ON THE ROAD :: ROCK HILL VINTAGE COMIC & TOY SHOW!

August 23, 2022 at 6:28 pm By:

HAVE COMICS, WILL TRAVEL!

Shelton is heading to Rock Hill THIS WEEKEND! If you’re in the market for Vintage Comics, then don’t miss out on this weekend’s Rock Hill Show!

SATURDAY!

Saturday, September 3


ROCK HILL VINTAGE COMICS & TOY SHOW
Show Hours: 10AM-4PM
Admission: General Admission – $3.00
Kids 12 & Under FREE

HILTON GARDEN INN
650 Tinsley Way, Rock Hill, SC 29730


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Heroes is ON THE ROAD

August 19, 2022 at 5:36 pm By:

HEROES HITS THE ROAD FOR TWO GREAT SHOWS!

Shelton and the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find crew are hitting the road for two shows this weekend!

THIS WEEKEND!

Saturday, August 20

VA Comicon
Show Hours: 11AM-4PM
Admission: General Admission – $12.00, VIP – $20.00,
Kids 12 & Under FREE

RICHMOND RACEWAY
600 E Laburnum Ave Richmond, VA 23222

Sunday, August 21

Raleigh Comic Book Show
Show Hours: 10AM-4PM
Admission: FREE

HILTON GARDEN INN – CRABTREE VALLEY
3912 Arrow Dr Raleigh, NC 27612

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Heroes Is ON THE ROAD

July 29, 2022 at 5:12 pm By:

Heroes is ON THE ROAD

Shelton and the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find crew will be hitting the road for the next two weekends!
We hope to see you at one of these incredible shows!

THIS WEEKEND!

Saturday, July 30
Virginia Vintage Comics and Collectibles Show

Show hours: 10am-4pm
Admission: $3 (12 and under free)

1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem, VA

NEXT WEEKEND!

Sunday, August 7
Charlotte Comicon

Show hours: 10am-5pm
Admission: $5 (12 and under free)

5400 John Q Hammons Dr. NW, Concord, NC 28027

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HERO INITIATIVE LIMITED EDITION :: OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE VOL. 52 – FEATURING ART BY MIKE GRELL

July 15, 2022 at 5:55 pm By:

Overstreet HeroInitiative Vol 52 - Grell

Hero-Initiative Limited Edition

Overstreet Volume #52

Featuring Art by Mike Grell and Tom Ziuko

Hardcover Available at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find
Starting on Wednesday, July 20th

$44.95

Please send an email to: HeroesArentHardToFind@gmail.com if you would like to reserve a copy,
or if you would like to order this item and have it shipped.

 

The following features content pulled directly from HeroInitiative.org:

[Los Angeles, California and Hunt Valley, Maryland] – Mike Grell, the prolific writer-artist who has long been associated with Green Arrow, has teamed the character with Batman and brought both of them to the cover of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #52’s exclusive Hero Initiative edition. The cover is colored by industry veteran Tom Ziuko.

Known for his early work on DC’s Legion of Super-Heroes, Grell created, wrote, and illustrated Warlord, and then his creator-owned series Starslayer and Jon Sable, Freelance. In 1987, he reinvigorated Green Arrow with the character-defining mini-series Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters and kicked off an 80-issue run on the ongoing series it spawned.

Gemstone Publishing and the Hero Initiative, the first 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, have teamed up every year since 2010 for the exclusive Hero Initiative limited edition of the GuideThe Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #52 goes on sale July 20, 2022.

As with past collaborations between Gemstone and Hero, this version will be available only in a special hardcover edition, limited to 500 copies. There will be no soft cover edition of this version, and it will retail for $44.95.

The Hero Initiative Edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #52 will be available at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find starting on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

“Since we launched the Hero Initiative edition of the Guide with CBPG #40, we’ve been honored to support this great charity and their incredibly worthy cause, helping comic creators in need. We’ve also been pleased to publish some truly wonderful covers from an impressive array of artists, all of whom have turned out inspirational work on Hero’s behalf. Mike Grell is now very deservedly a member of the great roster of Guide artists, and I suspect fans will be as excited by this one as I am,” said Steve Geppi, Chairman of Geppi Family Enterprises and President and CEO of Gemstone Publishing.

“As Steve mentioned, since The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40 in 2010, Gemstone Publishing has produced the limited edition Hero Initiative exclusive version of the Guide, and each year it has played a tremendous role in our fundraising efforts. The commitment of Steve Geppi and company to Hero has been sustained for more than a decade and has included some of the best cover artists in the business illustrating some of the greatest characters. That has clearly continued this year with Mike Grell’s distinctive take on Green Arrow and Batman,” said Jim McLauchlin, Hero Initiative’s President.

Beginning with John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson, and Dean White on CBPG #40, and continuing with John Romita, Sr., Tom Palmer, and Dean White (#41), Matt Wagner and Ryan Brown (#42), Terry Moore and Brian Miller (#43), Herb Trimpe, Tom Palmer, and Laura Martin (#44), Dave Johnson (#45), Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, and Tanya Horie (#46), Rob Liefeld and Ivan Nunes (#47), Joe Jusko (#48), Alan Davis (#49), Kevin Nowlan (#50), and Joseph Michael Linsner (#51), the industry’s top talent have provided covers for the Hero Initiative fundraiser edition.

The standard editions of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #51 feature Butch Guice and Brian Miller’s powerful take on Winter Soldier, Aaron Lopresti’s inspired version of the EC Horror Hosts (with its tribute to EC publisher William M. Gaines), and J.G. Jones’ beautiful flashback to the Golden Age with The Black Terror. These are available in soft cover ($34.95) and hardcover ($44.95).

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About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Hero is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charity. The Hero Initiative Limited Edition Hardcover version of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #52 is scheduled to go on sale Wednesday, July 20 through the Hero Initiative web store and at a limited number of Hero affiliate retailer stores, including Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find. This version will be available in hardcover only and is limited to 500 copies. The retail price is $44.95.

About Gemstone Publishing

Best known as the home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Gemstone Publishing was formed by Geppi Family Enterprises Chairman Stephen A. Geppi as a conduit for his efforts in preserving and promoting the history of the comics medium. Gemstone’s product line includes The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide To Lost UniversesThe Overstreet Guide To Grading ComicsThe Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics, and The Overstreet Price Guide To Star Wars Collectibles, among others, Gemstone also publishes Scoop, a free weekly e-newsletter which looks inside the world of pop culture with a focus on auctions, toys, comics, posters, art and anything and everything pop culture.

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TASCHEN + MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT Launches AVENGERS Vol. 1 1963–1965 – Created with photos from Shelton’s personal collection!

July 13, 2022 at 6:20 pm By:

AVENGERS-BOOK

TASCHEN and Marvel Entertainment Announce ‘The Marvel Comics Library’;

AVENGERS Vol. 1. 1963–1965

Famous First Edition: First printing of 5,000 numbered copies

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

Assembling the definitive Marvel Age Avengers anthology

By early 1963 the foundations of the Marvel Universe had been laid. Following the introduction of the Fantastic Four in 1961 came the amazing (Spider-Man), the astonishing (Ant-Man), the strange (Doctor, that is), the incredible (Hulk), the invincible (Iron Man) and the mighty (Thor). Still, Marvel editor in chief Stan Lee realized something was missing. “I was writing these characters and I thought it would fun to put them together in a team,” he recalled. So Lee and artist Jack Kirby assembled Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Thor, and the Hulk to create the Avengers.

Right away it was clear this team was different. If the Fantastic Four were family, then the Avengers were the co-workers you didn’t choose. Not everyone got along—the Hulk fought with everyone—but working together they could defeat the baddest of Marvel’s bad guys, like Loki, Kang the Conqueror, the Masters of Evil, and Immortus. The lineup was ever changing: The Hulk departed, Captain America joined, and Ant-Man grew up to become Giant-Man. Then, remarkably, villains Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch became heroes—and Avengers—and the group’s founding members shockingly departed, leaving Captain America to lead the newly-minted heroes.

