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COMPLETE EVENT SCHEDULE || Updated JUNE 13, 2014

THURSDAY, JUNE 19 [setup & registration only]

FRIDAY, JUNE 20
| 11.00am - 7.00pm

2:30 pm
Room 201/202
CREATING YOUR OWNCOMIC/MANGA FROM CONCEPT TO PUBLICATION
Four-time Harvey Award nominated husband and wife creators Comfort Love and Adam Withers teach you how to create your own comic. This panel covers the entire process - conception, scripting, thumbnails, pencils, color, digital and printing publishing and marketing!


2:30 pm
Room 203B
ACMECAST BICENTENNIAL PODCAST
For nearly four years, Jermaine “Lord Retail” Exum, Stephen Mayer, and the rest of the Acme Comics crew have been bringing you in-depth interviews with your favorite creators, up-to-date reviews of the week’s books, and any other untold amount of nonsense. Now with over 150,000 downloads and 199 episode in the rearview mirror, join them to celebrate their 200th show LIVE with any number of guest drop-ins to be announced!


2:30 pm
Room 206
DOWN SET MEGAGOGO! The Live Read Extravaganza That Destroyed Charlotte!
Join MegaGoGo creator Wook Jin Clark and Down Set Fight creators Chris Sims and Chad Bowers for hilarious, action-packed live performances of scenes from their Oni Press graphic novels. Come for the giant robots and mascot-based violence, stay for the laughs and high fives.


2:30 pm
Room 207CD
THE TRANSITION FROM PRINT TO ONLINE COMICS
Join COMICS REPORTER TOM SPURGEON as he sits down with two of the most popular creators of the last decade MARK WAID and JEFF SMITH to discuss the changes transitioning from print to on-line comic publishing.

3:00 pm
Room 209
THE COMIC STRIP LEGACY
HOGAN’S ALLEY’S own TOM HEINTJES hosts a panel that celebrates the writers and artists who have taken over the reins on some of the most popular comics strips of all time. They will discuss the triumphs and the challenges of taking over the creative responsibility of existing popular strips the strip’s original creators have moved on. Our all-star panel includes: MARCUS HAMILTON (Dennis the Menace), JOE STATON (Dick Tracy), JOHN ROSE (Snuffy Smith), RAMONA FRADON, JUNE BRIGMAN (Brenda Starr), and MARK SCHULTZ (Prince Valiant). Wow!!!


3:30 pm
Room 203A
THE STEVE RUDE MOVIE
Grab a seat, put those phones on vibrate as we lower the lights and present a special screening of THE STEVE RUDE MOVIE a documentary produced by our evening’s host IAN FISCHER. It is an objective look at Steve Rude’s life, his emotional condition and his fabulous art. The film features contributions from Mike Baron, Alex Ross, and Mike Allred.


3:30 pm
Room 208
THE IMAGE WRITERS
Pull up a chair and lend an ear as the men behind BRETT & MATT LOVE COMICS have a discussion with some of Image’s Best and Brightest scribes: MATT FRACTION (Sex Criminals), KELLY SUE DECONNICK (Pretty Deadly), JUSTIN JORDAN (Spread) and BRYAN JL GLASS (Mice Templar)


4:00 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.  Any participant over the age of 100 is an automatic winner--but we want to know your secret!!  The Quick-draw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!!  Be there!


4:00 pm
Room 206
HOUR COSMIC
Game on! Your favorite comics game show podcast (from Multiversity Comics) records another live performance! Joining hosts CHAD BOWERS and GREG MATIASEVICH, are special guests TOM SCIOLI (Godland), MING DOYLE (Mara) and JIM RUGG (Supermag)! It’s an hour of fun conversation, trivia, word games, and prizes with some of comics’ top creators! Warning: audience participation required! 


4:00 pm
Room 207CD
MOONLIGHTERS :: COMICS AS A 2ND JOB
Join TOM SPURGEON THE Comics Reporter as he looks into the creative lives of SCOTT C., ERIC JONES and BABS TARR, folks who create comic art, but sequential arts is their sideline. Find out how they juggle multiple creative endeavors. A must for any cartoonist just getting started in the business. Plus well find out once and for all if Maddie and David finally killed each other and put a suffering America out of its collective misery.


