A big, heartfelt THANK YOU to all our fans and friends who came by to say hello at our booth at the Ottawa Pop Expo 2013!
A little less than a month ago, we were contacted by several hotnorthians from New Brunswick informing us of a new comicon in the area, the East Coast Comic Expo. It was going to be their first year altogether. Who says first time usually says problems but this year our focus was the East Coast and we had decided we would try to do as many events in the East as possible. So the fans wanted us there (at least 15 of them), it fitted the travel plans for this year and it sounded like fun to be part of a first time ever Con!
So it was with great excitement that we headed down the 20 towards Moncton New Brunswick last week to be part of the Moncton adventure! And what a thrill it was! This convention was so well organized that it put to shame several much bigger events we attended. Even though it was only one day, it was quite busy and it helped generate sufficient revenues to cover all of our travel expenses. Kudos to all the organizers and a special mention to Georgio for throwing such a nice party afterwards!
The Heroes of the North wish you an even better Second Edition!
We took the opportunity of the Ottawa Comicon to introduce one of our new villains of Season 2, the deadly Mantis, played by the lovely Marie Ty. Mantis is a Medusa agent that works closely with Hornet. She has ties to the Heroes of the North vigilante known as 8 Ball. In fact, the most astute of the Hotnorthians will have noticed that Marie Ty makes a brief appearance in Episode 3: 8 Ball Origins as Tony Falcon’s wife, Brownwyn, where she meets a gruesome fate at the hands of some random thugs, triggering the events that will lead Tony Falcon to become 8 Ball. You will have to watch closely Season 2 to find out the sinister secret behind it all. On a side note, Mantis stylish costume was designed by Andy Bradshaw and created by Marie-Claude Bourbonnais (Hornet herself!).
For Halloween 2012, Canadian actor Nathan Fillion disguised himself as his own version of a World War II Canadian superhero and tweeted several pictures in said costume. A fun yet innocuous gesture that resulted in us getting thousands of emails, tweets, DM and FB messages and comments as a lot of people thought he was doing his version of our Canadian Shield character. We even ended up doing a blog post about it. We seriously doubted he was aware of the show and we were convinced it was totally related but it was fun.
Flash Forward to May 2013 and Heroes of the North is headed to the second Edition of the Ottawa Comicon. And surprise, Nathan Fillion is the guest of honour this year. So we decided to go try to talk to Mr. Fillion and tell him the Halloween anecdote and how it affected us and our site traffic positively and we wante to give him a Canadian Shield comic book at the same time and tell him a little about the show.
When we got to him, at the signing booth, his first reaction was to react at the 8 Ball costume, ask Anderson Bradshaw to step back and using his phone, he flashed a picture or two. We got to tell him the anecdote and a little about the show and gave him a bunch of our comics. He was very enthusiastic and appeared delighted. “I did not know about this!”, he said.
We went back to our booth and the day proceeded briskly. Around 12:30, during lunch hour, as things quieted down, Anderson and Marie Ty decided to do what we call a flyer run: going to different booth and into the crowds, taking pictures and chatting with people and distributing the show’s flyer.
Cliff, one of the organizer of the Comicon, came by and said: “You will never guess who specifically requested to come by your booth!”. We had no idea. He said: “Our guest of honour, Nathan Fillion, asked to come visit you guys. He will be here between 12:40 and 1:15. Don’t tell anybody because we don’t want to create a commotion.”
We of course agreed. And started to run around and chase our missing flock. There was so much people, we did not manage to find them on time. Mr. Fillion arrived with his entourage, but we did not have the actors with us.
“Where is everybody?”, asked Mr. Fillion as he approached. “We are looking for them! We got warned of your visit after they had just left!”. He looked disappointed. “I will try to pass by again later!”, he said before being hustled away. As he disappeared around the corner, 8 Ball and Mantis arrived…
8 Ball and our producer ran in the direction they had disappeared but they lost them in the crowd. And we thought we had missed a great opportunity. But 8 Ball went to the signing area and managed to speak to the management. He came back with the following news: Mr. Fillion would meet us at 3 PM in the VIP area, backstage for a few minutes before his next appearance. Class act!
So about an half hour before three, we braved the crowd and headed down to the other end of the convention centre with everyone in tow, leaving only one man at the booth.
We got there a little faster than we thought, waited a little and then Mr. Fillion walked in, camera in hand, clicking away: “Look at you guys!” He took several pictures with our Heroes, Hornet, 8 Ball and Mantis, both with him and individually and then we took a couple of pictures as a group with him holding the Shield, which had started this whole thing in the first place.
So now the story is wrapped with a neat little bow. We wish to warmly thank Mr. Fillion for his time and generosity as well as everyone that made the encounter possible!
And that concludes our Nathan Fillion adventure!
Come and meet us at the Ottawa Comicon, May 10-12 2013 at the Ernst & Young Centre. We have several brand new things this year, including a Nordik and 8 Ball figurine, the third volume of the 80 pages Omnibus series, two brand new costumes to introduce, including a brand new Hornet (Marie-Claude Bourbonnais) costume and the very first introduction of the Black Mantis Costume (Marie Ty). Both actresses will be in attendance, alongside 8 Ball (Anderson Bradshaw). As Stan Lee used to say: Be there or be square!
