Welcome in the Comic Village of Heroes Comic Con, where the world’s biggest artists and local talents assemble and await your arrival!
At Heroes Comic Con, we invite the biggest names in comics and place them like gurus at the top of the Comic Village mountain. Major publishers such as Marvel and DC Comics are sending their best and most popular art veterans and you, the lucky ones, have the opportunity to meet them. They are ready to offer you unique artworks, autographs, and advice. Below you will find more information on how it works, where you should go and why it is a unique opportunity. Let’s celebrate the art of passion and the passion for art on September 24th-25th, 2022 at Brussels Expo!
Portfolio Reviews by the best in the business
For the first time in Belgium, you will have the chance to present your comic related artwork to the best editors of Marvel and DC Comics and have them evaluate it for you. You’ll get tips and tricks, ways to improve and good advice from the best of the best in the business! And who knows, maybe you’ll land a job among the world’s biggest comic book stars!
Comic Village Guests
Only a handful of talents on this planet are good enough to translate popular franchises into comics, or influence millions of fans with original stories and characters. Heroes Comic Con aims to place all those heroes on a shiny pedestal. Better yet, to put them on a chair in front of you, so that the spark can be transferred to new generations. Shake their hands, discuss your favourite storylines, and ask them your burning questions. Have fun!
In his nearly 40 year career, Jon Bogdanove put a mark on history as arguably one of the most successful comic pencilers (and occasionally: comic writers) of all time. He was one of the chief architects of the record-breaking epic The Death of Superman and other comics involving The Man of Steel, he co-created the character Steel, and went on to make beautiful art for many other major comic publishers. You can now thank him personally for Fantastic Four v. The X-Men, X-Factor, X-Terminators, Superman v. Savage Dragon 2, Superman v. Aliens 2, and issues of Batman, The Hulk, Alpha Flight, Solomon Kane,… the list goes on. In the animation department, Jon drew animation keys and cycles for a special sequence in the episode of Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go, “Creative Geniuses”. In June 2022, he reunited with Louise Simonson to draw a brand-new STEEL back-up story for an upcoming DC Comics project marking the 30th Anniversary of The Death of Superman.
After starting his career in animation at Walt Disney Feature Animation (working The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and more), Phil Noto went on to do incredible work for multiple famous comic franchises, for DC, Marvel and other big comic houses. Birds of Prey, Danger Girl, The Avengers, X-23, Uncanny X-Force, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Infinite Horizon, Black Widow, Chewbacca, Poe Dameron, and Daredevil,to name just a few.
Leandro Fernandez is an Argentinian comic book artist, Eisner Award nominee and co-creator of The Old Guard, American Carnage, The Discipline, The Names, and Far South: The Old Guard, co-created with writer Greg Rucka has been adapted as a movie by Netflix, starring Charlize Theron. Aside of his creator-owned books Leandro has also worked for Marvel, DC Domics, Dark Horse, Oni Press, and other companies around the world, in books like Wolverine: Coyote Crossing, the Punisher MAX (with writer Garth Ennis) and many others of popular characters like Hulk, Conan, Deadpool, Avengers, Daredevil, New Mutants, and so on.
David Lloyd is globally celebrated as the co-creator the widely popular series V for Vendetta with writer Alan Moore. He’s also given us other masterful works in books like War Stories: Nightingale and J for Jenny, Hellblazer, Slaine, The Territory or Global Frequency. He also produced the acclaimed crime graphic novel, Kickback. In the last few years, David has focused his efforts in publishing and editing the online comic magazine Aces Weekly.
Peter Milligan was at the forefront of the revolution in comics which were created for a more sophisticated, adult audience. He changed the paradigm of the X-Men with the hugely popular X-Statix and X-Force, offered a very different view on American culture with the series Shade the Changing Man. Peter was also the longest-running writer of the cult horror comic Hellblazer, he pushed the boundaries of what comics could do with the series Enigma, Face and Rogan Gosh, and the list goes on. His recent comic works include the hit Britannia, about an Ancient Roman detective, American Ronin, Happy Hour, Out of Body and Human Remains, with many more exciting projects on the way.
