Official Press Release
Continuing a string of high-profile announcements leading up to this summer’s Heroes Convention in Charlotte, NC, show organizers have confirmed that the team of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting will appear at HeroesCon 08, taking place June 20-22. Writer Brubaker and artist Epting were behind the recent “Death of Captain America” storyline, in which the iconic superhero was killed by a sniper’s bullet. The event was widely covered by news outlets including The New York Times, MSNBC, and NPR, among others. The pair joins a large guest list filled with other high-profile creators, including Invincible Iron Man writer Matt Fraction, former Mad Magazine editor Al Feldstein, and Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley.
Making his first appearance at HeroesCon, Ed Brubaker is the Eisner Award-winning writer behind Uncanny X-Men, Daredevil, and Captain America, as well as his own crime series, Criminal. Returning guest Steve Epting, who lives in South Carolina, drew The Avengers for years before becoming the artist on the super-popular Captain America series. “It’s writers and artists like Ed and Steve who are behind the recent critical acclaim for comics,” says HeroesCon owner Shelton Drum. “We’re incredibly excited to be hosting them this summer.”
Other high-profile comics creators attending the show are Invincible Iron Man writer Matt Fraction, who also collaborated with Brubaker on Iron Fist and the upcoming Uncanny X-Men; and Daredevil artist and fellow Brubaker collaborator Michael Lark. Also returning to HeroesCon this year is Greg Rucka, who co-created the multiple Eisner Award-winning Gotham Central series with Brubaker, and wrote the two Whiteout graphic novels, the first of which has been adapted into a Kate Beckinsale-starring movie set for 2008 release.
A Charlotte tradition since 1982, HeroesCon has quietly become one of the most popular comic book conventions in the nation, annually drawing over 10,000 fans to uptown Charlotte. With a guest list already over 300 artists, writers, and comics industry professionals, this year’s HeroesCon seems poised to exceed all the organizers’ expectations. Says owner Shelton Drum, “It’s humbling, the amount of support we receive from the comics community. It proves that there’s still a place for a fun comics convention that you can bring your whole family to.”
Heroes Convention 2008 is an annual comics convention founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, who also owns and operates the Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop in Charlotte, NC. For more information refer to www.heroesonline.com.
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