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HEROES CONVENTION UPDATE 4/24/2020 :: LOOKING FORWARD TO 2021

April 24, 2020 By: Karla Southern Category: EVENTS, Exhibitors, Feast Your Eyes, Guest List, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, Indie Island, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, This Just In

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To Our Treasured Attendees, Artists, Guests and Members of the Heroes Convention Family,

As of Thursday, April 23, 2020, the State of North Carolina has extended the “Stay-At-Home” order effective until Friday, May 8, 2020. 

Guidelines for the gradual reopening of our State have been laid out in three phases, which at this time suggest that any mass gathering of more than 10,000 would be incredibly unlikely by June of 2020.

In light of these developments and the current unprecedented and unpredictable nature of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, and with the best interest of everyone’s health and financial wellbeing in mind, we have made the difficult decision to bypass a 2020 Heroes Convention in favor of fast-forwarding our focus to our 39th Anniversary show to be held June 18-20, 2021.

This decision is not made lightly, and is made with the careful consideration for everyone’s safety at heart.

It would be reckless and irresponsible of us to expect our attendees, vendors, legendary creators, and our valued supporters to put themselves at risk by traveling at this time. It would also be irresponsible of us to presume that our vendors and artists would see positive sales during this time of economic uncertainty. We are hopeful that by giving as much notice as possible, our attendees and artists may be able to avoid costly airline reservations and may be able to alter any current travel arrangements without penalty.

Out of respect for an already crowded and uncertain convention schedule going into late 2020, we have decided to shift our focus forward to our June 2021 Heroes Convention versus attempting to reschedule for later this year.

Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find and the Heroes Convention are, at their core, a small business with a big heart, operating year-round from our brick-and-mortar comic-book store in Charlotte, NC. Our store, as well as the Heroes Convention, are managed by a team of four full-time employees, six part-time employees, and a small group of dedicated volunteers. We keep our store and convention operations running simultaneously during the months leading up to our convention, as well as during the event itself.

Normally, at this time of the year, we would be deep into HeroesCon preparation with most of our daily finances from the store being dedicated to producing the best Heroes Convention possible. 

Since Monday, March 23 (which also happens to be Shelton’s birthday), our store has been closed to the public. We are currently maintaining and surviving based solely on telephone and online sales from our loyal customer base. While we are endlessly appreciative of these sales, this change in our daily operation has affected not only our finances but the time which would otherwise be dedicated to organizing the Heroes Convention. Even if the country were able to open without guidelines and restrictions in the next week, the time left for us to produce a Heroes Convention on par with our standards would be insufficient. 

We are not receiving a refund from the Charlotte Convention Center, we are transferring our deposits from 2020 toward a 2021 show. Putting on a show the size and scope of the Heroes Convention is extremely expensive. All the money we have received from the purchase of 3-Day Advance Tickets, Artist Alley Tables and Exhibitor Booths is currently tied up in the cost of renting the Charlotte Convention Center, our decorator, and several other items that facilitate the show each year. 

We understand that everyone is experiencing hardships at this time, and we are no different. All 3-Day Advance Tickets, Artist Alley Tables and Exhibitor Booth Reservations for the 2020 Heroes Convention will automatically transfer to our June 18-20, 2021 show. Requests for refunds will be addressed on a case-by-case basis as soon as possible, but will need to be postponed until the country, and our store, have reopened and finances have stabilized. We will do our best to issue refunds if necessary, but it will take us time to do so. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

We look forward to hosting an incredible Heroes Convention in 2021 with a Guest List for the record books! We hope that you will join us next June 18-20! In the meantime, we ask that you stay safe, stay well, and stay home until it is safe for everyone!

We appreciate each and every one of you.

Sincerely,
The Staff of Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find and the Heroes Convention

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HEROESCON 2015 :: INDIE ISLAND UPDATE!

April 01, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: Guest List, HeroesCon, Indie Island

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No foolin’, Indie Island at HeroesCon 2015 is the place to be! We just updated our guest list with some great creators! Get your tickets and reserve your hotel rooms today!

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Reserve your stay at the Westin Charlotte at a HeroesCon rate!

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HEROESCON 2015 :: INDIE ISLAND AHOY!

March 06, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: Guest List, HeroesCon, Indie Island

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Our first Indie Island guest update has been posted! Of course you can expect many updates to this amazing list of guests as the show draws closer! Click here for our full guest list so far! Get your 3 day passes today!

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HEROESCON TO DISPLAY NEW ART FROM BILL WATTERSON!