4:30 pm
Room 207AB
THE WEIRD, WEIRD WEST
The Western Comic is back, but its return is quite twisted (and creative, and exciting and entertaining as well!) Join Heroes pal Joe Rauch as he discusses these warped turns on the oaters with the following posse of talented creators: BRIAN HURTT (The Sixth Gun), JEFF STOKELY (Six Gun Gorilla), TIM TRUMAN (Scout), ROBBI RODRIGUEZ (Frankie Get Your Gun) and DAVID WACHTER (The Guns of Shadow Valley).Think we could find a more talented group? As Ethan Edwards would say--That’ll be the day


4:30 pm
Room 209/210
USING DIGITAL TOOLS TO MAKE COMICS
Let’s join KYLE WEBSTER (KYLEBRUSH.com) as he and fellow artists JUAN DOE (Solar, X-Men:198), DAVE MARQUEZ (Ultimate Spider-man), and BRANDON PETERSON (Age of Ultron) discuss the Digital Tools and techniques that round out their arsenal of artistic weapons. For all budding artists, both professional and amateur dabblers.


5:00 pm
Room 203A
ARCHER
Growing up our moms yelled at us to stop watching so much TV or it would rot our brains—and this was decades before the premiere of Archer. To celebrate this hilarious and twisted cartoon we’ve brought together a handful of folks who have worked on it: JONATHAN FLOYD, IRENE STRYCHALSKI, KEVIN MELLON and DOMO STANTON. Our moderator will be Archer fan extraordinaire and lapsed member of ISIS, AGT. JASON WHEATELY (Disgraced).

5:00 pm
Room 208
MARVEL-ous WRITERS
Marvel’s Class of 2014 scripters is a who’s who of talented writers. KELLY SUE DECONNICK (Captain Marvel), DENNIS HOPELESS (Avengers Undercover), JASON LATOUR (Wolverine and the X-men) and JIM STARLIN (Thanos: The Infinity Revelation) join Moderator DOUG MERKLE to discuss what’s next in the House of Ideas.


5:30 pm
Room 203B
SCAD WORKSHOP I-- Comic Book Storytelling - a CRASH COURSE!
TOM LYLE is going to utilize his 25 years of experience as a comic book artist (on books like Spider-man and Batman) to give you a rousing workshop that highlights the basics of comic book storytelling.  He’ll help you find your own voice through the pictures you draw.  Come and have a great time.  No supplies needed!


5:30 pm
Room 209
TEACHING COMICS FORUM- TEACHING DIFFICULT TEXTS
With the increased spotlight on teaching controversial material in schools we thought it would be fun to discuss methods and approaches for teaching difficult comics and graphic novels. Planned topics include: racial stereotypes, violence, and sexuality. That being said, Parental Guidance is suggested as the conversation may steer toward mature content. Panelists include Mike Kobre (Queens University), Andy Kunka (USC), Dana Hayward (HarperCollins Publishers) and moderator Shawn Daughhetee (The School of Hard Knocks).


6:00 pm
Room 207AB
ONLINE COMICS CREATORS
The Beat’s HEIDI MACDONALD sits down with some of the brightest stars in the field of ONLINE comics. Join Heidi as she discusses the current state of e-comics with JASON HORN (Ninjasaur), EMI LENOX (Emitown), KATE LETH (Kate or Die!) and DEAN TRIPPE (Something Terrible).


6:00 pm
Room 208ABC
ALL THINGS TEAM CUL DE SAC: BILL WATTERSON’S TRANSMOGRIFIER EFFECT & MORE!
Join Heroes’ SETH PEAGLER in conversation with a bevy of comics creators and historians including CRAIG FISCHER, S.L. GALLANT, TOM HEINTJES, Pulitzer Prize winner KEVIN SIERS, and our Eisner-winning leader, CHRIS SPARKS. The team will discuss the impact of Cul de Sac’s RICHARD THOMPSON in the comic strip and art worlds, and what lured Calvin and Hobbes’ BILL WATTERSON out of retirement to be the surprise guest artist in STEPHAN PASTIS’ Pearls Before Swine. The original art from their recent collaboration will be on display during the panel.


SATURDAY, JUNE 21 | 10.00am - 6.00pm

10:00 am
Room 203A
MODERN MASTERS: CLIFF CHIANG and LEE WEEKS
The writer/editor of the MODERN MASTERS series Eric Nolen-Weathington sits down with two true comic masters CLIFF CHIANG and LEE WEEKS to discuss their lives, their process and their works.

