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BANNED BOOK WEEK EVENTS :: HEROES DISCUSSIONS at CM LIBRARY BRANCHES

September 15, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: Comics Industry, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Other Events, Out and About, This Just In

ABFFEAlong with the opening week of the Football season and the beginning of the new school term, each year September also brings us Banned Book Week. It is an annual reminder of our freedom to read.

Banned Book Week is officially scheduled Sept. 21 – 27 but there are a variety of events that will occur throughout the month. BBW is sponsored by local libraries, independent retailers along with a supportive legion of readers all over the world From the Banned Books Website: “BBW was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported.”

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) publishes a Top Ten list of Frequently Challenged Books. This year’s list (published in April) includes the # 1 Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series for offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence. The list is rounded off with Jeff Smith’s Bone series at #10 for political viewpoint, racism, and violence

“This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship,” said Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee.

At this past summer’s HeroesCon, Prof. Craig Fischer created a panel that focused on the history of the Comic Book Defense League Fund as well as a roundtable about the local issues an NC school had with Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. This will be posted at the Dollar Bin site later this month. www.thedollarbin.net

Locally, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Libraries are offering dozens of Banned Book Week events—everything from Art contests to Reading groups. To see all of the events in your area go to: www.cmlibrary.org/programs/

This year, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find is doing their part to support this noble and important movement.  Warehouse Manager Seth Peagler and Heroes Discussion Group leader Andy Mansell will be appearing at a number of branches this month to discuss Banned Books:

Seth will join UNCC Professors Robert Campbell (Graphic Design) and Dr. Erik Waterkotte (Print Media) to discuss the importance of comics and graphic novels and how they are susceptible to censorship. Audience: Adults, Teens (12-18) 9/18/2014 at 6:00 PM: Morrison Regional near South Park.

Andy will lead discussions at the following branches on why comics are particularly vulnerable to challenges and focus on some of the more frequently challenged titles.

9/18/2014 at 6:00 PM: Scaleybark  Audience: Teens (12-18), Adults, Seniors

9/24/2014 at 2:30 PM: Independence Regional   Audience: Teens (12-18)

9/25/2014 at 5:00 PM: Mountain Island Audience: Teens (12-18), Adults, Seniors

We hope to see you there and remember, reading is one of our greatest gifts. Never take it for granted!

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HEROES AREN’T HARD TO FIND :: THE COMIC ART COLLECTION OF SHELTON DRUM :: THANK YOU!

February 07, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, HeroesCon, Other Events

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Thanks to everyone who came out to the “HEROES AREN’T HARD TO FIND :: THE COMIC ART COLLECTION OF SHELTON DRUM” opening reception! The exhibit is open until June 29th, don’t miss it! Thanks to Neil Bramlette and the great staff at the William King Museum in Abingdon, Virgina!

We’ve posted some photos to our Facebook page but you really need to see this show in person! More information is available here!

 

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HEROESCON 2013: A LOOK BACK AT DRINK AND DRAW

June 13, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: Comics Industry, DISCUSS, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, HeroesCon, HeroesCon Art Auction, HeroesCon News, NEWS, Now Read This!, Other Events, This Just In

This year marked my seventh year as a member of the capable HeroesCon management and organization team.  Every year there are countless little moments that make me (and the rest of the staff) happy to be a part of this incredible comics community.  This year, more than any other year, I was especially heartened and humbled by our 3rd Annual Drink and Draw.  It was at our first Drink and Draw back in 2011 that I met Richard Thompson, the genius cartoonist behind the award winning Cul de Sac comic strip.  It was Richard for whom Team Cul de Sac started, in an effort to raise money for Parkinson’s research.  And it is Richard’s humor, humility and general kindness that made us want to continue to do more to battle this disease.

This year, thanks in part to a spacious new venue (the Hilton), an appropriately Southern soundtrack from Jack the Radio, and the creativity of professional and amateur artists alike, we raised over $7,000 for Team Cul de Sac and the Michael J. Fox foundation!   The combined total from money raised in the first two years was under $3,000, so that alone should let you know the extent to which our fundraising increased this year.