Relive the classic early adventures of Avengers Nos. 1–20 in an XXL-sized edition that’s bigger than the Hulk’s fist, weightier than Thor’s hammer, and with more extras than Iron Man’s armor. TASCHEN has attempted to create an ideal representation of these books as they were produced at the time of publication. The most pristine pedigreed comics have been cracked open and photographed for reproduction in close collaboration with Marvel and the Certified Guaranty Company. Each page has then been digitally remastered using modern retouching techniques to correct problems with the era’s inexpensive, imperfect printing—as if hot off of a world-class 1960s printing press.

Accompanying the stories are an original foreword by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and an in-depth history by the Eisner Award-winning writer Kurt Busiek that’s illustrated with original art, little-seen photographs, and rare documents. This mighty collection about Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is worthy of Tony Stark’s library—or yours.

Also available in a Collector’s Edition of 1,000 numbered copies.

The author:
Kurt Busiek
 has been writing comic books since 1982. He has written several series for Marvel, including The Avengers, and won acclaim for his work on the four-issue miniseries Marvels. In 1995 he launched his own super hero multiverse with his series Astro City.

The contributing author:
Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios, and Chief Creative Officer, Marvel, has been the driving creative force behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is a hands-on producer, responsible for all 23 interconnected feature films in the MCU.

The artists:
Stan Lee (1922–2018) is known to millions as the man whose super heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. His co-creations include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and hundreds of others. While the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, he was also the Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, where he created numerous new characters and stories in areas including publishing, film, TV reality, stage, documentary, and multimedia.

Jack Kirby (1917–1994) was one of comics’ most legendary and prolific artists whose notable co-creations include Captain America, Avengers, X-Men, Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Thor.

Marvel Comics Library. Avengers. Vol. 1. 1963–1965
Famous First Edition: First printing of 5,000 numbered copies
Kurt BusiekKevin FeigeStan LeeJack Kirby

Edition: English

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ABOUT THE SERIES:

TASCHEN’s extra-large format, close in size to the original artworks, reveal startling new details in the work of Marvel’s most acclaimed artists. For each title in the series, the most pristine pedigreed comics (from the collection of our own SHELTON DRUM!) have been cracked open for reproduction in close collaboration with Marvel and the Certified Guaranty Company. Rather than recolor the original production artwork (as has been done in previous decades’ reprints of classic comics), TASCHEN has attempted to create an ideal representation of these books as they were produced at the time of publication. Beginning with high grade, top-quality comics sourced with the assistance of the CGC, super-high-resolution photographs of each page were made as printed more than half a century ago, using modern retouching techniques to correct problems with the era’s inexpensive, imperfect printing. This included improved and balanced ink densities and color matching, proper registration of the four-color printing and correction of thick/thin lines resulting from the flexible plates “smudging.” The end result is a finished product — as if hot off a world-class printing press produced without economic or time-pressure constraints – tailored for readers, fans, artists and collectors alike.

Each volume features an essay by a comic book historian alongside hundreds of photos and artifacts. The books use three different paper stocks, including an uncoated and wood-free paper exclusively developed for this series that simulates the feel of the original comics.

The first 5,000 copies of AVENGERS Vol. 1 will be numbered and released as a ‘Famous First Edition’. The book is also available as a Collector’s Edition, limited to 1,000 copies featuring an aluminum print cover tipped into a leatherette-bound spine, foil embossing, and housed in a slipcase. Each book is individually numbered. The inaugural purchase of the Collector’s Edition entitles the collector to the selection of a personal favorite number between 1 and 1,000 on a first-come-first-serve basis. This will also secure a preemptive right to reserve a copy with the identical edition number for all forthcoming Collector’s Edition titles in ‘The Marvel Comic Library’.

The next title in ‘The Marvel Comics Library’ series will be Fantastic Four. Vol. 1. 1961–1963 and Captain America, all scheduled for release in 2022 and 2023.

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Shelton granted exclusive and unprecedented access to some of his most prized and beloved comics, and art, to assist in the creation of this comics tome.

“Working with TASCHEN and the CGC on these books has been an honor. The finished product FAR EXCEEDS any pre-conceived expectations I may have held! I just opened the box with the book, and I know the word might be overused, but it is AMAZING! The production quality is awesome. I love it!”

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We have a few copies available for purchase in-store NOW, or you can pre-order your copy today!
Pre-Orders should be fulfilled by September 2022!

The Marvel Comics Library AVENGERS Vol. 1. 1963–1965
Hardcover, 11 x 15.6 in., 9.76 lb, 630 pages
US$ 200.00
Famous First Edition: First printing of 5,000 numbered copies

Shipping is an additional $20.00 if you are unable to pick up in store.

If you would like to Pre-Order your copy, please send an email to: HeroesArentHardToFind@gmail.com

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Also available in a Collector’s Edition of 1,000 numbered copies
Hardcover with ChromaLuxe aluminum print cover tipped into a leatherette-bound spine.
11 x 15.6 in., 15.18 lb, 630 pages, in a slipcase

Please inquire about availability.
US$ 600.00

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FANTASTIC 40TH HEROESCON :: THANK YOU!!!

July 5, 2022 at 5:49 pm By:

YOU MADE OUR 40TH

FANTASTIC

HC2022HEROJAM-THANKYOU

It’s been a little over a week since we closed the doors on our Fantastic 40th Anniversary Heroes Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center!

We took the past eight days to try to get everything unpacked, sorted, and put back where it belongs so that we can find it again NEXT YEAR when we return to Father’s Day Weekend for our 41st Anniversary Heroes Convention, June 16-18, 2023!

We can’t THANK YOU enough for your support over the past two years!

We admit, our HeroesCon reflexes were a little rusty going into this year’s event, and we have A LOT of notes going into next year on how to make things better!

To ALL OF OUR ATTENDEES:
THANK YOU!!!
You are the reason we do what we do.
It is seeing you all HAVING FUN, buying comics, showing off your costumes, getting sketches, meeting your Comic-Creating Heroes, sharing your love of comics and comics-culture with your friends, family and loved-ones. THAT makes everything we put into the show WORTH IT.

TO ALL OF OUR ARTISTS & CREATORS:
THANK YOU!!!
You MAKE the HeroesCon the unique, comics-focused,
family-reunion that it is!

We appreciate ALL OF YOU for taking the time out of your schedules to spend a weekend with us here in Charlotte, NC, celebrating comics, and the comics community.
Whether you are a seasoned PRO, an Independent Creator, or if you bought a table in our Artist Alley, you help to make our show the creator and comics-focused destination for which it has become known.
Whether you create beloved characters, and your art and/or words grace not only comic-books, but visual media, toys, t-shirts, lunchboxes and more…
Or if you’re a creator just getting started, who loves to draw, write, make, or create…
WE THANK YOU!

TO ALL OF OUR EXHIBITORS:
THANK YOU!!!
You ENSURE that there is SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE at our show!
Whether you bring the BEST Gold, Silver, or Modern Age Comics on the show floor, or if you bring that hard-to-find statue, Funko POP, Pokemon Card, new favorite T-Shirt, video-game, or trinket…
You make sure everyone has an opportunity to find something suited uniquely to them, and we appreciate how hard you all work to bring your absolute best to our show!

TO ALL OF OUR “KIBBY’S SIDEKICKS”:
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
We couldn’t do ANY OF THIS without YOU!
Your willingness to help us throughout the weekend of HeroesCon does NOT go unnoticed, or unappreciated.
You honor the memory of our beloved friend, and HeroesCon Volunteer Extraordinare, Charles Kibby, with your generosity, spirit, and love for the comics community!
Our small staff thank you ALL from the bottom of our grateful hearts.