10:30 am
Room 206
MEET THE GRAND COMICBOOK DATABASE (GCD)
Find out what all goes into compiling and maintaining the enormous (and indispensable) GRAND COMIC BOOK DATABASE. BOB BAILEY,WILL ALLRED, DANIEL NAUSCHUETZ and STEVEN ROWE will explain the challenging process of indexing comics.  Thanks to their efforts, the GCD has become the go-to source for creator listings.  DC and Marvel both use the GCD for their archives. Stop by dive deep into comics and comics’ history and prepare to be astounded by their Herculean effort.

 

10:30 am
Room 203B
 SCAD WORKSHOP II-- Comic Book Perspective - You GOTTA Know It!
TOM LYLE former artist on SPIDER-MAN and BATMAN and many others, has been a Professor of Sequential Art at SCAD for the last nine years. In 2013, Tom did a 30 page BATMAN story for the DC Digital LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT series. Tom will show you the basics of perspective and give you the insight into the “Grid System” for perspective. Backgrounds need love too, you know.


10:30 am
Room 207CD
MARK WAID IN THE DEEP END
Join moderator CHRIS BRENNEMAN as he sits down for an hour with one of the busiest and most talented writers in the comic book mainstream, MARK WAID!!!


10:30 am
Room 209
ALL AGES PANEL- A HEROESCON TRADITION! KIDS READ COMICS TOO!
Moderator JIMMY AQUINO (COMIC NEWS INSIDER) is joined by MIKE MAIHACK (Cleopatra in Space), CHRIS SCHWEIZER (the Crogan series), ANDY RUNTON (Owly), JEREMY WHITELY (My Little Pony), STEPAHNIE GLADDEN (Peanuts) and THOM ZAHLER (My Little Pony) to talk about their amazing comics. They’ll discuss why they went into this genre and if there is a difference between “kid’s comics” and “all-ages comics”. 


11:30 am
Room 203A
DENIS KITCHEN—ABOVE GROUND
TwoMorrows Publishing continues its daylong 20th anniversary celebration. JON B. COOKE editor of Comic Book Creator Magazine sits down with legendary publisher DENIS KITCHEN for a great conversation. You don’t want to miss this!


12:00 pm
Room 203B
INDIE CREATORS
The DOLLAR BIN’s ADAM DAUGHETTEE sits down with some of the most talented denizens of INDY ISLAND. Adam will chew the fat with AARON CONLEY (Sabretooth Swordsman), SCOTT C. (Amazing Everything), JIM RUGG (Supermag), BEN MARRA (Blades and Lazers) and ALEXIS ZIRITT (The Package). Miss this one at your own peril!


12:00 pm
Room 207AB
THE CHALLENGES OF FAME
THE COMIC REPORTER TOM SPURGEON sits down with JEFF SMITH (Bone, RASL) and TERRY MOORE (Strangers in Paradise, Echo) for a provocative hour that will focus on the challenges of having a successful keynote property on one’s resume.


12:00 pm
Room 208
MARVEL ARTISTS ROUNDTABLE (okay it’s really a rectangle)
The Marvel artists are here at HEROESCON in force: KRIS ANKA, JASON LATOUR, JOE QUINONES, RYAN STEGMAN and now we are going to ’force’ them to sit on a panel Moderated by JASON WHEATLEY.


12:00 pm
Room 209/210
BILL SIENKIEWICZ IS THE GUEST OF HONOR At the 4th Inkwell Awards Live Ceremony!
See the live results from April’s votes for the BEST INKERS of 2013 and the recipients of the JOE SINNOTT HALL OF FAME AWARD!  Join Host Bob Almond, Guest of Honor Bill Sienkiewicz, Presenter Dexter Vines and Guest Speakers Steve Saffel and Ron Garney! And witness the LIVE CHARITY AUCTION for original art by Neal Adams (other donations tentative) for the DAVE SIMONS INKWELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND to the Kubert School!  


12:30 pm
Room 201/202
Color Me Radd
You’ll never look at color comics the same way again! Join Oni Press editor in chief James Lucas Jones and rock star colorists LAURA MARTIN, MATT WILSON, RICO RENZI, LUIGI ANDERSON and NICK FILARDI for a discussion on the role of colorists in storytelling.


