Collecting Comics

Collecting Comics

Often at Heroes’ Beacon, we are approached by folks looking to sell their old comics. Sometimes this is very exciting for us to dig through looking for treasure. There are many surprises to be found, both positive and negative. Sometimes you think you have a book worth $100, but the creases in the cover or clipped coupons bring that value way down. It can be a little sad, but heavy collectors want the most pristine…

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So I Created A Web Comic – You Can Too!

So I Created A Web Comic – You Can Too!

Last year I came to the realization that I used to love to draw. I remember drawing Nintendo characters as a child. I remember growing up enamored with Disney cartoons, comics like Jeff Smith’s Bone and foreign animated films from Studio Gibli. That said, I hadn’t drawn in years. My skill level had deteriorated considerably. Still, I used to love to draw. I used to enjoy the creativity. I discovered some friends who had been…

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Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day

It’s almost that time of year again!  Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday May 6th.  Now you might be asking yourself “What is Free Comic Book Day?”  if so, it is a single day that has taken place every year (typically the first Saturday in May) since 2002 that celebrates independent specialty comic shops all over North America.  Publishers and suppliers work together to provide a selection of comics at cost to retailers who…

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Why Superman?

Why Superman?

Why Superman? This question has been asked to me countless times since I have been part of the comic book community. Why is Superman your favourite character? There are so many other “cooler”, “more relatable”, “more interesting” characters to choose from. Why would you like “Captain every-power”? The short answer for me is inspiration. Superman is not about punching the world’s problems away or using his heat vision to burn away the bad guys. He…

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Geek New Year (AKA Free Comic Book Day)

Geek New Year (AKA Free Comic Book Day)

If you get our newsletter (and I would totally recommend that you do!), you’ve read me gushing over Free Comic Book Day already in the past (and I wouldn’t doubt there could be some follow ups once we’re past it). Don’t get me wrong, we have a ton of fun with you guys the day of, however, Free Comic Book Day is not free or easy to pull off. But we <3 you guys and…

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How To Help Fandoms Grow

How To Help Fandoms Grow

It’s never been a better time to be a fan. Geek culture has become mainstream and fan communities have, as a result, been able to grow and connect like never before. As a result it’s very common these days to see people of all ages embrace their favorite fandom and share the things they love. It may be comics or games or a specific intellectual property. From Pokemon to Harry Potter, being a geek has…

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I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me.

I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me.

With Rogue One having come out this week and Star Wars Celebration coming up later in the month in Orlando, it got me thinking about how great it is to be a fan these days.  Not only is there a Star Wars movie in some form in the works every year for the foreseeable future, but we have great new and exciting products coming out in virtually every medium.  Some fans might not be aware…

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Happy Birthday, Sailor Moon!

Happy Birthday, Sailor Moon!

March 7th, 2017 marked 25 years since Sailor Moon first aired in Japan. I’m a “born again” Moonie, meaning I adore Sailor Moon and I have for about 20 years (that just made me feel ancient), however, I did go through a phase where I thought I was “too old” for it. It’s a shame really, that any of us ever believe that, but I fell for it just the same. But no more! I…

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Surviving a Convention (with children)

Surviving a Convention (with children)

Convention season is upon us! A couple years ago I attended my first ever BIG convention. It was Fan Expo’s 20th anniversary with the equivalent of a city in attendance. I believe it was something like 125,000 people over 4 days. It was amazing and insane. We spent a lot of time in Artist’s Alley and even more time waiting in line for photographs and autographs and food. It was an amazing experience- the staff…

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Wish You Could Be a Better Artist? Draw!

Wish You Could Be a Better Artist? Draw!

Everyone needs a hobby. For some of us creating vibrant illustrations is the hobby of choice. It’s a great creative outlet and a way to put your vivid ideas on paper. It’s a relaxing pastime that can help relieve stress and could lead to creative opportunities down the road. That said, it can be a very personal and sometimes intimidating form of expression. You may feel your work isn’t good enough or that you are…

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