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COMPLETE EVENT SCHEDULE || Updated JUNE 13, 2015

FRIDAY

2:00 pm
Room 203A
GET GRAPHIC AT THE LIBRARY
Graphic novels and comics are an important and popular literacy tool for the modern library. This panel ANGEL TRUESDALE, Adult Services Specialist, KAPIL VASUDEV, Senior Library Assistant LARISA MARTIN, Children's Services Specialist and MARK ENGELBRECHT, Library Manager will share the history of graphic novels at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, the importance of the format with regard to literacy development and programs and materials offered for free at the library. We'll also discuss challenges aiming to remove graphic novels from library collections.

2:30 pm
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP I COMIC BOOK STORYTELLING - a CRASH COURSE!
TOM LYLE, former Marvel and DC artist on such titles as SPIDER-MAN and BATMAN, has been sharing his insight and knowledge as a Professor of Sequential Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design for the last seven years. He co-created the SPOILER for DC and designed the costume for the SCARLET SPIDER for the Clone Saga. In late 2011, Tom finished a graphic novel for a French publisher (BLACK BOX) and he is currently working on a graphic novel of his own. Tom is going to give you a rousing workshop that highlights the basics of comic book storytelling. He'll help you find your own voice through pictures. Just like the big guys. Come and have a great time.

2:30 pm
Room 206
BEE-STING—THE MOVIE
Last spring, writer MATTHEW D. SMITH and artist JEREMY MASSIE ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to turn their Alterna Comics graphic novel, “Bee Sting”, into an indie horror movie. Along with director WILLIAM GRAMMER, the tale of camp counselors encountering redneck
cannibals came to life as a wild and humorous homage to 80s slasher films. Come for a screening of the movie and stick around for a Q&A panel with moderator STACEY RADER,  writer/producer Matthew D. Smith, director William Grammer, actor/producer Anthony B. Harris, and actors T-Ray Maine and Chris Payne! 
RECOMMENDED for fans 15 and older of “Friday the 13th”, “Sleepaway Camp”, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, and “Shaun of the Dead”!

2:30 pm
Room 207AB
COVER ILLUSTRATORS
Moderator JOE RAUCH insists we all judge comic books by their covers. Come and meet ANDREW ROBINSON (5TH Beatle), RAMON PEREZ (Hawkeye), KEVIN WADA (Catwoman), CHRISTIAN WARD (ODY-C), BRIAN STELFREEZE (Day Men) as they discuss their special craft.

2:30 pm
Room 208
IMAGE PANEL
Comic News Insider Host/Producer JIMMY AQUINO talks to an eclectic group of Image Comics brightest talents: NATE SIMPSON (Nonplayer), TOBY CYPRESS (The White Suits), MIKE NORTON (Battle Pug), MATTHEW ROBERTS (Manifest Destiny) and JAKE WYATT (Necropolis).

3:00 pm
Room 209
TEACHING COMICS: THROUGH A HISTORICAL CONTEXT
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.

3:30 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. 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 201
LET’S MAKE A CHARACTER! WITH COMFORT LOVE AND ADAM WITHERS
COMFORT LOVE and ADAM WITHERS, along with special guests DAVID PETERSEN (Mouse Guard) and MIKE NORTON (Battle Pug), will not only talk about how to make a great character, but will create a new character on the spot with the audience's help. The seminar will be broken into two halves: first, Comfort and Adam will take you through the concepts of what it takes to make an awesome character. In the second, they will invite audience participation in creating a new character which will be conceived and drawn on the spot.

4:00 pm
Room 203A
TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE
CHRIS BRENNEMAN sits down with TOM SCIOLI to talk about his inspired comics featuring these two powerhouse properties.

4:00 pm
Room 206
ARCHER
Join Art Director NEAL HOLMAN and Lead Storyboard Artist KEVIN MELLON as they talk about making season six of FX’s ARCHER.  They’ll walk through the ins and outs of the season, and will answer any of your burning questions you have about how the show is made. Except that one question. They’re contractually bound to not answer that one.