1:00 pm
Room 203A
THE JACK KIRBY TRIBUTE PANEL
Continuing TwoMorrow’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, JOHN MORROW the editor of the wonderful JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR, hosts a panel of comic professionals to discuss the legacy of JACK KIRBY. Please join John and panelists JON B. COOKE, STEVE SAFFEL, MICHAEL EURY, CHARLES HATFIELD, ROY THOMAS and TOM SCIOLI. None of us would be here today without the tireless effort and imagination of the King. Stop by to celebrate the man and his art.


1:30pm
Room 203B
THE NEW MASTERS OF HORROR
We are fortunate enough to be living in an era of great HORROR comics. Join Dollar Bin’s ADAM DAUGHETTEE as he talks terror with the likes of BEN TEMPLESMITH, RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE, RACHEL DEERING, MATTHEW ROBERTS and VANESA DEL REY. We’ll keep the lights on in the room—maybe.

1:30pm
Room 207AB
LOVE & ROCKETS: NEW STORIES
TOM SPUREGEON sits down with two of the greatest cartoonists of this (or any) generation. GILBERT and JAIME HERNANDEZ will discuss their current series of annual comics. If you’ve never seen the Hernandez Brothers on a panel, you are in for a treat; their conversation is as good as their comics. Simply put—WOW.


1:30pm
Room 207CD
REACH FOR THE STARLIN (and SMITH too!)
It’s COSMIC TIME as Moderator CHRIS BRENNEMAN sits down with JIM STARLIN and artist ANDY SMITH to discuss MARVEL’S current Cosmic Storylines.


2:00 pm
Room 201
PART I :: ARCHIE: Life, Afterlife and Beyond
Join moderator Jimmy Aquino (COMIC NEWS INSIDER) in a talk about the major events happening at Archie Comics – from the hit horror series AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE to the upcoming “Death of Archie” in the pages of LIFE WITH ARCHIE and much more – with an all-star cast of Archie staff and stars, including artist FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (Afterlife with Archie), PAUL KAMINSKI (Archie Comics Executive Director of Editorial) and Red Circle Comics Editor and Archie SVP – Publicity and Marketing ALEX SEGURA.
PART II :: ARCHIE: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and MEGAMAN
Get the inside scoop on what’s coming up in Archie’s best-selling “Action” line of video game titles, including SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, SONIC UNIVERSE and MEGA MAN, with SONIC/MEGA MAN editor PAUL KAMINSKI and long-time Sonic and Mega Man creators IAN FLYNN and TRACY YARDLEY


2:00 pm
WEST SIDE OF THE SHOW FLOOR
COSPLAY GROUP PHOTO

We’re ready for our close-up. We invite all cosplayers and costumers to join us on Saturday for our annual HeroesCon “class photo”!  All fandoms welcome! Sponsored by theSuperheroCostumingForum.com


2:00 pm
Room 203A
KNOW O PRINCE, IT’S THE AGE OF CONAN
Twomorrow’s continues its 20th Anniversary Celebration as ALTER EGO and BACK ISSUE present CONAN. He’s been around since the Great Depression and he’s more popular now than ever. Join Robert E Howard fanatic SCOTT VALERI as he sits down with two of the guiding lights in Conan the Barbarian’s illustrious four-color career: ROY THOMAS and TIM TRUMAN. Pull up a chair and gird your loins, this is going to be exciting!!


3:00pm
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.  Any participant over the age of 100 is an automatic winner!  The Quickdraw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!!  Be there!


3:00 pm
Room 207AB
BREAKING INTO COMICS as WRITERS
HEIDI MACDONALD from The Beat sits down with IVAN BRANDON, FRANK BARBIERE, VAN JENSEN and MATT KINDT and the topics are: how did they break in, successes, drawbacks, the hard work—the whole story. Don’t miss this eye opening panel.


3:00 pm
Room 208
IMAGE ARTISTS
Our moderators from BRETT & MATT LOVE COMICS prove their sites BOLD Mission Statement by hosting this cornucopia of Image’s best craftsmen: RYAN BROWNE (God Hates Astronauts), JASON LATOUR (Southern Bastards), PAUL MAYBURY (Sovereign), MATTEO SCALERA (Black Science) and PAUL AZACETA (Outcast). This panel requires no hard sell.