TO ALL OF OUR COSPLAY COORDINATORS:
YOU ALL ARE INCREDIBLE!
A SUPER-SIZED SHOUT OUT TO:
Amberle Linnea CosPlay, Matt Clark, Becca Bazzle, Cheralyn Lambeth, DJ SpiderKalliste CosPlay, and those who helped these magical creatures throughout the weekend…
THANK YOU!!!
The CosPlay Masquerade was a highlight of this year’s event, and you all created pure magic out of chaos!
You made every costumed individual in the room feel like a SUPERSTAR, because YOU are SUPERSTARS!
We appreciate your hard work, and can’t wait to see what we can cook up for next year!

TO THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES:
YOU KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK!
To our TINY STAFF…you are all AMAZING!

We owe MANY THANKS to our 2022 Decorator, Carolina Tradeshow Decorators.
You were fantastic to work with, and you helped MAKE the show feel like HOME. After two years without doing a show, and having to recreate so many aspects of the show from scratch, you made it look like we hadn’t skipped a beat. We honestly can’t thank you enough for your hard work, communication, and your dedication to making the show look great!
To the wizards at Evergreen Creative Projects…THANK YOU!!!
If you liked our banners, aisle signs, info booth designs, t-shirts and more…it’s all thanks to these guys who made the impossible, possible!
Also, THANK YOU to The Fine Print Shoppe, BOINGO Graphics, and to Mullen Publications, Inc. as well!

And to all those who have had a hand, over the years, in helping to us reach 40…
Whether you be family, friend, co-worker, acquaintance,
or mystical being… 

THANK YOU!

We look forward to having you all with us again for
HeroesCon 2023, June 16-18!!

Stay tuned for updates on tickets, Guest Announcements and More by signing up for our Weekly Newsletter!!

Want to RELIVE HeroesCon 2022??

Check out these awesome links:

HeroesCon 2022 – Day 1 :: Photos By Alex Cason
HeroesCon 2022 – Day 2 :: Photos By Alex Cason

https://youtu.be/IXtwzYWI3Oc
https://youtu.be/O7P5Djp93L8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25JTjBEKk9M

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.430887095713149
https://youtu.be/PCoAD8lK_vw
https://www.facebook.com/LaNoticia/videos/741094843747452/
https://youtu.be/GsT6HMKCuq0

https://www.fumettomaniafactory.net/heroes-con-2022-reportage-di-filippo-marzo/
https://youtu.be/2jCCounsjzo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMAiK4ujBzo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53Mn9FPb840
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6zAPPGs5Vw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyalQBZyiZA&t=5s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrr0VOk6Wew
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq0o4Po4fvo
https://comic-cons.xyz/event/heroes-convention-charlotte-north-carolina/
https://lrmonline.com/news/heroes-con-2022-the-economic-future-of-the-comic-industry-looks-bright/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfQnBP3czOc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgJUw_eAu1w
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article261735187.html
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/latest-news/article262491687.html
https://www.tiktok.com/@thecharlotteobserver/video/7113247134387899690?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25JTjBEKk9M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VstMIo_FSng
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVb3nv7jRhU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GqN5Hh_Kn8
https://lrmonline.com/news/charlotte-heroes-con-review-the-social-dynamics-of-comic-fans/
https://www.wccbcharlotte.com/2022/06/24/heroes-convention-celebrates-40th-anniversary/
https://www.charlottemagazine.com/to-be-continued-heroescon-at-40/
https://clture.org/heroescon-kick-off-party/
https://clture.org/heroescon-kick-off-party-photos/
https://www.instagram.com/p/CfZDgVBuQ2b/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/CfXGHGOOZpV/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUj4EVDIu8E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sHZEDHF0no
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcqVCwKawF8

Have a link you would like to share?
Put it in the comments!

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HEROESCON 2022 COSPLAY EVENTS SCHEDULE

June 18, 2022 at 4:07 pm By:

HEROESCON 2022 COSPLAY EVENTS SCHEDULE

all will take place in Hall C near the cosplay stage

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 24

  • 2:00-4:00 Cosplay First Aid Station Open Hours (not to be confused with injury first aid!)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Basic Puppet Techniques hands-on workshop by Cher Lambeth, Former Puppet Builder at The Jim Henson Company. Capped at 20; supplies available on the spot for $6.
  • 3:00-4:00 Cosplay Masquerade Registration
  • 4:00 Friday Cosplay Masquerade hosted by DJ Spider 

SATURDAY, JUNE 25

  • 2:00-4:00 Cosplay First Aid Station Open Hours (not to be confused with injury first aid!)
  • 3:00-4:00 Cosplay Masquerade Registration
  • 4:00 Saturday Cosplay Masquerade hosted by Kalliste Cosplay
  • Group cosplay photo shoot on outdoor stairs immediately following Masquerade

 SUNDAY, JUNE 26

  • Noon-2:00 Cosplay First Aid Station Open Hours (not to be confused with injury first aid!)
  • 1:00-2:00 Cosplay Masquerade Registration
  • 2:00 Sunday Cosplay Masquerade hosted by Amberle Linnea
  • Group cosplay photo shoot on outdoor stairs immediately following Masquerade

More information on here: https://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/costume/

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HeroesCon 2022 Panels & Programming

June 18, 2022 at 1:43 pm By:

HC-2022-FANT-40-LOGO

HEROESCON 2022

PANEL SCHEDULE 

FRIDAY

1:00PM

ROOM 201 

SCAD 1 MINI-COMICS: a LITTLE FUN

Cartoonist and SCAD professor DAVID ALLAN DUNCAN leads students young and old through the process of drawing, producing, and distributing mini-comics! Learn about the the planning,

storytelling, and drawing that goes into making a mini-comic. Create a mini and a little

sketchbook during the workshop. Materials provided, so come join the fun!

 

1:00 pm 

Room 205

COMIC CENSORSHIP 

AARON KASHTAN leads a panel on Comics censorship, part of a national discussion due to a ban on Art Spiegelman’s Maus by the McMinn County, Tennessee school board in January. Why are comics suddenly being banned again? What are the underlying reasons behind contemporary comics bans, and how is the current anti-comics campaign similar to or different from earlier ones? Most importantly, how can we fight comics censorship?  We are tackling this problem from various perspectives — a scholar/teacher, two public librarians, and a university librarian. Laura Vallejo, Clay Freeman and others join Aaron. DON’T MISS THIS!!!

 

1:00 PM

Room 207AB 

BRAVO FOXTROT

The writer/artist/creator of the Sunday comic FOXTROT, BILL AMEND talks with TOM HEINTJES in a career spanning interview. We will make sure Jason keeps Quincy on a leash! And if you see Roger with a chess board, run quickly in the other direction.

 

1:00 pm 

Room 208 

LARRY HAMA and CARL POTTS in Conversation

From GI JOE to ALIEN LEGION, THE ‘NAM to THE PUNISHER, CONAN to LAST OF THE DRAGONS – LARRY HAMA and CARL POTTS have a combined count of more guns, swords, bombs, lasers, and explosions per career comics page than anyone else in the field. They also helped launch an entire Hall of Fame of comics creators’ careers (Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, etc.). Moderator GREG MATIASEVICH (MULTIVERSITY COMICS) gets these two legendary editors/creators talking about their careers and how they changed comics forever!

 

2:00PM

Room 206B

STAR WARS DRAW

Let’s draw with Star Wars cartoonist JAMIE COSLEY, whose comic strip The Light Side has appeared in Star Wars Insider magazine since 2017.  Learn how to draw Darth Vader, baby Yoda, Ewoks, and more! Step by step instructions that are super fun and easy to follow! 