4:00 pm
Room 208
COSTUME DESIGN IN THE COMICS
DEAN TRIPPE will sit down with a group of talented Spandex fashionistas to discuss the challenges and triumphs of designing a winning superhero costume KRIS ANKA (X-Men), ROBBI RODRIGUEZ (Spider-Gwen), BABS TARR (Batgirl) and ERICA HENDERSON (Squirrel Girl).

4:30 pm
Room 203B
PORTFOLIO REVIEW SESSIONS

LEGENDARY COMICS’ Senior Vice President/Editor-in-Chief, BOB SCHRECK will be in hand to give you his professional advice and critique of your portfolio. Please be sure to bring your artwork of sequential comics’ storytelling.
NOTE: Bob will review portfolios on Sunday as well

5:00 pm
Room 205
TEAM CUL DE SAC
Join CHRIS SPARKS and the Team Cul De Sac HeroesCon gang as they discuss the TCDS origin story. Chris started TCDS in 2010 in honor of cartoonist, Richard Thompson, who had to retire his strip Cul de Sac due to Parkinson's Disease. Team Cul De Sac has raised over $205,000 so far for Parkinson's Research through the Michael J Fox Foundation. Chris will also discuss how he and four friends collaborated to put together last year’s brilliant book: The Art of Richard Thompson. You’ll also get a sneak peek of some of the wonderful items being auctioned at tonight’s Drink and Draw event, like an original by Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell.

5:00 pm
Room 209
INKWELL AWARDS
Celebrate 5 years of recognizing and awarding comic's finest inkers at HeroesCon with the Inkwell Awards at their annual awards ceremony on Friday the 19th at 5pm in rooms 209-210.
Joining our host BOB ALMOND and spokes-model MS. INKWELL:
GUEST OF HONOR: KLAUS JANSON!
PRESENTERS: MARK MCKENNA & MIKE MCKONE!
And guest speakers ORION ZANGARA, CRAIG YOE and SCOTT HAMPTON! Surprise creator guests! See the live results of who was chosen on last May's ballot as your favorite 2014 comic book ink artists! Who will enter the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame? And the FIRST 20 non-member ATTENDEES will win a DOORPRIZE in a post-ceremony giveaway! Please join us!

5:30 pm
Room 201
SCAD WORKSHOP II FROM CONCEPT TO 3D PRINT
The industry is changing and you must be prepared to keep up with it. Maquettes and sculpting are a large part of the entertainment industry in film, animation, video games, sequential art, and toy design. Most of these industries have transitioned to digital applications. JOHN LARISON will talk about going from initial concept, to traditional sculpt, to 3D scan, and finally to a prototype 3D print. Using both traditional materials as well as a 3D printer and scanner, Larison will guide you through some of the industry changes and show you how the process works.

5:30 pm
Room 203A
EXPLOITATION
KEENAN MARSHALL KELLER (The Humans) will grill ED PISKOR (Hip Hop Family Tree), BENJAMIN MARRA (Night Business), JIM RUGG (Street Angel), TOM NEELY (The Humans), RICK SPEARS (The Auteur) and CHARLES FORSMAN (Revenger) about the influence of 70’s exploitation films on their comic art.

5:30 pm
Room 203B
COLORING FORUM FRIDAY
Come join a panel discussion of the under-appreciated craft of coloring comic books with MATT WILSON (Thor), TAMRA BONVILLAIN (Pisces), KELLY FITZPATRICK (Peter Panzerfaust), JASON LEWIS (Hell Yeah) and JUSTIN PONSOR (Star Wars). MARISSA LOUISE (Broken World) will cover what it is and what it adds through a side by side comparison of work and influences.

5:30 pm
Room 206
JUSTICE LEAGUE: The NEW FRONTIER SCREENING with LIVE DIRECTOR COMMENTARY.
Join animation Director DAVE BULLOCK for a fun filled screening of the fan favorite WB animated movie. Learn how this animated project was produced and about the amazing team behind its success! Q & A to follow.

