What makes a great cover stand out on the crowded comics’ shelves? Mental Floss columnist RICH BARRETT discusses this with FRANCIS MANAPUL (Flash), DAVE JOHNSON (Silk), JIM RUGG (Street Angel), TULA LOTAY (Supreme: Blue Rose) and NATHAN FOX (Captain Victory).
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One of the things Shawn and Adam like to do that they rarely get the chance to, is go around the show and get books signed by the creators who put so much time into them. This year they were able to put aside some time to do this and talk some with the creators as well.
Whether it is Watchmen, Maus, Batman, or Spider-Man all comics are a representation of the time of their creation. Join us as we consider how best to put comics in a historical context. In this discussion we will be focusing on how comics can give insight into history and vice-versa. Panelists include WILL ALLRED (University of Arkansas), TOM HEINTJES (Hogan’s Alley), ANDY KUNKA (Comics Alternative, USC Sumter), BRIAN PUACA (Christopher Newport University), and DEREK ROYAL (Comics Alternative, Brown Books), with SHAWN DAUGHHETEE moderating.
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Comics and music share a lot of affinities-both depend heavily on rhythm and intervals,and many cartoonists are also musicians-and cartoonist Ben Towle and blogger Craig Fischer have organized a diverse smorgasbord of a panel to explore these affinities. Ben will discuss the many ways cartoonists represent music visually, and will chair a wide-ranging panel on comics and music with Peter Bagge (Hate, Yeah!), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), Andrew Robinson and Vivek J Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle). Craig will talk about the work of Marc Weidenbaum, an editor, teacher, and musician who's been combining comics and music in his creative projects for over two decades. And Charlotte, NC avant-duo Ghost Trees (Brent Bagwell on saxophone, Seth Nanaa on drums) will participate in two live comics/music performances, including a soundtrack for Joe Lambert's "Turtle Keep it Steady," a rock-n-roll retelling of the Tortoise-Hare fable!
While Adam, Devin, Shawn, and Ted were up in the panel rooms managing the sound for 73 panels Brian was holding down the fort at home base as well as hitting the isles hard with true journalism. Listen here as he grills Jackie Lewis and Yale Stewart.
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It was just announced today that Stan Lee will be at HeroesCon 2012. Lee has hit a few east coast shows over the past few years, but this will be the first time since 1984 he’ll be a guest at HeroesCon. What better way to celebrate the enormity of the 30th HeroesCon than to shake hands with Stan Lee, the most well known name in comics? I know the Dollar Bin will be there. Congratulations Shelton, and Happy Anniversary.
Exerpt from Ben Towle’s Blog: We showed the documentary Moebius Redux, which was reallywell-done, although it certainly shied away from addressing some of themore troubling aspects of the artist’s later career.The real star of the panel, though, was Geof Darrow who had aseemingly-limitless well of hilarious anecdotes about Moebius…
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C’mon People: There’s a War Comic On
Pull up a bunk with us and join the platoon as we examine War Comics in their myriad of forms Nick Cardy (The Artist at War).
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Masters of Horror Berni Wrightson (Swamp Thing) and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) have been separately haunting people for years. But when these two maniacal minds come together complete poetic mayhem is assured. Join Dollar Bin’s Adam Daughhetee as we learn how these horrific collaborators bring nails on glass to life!
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What sells a comic? How do you incorporate 22 pages of story and art into one single illustration? Dollar Bin’s Adam Daughhetee will ask a group of masters: Adam Hughes, Cliff Chiang, Chrissie Zullo, Skottie Young and Frank Cho. Looking at the HeroesCon Guest list, this particular panel topic became top priority for all. Be there.
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What is it that draws your wandering eye to one particular book on a shelf that is brimming with loud, look-at-me, multi-colored covers? It is the design of the book that makes that first impression count. Join cartoonist Rich Barrett (Nathan Sorry) as he dissects the art and function of Design with some of the most important and innovative names in the business: Jonathan Hickman (FF, The Nightly News), Chris Pitzer (all things Adhouse), Eric Skillman, (Liar’s Kiss)Drew Weing (Set to Sea) and Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac)
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We have an unusually large amount of professional animators lurking in our artist alley. It is only fitting we ask them to join us to discuss the Animation Industry and what it’s like to earn a living in this fast paced exciting world. Plan to join Eric Canete, Shawn Galloway, Jeff Johnson and Dave Johnson for a spirited (and animated—sorry) hour of conversation
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The Comic Strips—As always, this is another great year for the classic comic strips at HeroesCon. How do you follow a cartooning legend and take those already established characters and work to make them your own? Mike Rhode will ask veteran cartoonists Jim Scancarelli (Gasoline Alley), Marcus Hamilton (Dennis the Menace), Alex Saviuk (Spider-man) and we will be joined by welcome veteran newbie: Joe Staton (Dick Tracy)
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Join Dollar Bin’s Adam Daughhetee as he sits down with Laura Martin (Planetary, Astonishing X-Men), Rachelle Rosenberg (Captain America), Charlie Kirchoff (Hellraiser, Doctor Who), Matt Wilson (Thor), Brian Reber (X-Men) discuss this integral aspect of comic art—the coloring.
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This panel has become a yearly tradition at HeroesCon. We take pride in this convention being for the entire family and what better way to celebrate Shelton Drum’s vision than by spotlighting comics the entire family can read. Chad Bowers will interview Andy Runton (Owly), Chris Schweizer (Crogan’s Vengeance), Chris Giarusso (Mini Marvels), Jamie Cosley (Cody the Cavalier) and come see what all the buzz is about.
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Green Lantern has been around since 1940 and after thousands of comic books, Hollywood has finally come calling. Please join Joe Staton, Joe Quinones, Shane Davis, and Neal Adams as they discuss their various takes on the character and how he has remained popular over the years. NOTE: Anyone wearing yellow or wooden clothing will not be allowed to enter the auditorium for obvious security reasons. Nice try Sinestro.
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Pull up a pew and join Heroes’ own Doug Merkle as he sits down with the dynamic creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting and they describe the challenges of retooling a legend: The Marvel Universe flagship the Fantastic Four or should we say, the Future Foundation? (Yes, yes we should)
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In the past decade or so, Graphic Novels have invaded the syllabi of many colleges and Universities throughout the country. Join moderator Shawn Daughhetee and Professors Craig Fisher, Chris Schweizer, Mike Kobre and Alan Rauch as they discuss what is involved in teaching comics at the college level. We will be taking attendance
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