June 06, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: Comics Industry, DISCUSS, EVENTS, Guest List, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, HeroesCon, HeroesCon Art Auction, HeroesCon News, Indie Island, NEWS, Now Read This!, QuickDraw, Schedule, Special Offers, This Just In

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This year HeroesCon is proud to display the first published comic strip art from Bill Watterson in nearly twenty years! Watterson completed his inimitable Calvin and Hobbes strip in 1995, and has since remained largely private in his life and art. If you happened to read Stephan Pastis popular Pearls Before Swine strip this week, you may have noticed that Pastis employed a guest artist, billed as a second grade girl named Libby, to help him with three strips. Astute readers speculated about the true identity of the guest artist, and today the Washington Post revealed it to be none other than the legendary Bill Watterson!

In conjunction with Chris Sparks and Team Cul de Sac, we are happy to be bringing all three Watterson and Pastis strips to Charlotte to display at HeroesCon, June 20 through 22 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The art will be displayed on the convention floor all weekend, at our Drink and Draw event on Friday night, and at Saturday night’s Art Auction.   We’ll also be hosting a panel on Friday, June 20 where fans will get to hear the story of how this remarkable art was produced, how it came to be featured in Charlotte, and the part that Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson plays in all of it.

The three strips produced by Watterson and Pastis will be auctioned off in the coming months, with all proceeds from the sale going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. This charity works closely with our good friends at Team Cul de Sac, for whom we host our annual HeroesCon Drink and Draw charity event. More specifics regarding the auction of these pieces will be available at HeroesCon, here on our site and at Team Cul de Sac‘s page in the coming weeks.

HeroesCon is the only place anyone will be able to see the rare Watterson and Pastis original art in person before they are auctioned off. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for comic and art fans across the country, and we are humbled and honored to be bringing it to Charlotte.

HeroesCon takes place June 20 – 22 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The Bill Watterson and Cul de Sac panel takes place Friday, June 20 at 5:30 at the convention center.

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The HeroesCon Drink and Draw event takes place on Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hilton Center City atrium. HeroesCon’s first Drink and Draw event was in 2011, modeled after the Drink and Draw Social Club founded by comic artists Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian and Jeff Johnson. That event and every one since has raised money for Team Cul de Sac, the organization founded in honor of Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson that raises money and awareness for Parkinson’s Research.

The HeroesCon Art Auction will take place on Saturday, June 21 at 8 p.m. in the Providence Ballroom at the Westin.

For more information on all things HeroesCon, stayed tuned to www.heroesonline.com. If you have any questions regarding the Watterson and Pastis exhibit in Charlotte, contact Seth Peagler at seth@heroesonline.com or through the Heroes store at 704.375.7462. Additionally, you can contact Team Cul de Sac’s Chris Sparks at teamculdesac@gmail.com for further information.

 

 

 

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HEROESCON 2014 :: INDIE ISLAND UPDATE! JEFF SMITH! JIM MAHFOOD! ED PISKOR! TERRY MOORE! & MANY MORE!

February 06, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Guest List, HeroesCon, Indie Island

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We just posted a MASSIVE Indie Island guest list update on our site! This update includes new creators who are knocking our socks off like Aaron Conley (Sabertooth Swordsman), James Callahan (The Auteur) to longtime heroes of  the indie scene like Jeff Smith (Bone), Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise). So go check it out and then get your HeroesCon 3 day passes so you don’t miss the fun!

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CREATORS! Artists Alley tables are on sale now! These spaces are available first-come-first-served and they usually go fast! Reserve your space today!

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Heroes Convention is in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 20-22 2014. Get your 3 day passes today! The full guest list (so far) is here.

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HEROESCON 2013 :: THE T-SHIRTS!

June 05, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, Indie Island

“Cool shirt! Where’d you get it?”

“I got it at HeroesCon, it’s a blast, and you should come with me next year!”

This is how I imagine the conversation going when your friends see you in your SWEET HeroesCon 2013 t-shirts. This year we have 3 to choose from!

Lee Weeks provides the art for our HeroesCon souvenir t-shirt featuring Dave Stevens’ Rocketeer. Classic!

We’re trying something new with our Indie Island shirts this year. First off, we have 2 designs for you to choose from. Both are awesome! One is by Jim Rugg and the other by Dustin Harbin.

What’s different is t-shirts will be printed live at the show! Our friends The Fine Print Shoppe will be set up at the back wall of Indie Island at AA-35 & 36, taking orders, and printing your shirt right there! Pick your design and then choose the color of your shirt! We’ll have lots of options and I can’t wait to see a rainbow of Indie Island shirts walking around the show!  Just like in recent years, all of these t-shirts are available for just $20! Add these to your shopping list, and represent Heroes in style!

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HEROESCON 2013 GUEST LIST UPDATE!

May 27, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: Guest List, HeroesCon, Indie Island

HeroesCon is officially less than 2 weeks away and we’re still announcing great guests! Table assignments are now listed on our Guest List, Indie Island, Artists Alley, and Exhibitors pages and our Panel Schedule will be up shortly. See you soon!

Heroes Convention is in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 7-9 2013. Get your 3 day passes today! Our full guest list (so far) is here.

