussion and tour of the Kirby Museum
Don’t miss this!

4:00 pm
Room 201
BLACK AND LATINO IMAGES
Looks at the popularity of television shows like ‘Queen of the South’ and the movie ‘Marvel’s the Black Panther’, etc. and discuss the importance of underrepresented images inside popular culture and what representation means in 2018. Moderator: STACEY ROBINSON Panelists: J GONZO, NAOMI FRANQUIZ, VANESA DEL REY, KHARY RANDOLPH, N. STEVEN HARRIS, MARCUS WILLIAMS and GENEVA B.

4:00 pm
Room 206
A SOUND OF THUNDER!!!!
Premiering the short animated film “It Was Metal” featuring Brian Posehn by metal band A SOUND OF THUNDER. Band members will be on hand to sign the It Was Metal graphic novel and albums.

4:30 pm
Room 203A
TWOMORROWS PANEL
Join the publisher that’s making the Future of Comics, Lego, and Pop History, for a lively hour discussing their past, and a look at upcoming projects! The TwoMorrows Panel features comics legend ROY THOMAS (former Marvel Comics editor in chief), Back Issue magazine editor MICHAEL EURY (also editor of TwoMorrows’ new magazine RetroFan, debuting at this panel!), ERIC NOLEN-WEATHINGTON (author and editor of the Modern Masters book series), DEWEY CASSELL (author of TwoMorrows upcoming book on artist Mike Grell), and it’s moderated by publisher JOHN MORROW (editor of The Jack Kirby Collector).

4:30 pm
Room 207AB
SPIDER-GWEN: BEYOND
A look at the past, present, and future of Spider-Gwen by her creators JASON LATOUR, ROBBI RODRIGUEZ and RICO RENZI. DIANA KOU moderates. Don’t forget the Kleenex.

4:30 pm
Room 207CD
COSPLAY 201
Does planning a Halloween costume come behind planning cosplays for a con? Have you lost your bed under piles of wigs and fabric? Want to up your game? We’re here to answer more advanced questions about prop-making, make-up, special effects and more! HOSTS:DJ SPIDER and SEAN PATTON with GUESTS TBA AMAZING!

4:30 pm
Room 208B
HORROR ARTISTS
PART TWO OF OUR HORROR SHOWCASE,
KELLY WILLIAMS (Creepy), CHRISTOPHER MITTEN (Rasputin), and BRYAN LEVEL (Hellblazer) scare the hell out of Heroes’ own tower of Jell-O, moderator CHRIS BRENNEMAN. Come by and help the poor guy out! We can’t leave him alone in a room with this much talent!
6:00 pm CONVENTION FLOOR CLOSES: GO HOME AND PUT THE KIDS IN THEIR MYLAR or stay because….
THE ART AUCTION IS NOW OPEN—COME OVER TO THE WESTIN AND SPEND SOME HARD-EARNED SCRATCH ON SOME REALLY GREAT ORIGINAL ART. BIDDING BEGINS AT 8:00, BUT THE GAWKING BEGINS RIGHT NOW!!!!! Lent is over, commence coveting thy neighbor’s original art.

SUNDAY

11:00 am-2:00 pm
HeroesCon COSPLAY CONTEST
Location: Hall C Stage
Our 5th Annual Cosplay Costume Contest, emceed by DJ Spider.
Advance registration available online or in Hall C. Final registration/check-in from 11-12:30pm, with the contest starting promptly at 1pm.
There will be prizes in various divisions for Adults (Masters and Novice), Teens (11-17) and Kids (10 and under). A panel of expert judges will determine the winners

12:00 pm
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP IV—BUILD BETTER BACKGROUNDS
Far more than action and word balloons, comics are a multi-stage artform with roots in foundational drawing practices. KATE KASENOW will instruct you how to practice the techniques that will help you draw a more dimensional Ms. Marvel, light a more compelling Bat Cave, and build better backgrounds for your characters.

12:00 pm
Room 203A
DOTTED LINES!!! Creating, Guiding, and Spotlighting Queer Characters in a Straight Lines Industry
The title says it all! Join free-wheeling conversation led by KEVIN GILLIGAN from non-profit organization GEEKS OUT that seeks to rally, empower, and promote the LGBTQ community in geek culture. Guests: TAMRA BONVILLAIN, SARAH STERN, ERYK DONOVAN, DAN PARENT and TINI HOWARD.

12:00 pm
Room 206
KICKSTARTING CREATIVE PROJECTS
From TEAM KAMIKAZE (Alan Tupper) An in depth look at crowdfunding creative projects! We cover everything from tips and tricks, to building a campaign, reaching out to press, creating videos and more. This panel is perfect for anyone who’s curious about crowdfunding!

