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HEROES STATION IDENTIFICATION

September 26, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: Heroes Aren't Hard To Find

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We’ve had a lot of excitement in the store lately, between our Warehouse Sale and all the buzz generated by DC’s 3D covers. We thought this would be a good time for a general “station identification.” Of course we’re known as the folks who organize great events like Heroes Convention, Charlotte Mini-Con, Heroes Pop Swap, and our annual Free Comic Book Day celebration. We’re also a good old-fashioned brick and mortar comic book store with the best selection of new monthly comics and back issues.

SERVICE: We have a friendly, knowledgeable, and comic-loving staff that is always ready to help you find the books you want and offer new recommendations when you ask for them.

SELECTION:  Not only do we aggressively reorder items for the store on a weekly basis, but our customers have access to a huge back stock of organized modern and silver age back issues that is constantly growing as we buy collections.  If you don’t see a book you want on the shelves, just ask and we’ll find it for you.

Did we mention we buy collections?  We look at collections every single day, and offer fair prices for your books in cash or store credit.  We take time to explain how we arrive at our offer, and do so in a plain and informative way.

SUBSCRIPTIONS:  Subscribers receive 10% off new comics & 25% off back issues. Click here to see our Subscription form for more details.  If you don’t live close enough to drive to our store on a regular basis, we also offer our subscription service to shipping customers.  Just let us know if this is something you’d be interested in, and we’ll work it out on a case-by-case basis.

PRE-ORDERING: Don’t miss out on the books you really want! Our subscribers who requested DC 3D covers in advance had their requests filled.  We always make a point to fill special orders each week before any new books ever hit the shelves.  It’s as easy as submitting a Previews order each month, or letting a staff member know what items you’d like, and we’ll make sure you get them.  We fill orders in the order in which we receive them while supplies last, so make sure you get your requests in early!

ONLINE STORE:  In addition to the Heroes Blog being the go-to place for weekly updates on new releases, HeroesCon news, and more, we’re also expanding our ecommerce options in the coming months. We’ll be adding more and more items to the Heroes Web Store and the Heroes eBay store, while continuing to offer Heroes and HeroesCon exclusive comics and t-shirts.

EXPERIENCE: Heroes founder and owner, Shelton Drum, has been selling new comics to subscribers since 1973! That’s 7 years before Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find even existed as a brick and mortar store!  For forty years, Shelton has assured that folks will get the comics they want in a timely manner, and that’s the way we intend to keep doing things.

HEROES HOTLINE:  Sign up for the Heroes Hotline, our Wednesday and Friday newsletter featuring each week’s New Releases list and news about upcoming Heroes store events, HeroesCon updates, and our appearances at other cons around the country.

We’re proud to be a big part of a great comics community, and aim to remain the best-stocked, most organized comic store in the region.

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DC VILLAINS MONTH :: EPILOGUE

September 24, 2013 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Now Read This!, This Just In

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Welcome friends, to week four of DC’s massive Villains Month event! We’re in the home stretch, and last week we attempted to clarify some aspects of this situation. A friendly reminder:

Demand is far outstripping supply, especially now that everyone and their mother wants some sweet, sweet lenticular goodness. This event has been in the making for a while, and savvy customers were already logging their requests as early as late June.  We must repeat: as always, orders will be filled in the order in which they were received, while supplies last.

We cannot guarantee we will be able to fill every request we’ve received. This might sound unfair, but it is the nature of big bandwagon events where demand outnumbers supply.  However, this is a perfect opportunity to remind everyone about Previews, the catalogue that Diamond Comic Distributors publishes on a monthly basis. This catalogue advertises product three months in advance, is available to the public, and is the exact same resource Heroes uses to stock its shelves. Previews is available to you every single month, and we are happy to order anything (within reason) you’d like to purchase, even products we might not opt to stock in the store itself.  This is the best way to ensure you get any items you want or need.

Again, we understand the frustration, and even empathize. It hasn’t been easy for us, either! But also, isn’t this part of the fun of collecting? Do we want everything in a nice, neat package, simply for convenience sake? The hunt is part of the fun! For those of you who might scoff at that last statement, DC is also offering a complete box set of second printings of the villains books, complete with 3D covers, that will be available in February 2014. And we will have the standard, 2D editions of all the villains issues on hand in the coming weeks, as well.