Planning for this year’s Drink and Draw began earlier than ever before.  Team Cul de Sac founder Chris Sparks, my wife (and fellow Drink and Draw organizer) Heather and I had a few meals together in Asheville this past Spring, and talked at length about what we could do to bring even more money and awareness to Team Cul de Sac at HeroesCon’s Drink and Draw event.  Chris took those brainstorming sessions and turned them into original art from Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Jim Borgman (Zits), Mark Tatulli (Lio), Roger Langridge (Snarked), and more, all for us to auction at the Drink and Draw.  In addition to these pieces, Chris brought an Art Spiegelman signed and sketched edition of Maus, and Bill Watterson signed editions of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes and Team Cul de Sac: Artists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s.

With all the art produced and auctioned off at the Drink and Draw, we not only raised a sizable donation for Parkinson’s research, but sent a strong message that the philanthropic efforts at HeroesCon have never been more vibrant than they were this year.   I look forward to working with Chris to bring even larger things to HeroesCon 2014’s Drink and Draw.

Thanks to all the fine volunteers who continue to come back every year to help us run the event (Heather Peagler, Brian Purvis and the rest), all the artists who still draw for us after a long day on the convention floor, and everyone who donated money for the various pieces produced that night. Thanks to Chris Sparks for his perseverance, Richard Thompson for his ever-present inspiration, and Shelton Drum for giving us so much time and space at HeroesCon to continue to raise money for this worthy cause.

If you’d like to continue to support Team Cul de Sac throughout the year, please visit them HERE.  The battle against Parkinson’s disease needs more than just our annual event to help fight it.  We hope to see you next year at Drink and Draw.  We’ve already started planning, so trust me when I tell you – HeroesCon 2014 is going to be bigger and better than ever!

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12.12.12 SIGNING EVENT & HOLIDAY SALE :: TOMORROW!

December 11, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Other Events, Sale!, Store Signings

The above features a teaser of the exclusive new 12.12.12 poster Brian Stelfreeze created for this event (FREE to all attendees tomorrow!) We’re starting our Big Holiday Sale tomorrow too! Get here early for the best selection!

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1962: THE AGE OF MARVELS :: EXTENDED FOR DNC!

September 05, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Feast Your Eyes, Other Events, Out and About

Our pal John Hairston Jr. is featured in the current issue of Charlotte Magazine! To celebrate that fact and to give all of our out-of-town guests a chance to see John’s art in person we have extended his solo show, 1962: The Age of Marvels! The paintings that are on display in the store are available for purchase in our web store along with other Heroes exclusive comic books, prints and t-shirts. Please stop by our store and feast your eyes on John’s gorgeous paintings!

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EVENT :: COMMON GROUND PLAZA MIDWOOD MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

August 24, 2012 By: Karla Marsh Category: EVENTS, Other Events, Out and About

Land sakes! Is it the weekend already?! How’d that happen?!
Well, regardless of whether or not I fell through a worm-hole sometime on Wednesday evening, I hope that everyone has been taking advantage of the lovely weather and the break in the heat we’ve had over the last few days. The weekend is already upon us, and if you haven’t already made plans to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather then maybe it’s time you did!

If you were looking for something that’s family friendly, fun and, best of all, FREE to do this weekend, then let me suggest you join us at the Common Ground Festival! The Common Ground Festival is an all day event that will take up the length of Thomas Avenue between Central Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue in Charlotte on Saturday, August 25th. The festival begins at noon and will last until 11pm Saturday night. There will be live music, food, drinks, local artists, craftsmen and local vendors, including everyone’s favorite comic-shop, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find!

We’ll be setting up a couple of Heroes booths at the event, and we plan to bring an assortment of Heroes goodies to give away and sell! We’ve also invited some of our favorite artists to come hang out with us at our booths throughout the day, so be sure to stop by and say “Hello!” You never know who might be dropping in!

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Ride Into a Spirit of Vengeance

February 04, 2012 By: Shelley Drum Category: Other Events

Once again Heroes has a special treat for our loyal reserve customers. As of now, you can come by the store and pick up tickets for an advanced screening of Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance on Thursday, February 16th. Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in this sequel to his 2007 release. What better way to check it out than a free screening?

