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THERE’S A STORM ON THE WAY, BUT WE’VE GOT OUR BEST *HEROES* ON THE JOB!

September 14, 2018 By: Karla Southern Category: Uncategorized

Storm vs Florence

If you are in or around the Charlotte area this weekend you will know that, thanks to HURRICANE FLORENCE, we are expecting wind and a tremendous amount of rain to fall over the next few days.
With that being said, we would like our customers to know that HEROES will remain open as long as we have power and no forced curfew. We will have our best available HEROES working to keep things up and running, so if you need to stock up on comics and/or trades for the long, wet weekend…we are HERE for you.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: We want EVERYONE TO STAY SAFE. If conditions are questionable or hazardous, please do not risk harm to yourself or others by trying to travel. We want to see you all SAFE AND SOUND next week after the storm has passed!

(Artwork from: X-MEN Vol. 1 #127 Artwork by John Bryne / Story by Chris Claremont. Ask us about old comics ANYTIME!)

 

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WAREHOUSE SALE Part II :: SHELTON’S YARD SALE :: THIS WEEKEND!!!

September 07, 2018 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Other Events, Sale!, Special Offers, This Just In

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SHELTON’S YARD SALE/
HEROES WAREHOUSE SALE (part II)!

Thanks to all who joined us for last weekend’s Heroes Warehouse Sale! We appreciate all of you who fought the heat (some of you for hours on end!) to dig through our sale stocks. We know many of you were traveling for the holiday and couldn’t make it. While we hope you enjoyed the holiday, we also feel bad that some of you missed out on the sale, so we decided to throw a sequel of sorts – this very weekend! While there will be a few comics and trade paperbacks to dig through, there will be many other kinds of things to shop for, including furniture, art, frames and framed art, toys, glassware and mugs, bookshelves, dishes, lamps, dvds knicks and knacks, and much more!

Join us this Saturday from ‘very early’ to ‘very late’ and Sunday from ‘pretty early’ to ‘kinda late’ for Shelton’s Yard Sale/Heroes Warehouse Sale (part II)! Like last weekend, this sale will take place under a big tent behind our shop. Come pick through some of Shelton’s non-comic collections and take advantage of some crazy deals. In doing so, you’ll also be helping us make room for even more comics in our new warehouse!

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Anyone who makes a purchase from the yard sale will get a coupon for an immediate discount on any same day in-store purchase you make. Non-reserve customers will get 10% off any new comic or trade paperback purchases, and reserve customers will get 25% off all new comics and trade paperback purchases if everything is purchased from your reserve bag. This is a great opportunity to clear out your reserve bag for an extra discount! Consider this the first of many Pop Up sales we hope to offer our customers. Make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You never know when our next pop up sale will be announced!

Shelton corner box art by Bridgit Connell

 

 

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HEROES DISCUSSION GROUP RETURNS THIS SATURDAY!

August 28, 2018 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, Discussion Group, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Master Class, This Just In

Black Hammer Vol 1

 

Ever finish a comic and wish there was someone to discuss it with? Now’s your opportunity, as we bring back an old Heroes favorite during this weekend’s Labor Day sale. Join us this Saturday, September 1 at 2:00 P.M. for a brand new chapter of the Heroes Discussion Group! After much deliberation over what book to discuss, we settled on a favorite of both our staff and customers: Black Hammer volume 1: Secret Origins.

If you enjoyed the first volume of Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s breakout superhero mystery, then be sure to stop on by the shop this Saturday for a lively discussion about legacy, rebirth, discovery and much more. This time around, the discussions will be jointly led by veteran discusser Andy Mansell and our well-read young staffer Samuel M. Reynolds-Oosting.

We couldn’t be more excited to share conversation about some of our shop’s favorite authors and illustrators with fellow customers and readers! It’s always a great part of our local comics community, and we hope you’ll join us for this discussion and some of the other exciting ones we’ll be announcing soon! Don’t forget, the discussion starts this Saturday at 2 P.M., but the Labor Day sale kicks off at 10 A.M. and runs all the way until 10 P.M. on Saturday, with Sunday and Monday’s hours both being 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. 

-The Heroes Discussion Committee  (also known as Andy, Sam and Seth)

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IN-STORE SIGNING :: MIKE DeCARLO @ HEROES – FRIDAY, AUGUST 31!

