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The Summer of Valiant Heats Up Heroescon 2013!

This weekend, Valiant Entertainment is heading south for HeroesCon 2013 in Charlotte, NC – the largest independent comic convention in the United States!

From Friday, June 7th to Sunday, June 9th, visit Valiant in the Charlotte Convention Center at booth #1220/1319 for a ton of special guests, signings, convention exclusives, and free giveaways! Kick off the weekend with an advance look at Quantum and Woody #1 – in stores July 10th – in the pages of the FREE Valiant Summer 2013 Preview Edition, then browse a comprehensive selection of Valiant comics, trade paperback and hardcovers.

Plus, for the first time ever, Valiant will also have a complete array of merchandise from its new partners at Cinder Block available for sale – including t-shirts, hats, buttons and more!

Then, find out everything you need to know about the next year of the Valiant Universe at the Valiant 2013: Inside the Summer of Valiant panel presentation! Join acclaimed creators Robert Venditti, Justin Jordan, Matt Kindt, Tom Fowler, Associate Editor Jody LeHeup, Publisher Fred Pierce and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani for an exclusive round of news and announcements about the most exciting universe in comics.

The Summer of Valiant starts this weekend – only at HeroesCon!


Valiant Hits Heroescon This Weekend

This weekend, the Summer of Valiant is sweeping into Charlotte, NC for HeroesCon’s landmark 30th anniversary! From Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24, Valiant Entertainment will be boothside for a jam-packed weekend full of signings, portfolio reviews, panel appearances and con-only items!
Stop by booth 228 for signings from the chart-topping creative team of Robert Venditti & Cary Nord (X-O Manowar) and red hot artist Clayton Henry (Archer & Armstrong)! Plus, purchase an exclusive X-O Manowar #1/Harbinger #1 double-sided sketch cover flipbook – available only at HeroesCon – and check out the official Summer of Valiant Panel on Saturday from 5-6 pm in room 208ab for an advance look at what the future holds!
See below for a full schedule of Valiant’s weekend appearances. We’ll see you in Charlotte!
Valiant HeroesCon 2012 Schedule
Friday, June 22nd:
2:00 – 3:00: Open Call Portfolio Revue with Associate Editor Jody LeHeup
3:00 – 4:00: Clayton Henry
4:00 – 5:00: Robert Venditti
5:00 – 6:00: Cary Nord and Robert Venditti
Saturday, June 23rd:
12:30 – 1:30: Selected and Posted Portfolio Reviews by Executive Editor Warren Simons
1:30 – 2:30: Clayton Henry
2:30 – 3:30: Open Call Portfolio Revue with Associate Editor Jody LeHeup
3:30 – 4:30: Robert Venditti & Cary Nord
5:00 – 6:00: Valiant Panel (room 208ab)


Sunday, June 24th:
 12:30 – 1:30: Selected and Posted Portfolio Reviews by Executive Editor Warren Simons
1:30 – 2:30: Open Call Portfolio Revue with Associate Editor Jody LeHeup
2:30 – 3:30: Robert Venditti
3:30 – 4:30: Robert Venditti & Cary Nord

Arena Comics Launches Superhero-schizophrenic Splitsville During HeroesCon 2012

Arena Comics is launching their first exciting new title Splitsville at HeroesCon 2012 which is being held on June 21-23 2012 in the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.

Written by Ben Fisher and penciled by Kevin Stokes, the first issue of Splitsville will be released in a beautiful special edition hardcover packed with extras, including sketches, pin-ups, and script samples. Don’t miss out on the book Broken Frontier calls “startlingly unique,” “razor-sharp” and “delightfully wicked!”

Splitsville is a 3 issue mini-series, which will sport a HeroesCon 30th Anniversary Variant cover, limited to 200 copies. Splitsville will be solicited via Diamond in months to come.


Words: Ben Fisher
Art: Kevin Stokes
Inks: Adam Markiewicz
Colors: Tony Washington

Stalwart is the world’s only superhero and his arch-nemesis, Master Mayhem, the only super-villain. What neither knows, however, is that they are the same man- two halves of a split personality. But their devious sidekicks know the truth – and have made millions exploiting the situation.

The system appears flawless… until a brash new super heroine unexpectedly arrives on the scene and publically challenges the arrogant Stalwart to a not-so-friendly wager regarding Master Mayhem’s defeat. With the sidekicks’ elaborate con on the brink of total collapse, will anyone survive?

Splitsville is the first book to the released by Arena Comics.
Splitsville will be published in three issues, with each installment being a high-end hard cover filled with behind the scenes extras and concept sketches.

Other titles which will be solicited, will be Tiger Style (by Chris Walker, Kevin Stokes, John McGuire), Wellkeeper (by Derrick Fish), Hidden Worlds (by Ben Fisher and Kevin Stokes), Yazmin Khan’s Midsummer Night’s Bedtime Tales, Raptor (by Ayana “Jett” Blakk, John McGuire, Chris Walker). Story Previews can be found here http://www.arena-comics.com/story-previews.html

Advanced Reviews have already proven Arena Comics are certainly starting out strong!