 

2:30PM

Room 201

SCAD 2

How to Take Advantage of Clip Studio Paint and Perspective Rulers with SCAD professor JOHN LOWE

This workshop will teach you how to set up one, two, and three-point perspective rulers in Clip

Studio Paint (CSP). Other valuable and time-saving CSP tools will also be demonstrated.

 

2:30PM 

Room 205

PODCAST 101

Want to start a podcast but don’t know how? Have a podcast and want to get to the next level?

Discover the how’s and why’s of podcasting. Get tips on equipment, improving your on-mic performance, promotion, and more with a panel of veteran podcasters:

Terence Dollard – Professor, Dept. of Mass Communication at UNC Pembroke; producer/host Comic Culture.

Darrin Sutherland – Ruth Sutherland co-hosts of Trekker Talk.  

Derek William Crabbe – Host, Fanholes Podcast & History of Comics on Film

Jarrod Albriech Pat Sampson Co-hosts of Longbox Crusade Podcast.

 

2:30pm

Room 207AB

CARTOONIST KAYFABE IS LIVE!!!!

CARTOONIST KAYFABE’S JIM RUGG and ED PISKOR bring their expert comic book analysis back to Heroes!!

 

2:30 pm 

Room 208  

JONATHAN HICKMAN and SKOTTIE YOUNG in Conversation

BADR MILLIGAN sits down with two greats of modern comics: JONATHAN HICKMAN (Secret Wars, East of West) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (Strange Academy, I Hate Fairyland).

 

3:30 pm 

Room 206B 

QuickDraw—A HeroesCon tradition with your host—Miss Fancy PANTS! 

We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and all of your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories: 10 and under, 11-15, and 16 and up. The Quick-draw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! Be there! Pencil purloiners will be persecuted persistently.

 

4:00PM

Room 201

SCAD 3 INTRODUCTION TO STORYBOARDS

What is a storyboard and why is storyboarding important for creators? SCAD professor RAY GOTO leads an introductory class on its uses in visual storytelling. While the use of storyboards is not new, it has become much more popular in recent years thanks to increased attention to video content, motion design, filmmaking, and all things interactive. All skill levels are welcome. 

 

4:00PM

Room 207AB

A WRITER’S LIFE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF COMICS

de’Angelo DIA moderates a talk with DAVID WALKER (Bitter Root), NANCY COLLINS (Swamp Thing), MATT KINDT (Mind MGMT), and STEPHANIE WILLIAMS (Nubia) about their experiences as professional writers. 

 

4:00 pm 

Room 208 

MARVEL EDITORS

Marvel Methods: Behind the Scenes with Marvel Editors: What’s it like to be an editor at Marvel? We’ll get an inside perspective from two of Marvel’s illustrious editors: Howard Mackie and Louise Simonson. They’ll tell us how Marvel has changed over the years and look at the hits (and also a few of the misses) from their time as editors. We’re all living in the Marvel universe these days, and our editors will help us understand how it developed. Moderated by MIKE KOBRE.

 

5:30 pm 

Room 205

SUPERHERO MOVIES**AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION!!!

 

NERD SKOOL’s MIGHTY MOVIE MADNESS TOURNAMENT OF MIGHTINESS

Make your voice heard in deciding the most essential superhero films of all! Join the The Nerd Skool Podcast team: Joe Hunsaker, Andy Hunsaker, Tiffany Bryant-Jackson, Arthur “ArtStar” Lovely as they run a MARCH Madness-style tournament pitting comic-based films against each other, and your votes will determine the winners! Support your favorites! Defend your underdogs! Be on the podcast!

 

5:30 pm 

Room 207AB 

INKPULP INSTRUCTION PRESENTS:

TURNING YOUR ART INTO A CAREER

With 

SHAWN CRYSTAL, SANFORD GREENE, and JIM MAHFOOD

 

Shawn Crystal will be joined by fellow professional artists Sanford Greene and Jim Mahfood as they share their individual journeys of becoming professional artists, how they found interest in art, developed their skills to a professional level, and ultimately made their dreams come true. Please join us as we delve deep into the origin stories of these esteemed artists, and learn how you can do the same. Inkpulp Instruction is an online art school, where you learn directly from the pros you love and admire. Check them out at inkpulpinstruction.com.

 

7:00 pm – the convention is closed for the day, but don’t go far!

 

7:30 pm— THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY HEROESCON DRINK AND DRAW AT THE WESTIN PROVIDENCE BALLROOM!

COME CREATE SOME GREAT MEMORIES, BUY SOME GREAT ART AND HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR TEAM CUL DE SAC AND PARKINSON’S RESEARCH! 

 

SATURDAY

11:00am

Room 201  

SCAD Instructional: DEVELOPING A PITCH PACKET

DANIELLE CHUATICO will show how to break into the traditional publishing industry with your graphic novel pitch packet!

 

Room 205 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in the DC and Marvel Silver Age

PROFESSOR ZYG FURMANIUK takes us all to school; the school motto: 

Cum Real Scientia est magna Cura “With Real Science comes great Responsibility”

It wasn’t just lab accidents and adamantium – sometimes it was an actual gravitational free fall problem or a sulfur-selenium exchange reaction.  Whether the science was astoundingly correct or hilariously wrong it functioned as the gateway drug to careers in STEM for the generation that grew up and created personal computers and mapped the human genome.  We’ll keep the math to the minimum as we look at how chemistry and physics were depicted, the people behind it, and the comic book influences on Stephen Jay Gould, one of the most popular science writers of his day.

 

11:00am

Room 205

COLLECTOR’S ESTATE PLANNING  “So Dad Was a Collector….”

Significant Estates, Pedigree Markets, and Getting the Most Out of Lifelong Collections

Daniel Yezbick of Wildwood College,  Tom Eyssell of the University of Missouri-St Louis, and  Michael Wotka, an Independent Golden Age Collector and Consultant, introduce you to strategic planning for bequeathment, liquidation, and donation of large collections. 

 

11:00am

Room 208

POWER PACK unPACKED

Get your regular baby-sitter to come over to watch your real kids so we can spend an hour looking back with the co-creators of Marvel’s POWER PACK, LOUISE SIMONSON and JUNE BRIGMAN. Moderated by TERENCE DOLLARD. Will Mary Worth show up to offer super-child rearing tips?

 

12:30pm

Room 205

SCAD 5  CREATIVE CHARACTER DESIGN Instructional

Professor BRIAN RALPH teaches students a variety of character design and drawing techniques in this fast paced hands on workshop.  Building from simple shapes and iconic silhouettes, Ralph

will have participants thinking and drawing in new and exciting ways.  Roll up your sleeves and

let’s create the next hit comic character! Fun for all ages and all drawing skill levels.

 

12:30pm

Room 207AB

ALL AGES COMICS

Many of today’s most popular comics are not periodical comic books, but young adult, middle grade, and children’s graphic novels. In this panel, AARON KASHTAN talks with guests JOEY WEISER (Dragon Racer), JEFFREY BROWN (Darth Vader and Son), CHRIS SCHWEIZER (The Creeps), and CARA MCGEE (Over the Garden Wall) about the kids’ graphic novel market and how it differs from traditional comic books. Why have children’s graphic novels become so popular? How is working for graphic novels different from working for comic books? What  should readers and aspiring creators know about the  future of all ages comics? 

 

12:30pm

Room 207AB

WORLD BUILDING with CHARLES VESS and DAVID PETERSEN

BADR MILLIGAN talks with two giants of illustration, CHARLES VESS (Sandman, The Books of Earthsea) and DAVID PETERSEN (Mouse Guard, The Wind in the Willows). 