Thanks again for your business and your patience, and we will see you soon!

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DC VILLAINS MONTH 3D COVERS :: UPDATE

September 18, 2013 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Special Offers

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Well, dear readers and loyal customers, it’s official: we have our first DC Villains Month book where the demand has exceeded the supply. Batman #23.3, the Penguin issue, will not be available on the rack Wednesday morning. From allocations before the books even hit the streets, to the enthusiastic response to the motion covers, DC’s event has been an odd mix of stress and success.

At Heroes, we didn’t want to make our reserve customers feel obligated to buy (in some cases) four times the normal amount of comics they would for a given title in the month of September, so we went the special order route. It seems to have worked out pretty well, all things considered, but as they say, nothing’s perfect. With so many requests still continually coming in to the store, we want to remind you that we WILL fill all requests while supplies last. These requests will be honored in the order in which they are/were received, so if you miss an issue that you requested, it simply means we didn’t have enough for everyone to have one.

There is an alternative, however. As the lenticular editions sell out, Heroes will be restocking with the regular, 2D versions of every issue. So, if you just want to read the story, and aren’t necessarily concerned with having the “hot” 3D cover, then we’ve got you covered! If you’ve requested a 3D cover of an issue and we don’t have enough quantity to fill your request, we will automatically fill it with a 2D cover when they arrive in the store. There is no need to specify; if we pull you a 2D cover and you decide against purchasing it, as always, that is totally fine.

Thank you all for sticking with us through this heady and unprecedented event, and we will see you soon!

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DC FOREVER EVIL 3-D COVERS

September 03, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Special Offers

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DC Comics kicks off their Villains Month this week.  There were a very limited number of 3D variant covers produced for Forever Evil #1, and comic book stores only received one copy each.  We’ve already received several requests for this cover, but since we will be unable to fulfill those, we still want to give our customers a fair chance to buy our only copy.  Starting Wednesday morning at 10 am, we are offering it on a first come, first served basis.

Many of you might know that DC is publishing up to four separate issues of all of their titles in the month of September.  We know that many of you will not want to purchase every single issue, and therefore we’re not pulling every book for reserve customers. We are happy to fulfill your requests, however, while supplies last.  The easiest way to ensure that you’ll get all the issues you want is to email our store manager ( justin@heroesonline.com).  Remember, we aren’t pulling these issues for you even if you have the titles on your reserve list, so find a checklist, decide which ones you want, and let us know.

As always, we will do our best to keep our loyal customers happy. Thank you for all your support.

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HEROES WAREHOUSE SALE :: LAST DAY!

September 01, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Sale!, Special Offers

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UPDATE: Happy Labor Day! Today is the last day of our HUGE Warehouse Sale! Get here now!

Here’s a reminder that we’re kicking off our first ever Warehouse Sale next Friday, August 30th!  We’ve been hearing how excited all of you are for this event, and we’re looking forward to it just as much as you!  We also know many of you are curious about how these books will be priced.  Here’s what you can expect next weekend:Print

As you can see, you’ll have three different levels of pricing over the weekend, and the more you buy, the cheaper the books will be.  Friday and Saturday will obviously offer the most quantity to choose from, but by Sunday and Monday you’ll have the chance to pick up even greater deals.  We’ll have 100,000 comics under tents outside the front of the store for you to dig through.  That’s 300 long boxes!  I should also mention that over 100 of those boxes will be in alpha-numeric order for your shopping ease!  As a reminder, we’ll be open extra hours all weekend.  The official hours for the sale are:

Friday, August 30:  6 p.m. – MIDNIGHT

Saturday, August 31: 10 a.m. – MIDNIGHT

Sunday, September 1: 10 a.m. – MIDNIGHT

Monday, September 2: 10 a.m. – DARK (or until everything’s gone!)

On Friday the store will still open at 10 a.m. like normal, but we’re aiming for 6 p.m. to kick off the outside sales.  Also note that in addition to extending our hours on Sunday, we’re opening three hours earlier than usual.  That’s right, you’ll have the opportunity to shop Heroes on a Sunday morning!