5:30 pm
Room 207AB
ICONIC HEROES
TOM HEINTJES (Hogan’s Alley) discusses the challenges and triumphs a creator experiences while working on iconic established characters. Join TIM SALE (Captain America, Batman), DAVID ANTOINE WILLIAMS (X-MEN), EVAN SHANER (Flash Gordon) and WILFREDO TORRES (The Shadow: Year One).

5:30 pm
Room 207CD
THE IMMONENS
ADHOUSE publisher CHRIS PITZER sits down with STUART IMMONEN and KATHRYN IMMONEN to discuss their anticipated new book RUSSIAN OLIVE TO RED KING.

5:30 pm
Room 208
MARVEL CULT CHARACTERS
Call the sitter and tell them you’ll be late! JOE MOCHOVE and RUSTY ROWLEY, your friends from the internet sit down to discuss some of Marvel’s more offbeat and wonderful characters with JOE QUINONES & CHIP ZDARSKY (Howard the Duck), ERICA HENDERSON (Squirrel Girl), TRADD MOORE (Ghost Rider) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (Rocket Raccoon).

7:30 PM --HEROESCON’S DRINK AND DRAW BEGINS AT THE HILTON CENTER CITY ATRIUM!
BE A MULTI-TASKER: DRINK AND DRAW

COME CREATE AND BUY SOME ART AND HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR TEAM CUL DE SAC AND PARKINSON’S RESEARCH!

SATURDAY

11:00 AM
Room 201
SCAD WORKSHOP III MINI-COMICS: A LITTLE FUN
Cartoonist and SCAD professor DAVID ALLAN DUNCAN leads students young and old through the process of drawing, producing, and distributing mini-comics! Learn about the planning, storytelling, and drawing that goes into making a mini-comic. Create a mini-comic and a little sketchbook during the workshop. Materials provided, so come join the fun!

11:00 AM
Room 206
EVAN DORKIN ONE ON ONE
Even if moderator JOE RAUCH brings his ‘A’ game, he will be no match for the comic genius that is EVAN DORKIN (Milk ‘n’ Cheese, Beasts of Burden). Expect lots of terrific insights about his diverse career in comics here.

11:30 AM Room 203A
HISTORICAL COMICS
The Dollar Bin’s ADAM DAUGHHETEE discusses the challenges and influences involved with creating historically based comic stories with CHRIS SCHWEIZER (Crogan’s Adventures), ED PISKOR (Macedonia, The Beats) and MATTHEW ROBERTS (Manifest Destiny).

11:30 AM
Room 208
DC PANEL
Comic News Insider Host/Producer JIMMY AQUINO gets an update on the state DC COMICS from an all-star panel: MING DOYLE (Constantine), ROBERT VENDITTI (Green Lantern), BABS TARR (Batgirl), BEN CALDWELL (Prez), JEREMY HAUN (Constantine) and STEPHANE ROUX (Harley Quinn and Power Girl).

12:00 pm
Room 203B
SELF PUBLISHING
JOE MOCHOVE and RUSTY ROWLEY, your friends from the internet sit down with a group of creators who really walk-the-walk and have gone into business for themselves: RICH TOMMASO (Dark Corridor), MATTHEW ALLISON (Cankor), BENJAMIN MARRA (O.M.W.O.T.), JASON GONZALEZ (La Mano Del Destino) and CHARLES FORSMAN (Revenger).

12:00 pm
Room 207AB
JANSON AND FIFFE IN CONVERSATION
Two great artists, one great moderator and 200 gallons of ink! GREG MATIASEVICH talks with MICHEL FIFFE (Copra) and KLAUS JANSON (Daredevil, The Dark Knight Returns).

12:00 pm
Room 209
COMICS EDITING
Tales from the Bullpen! Join HEATHER PEAGLER as she sits down with MICHAEL EURY (formerly with DC) and STEVE SAFFEL (formerly with Marvel) in a discussion about the olden days of comics’ publishing before internet took over the way offices function.