 

12:30pm

Room 208

BEFORE THE INFINITY WAR: The Avengers and the Kree-Skrull War: 

Audiences all over the world have seen The Avengers and a whole universe of heroes fight Thanos. But what was the first great universe-spanning saga in the history of Marvel? Join us for a celebration of the 51-year anniversary of the Kree-Skrull War in The Avengers #89-97 from 1971. This revolutionary run of issues brought together a whole universe of characters for the first time in a single extended storyline. We’ll talk about the Kree-Skrull War with its co-creator, legendary Marvel writer and editor ROY THOMAS. Along the way, we’ll hear about Roy’s work with the late Neal Adams, who drew crucial chapters of the storyline, and about Roy’s career at Marvel, beginning when he joined the company in the 60s and worked as Stan Lee’s “left-hand man.” Avengers Assemble! Moderated by MIKE KOBRE.

 

2:00pm

Room 205 Interview/Panel Discussion.

The 2022 HEROES MEGA PANEL Recommended for MATURE audiences

 

“Believe It or Burn!”: Comics, Religion, and Spirituality.

Attendees: Kayla E., Shakeisha Holton Gray, Andrew Kunka, Noah Van Sciver.

Moderators: Craig Fischer, Jennie Law, Ben Towle.

 

This year’s Heroes Con mega-panel—the first in three years!—explores the intersection of comics with issues of faith and belief. We’ll interview cartoonist Noah Van Sciver about his forthcoming graphic biography Joseph Smith and the Mormons (Abrams), while artist and graphic designer Kayla E. will talk about the spiritual themes in her paintings and upcoming comics memoir Precious Rubbish (Fantagraphics). Then Kayla will join Minister Shakeisha Holton Gray (Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church) and Professor Andrew Kunka (University of South Carolina, Sumter) for a roundtable discussion about Justin Green’s classic underground comic Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary. Plus: mega-panel co-organizer Jennie Law on versions of the Devil depicted in comic books, and co-organizer Ben Towle on convincing and less-so fictional comic-book religions, with a look at The Replacement God, The Incal, and more. Join us for worship! Recommended for MATURE audiences

 

2:00pm

Room 206B 

STAR WARS QUICK DRAW

Let’s draw with Star Wars cartoonist JAMIE COSLEY, whose comic strip The LIght Side has appeared in Star Wars Insider magazine since 2017. Learn how to draw Darth Vader, baby Yoda, Ewoks, and more! Step by step instructions that are super fun and easy to follow!

 

2:00pm

Room 207AB

THOR

Midgard’s own JASON WHEATLEY talks to WALT SIMONSON and RON FRENZ about their legendary contributions to the Asgardian Avenger.

 

3:00pm

Room 201

RE-DEFINING THE MODERN AGE OF COMICS

With the term “Modern Age” still being used to describe comics as far back as 1986’s WATCHMEN and DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, it’s high time for new ways to label work from both that era and all the eras since! Come give your YOUR thoughts & ideas in this brainstorming 

session moderated by Greg Matiasevich (MULTIVERSITY COMICS) and refereed by the Nerd Skool Podcast faculty!

 

3:00pm

Room 207AB 

BITTER ROOT

Bitter Root follows the Sangerye family of monster hunters during the Harlem renaissance as they fight enemies both societal and supernatural in this action-packed adventure. Creators CHUCK BROWN, DAVID WALKER and SANFORD GREENE discuss their culturally relevant comic with JASON WOOD (11 O’Clock Comics Podcast).

 

4:00pm

Room 206B 

QuickDraw—A HeroesCon tradition with your host: FANCY PANTS!!

We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories 10 and under, 11-15, and 16 and up. The QuickDraw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! TSA Officials will be on site to make sure those pencils never make it past the graphite detectors. Do you think pencils grow on trees??? oh wait….

 

4:00pm

Room 208

JOHN ROMITA Jr. HOWARD MACKIE and SCOTT HANNA In conversation

TERENCE DOLLARD moderates what is sure to be a memorable discussion with these AM influential creators. 

 

4:30pm

Room 201

SUPERHERO TV PROGRAMS**AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION!!!

NERD SKOOL’s SUPERHERO STREAMING SERIES MADNESS TOURNAMENT

Make your voice heard in deciding the most essential superhero TV shows of all-time! Join the The Nerd Skool Podcast team: Joe Hunsaker, Andy Hunsaker, Tiffany Bryant-Jackson, Arthur “ArtStar” Lovely as they run a Madness-style tournament pitting comic-based films against each other, and your votes will determine the winners! Support your favorites! Defend your underdogs! Be on the podcast!  

 

4:30pm

Room 205

CARTOON VEHICLES

Iconic Rides, Super Cars, and Villainous Vehicles: The Best, Worst, and Weirdest

Mechanical Conveyances in Comics and Culture  

What drives a hero, or rather, what does a hero drive? Join us for a high octane survey

of the most beloved and utterly ridiculous muscle cars, invisible jets, and star cruisers in

comics and culture, including colossal Kirby contraptions, shameless franchise

accessories, and impossibly cool rides, custom jobs, and cosmic jalopies of every size,

stripe, and genre! Did we forget your favorite? Let us know and keep the gearhead

geekery going!

Your PIT CREW:

Daniel Yezbick, Wildwood College St Louis, MO   

Jonathan Alexandratos, Queensborough Community College NY, NY

Tom Eyssell, U of Missouri-St Louis  

Michael Phoenix, St Louis Public Schools  

HEROES will not validate parking!!!

 

4:30PM

Room 208

JIM STARLIN

CARTOONIST KAYFABE’S ED PISKOR and JIM RUGG join JIM STARLIN for a scintillating hour with the comics legend!

 

6:00 pm CONVENTION FLOOR CLOSES

HOWEVER!!!!

COME ON OVER TO THE WESTIN GRAND BALLROOM AND SPEND SOME HARD-EARNED SCRATCH ON SOME REALLY GREAT ORIGINAL ART. BIDDING BEGINS AT 8:00, BUT THE GAWKING BEGINS NOW!!!!! 

 

SUNDAY

12:00pm

Room 201

SCAD 6: Instructional

TOY DESIGN: JOHN LARISON will talk about and show you the different media applicable to

sculpting toys traditionally. Sculpting is not easy, but it is definitely fun. John will let those who come to his workshop play with the material and tools and learn about the cost involved for the materials.

 

12:00pm

Room 205

ADHOUSE @ 20

All hail CHRIS PITZER owner/publisher/editor of ADHOUSE COMICS! Come celebrate one of the most important figures in Indie Comics alongside AdHouse creators JIM RUGG, KATHRYN IMMONEN, STUART IMMONEN, and ALEXIS ZIRITT. Hosted by the inimitable DUSTIN HARBIN.

 

12:00pm

Room 207AB

DC WRITERS

STEPHANIE WILLIAMS (Nubia), STEPHANIE PHILLIPS (Harley Quinn), and CHUCK BROWN (Aquamen), with moderator NANCY NORTHCOTT (Con-Tinual Comics Lair), discuss their careers, current projects, and their time in the comics industry.

 

12:00pm

Room 208

X-TRAVAGANZA

Legendary X-men creators CHRIS CLAREMONT and LOUISE SIMONSON spend an hour with CARTOONIST KAYFABE’s ED PISKOR.

 

1:00pm

Room 206B

STAR WARS DRAW

Let’s draw with Star Wars cartoonist JAMIE COSLEY, whose comic strip The Light Side has appeared in Star Wars Insider magazine since 2017. Learn how to draw Darth Vader, baby Yoda, Ewoks, and more! Step by step instructions that are super fun and easy to follow!

 

1:30pm

Room 201 Recommended for MATURE audiences

MEMOIRS in COMICS: I’ll Be My Mirror: The Philosophy and Practice of Memoir Comics.