“A delightfully wicked, slickly produced surprise from a brand new indie publisher, Arena Comics’ Splitsville is for aficionados of quality superhero comics everywhere and sets the bar high for this intriguing new company.” ~ Broken Frontier http://www.brokenfrontier.com/reviews/p/detail/splitsville-1

Find us on Twitter (@arena_comics) and on Facebook (@officialarenacomics) and (@officialsplitsvillecomic) and of course on our official website: http://www.arena-comics.com/


Arena Comics is an American publisher of genre-spanning comic books, magazines and novels.
The company was founded in 2012 and distances itself from its peers by adopting a European packaging style and aesthetic.
Most titles are printed in hardcover, often using non-traditional formats and sizes.



HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from every region of the country to the Charlotte Convention Center.


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It’s a nice mix of news this week with some convention news, post Flashpoint and more.  While you were catching up on the weekend’s built up email, here’s the news you might have missed.

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AlterNet – Is ‘X-Men: First Class’ the Love Story of Professor X and Magneto? – The answer is yes.





Post Flashpoint:

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Supergirl #1 Writers From Superman/Batman

Bleeding Cool – DC Cancellations: Northlanders

Con Coverage:

MTV Geek – HeroesCon 2011: Ethan Van Sciver Talks About Writing DC’s Brand New Firestorm

MTV Geek – HeroesCon 2011: Artist Skottie Young Talks About Drawing Chickens and Digital Downloads

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Comicsgirl – Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity

MTV Geek – Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Superheroes

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It’s a new week and the post Flashpoint DC news is still coming out, this time focusing on the Batman line of comics.  While you were distracted by “Weinergate,” here’s the news you might have missed.

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IGN – Exclusive: DC Focuses on Diversity in Batman TitlesCause this is the family of comics I think of when it comes to diversity.

Post Flashpoint:

IGN – Batman Inc. Returns With New #1

MTV Geek – DC Announces The New Batman Family of Titles! [Updated]

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch 2012: Batman Inc #1 Next Year

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Animal Man #1 (UPDATE)

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Scott Lobdell On Superboy #1

Bleeding Cool – DC Comics Relaunch: Batman And Robin, Dark Knight… And Batgirl!

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Cover To Catwoman #1

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Cover To Nightwing #1

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Detective Comics #1 Cover

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Cover To Swamp Thing #1

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Cover To Batwoman #1

Con Coverage:

Comic Book Resources – HeroesCon ’11: Hammer Time!

MTV Geek – HeroesCon 2011: The Thor Panel With Matt Fraction, Roger Langridge, and Jonathan Hickman

Comic Book Resources – HeroesCon ’11: The Green Lantern Panel

MTV Geek – HeroesCon 2011 Wrap-Up (In Photos): It’s All About The Art!

MTV Geek – HeroesCon 2011: Project Rooftop Panel Highlights Redesigning The Superhero Costume

Comic Book Resources – HeroesCon ’11: Matt Fraction’s Fear Itself Panel

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Book Passion for Life – Storm Born

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It’s a new week and the news for the weekend trickled up a bit.  But, while you were out seeing X-Men: First Class this weekend, here’s the news you might have missed.

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Vietnamnet Bridge – Hanoi through comic booksA short article about a comic book festival in Vietnam that has some really nice art.

The Jerusalem Post – People of the (comic) bookA solid article detailing Jewish contributions to the graphic medium.

Kotaku – Sunday ComicsKotaku brings the week’s best web comics.

Post Flashpoint:

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Details On Teen Titans #1

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Greg Capullo’s Cover To Batman #1

Con Coverage:

MTV Geek – HeroesCon 2011: Artist Peter Krause Talks To Us About Leaving Irredeemable

The Beat – HeroesCon Frolic — Fri-Sat

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There was a pretty big convention this weekend, but the DC news seems to not be much of a factor when it comes to news coming out of it.  While you were relaxing and enjoying the weekend, here’s the news you might have missed.

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The Weekly Standard – The Crash of 1993An interesting look at this important time of comic books.

Post Flashpoint:

Bleeding Cool – The Great DC Relaunch Conspiracy That Just Happens Not To Be True

Con Coverage:

MTV Geek – Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting On Remaking The FF

MTV Geek – Evan Dorkin, Roger Langridge and Richard Thompson Talk Humor in Comics

Bleeding Cool – San Diego Comic Con Exclusive – Dave Stevens: Complete Sketches & Studies

The Beat – HeroesCon is going on

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Graphic Novel Reviews – The Little Prince

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Yay, the weekend’s here, which gives you time to head to your local shop and debate DC comic’s reboot/relaunch plan.