12:30 pm
Room 207CD
HICKMAN'S COLLABORATORS (THE HICKMEN?)
JONATHAN HICKMAN is joined by his three creative partners to discuss their current projects: NICK DRAGOTTA (East of West), RYAN BODENHEIM (The Dying and The Dead) and NICK PITARRA (Manhattan Projects).

1:00 pm
COSPLAY GROUP PHOTO SHOOT
MEET: CONVENTION FLOOR: 2200 AISLE AT THE FRONT OF THE ROOM, NEAR DOCK GATE 4

1:00 pm
Room 208
MARVEL TOWN HALL
DOUG MERKLE tackles the tough issues facing the Marvel Universe with local reps: JASON AARON (Thor), CULLEN BUNN (Magneto), KATHRYN IMMONEN (Operation S.I.N.), MITCH GERADS (The Punisher) and JOE QUINONES (Howard the Duck). Up first, should registered mutants be awarded special parking privileges?

1:30 pm
Room 201
SCAD WORKSHOP IV 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!

1:30 pm
Room 203A
COVER DESIGN
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).

1:30pm
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!

1:30pm 
Room 207AB 
VIOLENT IMAGES
CAP BLACKARD of the Nerdy Show talks about handling violent topics with some of comics best and brightest: KEENAN MARSHALL KELLER & TOM NEELY (The Humans), JAMES HARREN (Rumble), ANDY BELANGER (Southern Cross) KAGAN MCLEOD (Kaptara) and FRANK TIERI  (Red Sonja). Bring a squeegee, it’s going to be CSI: CHARLOTTE without any of the permanent stains.

1:30pm
Room 209
RACE IN COMICS: MAKING REPRESENTATION MATTER
How and when does representation in comics matter? Is one token black or “ethnic” character enough or is the standard now two? Does turning an iconic white character black mean that a comic is actually interested in stories about black experience? Do we want people of color on the page or creating the page? What kinds of comics can really handle intersectionality as more than a stunt? An explosive indie market as well as declining numbers in mainstream comics have provided us with a range of successes and failures. Join moderator CONSEULA FRANCIS (Professor of English and Director of African American Studies at the College of Charleston) and GARY JACKSON (Assistant Professor of English at the College of Charleston and author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis) QIANA WHITTED (Associate Professor of English at University of South Carolina and co-editor of Comics and the U.S. South) and JEREMY WHITLEY (Writer/Creator, Princeless, The Pirate Princess; Writer, My Little Pony) for a lively discussion.

2:30pm
Room 203B
BUILDING YOUR PORTFOLIO:
LEGENDARY COMICS' and industry veteran, BOB SCHRECK, gives a talk on how to best prepare your portfolio in order to secure work in the crazy world of sequential art. He will give you helpful tips at getting your work in front of the people that can give you that first job in the biz!

2:30pm
Room 208
SPIDER-GWEN
JOE MOCHOVE and RUSTY ROWLEY, your friends from the internet sit down with the entire SPIDER-GWEN creative team-- JASON LATOUR, ROBBI RODRIGUEZ and RICO RENZI to talk about the most popular new comic book being published today!

3:00pm
Room 203A
HORROR
Once again heroes has a torch-bearing mob of immensely talented horror comics creators, JOE RAUCH talks live with CULLEN BUNN & TYLER CROOK (Harrow County), JAMES HARREN (B.P.R.D), BEN TEMPLESMITH (The Squidder) and FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (Afterlife With Archie).

3:00pm
Room 206
BLACKSAD WITH JUANJO GUARNIDO
CHRIS SCHWEIZER (Crogan’s Adventures) has a one on one with one of the very best cartoonists in the business: JUANJO GUARNIDO. This is must-see paneling!

