Some of you already know me, some of you know OF me, and some of you have never heard of me before in your life. For those of you who DO know me, you probably know that HeroesCon and I go way back, further back than I can remember, actually. I wasn’t even born the first time I attended HeroesCon, when my awesome brother (who is 13 years my senior) begged my very pregnant mother to take him to a brand spanking new comic book show called “Heroes Convention”, set somewhere in the great land of Oz known as Charlotte. My mother, being the saintly creature that she is, obliged, and thus the first of many pilgrimages from Lincolnton, NC to HeroesCon began. We attended every year after that, first as a family, then as a brother/sister duo, and finally I started attending solo, making Heroes a beloved destination every summer.
And here we are, 30 years later, and I haven’t missed a year yet. As I’ve grown up, so has HeroesCon. It’s gone from a small show inside a hotel ballroom in 1982 to one of the greatest comic book shows on the east coast, if not one of the greatest comic book shows in the world. I can remember marveling as HeroesCon expanded and exhibitors began to diversify, bringing more than just books, but apparel, statues and toys as well. I watched as, through the years, the books and toys of the day slowly turned into the sought-after treasures of the past.
So I guess this has been a long time coming. One day, almost eight years ago now, I walked into Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find and found something I couldn’t live without, the one and only issue of the very awesome Phil Southern, Heroes’ employee and the love of my life. Since 2005, I have been helping out behind the scenes at HeroesCon, registering exhibitors and assisting the convention in any way I could. It seems only fitting that now I should step into a role it seems I’ve been practicing my whole life to undertake and take on the job as Events Coordinator for Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find. I’m taking what has been a passion since birth, and dedicating my life to it. I’ll be taking the exhibitors under my wing and helping organize events at the shop as well.
So I have to say, “thank you” to the people who helped me get here. To my awesome big brother who raised me with a love of comics and cartoons, to Phil who helped me find ways to give back to the store I’ve loved for so many years, and to Shelton Drum…who gave me something to dream about all year long as a child…and who is giving me the opportunity to give something back, I THANK YOU!!!
Now, let’s get ready for the 30th Anniversary of Heroes Con!! It’s almost HERE!