3:00pm
Room209/210
Comics Regulation, Comics Censorship: Past and Present

Cartoonist Ben Towle and writer Craig Fischer team up with a cadre of expert commentators to examine those moments when political and public outrage over the content of comic books disrupted the body politic. A discussion of the recent South Carolina Fun Home controversy, where legislators in the House of Representatives tried to reduce state funding to the College of Charleston as a penalty for using Alison Bechdel’s lesbian-themed graphic novel in a campus program. Dr. Consuela Francis, a comics scholar and professor in the English Department at the College of Charleston, and Christopher Brook, the Legal Director of North Carolina’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Then we’ll reconsider one of the most controversial figures in comics’ history: Dr. Fredric Wertham, author of 1954’s Seduction of the Innocent (published 60 years ago) and outspoken critic of what he considered the negative effects of comics on children. We’ll be joined via video by Dr. Bart Beaty (the author of Fredric Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture [2005]) and Dr. Carol Tilley (the author of an article about distortions in Wertham’s research) to chart the latest developments in “Wertham Studies.”

Finally, Craig will conduct a career-spanning interview with legendary industry figure Denis Kitchen. We’ll zero in on the censorship hassles Kitchen tackled as a publisher and distributor of underground comix, on his role in the founding of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in 1986, and on his involvement in the CBLDF’s highest profile case, the conviction of artist Mike Diana for obscenity in 1994 (20 years ago). Join us for a thought-provoking exchange of ideas…and for a cake decorated to look like the seal of the Comics Code Authority!
This panel is sponsored by the ACLU of North Carolina 


3:30 pm
Room 203A
MODERN MASTERS II: ARTHUR ADAMS and MARK SCHULTZ
The writer/editor of the MODERN MASTERS series Eric Nolen-Weathington sits down with two true comic masters, ARTHUR ADAMS and MARK SCHULTZ to discuss their lives, their process and their works. I’d pay extra just to see this one!


4:30pm
Room 201
HUMOR PANEL; WHAT’S SO @#$!@ FUNNY?
This time we are busting out the big guns.  Join our poor defenseless moderator TOM SPURGEON (before his spirit is permanently broken) as he sits down with four creators responsible for some of the funniest comics around: EVAN DORKIN (Milk ‘n’ Cheese), ROGER LANGRIDGE (Rocky and Bullwinkle), Tim Rickard (Brewster Rocket) and RYAN BROWNE (God Hates Astronauts).


4:30 pm
Room 203B
SCAD WORKSHOP: Visualizing Dynamic Anatomy
SCAD Professor Dove McHargue and artist for the Oni Press book “All Saints Day” will be offering a workshop on Drawing Dynamic Anatomy. Dove will demonstrate how to use real world anatomy to make figures kinetic, and how to use anatomy to be able to create realistic figures that are unique and dynamic. Dove will also examine how to use those dynamic figures to effectively act in sequential art. Bring supplies to draw with and on and prepare to have fun!


4:30pm
Room 207AB
VALIANT
Valiant’s return to the comics industry has been nothing short of breath-taking. Join our moderator AARON HAALAND from A Comic Show and Nerdy Show as he hangs out with their creative folks TOM RANEY, LEWIS LAROSA, TOM FOWLER, CLAYTON HENRY, BRIAN REBER and MATT KINDT to discuss what’s new in the Valiant -verse.


4:30pm
Room 207CD
INTRO TO COSPLAY
Not sure what Cosplay is?  Don’t know where to begin?  Want to know what all the fuss is about? Join Cosplay Artists RIKI LeCOTEY, KATIE GEORGE, VALERIE PEREZ, SEAN PATTON of SMP Designs and DJ SPYDER and find out!  Featuring cosplayers that have been seen on TheNerdist.com and SyFy’s “Heroes of Cosplay”, professional film/theatrical costumers, and local favorites. Stay until the end of the panel and win a chance at a gift from Smooth-On! Then it’s Q&A time!

4:30 pm
Room 208
CAROL CORPS
It’s the 2nd annual HeroesCon meeting of the Carol Danvers Fan Club!  What is it about Carol Danvers, a/k/a the new Captain Marvel? Carol Corps and Carol-curious convene to cuss and discuss the Carolverse: friends, foes, cats, cosplay, crossovers, that pesky hairdo, and everything in between.  Join Kelly Sue DeConnick and surprise guests for a fun end to the second day of HeroesCon!