 

JEFFREY BROWN, KAYLA E., NOAH VAN SCIVER  Moderator: Craig Fischer

What motivates an artist to make their life a central subject of their art? Does autobiography

allow a creator to revisit and reshape the past in order to achieve catharsis or closure? How does it feel to design a cartoon self-portrait, and then to draw and redraw hundreds of these self-portraits in the pages of a comic book or graphic novel? Is it ever unethical to borrow characters and situations from real life? These are just a few of the questions that moderator Craig Fischer will pose to three superlative autobiographical comics artists: Jeffrey Brown (Loved and Lost: A Relationship Trilogy), Kayla E. (Precious Rubbish), and Noah Van Sciver (Blammo, One Dirty Tree).

 

1:30pm

Room 207AB

LARRY HAMA– A real American Comic Book Classic!

LARRY HAMA talks about the 40th anniversary of G.I. JOE with Cobra’s own DOUG MERKLE.

 

1:30pm

Room 205

IN PICTOPIA

DONALD SIMPSON and ANDY KUNKA take a deep dive into one of the BEST short comics ever produced: the Simpson drawn IN PICTOPIA. If you haven’t read In Pictopia yet, please do so. If you have then we know you will be here for this epic discussion

 

1:30pm

Room 208

SPIDER-MAN

JASON WHEATLEY talks with RON FRENZ and MARK BAGLEY – two of the best Spidey artists ever! How can Jason possibly screw this up? Come and see!

 

2:30pm

Room 206B

QuickDraw—A HeroesCon tradition. 

We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories 10 and under, 11-15, and 16 and over. The QuickDraw is held EVERY YEAR, so we need those pencils back!! We’ve placed state of the art nano-technology tracking devices on each and every pencil. If you get itchy fingers, we’ll sniff you out and prosecute you to the full extent of the law. But before all that– have fun!  

 

3:00pm

Room 205 Interview.

SHELTON DRUM and the 40th ANNIVERSARY of HEROESCON

Shelton Drum was a busy young man: he began buying and selling comics in the early 1970s,

started the Charlotte Mini-Con in 1977, and opened his first brick-and-mortar comic shop—the

first location of what would become Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find—in 1980. But another of his

signature achievements was the founding of the Heroes Convention in 1982, which turns forty

this year. Over the decades, HeroesCon has become one of the premiere comics events in the

United States, and Shelton has been at the center of it all, hearing the stories, bonding with

creators, dealers, and fans, and sometimes navigating the event through controversies and

difficulties, most recently its two-year Covid shutdown. Join Shelton and interviewer Craig

Fischer for an in-depth talk about the history (and future!) of HeroesCon, and bring your own

questions to ask Shelton too!

 

ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT:

6:00 pm CONVENTION ENDS 

See you next year for HEROESCON 2023!

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HEROESCON 2022, JUNE 24-26 :: EXHIBITOR LISTINGS!

May 27, 2022 at 6:11 pm By:

EXH-LOGO-2022

The Heroes Convention hosts the BEST EXHIBITORS in the country!!

If you’re looking for rare vintage comics, modern comics, variants, graded comics, toys, statues, t-shirts and apparel, costume accessories, jewelry, framed art, prints, or something you haven’t even THOUGHT of yet that relates to COMIC-BOOKS, you’re pretty much GUARANTEED to find it at this year’s Fantastic 40th Anniversary Heroes Convention, June 24-26!

Check out the astounding list of HeroesCon Exhibitors below, and start making your shopping list!

If you haven’t bought your tickets for this year’s show…what are you waiting for?!

Get your tickets TODAY!

2022-3-DAY-BUTTON

HEROESCON 2022 EXHIBITORS:

2 Jerkz & A Comic | 2070
Comics, toys, collectibles
2-Land Comics | 554
Superhero comic addressing bullying, social and emotional wellness and positivity
3 Keys Comics | 440, 539
Comics and collectibles
501st Carolina Garrison | Hall C
Storm Troopers, Charity
A Wave Blue World | 648, 747
Publisher
A. Pennyworth’s Comics | 1058, 1060
Comics, toys, statues
ACME Comics | 1872, 1971
Discount trades, hardcovers, comics
AfterShock Comics | 326, 328, 425, 427
Publisher, Featuring Artist: Andrea Mutti, and Joe Pruett
AllTru2U | AA-18, AA-19, AA-20
Clocks, cosplay prop weapons, gaming boxes
Almost Anything | 553, 555, 557, 559
Comics, toys, fun stuff, etc
Alpha Omega Certification | 1068, 1070, 1167, 1169
Official CGC Facilitator, Featuring Artist: Sedat Oezgen
ALPHEX, Inc. | 346, 445
Licensed wall scrolls, figures, foam and bamboo cosplay props
Amaterasu Anime Collection | 2262
Anime merch, apparel, jewelry, bags, peekers, stickers, collectibles
Amazing Heroes, LLC | 741
Lego mini figures
AMNI BLACK | 1670
Digital art featuring history and culture, jewelry, clothings, books, decor
Anime Haus | 2168, 2267
Retailer of imported Japanese anime, video games, and pop culture merchandise
Anthony’s Comic Book Art | 1072, 1171
Original comic art
B + C Collectibles | 1659
Comics, toys and collectibles
Beckett Card Grading Services | 1368, 1370, 1467, 1469
Card Grading Service
Bedrock City Comic Co. | 970, 972
Gold, Silver, Bronze and Modern Age Comics
Bill’s Books and More | 1756, 1758
Comics, Toys
Black Caravan | 2058, 2060
Publisher
Black Dog Collectables | 1862, 1961
Comics and collectibles
The Blood Connection | A-13, A-14, A-15, A-16
Blood Drive and Donation Services
Bloom Movement Artistry | Hall C
Aerialist and performers in costume
Bombardier and Son Comics | 1560
Online comic book store. Exclusive, and new comic books
Bona Fide Comics | 871
Comics
Boom Comics | 655
Comics and collectibles, high-end toys and comics
Bricks and Broomsticks | 540
Custom mini figures, anime, book bags, wands, plushies, pop-its
Burke Street Comics | 957, 959
Comics and collectibles
Buzz Comics / Beardy Weirdys Comics and Toys | 1759
Comics and collectibles
Buzzard Brothers Comics | 452, 551
Gold, Silver, Bronze age comics
Calcom | 2361
Comic books and related items
Capitaland Collectibles | 1669
Toy store showcasing vintage and modern action figures, toys and adult collectibles. Buy, sell, trade
Captivating Comics | 872, 971
Comics
Cards, Comics & Collectibles | 1458-1462, 1557-1561
Comics, trades, collectibles and more. Home of Baltimore Comic Con
Carolina Comic Book Club | 753
Comic & action figures
Carolina Manga Library | 1457
Non-Profit traveling library providing free access to graphic novels
CBCS | 1368, 1370, 1467, 1469
Comic Book Certification Services – grading service
Chaotic Abstraction | 769
Original Art
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library | 1358, 1360
Public Library / Non-Profit
Cheap Joes Art Stuff | 340, 342
Art supplies
Chimera Publishing | 1968, 2067
Art Prints
Chris Foss Rare Comics & Collectables | 856, 955
Comics
Click Heaters | 2261
Reusable gel heating packs, mini massage units and therapy guns
Codakhrome Comic Shop | 2372
Comic art collage
Collector Supreme | 368, 370
Comics
Colorworld | 1770, 1772, 1869, 1871
Books and more
Columbia Cards & Collectables | 2353, 2355
Comics and collectibles
The Comic Book Guy | 2157, 2159
Vintage, silver and bronze age comics, with emphasis on high grade copies
Comic Box / Big Apple Comic Con | 869
Gold and silver age comics
Comic Clear, LLC | 960
Comic collecting supplies
Comic Culture Television | 1371
Television series about comic creators
Comic Whiz | 1967, 1969
Comics
Comic-Central.com | 1662, 1761
Modern comics and graphic novels
Comic*Pop | 1572, 1671
Vintage-modern comics and collectibles
ComicConnect / Metropolis Collectibles | 1168
Auction house specializing in vintage comics, original art, memorabilia and games
ComicLink | 1362, 1461
Auction house and exchange
Comics On Coffee | A-2
Coffee roastery dedicated to the comic book community
Comics To Astonish Inc. | 1569, 1571
Comics
ComicsWanted.com | 1855
Comics
Copper Coast Confections | 302, 401
Gourmet chocolate
Cross Country Collectibles | 760, 762
Toys, Collectibles
Dale Roberts Comics | 968, 1067
Gold and silver age comics
Dangerously Terrific Comics, LLC | 567, 569, 571
Key and rare comics
Dark Moon Cards and Games | 352, 451
Pokemon
Dave & Adams | 768, 867
Buying and selling vintage comics
Dave’s Comics & Cards | 1470, 1472
Comics, Co-Promoter of the Charlotte Comicon
David Burns | 868, 870
Comics
David Shankle | 967, 969
Gold, silver and bronze age comics
David Sorensen | A-7
Comic cover artist and colorist, Sanctuary Press, Blackout Comics, Bone Yard Press
Desert Wind Comics | 528
Multi-signed CGC Comics for sale, signature services.
DG Studios | 1970, 1972
Art prints, original art, licensed art work of Dominic Glover
Diabolical Designs | 556
Custom laser cut acrylic display stands for any collectible
Dimension Decals | A-1
Decals, comics, stickers, and more
Ditko Club | 1069
Steve Ditko art
DreamHaven Books & Comics | 2068
One of the oldest comic book/fantasy stores in the US (43 years)
Drew Blank | 626
Original art, fake album art, coloring books
Dying Breed Collectors | 2257, 2259
Chicago’s premiere graphic novel retailer. In & out of print omnibus, Absolute Editions, hardcovers & trades.
Dylan Universe Comics | 1858, 1860
Vintage Comics
Earl Shaw’s Comics | 1768, 1867
Gold, Silver and Bronze age comics
Eastgate Comics | 468
Comics
Ecto-1 | Hall C
Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters photo op
Endzone Collectibles | 534, 536
Sports memorabilia and collectibles
Epikos Comics, Cards and Games | 662, 761
Comics, cards, games and more
Fanaddicts | 2271
Figurines, drinkware, keychains, rings, stickers and more
Fearless Readers | 462
Gold, silver, bronze, and modern comics
The Fine Print Shoppe | 1160, 1162
HeroesCon Indie Island T-Shirt Printers
First Form Collectibles | 642
Funko pops, action figures, statues, gaming
Flannel Panels | 2069
Vintage flannels, t-shirts, denim jackets, and Hawaiian shirts with custom flannel panels
Frame Monkey | 2169, 2170
Custom framing
G2K Games, Inc. | 657
Buy, sale, trade – Video Games, Card Games, Vinyl Music, toys and collectibles
Gallery Panda | 334, 336, 433, 435, 2352, 2354
Prints on crystal clear acrylic
The Geeky Experience | 2172
Modern and Silver age comics
Gem City Books | 756, 855
Graphic novels
Get Some Game | 560, 562
Games and collectibles
Ghostbusters of North Carolina | 602, 701
Charity organization
GoCollect.com | 2155
Comic Book Price Guide
Golden Memories | 672, 771
Gold and silver age comics
Goldin Co. | 1267
Consignment Auction House
Greg Reece’s Rare Comics | 962, 1061
Gold and silver age comics
Groundbreaking Comics | 2062, 2161
Comics and Variants
Hair Klaudt | 2368, 2370
Creators of Zombie Snott Hair Dye
Half Gringo Comix | 1962
Comics and magazines
Hanahan Comics | 348, 447
Exclusive comic variant covers
HantherCraft | 1769
Complete works of Hanther (aka: James P. Petty)
Harley Yee Rare Comics | 1157, 1159
Gold, silver and bronze age comics
Heritage Auctions | 1062, 1161
Auction House
Hero Initiative | 1172, 1271
Federally recognized non-profit dedicated to helping comic creators, writers and artists in need.
Featuring Artists: Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner of STRAY DOGS (Image)

Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find | 1260, 1262, 1359, 1361
HeroesCon Promoters, Charlotte-based comic book store since 1980
Hey Kids, Comics! | 2160, 2162
Comics and toys
Highgradecomics.com | 857, 859
Vintage comics
Hometown Comics & Games | 572
Comics and games
Hooked On Comics | 434, 436
Comic book store and CGC Facilitator
Iconic Comics, FL | 545, 547
Comics
Inkvine Vintage | 1959
Comics, records, antique books
Inky Knuckles Comic Art | 1657
Original art, representing innovative and unique artists
Jason Hamlin | 1562, 1661
Comics
Jason Oakes Art | 660
Art prints and canvas
Jewelry Brands | 542
Star Wars, Marvel, DC jewelry
The Joe Kubert School | 1272
Premiere school for professionals entering the comics and graphics industry
Joe Lisi | A-5, A-6
Original art, prints, and stickers
Jolteon Juniors | 725, 727
All things Pokemon! Plushies, toys, clothes, art, plus mascots in Pokemon Suits!
Kitchen Table Games | 633, 635
Local game store selling Pokemon, Magic, TCG’s and dice
Klingon Assault Group | 402, 501
Star-Trek photo ops raising funds for Hospice
Legenerdy Creations | 471
Pixel art and 3d printed items
Levelup Lemon | 470
Table-top game company, card and board games
Lightning Bolt Comics | 1558
Vintage comics, specializing in Golden Age
LP Comics & Collectibles | 1372
Gold, silver and bronze age comics
Magic Graphics | 570
Collectibles
Mario’s Comics | 861
Comics
Mark Scott Comics | 1556, 1655
Gold, silver and bronze age comics
The Marketing Arm Inc. | 1268, 1367
Collectibles Insurance, plus swag and caricatures
Marvel Card Collectors Worldwide | 1870
Online group for collectors of Marvel Trading Cards
Marvelous Merchandise | 426, 428, 527
Apparel and collectibles
Michi Doan Art | 2072
Self-published art books, prints, accessories, enamel pins, phone charms and stickers
Moving Pictures Comics and Collectibles | 1059
Golden to modern age “key” comic issues
Munchie & Me Face Painting | Hall C
Face and body painting
MyComicShop / Lone Star Comics | 1857, 1859
Comics
The Mystery Shack | A-3, A-4
Mystery blind boxes
Mystic Treasures | 858, 860
Vintage and modern toys
Needless Toys & Collectibles | 755, 757, 759
Toys and collectibles
New Force Comics | 1668, 1767
Vintage and rare comics
Noble Nostalgia Comics and Collectibles | 1468, 1567
High grade comics, toys, collectibles
North Coast Nostalgia | 1071
Gold, silver, bronze and modern age comics
One Stop Comic Shop | 372
Exclusive variant covers and CGC comics, Featuring Artist: Jeff Edwards
The Original Ukoala by UUBGEAR | A-8
Hip bag that can be changed to backpack or crossbody. Great for traveling and events!
Painted Visions | 1568, 1667
Comics, toys, trades
Park Circle Comics | 862, 961
Comics
The Phoenix’s Lair | 354-358, 453-457
Comic themed anime, video game and pop culture items. Pillows, plush, toys, collectibles, autographs, home decor, LED lighting, jewelery, statuettes, clothing, rugs, tapestries and more!
Pixel Empire | 733, 735
Pop culture posters printed with special effects (ex: glow in the dark, glitter ink, foil)
Planetshelly | 2071
Fandom jewelry, pins, plush
Poetic Earth | 533
Handmade leather-bound blank page journals, bags, etc
Pop-Up Comics | 2054, 2056
Comics and toys
Popculture Playground | 2061
Comics
POPnBeards | 1954, 2053
Funko Pops, toys
PYE Games | 645
3D Printed Dragons that range from 6 inches to 63 inches
R & C Comics and Collectibles | 1570
Toys, action figures, Funko, comics
RaceCity Comics | 2167
Comics
Rare Orchard | 2153
Collectibles shop selling comics, posters, video games and other items
Rebel Base Comics & Toys | 654, 656
Comics and toys
Retro Rewind Pops | 2254, 2256, 2258
Funko pops, toys
Ribbons and Rivets | 446, 448
Leather workshop, costumer
Richard Fortenberry | 1868
Comics, Co-Promoter of the Charlotte Comicon
RRSMITH Militaria, LLC | 1856
DC war books, Marvel superheroes, action figures, toys, autographed photos
Rushmore Art | 472
Hand drawn metal art in the style of Mt. Rushmore
Rusted Knight Comics | 1760
Comics
Sagemoon Hollow Creations | 670
Whimsical handmade jewelry and designs! Genuine crystals and gemstones with clay and copper plating.
Secrets Of Stones | 535
Japanese craft store, designing art and jewelry for cosplayers
SFP Marketing, LLC | A-9
3D lenticular artist prints, matted and framed. Mythical decor with dragons.
Shortboxed | 467, 469
Buy and sell graded comics. Built by collectors, for collectors.
Shrunk 3D, Inc. | 604, 703
Get yourself turned into a 3D Printed Statue!
Sigma Comics | 639
Publisher of Animal Rights comic books. Fighting Animal Abuse with Comics!
Smasher’s Comics | 1757
Silver and modern age comics
Spellmonger | 2170
Featuring Special Guests Wes Flannary and Christy LaGuardia