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OUT AND ABOUT: SANFORD GREENE ART SHOW

February 10, 2011 By: Seth Peagler Category: EVENTS, Guest List, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, Other Events, Out and About

HeroesCon staple and recent Charlotte MiniCon guest Sanford Greene always has many diverse projects in the works.  One of the most interesting is a Gallery exhibit of his art coming up later this month.  If you’re in or around the Columbia, SC area, make it a point to stop by and check out some of Sanford’s energetic originals.  The event takes place on Thursday, February 24 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Ponder Art Gallery at Benedict College in Columbia, SC.  In addition to seeing Sanford’s art, the event will also feature music from DayClean (www.daycleanduo.com) and soul singer Fayth Hope (www.faythhope.com).  The event is being hosted by Preach Jacobs (www.mobettasoul.com).  For more information about the event, check out Sanford’s website (www.sanfordgreene.com).  Don’t  miss this opportunity to support a  talented artist and longtime friend of Heroes.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR :: STORE SCHEDULE

December 31, 2010 By: Heroes Online Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Other Events

Happy New Year to everyone out there in internetland! We wanted to make sure that each of you knew the holiday store schedule and shipping schedule, so one more time here it is:

HOLIDAY STORE HOURS
New Year’s Eve
Friday, December 31st: 10am – 6pm
New Year’s Day
Saturday, January 1st: 1pm – 6pm

BOOK SHIPPING SCHEDULE
Completely normal! Books will arrive in the store on Wednesday throughout the holidays!

As the year draws to a close we are a little nostalgic here at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find. It was a year of changes and transitions. We saw our Creative Director Dustin Harbin move on to a full-time career of cartooning. While we miss him we are happy that he is so successful. We also saw Shawn Reynolds become Shawn Daughhetee and transitioned from Store Manager in Charlotte, NC to Events Coordinator in Greenville, SC. Also, after having worked in the store since birth, Shelley Drum took her rightful place as Store Manager. There are also rumors of Heroes hiring Rico Renzi but as of yet those are unconfirmed.

Besides the staffing changes the store was busy with conventions, store signings and day-to-day operations. Here are a few of the stand-out events from 2010: Jim Rugg Afrodisiac Tour store signing, Charlotte Minicon, Free Comic Book Day, Super: The Fine Art of Comics gallery show at Twenty-Two, Steve Niles store signing, HeroesCon 2010, Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting store signing and almost a dozen Heroes Discussion Group meetings (Walking Dead, Scott Pilgrim, Pluto and Blankets just to name a few)!

Even with all of the awesomeness of 2010, 2011 will undoubtedly be busier and better. Prepare yourselves for the craziness! We are ready! Are you? Mark your calendars for the Charlotte Minicon on Saturday, January 22, the beginning of The Savannah Collection Heritage Auctions on February 24, Free Comic Book Day on May 7 and HeroesCon on June 3 – 5. As always stay tuned to the blog and the newsletter for up-to-the-minute updates! See you next year!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS :: STORE SCHEDULE

December 20, 2010 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Other Events

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!  Click the image below to view our 2010 digital Christmas card featuring artwork by the great Gil Kane! We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you as we enter our 4th decade!

For your shopping convenience, here are our holiday hours and the holiday shipping schedule:

HOLIDAY STORE HOURS
Christmas Eve
Friday, December 24th:   10am – 6pm
Christmas Day
Saturday, December 25th: CLOSED
Day After Christmas
Sunday, December 26th: 1pm-6pm
New Year’s Eve
Friday, December 31st: 10am – 6pm
New Year’s Day
Saturday, January 1st: 1pm – 6pm

BOOK SHIPPING SCHEDULE

Completely normal! Books will arrive in the store on Wednesday throughout the holidays!

It’s not too late to stop by the store and pick up a great last-minute gift for that special someone on your list. We currently have a couple copies of The Complete Frank Miller Batman Deluxe HC and The Incal by Moebius and Alexandro Jodorowsky. We also have Shazam: The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal HC, Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers #1, the Yo Gabba Gabba! board books and much more! Plus, if you’ve checked out this week’s New Releases you know that some awesome books are coming out! If you can wait till Wednesday you can pick up Viking TP Vol 1 Long Cold Fire, Sixth Gun #7, Zatanna #8 and/or Skullkickers #4.

2010 was a great year but we can’t wait for 2011! Between the Charlotte Minicon, The Savannah Collection and HeroesCon, 2011 will definitely be our best year ever!

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