3:00pm
Room 207AB
COSPLAY 101: HOW DID I GET HERE?
Curious about cosplay? Burning questions about the "right way" and the "wrong way"? Wondering if it's true that anyone can cosplay? This annual panel is a great jumping off point if you're new to the hobby and also a chance to get re-inspired if you're starting to feel jaded. Moderated by DJ SPIDER, with special guest panelists TBA

3:00pm
Room 207CD
LIFE AFTER FABLES
CHRIS BRENNEMAN talks with BILL WILLINGHAM and CHRISSIE ZULLO as they have the last word on FABLES and then discuss what plans lie in these two creative artist’s future. The first 400 in attendance will be guaranteed a Happily Ever After.

3:00pm
Room 209
AT THE JUNCTION OF WORDS AND PICTURES: THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CENTER FOR CARTOON STUDIES
For this year’s MEGA-PANEL, cartoonist BEN TOWLE and critic CRAIG FISCHER celebrate the first decade of the Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS), the influential school for comics artists located in White River Junction, Vermont. Ben will begin with a slide show/talk about the history of “how-to” cartooning guides, including How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, Understanding Comics, and the CCS-sponsored Adventures in Cartooning books by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost. Ben’s presentation will be followed by a screening of Cartoon College (Josh Melrod and Tara Wray, 2012, 75 minutes), a lively documentary that chronicles CCS’s history while focusing on a group of students furiously working on long-form comics for their graduation projects. One added attraction of Cartoon College: interviews with such luminaries as Scott McCloud, Art Spiegelman, Françoise Mouly, and Steve Bissette.
To explore the issues and situations brought up in Cartoon College, we’ll then move into a panel featuring CCS alumni and students. Our guests will be CHUCK FORSMAN, Oily Comics publisher and creator of such recent graphic novels and comics as TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer, and Revenger; SOPHIE GOLDSTEIN, writer/artist of the Ignatz-winning House of Women and AdHouse’s graphic novel The Oven; and current CCS student ANDY SHUPING. Come get the inside story on CCS from those in the know! The panel will end with a display of original art to be included in a major CCS art exhibit at Appalachian State University in fall 2015.

4:00pm
Room 201
HIP HOP FAMILY TREE
The Dollar Bin’s ADAM DAUGHHETEE talks Hip Hop Family Tree-the groundbreaking series from Fantagraphics- with writer/artist ED PISKOR.

4:00pm
Room 203B
SOCIAL MEDIA MASTERCLASS: TURNING TUMBLR INTO A CAREER
Moderator BETTY FELON discusses art, commerce and the internet with panelists: KRIS ANKA (X-Men), JAKE WYATT (Necropolis), BABS TARR (Batgirl) and KEVIN WADA (Catwoman).

4:00pm
Room 208
MILKFED CRIMINAL MASTERMINDS
From ODY-C to BITCH PLANET, SEX CRIMINALS to PRETTY DEADLY, MATT FRACTION and KELLY SUE DECONNICK are responsible for many of today's most compelling comics. Together they make up MILKFED CRIMINAL MASTERMINDS. Join them and their special guests CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals) and CHRISTIAN WARD (ODY-C) for a discussion of what's next for this burgeoning company!

4:30pm
Room 203A
ARTHUR ADAMS & GEOF DARROW IN CONVERSATION
TOM HEINTJES (HOGAN’S ALLEY) sits down with two great craftsmen ARTHUR ADAMS (Longshot) and GEOF DARROW (Shaolin Cowboy) to talk about creativity, inspiration, art and longevity!

4:30pm
Room 206
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: MEANWHILE ON E. 7th STREET...
Come explore the history of HeroesCon and the man behind the con, SHELTON DRUM. Meanwhile on E. 7th Street is a documentary centered on the 30th anniversary of HeroesCon and focused on the people who create America’s favorite comic convention. 
A PRICELESS MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTION
Executive Producer: MATT TYNDELL Producer/Director: JERE S THOMAS

4:30pm
Room 207AB
SOUTHERN BASTARDS
Pull up a pew and join moderator JOE RAUCH, your friends from the internet, as he talks to Southern gentlemen JASON AARON and JASON LATOUR, the acclaimed creative team behind one of today’s best comics.