We will be attending the first ever Moncton comicon - the East Coast Comic Expo on May 18th! More details soon!
From the outside, it may look like not much is happening but in fact, quite a lot is. We are in the finishing stage of wrapping up everything related to Season One, including Episode 20, the Season Finale comic, the DVD, the 440 pages mammoth trade paperback of all the stories pertaining to Season One, prepping Season 2, and updating the site in a major fashion. So please be patient in the next week or so as we have a lot of broken links. Our goal is to make the site easier to navigate, more efficient yet still packing punch! Let us know how we are doing!
Also, on April 13 and 14, Yann and Michel Brouillette, co-authors of most of our comics and several of the show’s episodes, will be in Quebec City for the Festival de la BD de Québec. They will introduce a 60 pages, extremely limited edition Fleur-de-Lys comic which they will be on hand to sign on Sunday, April 14th from 12h00-13h00 (Dimanche 14 Avril de 12h00-13h00). Also present at the event will be Marie-Claude Bourbonnais (Hornet), who will be in charge of a cosplay event.
Hornet (Marie-Claude Bourbonnais), Black Terror (John Fallon).
Masquerade (Pia Metni), Hornet (Marie-Claude Bourbonnais), Acadia (Christina Sciortino).
Black Terror (John Fallon), The Canadian (Larry Vinette) and Hornet (Marie-Claude Bourbonnais).
Medusa Commander (Constantine Kourtidis) and Hornet (Marie-Claude Bourbonnais).
Hornet (Marie-Claude Bourbonnais) and Acadia (Christina Sciortino).
Masquerade (Pia Metni), Acadia (Christina Sciortino), Hornet (Marie-Claude Bourbonnais), Dave Michaels (aka wheelchair guy aka luckiest man on Earth).
Black Terror: Friday and Saturday ONLY. No longer there on Sunday.
Medusa Commander: Sunday - 10 AM to 1 PM.
8 Ball: Friday - 2 PM to 9 PM, Saturday - 1 PM to 7 PM, Sunday - 1 PM to 5 PM
There is a strong possibility that the Masquerade appearance of Friday night may be cancelled - we did not get final confirmation - so for now we are assuming she is coming. We will update as soon as we find out.
All other characters schedules remains as advertised previously.
Despite our best efforts, the Nordik and 8 Ball figurines will not make it on time for the CON - but they should show up within the next 7 business days.
We made only 100 copies of the Comicon special Edition omnibus - they are already flying fast with a couple of dozen already reserved - come get yours early because we don't think there will be any left come Sunday...
We will not be able to do the live action shoot during the con as we could not get the proper authorizations in time... We will make it up to you with a kick ass panel which will introduce Acadia live, before she appears in her episode (20)...
It is that time of the year again! The Montreal Comicon is almost here and this year we have a huge chunk of the cast attending!
The schedule for the Comicon is as follows (Friday, September 14 until Sunday, September 16):
|VENDREDI||16 h à 21 h||14 h à 21 h|
|SAMEDI||10 h à 19 h||9 h 30 à 19 h|
|DIMANCHE||10 h à 17 h||10 h à 17 h|
And here is the Heroes of the North Montreal Comicon appearances:
All three days, all hours: Hornet (Marie-Claude Bourbonnais), Alpha Q (Yann Brouillette), Black Terror (John Fallon).
Friday (all hours), end of day Saturday (3 PM until 7 PM) and Sunday (3 PM until 5 PM): 8 Ball (Anderson Bradshaw).
Friday (6 PM until 8 PM): Masquerade (Pia Metni).
Saturday (10 AM to 5 PM) and Sunday (10 to 4 PM): Donovan Easton (Howard Rosenstein)
Saturday (1 PM until 4 PM) and Sunday (2 PM until 5 PM): Canadian Shield (Michel Brouillette).
Saturday (1 PM until 4 PM): The Canadian (Larry Vinette).
Sunday (1 PM until 4 PM): Acadia (Christina Sciortino).
Sunday (1 PM until 4 PM): Medusa Commander (Constantine Kourtidis).
Sunday (1 PM until 4 PM): Introducing Black Mantis (Season 2 Character)
We will have an exclusive Heroes of the North Omnibus 2 printed especially for the Comicon, on higher quality paper, and with a different cover than the one that will be in stores.
It will also have a different binding and a bonus story not found anywhere else. It will be expensive a little because it is a limited run of 100 - but if you preordered the book from us, bring your receipt with you and you will only pay the difference!
Be there or be square!
The Heroes of the North Team
We are back from the Calgary Comicon and Fan Expo. The event was really well organized from an exhibitor standpoint, one of the best event we ever attended. The venue was packed, with people turned away on Saturday. The lines outside were incredibly long, with people lining up since 5:30 in the morning! Insane! We had a blast at the con and we are definitely considering returning next year. You can see our photos in the gallery.