St Clair Comics | 360, 362
Comics and toys
The Stories of Service Foundation | 634
Stories of service members and veterans. Hosting food drive and comic sales for charity.
Stormcrow Comics | 1672, 1771
Comics, toys and more! (We love and MISS YOU Mark Merrill!)
Suncoast Comics, LLC | 770, 772
Comics, specializing in exclusive covers
Supah! | 1656, 1755
Comics
Super Retro Land | 454, 456, 458, 460
Vintage toys and games
Superworld Comics | 1658, 1660
Gold, silver, bronze and modern age comics
Sure Thing Toys | 2358, 2360, 2362
Online toy retailer featuring products from Bandai, NECA, Mezco, DC and Marvel
Taiwan Coc Culture Co. | 636
Handmade cat ears, ornaments, posters, scrolls and more from Taiwan
Tall Stories | 659, 661
Art books, t-shirts, etc.
The Tangled Web | 1854, 1953
Comics, toys and collectibles
TeeTurtle | 653
T-shirts and apparel
Time Tunnel Comics | 2158
Comics and toys
TNT Comics | 668, 767
Comics
Tokyo Toybox | 641
Anime and video game merchandise
Tomorrow’s Treasures | 958, 1057
Gold and silver age comics
Toynk Toys | 442, 541
Toys, mystery boxes
Trilogy Comics | 1956, 1958, 2055, 2057
Comics, statues, toys and more!
TwoMorrows Publishing | 526, 625
Publisher
Ultimate Comics | 568, 667
Comics and toys
Undisputed Comics King | 669, 671
Gold, silver, bronze and modern age comics, keys, graded, kids, full sets, fillers, trades
Unknown Comics | 2268-2272, 2367-2371
Exclusive comic book dealer
Updog Comics | 1762, 1861
Comics
V1 Tech | 1955, 1957
Plexiglass wall art
VA Comicon | 1471
Comics
VAPA Center | 1270
Visual and Performing Arts Center (VAPA)
Videguy Collectibles | 439, 441
Collectibles, patches, magnets
Vintage Comics And Toys | 461
Bronze and silver age comics, rare Funko Pops
VisArt, Inc. | 2359
Film and video library and film arts support
Wandrr Wares | 558
Medieval and Viking style costuming, accessories and decorations. Cloaks, bones, goblets and gemstones
Whimsic Alley | 739
Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Outlander, apparel, wands, banners, jewelry, and more
World of Strange | 561
Unique T-Shirts with artwork by Independent Artists
WTFcomics | 1369
Comics Publisher
Wulvey’s Customs & Collectibles | 640
Airbrush artist, collectible figure collector
Your Favorite T-Shirts | 2154, 2156, 2253, 2255
Clothing and Toys
XRVR – Mobile VR Entertainment | 502, 504, 601, 603
Gaming, comics, anime
Zen Emporium, FL | 646, 745
Gaming, comics, anime

EXHIBITING IN ARTIST ALLEY:
SCAD | TBA
Savannah College of Art and Design
Team Cul de Sac | TBA
Raising funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation in memory of Richard Thompson

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We have more announcements still to come! Stay tuned to our weekly Newsletter for updates!!

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STAYING HEALTHY FOR THE HEROES CONVENTION :: MASKS RECOMMENDED IN STORE

May 20, 2022 at 2:23 pm By:

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2021


HELP US MAKE IT TO HEROESCON!

We hope you are as excited as we are for the 40th Anniversary of the Heroes Convention, June 24 – 26 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

This year’s HeroesCon will be the largest we’ve ever hosted, and we look forward to seeing all of you there.

As we get closer to the event, we want to take a minute to talk about our store and convention covid safety recommendations.

Effective immediately, all store staff will be required to wear masks while in the store. We will not require customers to wear masks, but we kindly encourage all of our customers to wear them in the store right up through HeroesCon weekend. If you don’t have a mask, we will have some available. If you choose not to wear a mask in our store, we respect your choice, but ask that you practice social distancing around all other customers and staff. Covid numbers are unfortunately rising again in many places, including Charlotte. With many customers visiting our store each day from out of town, we want to ensure that everyone stays well. 

While you may be familiar with our store and convention, you may not realize that we have a small, dedicated staff of seven employees, three of whom comprise the core HeroesCon management team. It is essential that our entire staff continues to work all the way through HeroesCon in order to make this the convention we’ve all been anticipating.  We know that wearing masks can be hot and uncomfortable, especially in the summer, but we appreciate your help in our efforts to keep everyone healthy and working.

As of now, we are not requiring masks or proof of vaccination in order to attend the Heroes Convention. However, as in our store, we encourage all attendees to wear masks at the convention, even if you are vaccinated. There will be tens of thousands of people from all over the world converging on the Charlotte Convention Center next month, and we want everyone to remain healthy.

Thank you for your support, and for helping us continue to make HeroesCon America’s Favorite Comic Convention. 

Sincerely,

The staff of Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find and the Heroes Convention

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We encourage everyone to GET VACCINATED.
Here is a list of vaccination sites for the Charlotte and surrounding areas:

Atrium Health

Atrium Health Vaccination Events

CVS

Novant Health

Walgreens

Vaccine FAQ from the NCDHHS

 

CONTINUED SAFE SHOPPING GUIDELINES:

  • We will provide hand sanitizer for you to use upon entering and exiting the store.  
     
  • Please be respectful of social distance and personal space while in our store.
    That’s just common sense. Don’t crowd others while shopping, it’s creepy. 
     
  • Staff will continue to sanitize and wash our hands as often as possible.  
     
  • WE ASK THAT ANYONE WHO FEELS UNWELL TO PLEASE STAY HOME. (This includes our staff!)
    That is ALSO good common sense. If you feel unwell, STAY HOME!
     
  • WE CAN SHIP!!
    We can ship to anyone, anywhere! (Well, anywhere that USPS or UPS delivers…so maybe not SPACE??)
     
  • OUR HOURS:
    Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday: 10am-7pm

    Wednesday: 10am-9pm
    Sunday: 1pm-6pm 
     
  • Please follow us on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter) or sign up for our Newsletter for regular updates!
    Please feel free to call us at 704-375-7462 or email us at HeroesArentHardToFind@gmail.com with any questions!

     

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We appreciate your business and continued support!

– Your Friends at HEROES AREN’T HARD TO FIND

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