5:00 pm
Room 203A
THE TWOMORROWS 20TH ANNIVERSARY PANEL
Completing Twomorrow’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, JOHN MORROW JON B. COOKE, ERIC NOLEN-WEATHINGTON, ROY THOMAS and MICHAEL EURY sit down and reminisce about the past twenty years and what is in store for the next twenty. What a great way to end Day 2.


SUNDAY, JUNE 22 | 11.00am - 6.00pm

12:00 pm
Room 201/202
SELF-PUBLISHING
You’ve heard it before: now is the best time to be making your own comics. Indie creators Amy Chu (Alpha Girl Comics), MING DOYLE (Mara), JANET LEE (Return of the Dapper Man) and JEREMY WHITELY (Princeless) talk about how they successfully published their own work.  They will answer your questions on the nuts and bolts, including the tough stuff like finding the right collaborators, self-promotion, and more!


Room 209/210
NICK CARDY MEMORIAL
Join TODD DEZAGO, CULLY HAMNER, MARK WAID and a plethora of Fans and Friends to celebrate the life and career of legendary comics artist, NICK CARDY. Everyone is welcome to come and share their stories and memories of this kind and talented man.


12:30 pm
Room 203A
Box Office Poison: An Evening with The Auteur’s Nathan T. Rex
Experience the hit creator-owned sensation The Auteur like never before when creators Rick Spears, James Callahan, and Luigi Anderson join special guests to take you on a multimedia crusade to the heart of creativity and the height of depravity! Also, there may be snacks!


12:30 pm
Room 207AB
EVERYTHING AND KITCHEN SINK
TOM SPURGEON of COMICS REPORTER, whom at this point is working on no sleep, sits down with DENIS KITCHEN AS HE DISCUSSES THE HISTORY OF Kitchen Sink Press. Joining Denis will be MARK SCHULTZ of Xenozoic Tales and former KSP editor TOM HEINTJES. History comes alive!!


12:30 pm
Room 207CD
TMNT: AN HOUR WITH KEVIN EASTMAN
CAP BLACKARD from the Nerdy Show sits down with the legendary co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, KEVIN EASTMAN. There will be a short multi-media presentation and then Q and A!!!


12:30 pm
Room 208
SEX CRIMINAL SUNDAY
Grab the kids and get them as far away from Room 208 as possible, because our most TV-MA moderator DOUG MERKLE will squirm around and blush as MATT FRACTION and CHIP ZDARSKY discuss their Image series SEX CRIMINALS. This may very well be the most popular series being published today. Stop by for an hour and find out why.


1:00 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.  Any participant over the age of 100 is an automatic winner!  The Quickdraw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!!  Be there!


1:30 pm
Room 201
Inking Panel—AN ANNUAL TRADITION CONTINUES ANNUALLY!
Any editor will tell you the importance of placing a capable inker on a project. Join Moderators Brandon Padgett and Terence Hoskins along with brush and pen masters DEXTER VINES, KARL STORY, and TIM TOWNSEND as they discuss the fine art of the fine line: the tools they use, the challenges they encounter, and the variety of penciling styles they need to negotiate.


1:30 pm
Room 209/210
SHOP TALK: DISCUSSING THE TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES OF THE TRADE
Join Moderator JIMMY AQUINO (COMIC NEWS INSIDER) as he chats with artists CLIFF CHIANG, ERIC CANETE, MING DOYLE and MICHAEL CHO about their craft and how they became the incredibly talented artists that they are today. And how they continue to challenge themselves into becoming even better (if that’s even possible!). 


2:00 pm
Room 203A
MASTERS OF WATERCOLOR
JOE RAUCH sits down and talks to some of the very best at utilizing watercolor in their comic art: SCOTT HAMPTON, KEVIN WADA, ANDREW ROBINSON, BRIAN STELFREEZE and CHARLES VESS. For all lovers of gorgeous art (aren’t we all?)


2:00 pm
Room 207AB
PERIOD INFLUENCE
TOM SPURGEON of COMICS REPORTER interviews BEN MARRA, JIM RUGG, KATIE SKELLY and TOM SCIOLI. They will discuss Period influences in their artwork and storytelling. Hold my calls, I’m going to this one.