Comic Bin did a little piece about the show during the Comicon. There were several other interviews but we do not have the links at the moment. There was also an article about the show in TV Week Magazine (Vancouver) which came out during the show.
The same weekend, there was also Le Salon du Livre de Québec, where we were guests of L’Imaginaire. Writers-actors Yann and Michel Brouillette, along with Marie-Claude Bourbonnais (Hornet) and artist Olivier Raymond hit the Convention Center floor for a panel, a signature session and a live drawing session with Olivier Raymond.
And now, we are getting ready for the next leg of the trip, the Calgary FAN EXPO! Hope to see some of you there!
Heroes of the North will be attending the Wizard World Toronto Convention on April 14 and 15 2012 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
8 Ball (Anderson Bradshaw) is going to be in attendance. There will also be tons of new merchandise: new T-shirts, prints, figurines and so on!
Plus we will be introducing our new booth setup - the banner above being one of the new elements. We look forward to see our Toronto fans at the event!
April and May will be busy months for you favourite superheroes as we will be criss-crossing Canada for various appearances! Keep track of our moves by visiting the Events section of the site!
Say hello, stock up on cool HOTN gear for Christmas - they make perfect gifts!, and take your picture with one of our attending heroes of villains!
We definitely hope to see you there!
A special thanks goes to Oscar, Alex and Elizabeth and all the Comicon staff who worked hard with limited means to put the show together and seriously impressed us with a pretty tight organization overall. The only downside for us was the aggressive attitude of the Place Bonaventure staff - they seemed to be trying very hard to make sure no one felt welcome! Unfortunately, the event was victim of its popularity with people being turned away early in the show. We feel sorry for all of the people who could not come and say hi!
The whole HOTN team had a blast and we hope to see you all again soon!
In attendance for the two days of merriment will be: the facetious 8 Ball and the striking Hornet in her even more striking Season 2 outfit, and the brilliant mind of Alpha Q!
Also, in more sporadic appearances, we will find the nefarious Medusa Commander alongside the first ever appearance of The Canadian to any convention ever!
So be there or be square!
Second, we are proud to announce that artist David J. Cutler will be illustrating the upcoming Nordik comic.
Third, we were number one yesterday on Koldcast. We make regularly the top ten but it is always an honour to make #1. This time it was thanks to their blog.
Fourth, our Toronto Fan Expo Gallery is up.
And here’s a look at the Work in Progress for the Omnibus cover by Marcus MAS Smith:
We had a rough start as the booth assigned to us had no furniture hours before the show was to start. It took over three hours to get our two tables and a handful of chairs so we could set up before the doors opened… We had less than 45 minutes to do so when all was said and done.
But that was not to be the end of the ordeal. Around 4 PM, a group of voice actors showed up, saying they were assigned the same booth as us., which was in fact, true. So somehow over 15 people were expected to share a 10 x 10 booth. THere was a lot of confusion for several hours until the show ended and we could manage to clear things out. Needless to say, it was a very unpleasant experience for all involved.
So overnight we had to change our location to one that was less optimal but still better than what was originally proposed by the organizers, i.e. a small table under the stairs in the hall.
The other days went much better, with Hornet and 8 Ball leaving quite a strong impression on several thousands of fans. Thousands of pictures taken later, we ran out of 8 Ball keychains, calendars and Hornet reproductions. The brand new Crimson comic, still hot off the press, was also a definite success as we almost sold out of it as well.
We also got to hang out with Dan Parent, who is currently penciling our Team-up issue, finally met in person with Ty Templeton and his wife Keiren, both of whom have done work for Heroes of the North.
The hours were very long, and at times it felt more like a marathon than a convention, but the enthusiasm of the fans, old and new, kept us going through it all. Photos will be posted in a few days in the gallery but in the meantime, you can read this article from the Toronto Sun…
Besides photo op at the boot, we will have the entire assortment of merchandise currently available in our store, including Hornet figurines you can get signed by the lady herself if you so desire.
That being said, the Hornet comic book will hit the inter webs early next week, just in time for the Fan Expo. Here’s a sneak peek.
“It was one of the most impressive booths at Megacon. The concept, the look, the enthusiasm and not least the stunning girls from the series made it different from anything else on view.”
“This is a courageous and innovative enterprise and I suspect represents the future of our industry. It deserves all our support.”
But you can read the whole article all by yourself at World of Superheroes.
We are officially back from MegaCon. We had a total blast meeting all our current fans and making some new ones. The weather was great throughout and we met tons of super nice folks. The only shadow was that Fedex managed to screw the delivery of some of our items. Other than that, everything went without a hitch.
We also got to make some contact with new cover artists for our upcoming comics. Archie Comics writer and illustrator Dan Parent will be one of them, as well as Toronto artist Kevin Yan who does Manga style epic like nobody’s business. Cannot wait to see what they come up with!
And amongst all that, despite being a stone throw away, we managed to miss the Rob Granito scandal.
We are also amongst numerous very talented nominees in the fiction and drama, Web TV, for the Numix Awards. Wish us luck!
And we are almost done with the French implementation of the site, so we will be returning to our regular schedule pretty soon!
The Heroes of the North Team