Featured Artist: Rhiannon Owens

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HALL OF HEROES is a new comic convention for Jacksonville. This partnership between publisher, promoter and COLLECTIVE CON co-founder Max Michaels and SUPERHERO HIVE & SUPERHERO BEACH comic shops brings together a show celebrating the art and creators of comics. This one day con is scheduled for Saturday November 12th, 2016 (Veteran’s Day Weekend) at the Snyder Armory on Normandy Boulevard. More information at HallofHeroesJax.com

Rhi - Hall of HeroesRhiannon Owens is a Florida based artist who currently specializes in sketch cards for Topps and Marvel Comics, with a love of comic books and fantasy art. Her work can be seen on promos, print ads, package designs, and other mediums for a variety of publishers. Rhiannon was recently featured in the article Trading Card Art — Rhiannon Drew it and Scott Lobdell Loves it on ComicVine.com written by the legendary Scott Lobdell.

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Featured Writer: Zack Kaplan

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HALL OF HEROES is a new comic convention for Jacksonville. This partnership between publisher, promoter and COLLECTIVE CON co-founder Max Michaels and SUPERHERO HIVE & SUPERHERO BEACH comic shops brings together a show celebrating the art and creators of comics. This one day con is scheduled for Saturday November 12th, 2016 (Veteran’s Day Weekend) at the Snyder Armory on Normandy Boulevard. More information at HallofHeroesJax.com

ECLIPSE

 

Imagine if sunlight burned you alive. In the near future, a mysterious solar event has transformed the sun’s light into deadly immolating rays. The world’s few survivors now live in nocturnal cities. But a killer emerges who uses sunlight to burn his victims, and when he targets the daughter of a solar power mogul, it falls to a disillusioned solar engineer to protect her.

Zack KaplanZack Kaplan is a comic book writer excited to debut his first book, Top Cow’s new series, ECLIPSE. He taught screenwriting at the International Academy of Film and TV, located in the Philippines. He is a member of the WGA and also writes film and television. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

First of all, congrats on your debut comic!

Thank you! It’s been super exciting to have it received so well.

How did you manage to get your foot in the door with Top Cow?

After pitching many ideas over many years, I submitted ECLIPSE to Top Cow, and Matt Hawkins, the Top Cow President, is also an amazing sci-fi writer, and so he connected with the idea of a sci-fi world where the sunlight burns people alive. I had been writing for years, but comic book writing was a new medium to me. Growing up reading comics for decades helps, but so does having an awesome team of editors and artists to work with.

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PREVIEWS – August 2016

We here at the Super Hero HQ take a sneak peek at what’s in store in October!

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REBORN by Mark Millar and Greg Capullo – Image Comics

REBORN

It goes without saying that Mark Millar is a legend in the industry. Now he’s teaming up with one of the best Batman artists in recent history: Greg Capullo! If that’s not reason enough, it’s about a recently passed woman on a quest through the afterlife to find her long lost husband.

STAR TREK: Boldly Go – IDW

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Picking up where “Star Trek Beyond” leaves off, Kirk and crew continue their voyage where no one has gone before…

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Featured Artist: Adam Bryce Thomas

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HALL OF HEROES is a new comic convention for Jacksonville. This partnership between publisher, promoter and COLLECTIVE CON co-founder Max Michaels and SUPERHERO HIVE & SUPERHERO BEACH comic shops brings together a show celebrating the art and creators of comics. This one day con is scheduled for Saturday November 12th 2016 (Veteran’s Day Weekend) at the Snyder Armory on Normandy Boulevard. More information at HallofHeroesJax.com

Adam Bryce ThomasAdam Bryce Thomas is a comic artist currently working for Archie Comics. He works as the main penciler for the Sonic Universe series and has contributed works to other comics in the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. In addition to penciling, Adam has collaborated with many writers as lead artist, a recent example being Outre Press’s Anthology #5: Desire. In addition to drawing comics, Adam spends his free time expressing himself with watercolors and illustration. He is passionate about encouraging young artists and strives to be an approachable, welcoming presence in the industry.