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DUANE BALLENGER – Artist: Haunted Samidge, Uptight, Wide Awake 666

FRANK BARBIERE – Writer: Five Ghosts, The White Suits, Blackout


SCOTT BEADERSTADT – Artist: Troll Lords, Archie: Superteens, The Mummy

NATHAN EDOMDSON – Writer: The Activity, Who is Jake Ellis, Dream Merchant, Grifter


CLAY & SUSAN GRIFFITH – Writers: Vampire Empire Trilogy, The Tick

YAYA HAN – Costume Designer/Cosplayer

KOYAMA PRESS – Publisher: Everything Takes Forever, Lose, Sunday In The Park With Boys


JOE PRUETT – Writer/Publisher: Desperado Publishing

MATTHEW ROSENBERG – Writer: Twelve Reasons To Die, Menu, Intellectual Property

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HEROESCON 2013 :: INDIE ISLAND UPDATE

April 03, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: Guest List, HeroesCon, Indie Island

What?! Ultron’s not Indie! He is too! This Ultron is so Indie he’s not even the right colors!

Ultron is here to let you know about today’s Big Guest List update focusing on Indie Island. So go check it out and then get your HeroesCon 3 day passes so you don’t miss the fun!

Here’s hoping you forgive me for my goofy jokes and Mr. Dorkin forgives me for desecrating his cool Ultron drawing.

Heroes Convention is in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 7-9 2013. Get your 3 day passes today! The full guest list (so far) is here.

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HEROESCON 2012 :: REPORTS, PHOTOS, VIDEO, & MORE!

June 28, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Guest List, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, Indie Island, Interviews, Opinion, Photos

Thanks to everyone for making our 30th Anniversary HeroesCon so great! Here are some links to what others saw and did at the show. More memories and photos from HeroesCon 2012 to come! Please share your photos and links with us on our Facebook page! Thanks again and we’ll see you next year, June 7-9, 2013! If you miss your friends from HeroesCon please visit our store!

CREATOR RECAPS
Scott C.
Henry Eudy at Shannon Smith’s File Under Other
Cory Godbey
Josh Greathouse
Jason Latour
Brian Ralph
Christian Sager
Ben TowlePart Two
Skottie Young

BLOGS & REPORTS & MORE
The Beat – HeroesCon proves Thirty is Fabulous
Bleeding Cool
CBR – When Words Collide
Charlotte Observer Interview with Karla Marsh
Chris Sims’ Jack Kirby themed sketchbook
CNN
Comics News Insider
Comics Reporter – Interview with Heroes Creative Director
The Comixverse
Good Girls Gone Geek
Life with Fandom
Patrick’s Tentative Ramblings
Staton, The Obvious

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Photo Parade
Fantasy Writing with Bill Wilingham, Scott Snyder and Adam Hughes
Coloring with Laura Martin
DC’s New 52
Wonder Woman

PHOTOS
Heather Peagler
Chris Pitzer/AdHouse
Patrick Sun

PODCASTS
Comic News Insider
Shut Up Nerds

VIDEO
Stack Exchange:
Joe Quinones & Maris Wicks
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Dean Trippe

 

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HEROESCON GUEST LIST UPDATE :: NEAL ADAMS! & MORE!

May 25, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: Guest List, HeroesCon, Indie Island

We are happy to welcome Neal Adams back to HeroesCon this June 22-24! Thanks to everyone who attended last year and met Neal on his first visit to HeroesCon; you must have made a great impression! Neal is a legend in the comic book industry as much for his artwork as he is for crusading for the rights of fellow creators and striking out on his own when such a thing was unheard of. Neal’s career spans decades, from classic runs on characters like X-MenGreen Arrow, Green Lantern, and Batman to his current Batman: Odyssey. Be on the lookout for The First X-Men coming soon from Neal and writer (and fellow HeroesCon 2012 guest) Christos Gage!

One of Jared Moraitis’ BeastWreck Shirts & Stuff was recently featured on an episode of NBC’s Community. Jared makes great shirts and if you buy two shirts at HeroesCon this year one of them should say BeastWreck on it! The other one will of course say HeroesCon or Indie Island.

Michel Fiffe is the creator of the comic series, Zegas, which he began publishing in 2011 as Copra Press. On top of writing and drawing Zegas, Fiffe has immersed himself in various comics projects such as editing the indie anthology Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies and conducting in-depth creator interviews for several institutions including The Comics Journal.

When he’s not working in animation,  Dan Duncan is making comics. You’ve seen his art on the latest incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and on the beautifully painted covers of Xenoholics. Catch this guy before he and his crew are super famous and don’t have time for you. Ah, he’d make time anyway, Dan is a super nice guy.

Artist Tom Lyle is also returning to HeroesCon next month.  Tom’s illustrated numerous books like Spider-man, Robin, Punisher and Batman.  He’s also an instructor at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), who he’ll be setting up with again this year.

Get your 3-day passes for $30 here!

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