August 23, 2018 By: Karla Southern Category: Uncategorized

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We are EXCITED to announce that HEROES (with the help of our friends at the Winston-Salem Comic Con) will host a signing with the one-and-only MIKE DeCARLO on Friday evening August 31st!

Mike is known for his inking of classics titles such as: A DEATH IN THE FAMILY, TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS, CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, FANTASTIC FOUR, LOONEY TUNES, ANIMANIACS, PINKY and the BRAIN, SUPERMAN, and BUGS BUNNY, just to name a few!

We hope you will join us next Friday evening from 4pm-7pm, and get some of your favorite comics signed by Mr. DeCarlo!

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ON THE ROAD :: HEROES AT SALEM VINTAGE SHOW, SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 / RALEIGH COMIC BOOK SHOW, SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

August 22, 2018 By: Karla Southern Category: Uncategorized

ON THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND - SPIDEY

The HEROES staff will be hitting the road for TWO separate conventions THIS WEEKEND!

You can catch Shelton and Winslow selling funny books this Saturday, August 25 from 10am-5pm at the Virginia Vintage Comics and Collectibles Show (Salem Civic Center – 1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem, Virginia 24153). Admission is $3 for Adults and Kids 12 and Under get in FREE!
You can catch them AGAIN on Sunday, August 26, from 10am-4pm at the Raleigh Comic Book Show (Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree Valley – 3912 Arrow Dr, Raleigh, North Carolina 27612)! Admission is FREE!

If you have a special request for a comic book, or if you would like to place a supply order to pick up at the show, please let us know in advance! Email Seth@heroesonline.com or Shelton@Heroesonline.com by Friday morning, August 24, and we will do our best to accommodate your requests!

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LABOR DAY WAREHOUSE SALE!! HEROES CELEBRATES ONE YEAR #UNDERtheWATERTOWER!

August 21, 2018 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, Discussion Group, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Other Events, Sale!, Special Offers, Uncategorized

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This Labor Day weekend will mark the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Heroes opening in our new location at 417 Pecan Avenue! It’s hard to believe that what is now our new store was once our WAREHOUSE, and what better way to celebrate our anniversary than by throwing a  THREE-DAY WAREHOUSE SALE!

Back in 2013 we sold a staggering 300 long boxes, and over 100,000 comics, in just FOUR DAYS at our first official Warehouse Sale! To celebrate our first year in our new home #UnderTheWaterTower, we are once again purging our overstock of nearly 100 long boxes and selling them at CAN’T-MISS PRICES!!

Labor Day Anniversary Sale

We will offer extended hours on Saturday, September 1st from 10am-10pm and Sunday, September 2nd from 10am-6pm. Be sure to join us on LABOR DAY Monday from 10am-6pm when all sale books will be reduced to just 25¢!! Prices will start at $1 on Saturday and drop each day but, for the best selection, we hope to see you on Saturday!

Black Hammer Vol 1Speaking of “Blasts from the Past”, Saturday, September 1st at 2pm will mark the return of the HEROES DISCUSSION GROUP!
Our first discussion group since 2012 will find Heroes’ own Andrew Mansell and Samuel Reynolds-Oosting leading the talk as we probe the depths of the Dark Horse hit BLACK HAMMER VOL. 1 from writer Jeff Lemire, artist Dean Ormston and colorist Dave Stewart! We welcome any and all to join the discussion group, so if you are a fan of BLACK HAMMER like we are, please feel free to join us on Saturday, September 1st during the sale!

 

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ON THE ROAD :: HEROES at CHARLOTTE COMICON AUGUST 18 & 19

August 15, 2018 By: Karla Southern Category: EVENTS, On the Road, Uncategorized

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The HEROES staff will be hitting the road THIS WEEKEND for the TWO-DAY Charlotte Comicon at the Concord Convention Center located at the Embassy Suites just across I-85 from Concord Mills Mall! (5400 John Q. Hammons Dr. NW, Concord NC 28027)

You can catch Shelton, Seth, Karla and Winslow selling funny books from 10am-6pm on Saturday, August 18 and from 10am-4pm on Sunday, August 19th! Admission is just $5.00 with Kids 12 & Under FREE!

If you have a special request for a comic book, or if you would like to place a supply order to pick up at the show, please let us know in advance! Email Seth@heroesonline.com by Friday morning, August 17, and we will do our best to accommodate your requests!