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Bleeding Cool – The Mystery Of Titanium Rain Volume 2There’s a few comic books from this publisher I’m anticipating and sadly they’re quality.


Bleeding Cool – DC Comics: Relaunch: Vigilante #1?

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Brian Wood Not Writing Supergirl #1

Bleeding Cool – The Secret Origins Of The DC Relaunch

The Beat – DC announces digital pricing strategy: “Price parity”

Con Coverage:

Bleeding Cool – WonderCon Without A WonderVenue

The Beat – Don’t Forget: HEROESCON! this weekend

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Good Comic Books – Batman: Knight of Vengeance #1

Giant Fire Breathing Robot – Stigmata

Comic Book Resources – Thunderbolts #158

Martin’s View – Comic Books of the Week (6/1/11) part 1

Baltimore Comic-Con Heads South to HeroesCon this Weekend!

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Baltimore Comic-Con Heads South to HeroesCon This Weekend!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – June 2, 2011 – Cards, Comics & Collectibles and the Baltimore Comic-Con will be heading down to North Carolina this weekend to attend the 29thAnnual HeroesCon, being held at the Charlotte Convention Center, located at 501 S. College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.

HeroesCon is one of the longest-running comic conventions in the country and is promoted by Sheldon Drum, owner of the Charlotte retail store Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find.

While at the show, be sure to swing by the Cards, Comics & Collectibles booths (#’s 626, 628, 639, 725, 727 and 729) to pick up Artist Alley and Exhibitor registration forms and to find out more information about ticket packages for Stan Lee’s appearance at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con. Last week, it was officially announced that Stan Lee would be the Guest of Honor at this year’s show, which will take place August 20-21, 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

“We’re very excited to be heading down to Charlotte for the show,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con and owner of Cards, Comics & Collectibles. “Sheldon puts on a great, family-friendly show each and every year.”

For more information on the show, including guest list, programming and schedule of events, visit http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/.

Confirmed guests for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con include: Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee; Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Nick Cardy (Aquaman, Teen Titans); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (50 Girl 50, X-Men: Schism, New Ultimates); Todd Dezago (Super Hero Squad, The Perhapanauts); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics, Batman Confidential); Michael Golden (creator of Bucky O’Hare); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc., Courting Disaster); Steve Hamaker (Bone); Cully Hamner (Red, Red: Eyes Only); (Dean Haspiel (The Alcoholic, Act-i-Vate); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); Laura Martin (New Avengers, Thor); Mark Morales (Fear Itself cover artist); Kevin Nowlan (Wednesday Comics); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Walter Simonson (Thor); Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL); Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0); Brian Stelfreeze (Wednesday Comics); Karl Story (DC Universe Legacies); Tim Truman (Conan the Cimmerian); Neil Vokes (Flesh & Blood, Eagle: The Original Adventures); and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).

In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 20th.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

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DC post-Flashpoint news continues to trickle out as well as the usual deluge of reviews from other sites.  Also the return of a long dead comic book line!  Check out the news you might have missed.

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Shockya – Valiant Entertainment Reintroducing Valiant Universe in 2012There’s potential here, but I don’t see how fourth or fifth time’s a charm.

Geekweek – Paramount To Adapt DC’S THE MIGHTY Graphic NovelHaven’t read it, so no idea if this is a good idea or not.

Post Flashpoint:

Bleeding Cool – DC Announces Justice League #1 Print Or Digital For $3.99 – $4.99 For Both

Comics Alliance – Comic Book Retailers Weigh in on the DC Comics Reboot and Same Day Digital

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Duane Swierczynski And Batman

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Teen Titans #1

The Beat – JMS: “Reboot was DiDio’s dream”

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Batwoman #1

Con Coverage:

MTV Geek – HeroesCon Preview: What We’re Looking Forward To At This Year’s Convention

Around the Tubes Reviews:

IGN – The Amazing Spider-Man #663

IGN – Astonishing X-Men #39

IGN – Avengers Academy #14.1

IGN – Batman Beyond #6

IGN – DC Universe Online: Legends #9

IGN – Fear Itself: The Deep #1

IGN – Flashpoint: Abin Sur – The Green Lantern #1

IGN – Flashpoint: Batman – Knight of Vengeance #1

IGN – Flashpoint: Secret Seven #1

IGN – Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #1

IGN – Hellboy: The Fury #1

IGN – Herc #4

IGN – Hulk #34

IGN – iZombie #14

IGN – Jonah Hex #68

IGN – Moon Knight #2

IGN – Secret Six #34

IGN – S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 2 #1

IGN – Superboy #8

IGN – Sweet Tooth #22

IGN – Thunderbolts #158

IGN – Uncanny X-Force #11

IGN – Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters & Mutants #4

IGN – Wonder Woman #611

IGN – X-Men #12

IGN – Comic Book Reviews for 6/1/11

Comicvine – Comic Book Reviews For The Week of 6/1/11

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