2:00 pm
Room 207CD
LGBT CHARACTERS IN THE COMICS
TERRY MOORE’S Strangers in Paradise and GILBERT and JAIME HERNANDEZ of Love & Rockets are legends in the world of independent, non-super-hero comics, and both were among the first to bring to life LGBT characters in the comic book industry.  Join Terry, Gilbert, and Jaime along with KATE LETH (Kate or Die) with Bryan Pittard and Eric Punzone of Flame On! Podcast as they discuss all of their ground-breaking work.


2:30 pm
Room 203B
SCAD WORKSHOP: Intro to Animal Drawing for Creature Design
SCAD Professor Dove McHargue and artist for the Oni Press book “All Saints Day” will be offering a workshop on Drawing Animals for Creature Design. Dove will demonstrate how to use real world animal anatomy to create creatures and how to use simple anatomical building blocks to be able to create believable creatures. Bring supplies to draw with and on and prepare to have fun!


3:00 pm
WEST SIDE OF THE SHOW FLOOR
THE 2014 COSPLAY COSTUME CONTEST
Join us for our 2nd Annual Cosplay Costume Contest. All participants will be judged in the following categories

Kids: 12 and under
Best girl
Best boy
Best group/family

Adult:
Best Male
Best Female
Best Group
WINNERS will receive a 3 Day Pass to HeroesCon 2015!!!

Finally, Best in Show - judge’s choice, Smooth-On prize

3:30 pm
Room 209/210
PULPY GOODNESS
Pulp Heroes are back in a big way and we couldn’t be happier! Join moderator JOE RAUCH as he sits down with some of the New Masters of Pulp--FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (The Black Beetle), WILFREDO TORRES (The Shadow), TIM TRUMAN (Conan), EVAN SHANER (Flash Gordon) and FRANK BARBIERE (5 Ghosts). For this kind of noir work we are going to need another keg of ink!

3:30 pm
Room 203A
ANIMATION-AN ANNUAL TRADITION!!
Every year, Heroes’ own animation fanatic MATT KNAPIK discusses that world with a group of artists who have worked in the field for a number of years. This year we are honored to have DAVE BULLOCK (JLA: New Frontier), ERIC CANETE (Beware the Batman), ANDY SURIANO (Samurai Jack), DEREK HUNTER (Adventure Time) and REVEREND DAVE JOHNSON (Eyevis).


3:30 pm
Room 206
A COMICS JOURNALISM ROUNDTABLE
TOM HEINTJES of HOGAN’S ALLEY moderates this important discussion as to the state of Comics Journalism with TOM SPURGEON of COMICS REPORTER, HEIDI MACDONALD OF THE BEAT and CHRIS SIM of COMICS ALLIANCE. This promises to be a provocative and informative hour that you don’t want to miss.


4:00 pm
Room 203B
Making Comics... The Atomic Robo Way!
You know who comics are supposed to be for everyone? Well Atomic Robo, The World’s Greatest Action Science Comic, actually IS! This wildly successful sci-fi adventure series made a promise: regardless of age or gender - this book is for you. Join the folks behind Robo as they discuss how the spirit of inclusiveness informs the creative process, and the future of comics.


4:30PM
Room 209/210
Teaching Comics Series -The foundations of a SEQUENTIAL ART education
What Comics would you like to see taught to Junior High, HS or even younger to pique interest and lay some foundation. Moderator extraordinaire Shawn Daughhetee sits down with CRAIG FISCHER (Appalachian State), BRIAN PUACA (Christopher Newport University) STEVE SAFFEL (TITAN BOOKS) AND OTHERS to discuss this compelling and important topic.

This is our fourth year of TEACHING COMICS PANELS!! What a great way to end the show!


 

HeroesCon 2014
June 20-22, 2014

Charlotte Convention Center

501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

ADMISSION:
1-day Pass: $20 FRI -$20 SAT -$15 SUN
3-day Pass: $40
Kids 12 & Under get in FREE!

SHOW HOURS:
Friday: 11AM-7PM
Saturday: 10AM-6PM
Sunday: 11AM-6PM

ORGANIZED BY:
HEROES AREN'T HARD TO FIND
1957 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
704.375.7462
Fax: 704.375.7464

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