12:00 pm
Room 207AB
TWO SUPER GUYS; TWO SUPER ARTISTS
The two Super-guys are SUPERMAN and SHAZAM , the two super talents are EVAN ‘DOC’ SHANER and JERRY ORDWAY. Moderated by the world’s luckiest mortal, GREG MATIAVESICH (Multiplicity Comics).

12:00 pm
Room 207CD
OPTIONING THE PROPERTY
Moderator and Heroes’ own HEATHER PEAGLER talks to WES CRAIG, CHARLES FORSMAN, KEVEN GARDNER, and FORD GILMORE about the processes, trials, tribulations and triumphs of optioning your intellectual property into the Marketplace.

12:00 pm
Room 208A
BOOTSTRAPPING
What’s the best way to get a gig creating comics? Why, sitting down and creating comics of course! JIM RUGG, MICHEL FIFFE, and BEN SCHIPPER– some of the most prolific indie creators working today– tell all about the blood, sweat, tears and cash that goes into making your comic book vision a reality. Moderated by new-dad CHRIS BRENNEMAN.

12:00 pm
Room 209
BEHIND THE COVER: A LOOK AT THE CREATIVE PROCESS WITH EISNER WINNER COVER ARTIST FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA.
Join Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) and Eisner winning artist FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (The Black Beetle, Afterlife With Archie) for a fun hour of illustration and chat! Francavilla will design a cover based on YOUR suggestions! Have you ever wondered how many of your favorite cover artists come up with their designs? Francavilla will break down that process for you during this entertaining panel!

12:30 pm
Room 203B
QuickDraw—A HeroesCon tradition.
We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories 0-10, 11-15, and 16 to 99. The QuickDraw is held EVERY YEAR, so we need those pencils back!! We’ve placed state of the art tracking devices on each and every pencil. If you get itchy fingers, we’ll sniff you out and prosecute you to full extent of the law. But before all that-- have fun!

12:30 pm
Room 208B
THE BLACK THUMB SOCIETY
How does one become a member of this vaunted society? Simple—just be one of the greatest comic inkers of all time. Piece of Cake. Dollar Bin Productions’ ADAM DAUGHHETEE talks inking with…. (drumroll) TOM PALMER, KLAUS JANSON, MIKE ROYER, and RUDY NEBRES

1:30 pm
Room 206
SKETCHBOOK DARES
Calling all sketchbook lovers! In this presentation YA author & arts educator LAURA LEE GULLEDGE will demonstrate DRAWING LIVE a couple of her favorite drawing activities that are featured in her new book “Sketchbook Dares: 24 Ways to Draw Out Your Inner Artist.” She shares how working in sketchbooks can help you find your voice, build confidence, and even lead to making graphic novels.

1:30 pm
Room 207AB
INDIE COMICS FOR YOU TO TRY
Creator owned publishing companies are making big waves in the comic industry and indie creators are working to present original, diverse characters that range from complex to light hearted. There are books for all types of interests and all age groups. Whether you’re into superheroes, sci-fi or the supernatural, we’ve got recommendations of new inclusive indie comics for you to try. Our COLOR OF FANDOM panelists: ROBYN MCGLOTTEN, KENYA EASELY and TRACY HOLT.

1:30 pm
Room 209
LATOUR LIVE DRAW(L)s some more!
JASON LATOUR (Southern Bastards, Loose Ends,) did it before, now he’s doing it again!!! DAN PANOSIAN and VANESA DEL REY will be on hand to keep Jason in line. Good luck with that!

3:00 pm
Room 207CD
COSPLAY Q&A:
Do you have a burning question that we haven’t answered yet? Saw a great costume and want to talk about it? Need the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything (Spoiler alert: it’s 42) Are you curious about being a part of the HeroesCon Cosplay Team next year? Come join us as we wind down from HeroesCon 2018! HOSTS:DJ SPIDER and SEAN PATTON with GUESTS TBA AMAZING!

6:00 pm CONVENTION ENDS
IMPORTANT FUN FACT: In 2019, the world population is forecasted to reach 7,678,174,000, so you’ll want to pre-purchase your 3-day pass for HeroesCon 2019 before we sell out!

SAVE THE DATE!
HEROES COVENTION
JUNE 14-16, 2019




 

HeroesCon 2019
June 14-16

Charlotte Convention Center

501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

ADMISSION:
1-day Pass: $25 per person FRI-SAT $20 SUN
3-day Pass: $50 per person
Kids 12 & Under get in FREE!

ORGANIZED BY:
HEROES AREN'T HARD TO FIND
417 Pecan Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204
704.375.7462
Fax: 704.375.7464

Mailing Address:
PO Box 9181
Charlotte, NC 28299-9181