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Comics A.M. | HeroesCon doubles exhibition space

HeroesCon

HeroesCon

Conventions | HeroesCon, which begins Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, will double in size this year, with the exhibit area increasing from 100,000 to 200,000 square feet. “There’s a whole lot more of everything,” says founder Shelton Drum. Including people? Last year’s convention drew in 17,000 attendees, and Drum thinks this year’s event will attract more newcomers curious about the source material of their favorite movies. [Winston-Salem Journal]

Creators | Peter Bebergal talks with Alan Moore about Jerusalem, magic, comics, and the tendency to conflate gods with superheroes: “It is contrived, because they’re not at all the same. Superheroes are the copyrighted property of big corporations. They are purely commercial entities; they are purely about making a buck. That’s not to say that there haven’t been some wonderful creations in the course of the history of the superhero comic, but to compare them with gods is fairly pointless. Yes, you can make obvious comparisons by saying the golden-age Flash looks a bit like Hermes, as he’s got wings on his helmet, or the golden-age Hawkman looks a bit like Horus because he’s got a hawk head. But this is just to say that comics creators through the decades have taken their inspiration where they can find it. Before I was interested in magic as a viable way of life, I was certainly aware of the occult, and wouldn’t be above taking names or concepts or ideas from the occult.” [The Believer]

Geoff Johns

Geoff Johns

Creators | Geoff Johns looks back on his nearly decade-long run writing Green Lantern and forward to his new projects. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | In a video interview shot at Long Beach Comic Expo, Brian Buccellato talks about writing the New 52 version of The Flash. [Forbidden Planet]

Creators | Matt Miner talks about his new comic Liberator, published by Black Mask (of Occupy Comics fame): “The concept of the book is a gritty, underground, animal liberation, adventure/vengeance story, with two young antiheroes who take direct action in defense of animals. So, instead of fighting intergalactic war, or taking out supervillains in tights, they’re more grounded in reality, and based on real people who actually do this kind of thing in real life.” [punknews.org]

Jim Salicrup

Jim Salicrup

Publishing | Jim Salicrup, dubbed the “Kick Ass Jew of the Month,” discusses his long career as an editor, starting at Marvel when he was 15 and now as the co-founder of Papercutz. [Jews Kick Ass]

Conventions | A cosplayer and a collector explain why they enjoyed last weekend’s Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con. [Delaware County News Network]

Conventions | Marietta, Georgia, got its first comic con this year, and organizer Mario Russo explained why small can sometimes be beautiful: “This is kid-friendly — there’s comics kids can read, they can dress up in costumes and just be with their families.” And at $5 per ticket, as opposed to DragonCon’s $130, it’s wallet-friendly as well. [The Marietta Daily Journal]

Retailing | The New York Post’s newest blog polls retailers about which comics sell surprisingly well in their stores. [Parallel Worlds]

Retailing | Retailer Chris Bullard is offering a free comic to every student who brings their report card to his store, Game Master’s Emporium, in Chatham, Ontario. “The whole point is that you prove that you’ve stayed in school for a year,” said Bullard, who believes comics can help students learn to read, and he hopes to expand his Comics for Grades event next year. [Chatham Daily News]

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That’s possibly the VERY WORST picture of Jim Salicrup to accompany that PARTICULAR article.

That last bit’s an interesting idea. Might be something worth exploring by other comic shops.

@drmedula – that’s the photo the website used and Jim posed for the picture… I don’t see a problem with this.

Heroes Con. Yawn! The real Charlotte Super hero party is at Purgatory.

Heroes Con or Purgatory? Not sure how these two would conflict in someone’s schedule but if you have to choose go with the Heroes Con. It’s always great! Pay no attention to the clueless. Purgatory is full of fat and or bald dudes hoping to see two girls makeout. So if you are a leftover from the goth or rave scene it could be just for you. “Heroes Con – like Purgatory without the smell of desperation.”

Is Shelton Drum related to Jericho Drum?

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