Tony’ Moore signs comics at House of Heroes

Shella Paukner

Over 230 fans braved the snow to see the original artist of The Walking Dead comic book series at House of Heroes in downtown Oshkosh on Feb. 8. “We were incredibly pleased with everyone that came out and welcomed Michael ‘Tony’ Moore to Wisconsin,” John Pata, House of Heroes employee said. House of Heroes is located on Main Street in downtown Oshkosh. The shop carries a massive selection of graphic novels, comic books and board games. Fans waited in line to purchase Moore’s books and receive signed or personalized drawings throughout the night. “Tony was here until 4:30 a.m. working on drawings,” Pata said. “We were impressed with his dedication and determination to his fans.” Event-goers enjoyed snacks and small talk while waiting for the end of the night raffle drawings. “We expected a good turn out and got a great one,” Pata said. Prizes ranged from store gift cards to a one-of-a-kind, hand painted artists copy of the first issue of the Walking Dead. Moore described his comic as an organic birth. “We were always horror movie fans, so we just wanted to draw the things we liked watching,” Moore said. Only seven painted covers exist, making the copies a rarity among comic book enthusiasts and collectors. “I can’t wait to call my son,” Appleton winner Scott Olson said. Olson said he was excited to add the book to his ever-growing collection. The Walking Dead comic’s success spawned the hit AMC zombie apocalypse television show in 2010. The show can now be seen on Netflix. “We made a book that we could stand behind,” Moore said referencing the Walking Dead comic’s success. “That made it authentic, which made people stand behind it,” Moore recently came back to draw an alternative cover for the 150th issue of the comic that was available to be signed at House of Heroes. He met House of Heroes owners at Comic-Con in 2000 before The Walking Dead comic got big. “They were my first fans,” Moore said. While in Wisconsin the Kentucky native enjoyed cheese curds and visited Manitowoc. “It’s exciting news,” Moore said about the TV series. “You have to love it.” Moore said that if UW Oshkosh students have a dream, they should feel free to pursue it. Students will be able to visit House of Heroes on for a free comic book day on May 7.