This weekend it’s the 30th annual HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC. Wow 30 years! Not too many shows have that kind of heritage, but Shelton Drum’s show has now settled down into the so-much-fun I-can’t-wait-to-see-everyone good time con experience. We’ll be quite busy with THREE panels as follows:


Room 203A
Approaches to Humor
Sure the Convention is HeroesCon, but let’s never forget the funny side of the comic book world.  Join The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald as she sits down with three of the very best cartoonists in the business.  They are able to me us smile and even laugh out loud Roger Langridge (The Muppets, Fred the Clown) and Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese) and newcomer Tim Rickard(Brewster Rockit: Space Guy)


Room 209
ITEM–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?


Room 207ABCD
COVERS PAINTING (Covers Mini-Series #3)
Is there anything better than a painted comic cover?  With the exception of a Chocolate Marshmallow Milkshake served in a frosty tin, I suggest, no–no, there is not.  But plan to join moderator Heidi MacDonald from The Beat as she talks oil and canvas and brushes with Chrissie Zullo, Earl Norem, Dave Cooper, Phil Noto and Jim Silke.  Someone save me a seat (and a straw), please!!

Holy crap…I get to be on a panel with Earl Norem?

That Earl Norem?

In case you’re wondering the above illustration is for the story “What to do when she says she’s pregnant.”

Anyway it will be a privilege to be on all of these panels. I hope I don’t mess them up. The rest of the time I’ll be wandering around, snooping chatting folks up.

HeroesCon is a little close to SDCC this year, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to have a good time. Please come up and say hi!