4:30pm
Room 207CD
MARVEL BABIES AND RACCOONS
The Nerdy Show’s CAP BLACKARD goes toe to paw with SKOTTIE YOUNG as he talks about Rocket Raccoon, Marvel Babies and maybe, just maybe a ruby slipper or two.

6:00 pm CONVENTION FLOOR CLOSES BUT 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 (AND OCCASIONAL DROOLING) BEGINS NOW!!!!!

SUNDAY

12:00PM
CONVENTION FLOOR: 2200 AISLE AT THE FRONT OF THE ROOM, NEAR DOCK GATE 4
THE 2015 COSPLAY COSTUME CONTEST

Join us for our 3RD Annual Cosplay Costume Contest! DJ Spider will emcee the contest. No need to register in advance. There will be prizes in various divisions for Adults, Teens (13-17) and Kids
(12 and under). A panel of judges will determine the winners. All participants will be judged in the following categories:
Contestant picks the category they would like to be judged in. -- Children 12 and under * Best Boy * Best Girl * Best Group -- Teen (13-17) * Best Male * Best Female * Best Group -- Adult (18+) * Best Male * Best Female * Best Group
Prizes:
Children 12 and under will receive a Heroes Kid-Hero Approved button and coloring books.
Teen (13-17) will receive a ticket to HeroesCon 2016, a HeroesCon exclusive Spider-Gwen 5 variant, and a t-shirt
Adults (18+) will receive a ticket to HeroesCon 2016, a HeroesCon exclusive Spider-Gwen 5 variant, and a t-shirt. There will be two $50 prize packs given away, as well as a $100 group prize back (limit 4 in a group) courtesy of Reynolds Advanced Materials, a molding/casting supply company.

12:00pm
Room 201
SCAD WORKSHOP V DYNAMIC HERO PAINTING
RON SPEARS will demonstrate how to paint the Hero shot, using traditional oil paint. Beginning with a light drawing on canvas, he will show how to block in the major shapes, then use value and color to render the final form. Check out Ron’s work at ronspearsart.com!

12:00 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!

12:00 pm
Room 206
EMULATING NATURAL MEDIA IN PHOTOSHOP
KYLE T. WEBSTER, illustrator for The New Yorker, TIME, and ESPN will present methods for emulating natural media in Photoshop, including pencils, inks, Copic, watercolors, and oil paint. Throughout the demonstration, he will be using custom Photoshop brushes he has designed for artists at Marvel, DC, Sony Pictures, Laika, and Disney/Pixar. In addition to demonstrating the qualities of these unique tools, he will go through the process of designing a character using silhouetting, a pencil sketch, and several color studies. In addition to his illustration work, Kyle is the owner and creator of the world's best-selling Photoshop brushes for artists (KyleBrush.com).

12:00 pm
Room 207CD
STAR WARS
Mental Floss columnist RICH BARRETT negotiates trade agreements with the ENTIRE CREATIVE TEAM of the newest STAR WARS series:
JASON AARON, STUART IMMONEN, WADE VON GRAWBADGER and JUSTIN PONSOR!

12:00 pm
Room 209
INDY CREATORS
JOE MOCHOVE and RUSTY ROWLEY talk with some of the best talents on the independent publishing scene: ALEXIS ZIRITT & FABIAN RANGEL JR (Space Riders), AARON CONLEY (Sabertooth Swordsman), ANDREW MACLEAN (ApocalyptiGirl) and SOPHIE GOLDSTEIN (The Oven).

12:30pm
Room 203A
INKING PANEL -- our annual tradition presented annually every year give or take.
BRANDON PADGETT AND TERENCE HOSKINS talk inking protocol with an all-star inking squad: JOHN BEATTY (Secret Wars), KLAUS JANSON (Daredevil), DEXTER VINES (Amazing X-MEN), KARL STORY (Action Comics) and TIM TOWNSEND (Wolverine and the X-MEN). Careful, this looks to be a shady bunch.

