EDINBURGH COMIC CON 2016

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With it being just a little over 8 weeks until Edinburgh Comic Con 2016, we felt it was appropriate to take a look at how things are shaping up.  

This year, the event will move from it’s previous home at Potterrow to Edinburgh International Conference Centre, and will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of April 2016.

Those of you who are familiar with ECC will have witnessed it grow from a small upstairs room in a social club, to a much more successful convention, gaining third place in the recent poll run by Comic Conventions UK, and placing well ahead of all other Scottish events.

This years guest list includes the usual balance between comic creators and film and TV guests, but also adds a number of cosplay guests into the mix for the first time.

Comic guests seem to include an extraordinary amount of international guests, who if I’m not mistaken, are all UK exclusives. This include artists such as Chris Burnham (Nameless, Batman Incorporated),  Jorge Jimenez (Earth 2: Society, Earth 2: World’s End), Marco Rudy (Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier), Sara Richard (My Little Pony), Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects), Dan McDaid (Judge Dredd, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and award winning writers such as John Lees, Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby.

From the world of TV/film/gaming, guests include impressive names such as Cas Anavar (Assassins Creed, The Expanse), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5, Star Trek), Kerry Ingram (Game of Thrones) and Femi Taylor (Star Wars).

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In addition to the newly added cosplay guests, the ECC Cosplay Championship will return for it’s third year, this time with an increased first place prize of a whopping £500 cash prize!

We’re obviously very excited, as we’ll be exhibiting at the show, but with many more announcements still to be made, we can only speculate at what’s to come next.

Find out more and buy your tickets at: www.heroconventions.com or http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/search/

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HERO TALK EPISODE 137

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HERO TALK EPISODE 137: Dancing about the half measured daises is a sport for one legged used car sales people…

This week, the team get stuck into a number of topics, which are not recommended for those who can’t entertain a thought without accepting it into their belief system or taking offence. 🙂

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LEGO BOX SETS:  There is no denying that LEGO has a massive worldwide following, and is bl**dy awesome, but we get down to the nitty gritty. Is the pricing for the larger box sets just, or set by people with massive windows that see you coming?

STAR TREK AXANAR: When fan films become fan funded indie features, and people appear to draw wages from others intellectual property, who stands to loose out when things fall apart?

HATEFUL EIGHT: Quentin Tarantino returns to the big screen with his new western movie, and gives his views on it…

To listen simply use one of the following methods:

– Search for HERO TALK on iTunes.

– Subscribe via iTunes entering the following:

http://www.herocomicshop.com/herotalk.xml

– Download the HERO TALK EP137 mp3 via:

http://www.herocomicshop.com/podcasts/htalkep137.mp3

HERO TALK EPISODE 136

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HERO TALK EPISODE 136: Comes with a complimentary selection of the finest pink wafer biscuits, and not a Garabaldi in sight…

This week, the man who inspired Bart Simpson to sell his soul to Milhouse* joins the action…Mr James McCulloch.

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James is a Scottish comic book writer, who must have had bugger all else better to do on a Wednesday night…

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Among his other projects, which get mentioned during the podcast, James is one half of the creative team behind City of Lost Souls.

In addition to writing comics, he also plays the DEVIL’S MUSIC in a band called Bat Shit Cra…ER, we mean BAT COUNTRY MASSACRE!!! 🙂

*SIMPSONS DETAILS MAY NOT BE ENTIRELY ACCURATE*

To listen simply use one of the following methods:

– Search for HERO TALK on iTunes.

– Subscribe via iTunes entering the following:

http://www.herocomicshop.com/herotalk.xml

– Download the HERO TALK EP136 mp3 via:

http://www.herocomicshop.com/podcasts/htalkep136.mp3

HERO TALK EPISODES 134 & 135

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HERO TALK EPISODE 134 & 135: After a short break, the HERO TALK team have returned and fell flat on their arses…

Topics covered in episodes 134 & 135 include:

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS TRAILER: Er, where do we even begin with this…

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HUMBLE BUNDLE: Humble Bundles have been going for some time now, but James had his first taste recently grabbing a MASSIVE amount of Top Cow titles…

ARROW: The show that features everyone’s favourite archers has returned…

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THE MARTIAN: Poor Matt Damon has to be rescued once again… 

To listen simply use one of the following methods:

– Search for HERO TALK on iTunes.

– Subscribe via iTunes entering the following:

http://www.herocomicshop.com/herotalk.xml

– Download the HERO TALK EP134 mp3 via:

 http://www.herocomicshop.com/podcasts/htalkep134.mp3

– Download the HERO TALK EP135 mp3 via:

 http://www.herocomicshop.com/podcasts/htalkep135.mp3

EDINBURGH COMIC CON ARTIST SEARCHLIGHT WINNER 2016

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Have to say, we are in love with the winning piece for the Edinburgh Comic Con 2016 Artist Searchlight by Mr David Brown.

Not only does it pay homage to one of the most well known covers in history, but it also replaces the automobile with our iconic trams. If you are unfamiliar with the reintroduction of them to Edinburgh, they pretty much became a national disgrace in the six years it took to incorporate them, running way over budget and basically turning the centre into a building site.

Rest assured, this image will be turning up all over the place…

Tickets for Edinburgh Comic Con can be purchased at http://www.heroconventions,com

HERO TALK PODCAST EPISODE 132

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HERO TALK EPISODE 132: Quickly becoming that friend who has outstayed their welcome…

This week’s episode includes:

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BLACKPOOL COMIC CON: None of the guys attended, which from the sound of things was pretty lucky. However, as they all have strong ties to either exhibiting or organising cons, you can bet they had something to say…

MAZE RUNNER THE SCORCH TRIALS: Ian was at the cinema watching the new Maze Runner…

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BILL & TED’s MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN : If you’re a fan of Bill & Ted, then you may very well want to check out their comic…

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STAR WARS AFTERMATH: Doug listened to the audio book of the new Star Wars aftermath novel, and overall wasn’t really impressed.  

To listen simply use one of the following methods:

– Search for HERO TALK on iTunes.

– Subscribe via iTunes entering the following:

http://www.herocomicshop.com/herotalk.xml

– Download the HERO TALK EP132 mp3 via:

 http://www.herocomicshop.com/podcasts/htalkep132.mp3

HERO TALK PODCAST EPISODE 131

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HERO TALK EPISODE 131: The podcast equivalent of waking up face first in a kebab…

This week’s episode includes:

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SCOTTISH CARTOONIST SOCIETY: James ventured out to the SCS Sept’ meet in Glasgow, where there was much talk about comics over the odd pint or two…

AMERICAN ULTRA: Ian caught American Ultra at the cinema, and gives us the low down…

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S.H.I.E.L.D COMIC: Having just read up to issue #9 of Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D, James spills the beans on why he’s such a Dum Dum…

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NEW TV: Now is the time of year for a few of our new tv shows to start, with Fear the Walking Dead and Heroes Reborn being discussed this week.  

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FORCE FRIDAY: With September 04 being the traditional release date for Star Wars movies, it was easily understandable why this date saw the official release of hordes of Star Wars merchandise.

To listen simply use one of the following methods:

– Search for HERO TALK on iTunes.

– Subscribe via iTunes entering the following:

http://www.herocomicshop.com/herotalk.xml

– Download the HERO TALK EP131 mp3 via:

 http://www.herocomicshop.com/podcasts/htalkep131.mp3