PARKING: We’ve also heard some concerns about parking for the event.  You can still park in the small lot directly behind Heroes (between Heroes and the warehouse), but we’d also like to remind you that there’s plenty of free on-street parking on Pecan Ave, and on 8th Street.  All of these spaces are right around the corner from our store, and provide multiple options if the lot behind the store is full.  There’s also $2 parking available at the end of the large lot to the side of Heroes.  Between all of these options, there will be plenty of convenient places for you to park.

This is not only the first time we’ve had a true Warehouse Sale, but the first chance you’ll get to shop late night hours at the store.  Come by, pick up some incredible deals, and celebrate Labor Day with your friends at Heroes!

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HeroesCon 2013 Rocketeer T-Shirt by Lee Weeks :: LAST CHANCE!

August 07, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, HeroesCon, Sale!, Special Offers

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Thanks to everyone who has already pre-ordered a HeroesCon 2013 Rocketeer t-shirt featuring art by the great Lee Weeks (We should mention Lee’s last issue of Daredevil: Dark Nights comes out today!)!  These shirts are at the printer and ready to go but we thought we’d give any stragglers one last chance to order. If you’ve already ordered a shirt, yours will be on its way to you in the coming weeks. We will overprint by a little bit and have some available in our store and online but pre-ordering is the only way to be sure you get the size you need. So this is it, last chance, order your Rocketeer shirt today!

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HUGE LABOR DAY WAREHOUSE SALE!

August 02, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Sale!, Special Offers

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“Why don’t you guys ever have a warehouse sale?”  It’s something we’ve heard from countless customers over the years, and it’s finally happening over Labor Day weekend!  The sale will take place over four days from Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 2.

“What exactly makes this a warehouse sale?”  As you know, we buy comic collections all the time, and we’ve bought so many in recent years that we just don’t have the space to keep them anymore.  With multiple warehouses overflowing, it’s time to let our customers pick through what we’ve accumulated.

“What can I expect to find at the sale?”  For starters, we’ll have nearly 100,000 comics under tents in front of the store ready for you to dig through.  Do the math – that’s nearly 300 long boxes of comics!  As the sale goes on prices will get lower, but the selection will be smaller. We’ll have big deals right from the start, but as usual, the more you buy, the cheaper the cost.  We’ll also have a plethora of trade paperbacks on sale, reduced prices on HeroesCon prints through the years, and more!

“What are the hours for the sale?”  It will officially kick off Friday evening around 6 p.m. and go until MIDNIGHT!  Saturday it will begin at our normal opening hour of 10 a.m. and go until MIDNIGHT!  Sunday we’ll open three hours early at 10 a.m. and go until MIDNIGHT! And Monday, we’ll open at 10 a.m. and go until dark, or until everything’s gone, whichever comes first.

We’ve had lots of sales over the years, but trust me – you’ve never seen one this big.  Start getting your back issue list together and get ready for this gargantuan event!

Just for the sake of reminding you, here are the times for the sale:

Friday, August 30: 6 p.m. – MIDNIGHT

Saturday, August 31: 10 a.m. – MIDNIGHT

Sunday, September 1: 10 a.m. – MIDNIGHT

Monday, September 2: 10 a.m. – DARK (or until everything’s gone!)

Come celebrate the holiday with us, and pick up some great deals in the process!  See you Labor Day weekend!

 

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HEROES ANNOUNCES JUSTIN CROUSE AS STORE MANAGER!

July 26, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: Comics Industry, DISCUSS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, NEWS, This Just In

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Heroes is proud to welcome Justin Crouse to the position of Store Manager!  Justin has been a valuable staff member for the past three years.  Like many employees over the years, Justin was a customer for some fifteen years before he worked his way up from HeroesCon volunteer to full fledged staff member.  In addition to being an endless source of humor for staff and customers alike, Justin has a wide range of comic tastes – his favorites include  Howard the Duck, Savage Dragon, Bulletproof Coffin, Captain America, Asterios Polyp and Black Hole.  Justin’s also a talented artist, with his work appearing in several anthologies and self-published comics in recent years.  He values the aesthetics of the form, and, like the rest of us, unabashedly loves comics.

As store manager, Justin will handle all comic ordering, which means if you have any requests for specific items or variants, or would like to change your Previews orders, you’ll need to contact him at justin@heroesonline.com.  He will also be helping to coordinate volunteers for HeroesCon 2014.