Avatar Press, Dakuwaka and Ape Entertainment were the first big names that Andres Guinaldo worked for. In the meantime, he has also provided illustrations for Marvel, DC Comics and Boom! Studios. Think of Son of Hulk ongoing, Dark Reign: Hawkeye #5, Namor: the First Mutant, Joker’s Asylum: The Riddler and Ninjak. Over the years, he became chief illustrator of Gotham City Sirens, a book starring Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Poison Ivy, which was well-received. Andres also worked on Red Lanterns, Resurrection Man and Nightwing. He became a regular illustrator for Justice League Dark and is currently drawing his third Blade Runner book.
Robin #92 and The Spectre #7 by DC Comics were the first stories Manuel Garcia drew. He then moved on to Marvel, where his illustrations feature in a number of well-known titles, including The Avengers #44-47, Thunderbolts, the Daredevil Movie Adaptation, the Mystique ongoing and Spider-Man: Breakout. In addition to his work for Marvel and DC Comics, many major multimedia companies have turned to Manuel in recent years: from Sideshow, for their Court of the Dead books, to Blizzard Entertainment for books such as Hearthstone and Starcraft.
Heroes Comic Con is proud to announce that Marie Javins, the only editor-in-chief of DC Comics, is coming to Brussels! You can now thank her personally for the many excellent comics that have been produced under her supervision in recent years. And for the very first time in Belgium, you will have the opportunity to submit your comic book work to her and have it reviewed for you. Bring your best work, hand it in and, who knows, you might get a job at one of the big names in comics! As an artist, Javins masterfully combines cultural storytelling with comic book creation, earning her the nickname “Editor of Choice” at DC Comics. She has edited numerous comics, books and graphic novels, including Superman Smashes the Klan (Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru), Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles (GLAAD Media Award 2019, Mark Russell, Mike Feehan et al) and Harley Quinn Breaking Glass (Mariko Tamaki, Steve Pugh).
Heroes Comic Con is proud to welcome Marvel Comics’ Editor-in-Chief, C.B. Cebulski! In charge of the editorial and creative aspects on a daily basis, he shapes the stories of the Marvel Comics line every day and brings the best writers and artists from all over the world to Marvel. And now he’s ready to meet you! For the first time in Belgium, you will have the opportunity to present your comic book work to him and have it evaluated by him. Bring your best work, hand it in and – who knows – you might get a job at one of the big comic companies! C.B. Cebulski fulfilled his childhood dream in 2002 by joining Marvel and helping editors and hundreds of international creators write and illustrate original comics, such as The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man and Iron Man.
Apart from the biggest international artists, Heroes Comic Con also celebrates the local heroes. Check here which Benelux artists will be present!
The Made in Asia festival (to which you have free access with your Heroes Comic Con ticket) also welcomes Japanese and European artists. Click the link below for more info.
Unique drawings and autographs
The many talents of the Comic Village are ready to swish & flick their pencils, splash their ink and orchestrate their paint to conjure upan astounding piece of art for you to take home. For the drawings, you have two choices: you ask the artist for a sketch during the event, or you request a more detailed drawing weeks beforehand and pick up the result during the event. Very few things in life beat the feeling of leaving a comic con with your very own, unique piece of popular art, complete with the artist’s autograph. A souvenir to cherish forever! Click the buttons below to learn how you can obtain sketches, commissions and autographs.
Get inspired in panels and workshops
In addition to offering unique sketches, commissions and autographs during the Heroes Comic Con weekend, the guest artists also take the time to share their secrets and stories with you in workshops and panels. These sessions are ideal for aspiring artists who want to hone their skills, fans curious to learn more about the origins of their favourite comic book characters, and more. Attend these sessions and be inspired!
Live: The Drawing Battles
Come and see the world’s best cartoonists compete and draw live in front of you! Who has the sharpest pen, who has the most unbridled creativity? And most importantly, what will the amazing results look like? Discover it at Heroes Comic Con !