12:30 pm
Room 207AB
HUMOR
WHAT’S SO DANG FUNNY? This bunch of folks that’s what: moderator and Heroes Store Manager JUSTIN CROUSE and CHIP ZDARSKY (Howard the Duck), RYAN BROWNE (God Hates Astronauts), MATT CHAPMAN (Gravity Falls), ANDY SURIANO (Samurai Jack). This will be a qualified hoot!

12:30 pm
Room 208
IMAGE SCI-FI
CHRIS BRENNEMAN talks sci-fi concepts with some of IMAGE COMICS’ most innovative creators: JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER (Empty Zone), IVAN BRANDON (Drifter), ERIC CANETE (Run Love Kill), MATTEO SCALERA (Black Science) and TULA LOTAY (Supreme: Blue Rose).

1:00 pm
Room 203B
ALL AGES PANEL --- A HEROES SUNDAY TRADITION!
The Dollar Bin’s ADAM DAUGHHETEE talks with JEREMY WHITLEY (Princeless), JOEY ELLIS (Leaky Timbers), MIKE MAIHACK (Cleopatra in Space), JOEY WEISER (Mermin), JASON HORN (Ninjasaur) and ROYDEN LEPP (Rust).

1:30 pm
Room 201
SCAD WORKSHOP VI DIGITAL COLORING TECHNIQUES IN MANGA STUDIO
Manga Studio is a versatile and useful tool for the comic artist and colorist. In this workshop, KIT SEATON will demonstrate fast flatting and various rendering techniques in Manga Studio 5, and integrating that process with Adobe Photoshop. Learn some great basics and help get your coloring groove on.

1:30 pm
Room 206
COLOR STORYTELLING
There's an Easter Egg in every piece of entertainment you read or watch: color. Come listen to LAURA MARTIN (A-force), DAVE McCAIG (American Vampire), BRIAN REBER (XO Manowar), and NOLAN WOODARD (All New Ultimates) discuss how some of their favorite color-storytelling moments in movies have inspired their work in comics.

1:30 pm
Room 207CD
BILL WILLINGHAM & DAVID PETERSEN IN CONVERSATION
BILL WILLINGHAM (Fables) and DAVID PETERSEN (Mouse Guard) will discuss the creative process, the world of comics and whatever else strikes their fancy. You don’t want to miss this!

1:30 pm
Room 209
COVER VARIANCE
The Nerdy Show’s CAP BLACKARD discusses the challenges both creative and editorial with crafting variant covers. Panelists: TOMMY LEE EDWARDS, PHIL NOTO, ARTHUR ADAMS, SANFORD GREENE and MARK BROOKS.

2:00 pm
Room 203A
ANIMATION HOUR--ANOTHER GREAT SUNDAY HEROES TRADITION
Join Heroes’ own MATT ‘SNAPS’ KNAPIK as he talks about all-things animated with CREATURE BOX (Spider Kitty), MERRILL HAGEN (Teen Titan Go!), C MARTIN CROKER (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), STEPHANIE GLADDEN (Powerpuff Girls) and NATALIE ANDREWSON (Mamuna).

2:00 pm
Room 207AB
LIVE DRAW(L)
Several of HeroesCon’s brilliant artists bravely venture to the stage to chat with Jason Latour (Southern Bastards) about their approach and philosophy to making comics while drawing live. All art produced will be auctioned off, with the proceeds donated to a TBD charity.

2:00 pm
Room 208
COSPLAY 201: HOW DO I DO THAT? -
Many cosplayers have questions regarding materials, methods and tutorials. This panel will give an overview of popular mediums for costumes and props, and all participants to ask for advice on how to make their cosplays even better. Moderated by DJ SPIDER, with guest panelists TBA

2:30 pm
Room 203B
PORTFOLIO REVIEW SESSIONS
LEGENDARY COMICS’ Senior Vice President/Editor-in-Chief, BOB SCHRECK will be in hand to give you his professional advice and critique of your portfolio. Please be sure to bring your artwork of sequential comics’ storytelling.

6:00 pm CONVENTION ENDS




 

HeroesCon 2016
June 17-19, 2016

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