When did you first decide to pursue art?

Probably during high school, though I had been creating things since I was a child really in a dedicated manner.

How did you get your foot in the door with Archie Comics?

With Archie it took me actually going to NY ComicCon and giving my portfolio to the editor himself. I spent time working with him for around a year through emails until I got my first gig.

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SUICIDE SQUAD – Review! (Spoiler Free)

Suicide Squad

The plot of Suicide Squad is pretty straight forward, it’s essentially a super-villain team-up movie starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Will Smith as Dead-Shot, with tons of other DC character appearances. It’s a colorful movie with a great sound track but there’s so much going on that it can be disorienting at times.

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THE SUICIDE SQUAD?!

DC’s new Cinematic Universe is in full swing! Following up Man of Steel and this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is one of the wildest-looking comic book movies in a long time: Suicide Squad!

The movie is loosely based on the premise of the comics of the same name, about a top-secret government project headed by Amanda Waller to form a team of super villains to take down an ever bigger bad. The line-up includes Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Dead-shot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Jared Leto as The Joker!

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Task Force X aka the Suicide Squad has gone through a number of incarnations since it’s first appearance back in The Brave and the Bold #25 (1959), but we’ve never seen anything quite like this line up! For those looking to brush up on some nerdy knowledge, here’s a rundown of all the characters and their comic book back stories…

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The Best of STAR TREK – 20 Must Watch Episodes and Movies!

Over the last 50 years, Star Trek has become one of the biggest cultural phenomenons in the world. If you’re new to the Final Frontier, here’s some recommendations to binge before heading to see “BEYOND” this summer. Since Gene Roddenberry’s groundbreaking series debuted in 1966, there have been 12 movies and 5 TV shows with a new one on the way! Obviously everyone has their own lists, but here are some of my personal favorite Trek movies and episodes… (feel free to argue in the comments!)

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20. The Menagerie (The Original Series)

One of the most iconic episodes of the original Star Trek series and in fact a re-edited version of the unaired pilot, “The Cage” – tells the fate of the previous Captain of the USS Enterprise, Christopher Pike. In the episode Spock is court-martialed for attempting to help his former commander. Both story lines are equally cerebral and emotional.

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BATMAN: the Animated Series – Top 15 Episodes!

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“Batman: The Killing Joke” swings into theaters next week! There’s a couple things to be excited about: it’s based on Alan Moore’s extremely dark tale, it’s appropriately Rated R, all the latest Animated movies from DC have been top notch, and it’s bringing back Kevin Conroy as the iconic voice of Batman and of course Mark Hamill’s legendary Joker. Conroy and Hamill have appeared in a number of projects over the past few decades, including the acclaimed Arkham Asylum series, but it all started with Paul Dini and Bruce Timm’s 1992-1995’s Emmy-Award-winning Animated Series!

BATMAN The Animated Series - villainsBetween its art deco style, film noir storytelling, and its subtle adult themes mixed with a thin layer of comic book campiness, Batman: The Animated Series is a modern masterpiece and arguably the best on-screen adaptation of the characters. The series eventually spun off into the Superman Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited.

Here are 15 of my personal favorite episodes:

15. P.O.V.

This is a really clever episode that shows how three different Gotham City cops see The Batman from their own points of view.

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What I’m Reading #8

WONDER WOMAN – DC

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It’s an interesting and new direction for the Amazon warrior. The new run by Greg Rucka is fairly unique in the way it bounces back and forth between the past and the present every other issue. So far the story is a little vague, but the art is amazing. Plus Diana’s new design is appropriately iconic. Not sure it’ll top Brian Azzarello’s run, but I’m on board.

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PREVIEWS – July 2016

We here at the Super Hero HQ take a sneak peek at what’s in store in September!

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TRINITYDC by Francis Manapul and Clay Mann

TRINITY DC 2016

I’m entirely way too excited for this title. So far I’m really pleased with the new direction DC’s taking and these are three of my favorite characters. Not to mention the insane talent working on it!

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