KC and I are really excited to be heading to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the 30th Anniversary HeroesCon next weekend, June 22-24.
KC’s latest Westfield column shares some of his favorite show memories in honor of its long life. His tale of being a “designated walker”, trying to get six inebriated pros home safely one late night, is hilarious.
Regarding this year’s show, there’s an impressive and extensive guest list posted, with a special focus on Indie Island, an area dedicated specifically to independent and alternative creators. You may also want to pay special attention to the programming and panels. There are a ton of interesting selections, but I’d like to draw your attention to these three, which I am moderating. (I didn’t write the copy, though.)
Friday, 4:30 PM
WRITING FORUM: The Leap from Indie to Mainstream
They can do it all — find out how! Join Matt Kindt (Superspy) and Jeff Lemire (Animal Man) as they discuss the craft of writing and juggling multiple ideas!
Friday, 6:00 PM
COVERS: The First Impression (Covers Mini-Series #1)
Ever since the publication of the first issue of Action Comics (Clark Kent getting fired from his job at the Valet Car Park), it has been evident that a great cover makes the comic book. Join Johanna Draper Carlson (Comics Worth Reading) as she discusses cover art with Adam Hughes (Cover Run), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin), Stuart Immonen (Avengers), and Lee Weeks (Daredevil).
Sunday, 3:30 PM
MANGA INSPIRED CARTOONISTS
Its EAST vs. WEST but this time it’s personal. Meet the Manga influenced artists Ben Caldwell (Wonder Woman), Becky Cloonan (Wolves), Sanford Greene (Deadpool), Jerry Gaylord (Zombies vs. Fanboys), and Jarrett Williams (Super Pro KO) with Johanna Draper Carlson stuck in the middle. EPIC!
Even though I’m not associated with it, you may also want to check out this panel at 2 PM on Saturday in Room 209, because Ben and Craig’s presentations are always fascinating.
Echoes of ‘82–This year, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Heroes Con, cartoonist Ben Towle and blogger Craig Fischer turn their attention to 1982, and ask: What are the comics, and comics events, from 30 years ago that continue to influence comics culture today? Ben and Craig zero in on three—Destroyer Duck #1, Love and Rockets #1, and the demise of Warren Publications early in 1982—and they’ve asked an all-star roster of creators (Jaime Hernandez, Louise Simonson) and commentators (Stergios Botzakis, Toney Frazier, Heidi MacDonald, Andrew Mansell) to join them in discussing these and other comics. We’ll also beam in some off-site commentary from Kirby experts Steve Bissette, Geoff Grogan, Charles Hatfield, John Morrow and James Sturm. With a lineup like that, how can you resist pulling on your leg warmers and joining us for the fun?