We are very excited to have Justin as our new store manager, and hope you’ll also welcome him.  After the success of this year’s HeroesCon, we’re all reinvigorated and ready to bring you an even better comic shop and convention in the coming year.  Great things are happening at Heroes, and we hope you’ll continue to join us along the way.

 

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HEROESCON 2013 :: NEW STORE ARRIVALS!

June 17, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Feast Your Eyes, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, NEWS, Now Read This!

Every year during HeroesCon, we try to find time to run through Indie Island and pick up a few things we think should be in our store.  This year we managed to obtain a few excellent new items that we hope you’ll consider picking up during your next visit.

First up is an assortment of Michael Deforge books from our friends at Koyama Press.  Among them are Lose #2-4 and his newest collection, Very Casual.  Deforge’s art is interesting, trippy, and somehow still capable of appealing to all ages readers, as evidenced by his contributions to Adventure Time.

Speaking of Adventure Time, we stopped by Boom Studios‘ booth and picked up 43 – that’s right – 43 different covers from various Adventure Time comics.  More accurately, we picked up copies of Fiona and Cake #1-5, and Adventure Time (Finn and Jake) #1 – 16 plus copies of this year’s annual.  And, as I mentioned, there are multiple covers for many of these issues, including sought after ones by artists like Scott C., Maris Wicks, Joe Quinones, Stephanie Buscema, the aforementioned Michael Deforge, Jeffrey Brown, James Kochalka and more!

It wouldn’t be a HeroesCon if we didn’t stumble on a new small press book, and this year we found two from Galactic Press, a small Georgia-based company that introduced us to their books Galaxy Man and Hero Cats of Stellar City.  These are both fun all ages titles, with Galaxy Man offering up a twist on the Father/Daughter super hero team, and Hero Cats being…well…kind of self explanatory in its title.  We picked these up for our young customers, so if you’ve got young readers at home who are bored with the same old kinds of all ages stories, let them take a look at these during your next trip to Heroes.

As with every year, we had to stop by Adhouse Books.  Not only have they been a longtime anchor of Indie Island, and not only are they really great people, but they always have fascinating books on their tables.  This year we picked up another copy of the dense, epic masterpiece Duncan the Wonder Dog.  We’ve had this book in the past, but I couldn’t resist.  It’s really something to see and read, if you haven’t yet taken the plunge.

We also picked up copies of Pulpatoon Pilgrimage by Joel Priddy (outstanding cartooning), Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain by Debbie Huey(a fine all ages book), Ace Face: The Mod with the Metal Arms by Mike Dawson (another book with an aptly descriptive title), and Nobrow’s The Wolf’s Whistle by Bjorn Rune Lie and Co. (Think a European take on nursery rhymes filtered through the lens of Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox).

Also at the Adhouse booth I saw recent works from the guys behind Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, one of our favorite comics podcasts.  We picked up signed and sketched copies of Jim Rugg’s Drawings 030413.  If you liked last year’s Notebook Drawings, you’ll love this new sketchbook.  Jim continues to impress us with the virtuosity of his work, and his latest offering Supermag only solidifies the fact that he’s one of the most diverse cartoonists working today.  His podcast-mate Jasen Lex also had some books on display, and we picked up copies of Henchman, Washington Unbound #1, and The Bottom Feeders #1.  He’s another creator with a seemingly natural sense of design.  While I didn’t pick up any new books from their podcast-mate Ed Piskor, I did see even more of his pages from his upcoming Hip Hop Family Tree.  You might remember my interview with him about it HERE.  Trust me when I say that this is not only the visual history of a revolutionary genre of music, but one of the finest examples of cartooning I’ve seen of late.  If you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, let us know and we’ll make sure you get a copy.

Finally, as Sunday was winding down, the talented Maris Wicks stopped by the Heroes booth and we made sure to pick up a few copies of her (and Jim Ottaviani‘s) excellent new graphic novel Primates.  This book focuses on the work of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas, how they changed the science of Primate study, and brought an increased awareness to these astounding animals.

You can find all of these books and more in our store right now.  Thanks to all these companies and creators, and be sure to pick up some of these titles the next time you visit Heroes.

 

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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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