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HEROES STAFF:: NEW BUSINESS CARDS

August 06, 2018 By: Karla Southern Category: Uncategorized

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The Staff at Heroes just got some fancy NEW BUSINESS CARDS! In case you were wondering about who to contact regarding specific aspects of our day-to-day, here’s a quick breakdown!

Shelton Drum – Owner & Founder
shelton@heroesonline.com
Shelton started Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find back in 1980 and is our leader and guiding force. You can contact him with questions regarding the store, HeroesCon, or if you have Silver and/or Golden Age comics that you would like to sell. He is constantly on the road setting up at conventions across the country, happily selling and buying comics and promoting all things Heroes throughout the year. It wouldn’t be Heroes without Shelton (plus, he’s the one who writes the checks and pays the bills)!

Seth Peagler – Operations Manager
seth@heroesonline.com
Seth oversees the day-to-day functions of both the store and warehouse. He is your go-to for supply orders and he also consults on product orders for the store. Contact him if you have a comic collection you’re looking to sell, have questions about our store, or if you need to order collecting supplies.

Elias Pittman – Inventory Manager
elias@heroesonline.com
Elias crunches the numbers and places the orders for new products each week. You can contact him to request new comics (and variants), update your pull sheet, or ask any questions regarding the store.

Karla Southern – Event & Media Coordinator
karla@heroesonline.com
Karla is your contact for all things HeroesCon. Contact her with artist and artist alley questions, for exhibitor booth reservations, or with promotional or marketing queries. You can also contact her about the Heroes Pop Swap, Charlotte Mini-Con, and all other Heroes Events.

We also have a tremendous store staff which includes long-time employee Phil Southern, Justin Crouse, Winslow Drum and Sam Reynolds! We look forward to seeing you in the store SOON!

Follow Us On FaceBookInstagram and Twitter to stay up to date on all things Heroes! @HeroesOnline

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THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME…HEROES STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS!

July 27, 2018 By: Karla Southern Category: Uncategorized

STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT
Starting in early August, you may notice a few changes among the Heroes staff.

Today we announce the departures of Justin Crouse and Rico Renzi. Justin has been our Store Manager for 5 years, and Rico our Creative Director for nearly 8 years. Please join us in thanking and wishing Justin and Rico well in their new endeavors.


Justin

Justin has maintained the difficult task of ordering all new merchandise for the store, which is much harder to manage than you could  imagine. Ordering new comics each week is far from a perfect science, and he has done a great job of navigating the ever-changing landscape of the comic buying public. While he will no longer be serving as Store Manager, he will remain with us as an occasional store clerk, filling the odd shift, and continuing to share his wealth of comics knowledge. You can also find him at the legendary Lupie’s Café, a favorite local restaurant of ours. Justin is a talented cartoonist and we hope he will get the chance to spend more time writing and drawing, as we are all big fans of his art and wit.

 


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Joining the likes of Casey Jones, Matt Fraction, Dustin Harbin and Bridgit Connell, Rico becomes the latest in a long history of talented Heroes staffers who have made the move into full-time comic work. Rico just wrapped up his acclaimed work on the homegrown hit Spider-Gwen, and will continue to be seen in the pages of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. You’ll also be able to find him reunited with Spider-Gwen artist Robbi Rodriguez this December in the new Vertigo comic Goddess Mode. He’ll have further new announcements later this year, as well, so find him on social media to stay up to date. While Rico will now be freelancing full-time, he will remain a true “Hero” at heart and will be assisting with occasional design work and con assistance.

 


The common thread in any retail establishment is change. Heroes has been in existence as a store for nearly 40 years, and has persevered through every kind of change, be it staff or industry wide. We are happy to remain your friendly neighborhood comic shop, offering the best in comics, new and old, and collecting supplies. We are already hard at work on HeroesCon 2019, with the first of many guest announcements arriving in the next few months.  In the meantime, here’s a brief listing of our core management group, should you ever need to contact us:


Shelton Drum started Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find back in 1980 and remains our leader and guiding force. You can reach him at shelton@heroesonline.com with any questions regarding the store, HeroesCon, or if you have Silver and/or Golden Age comics that you would like to sell. He will continue to be on the road setting up at conventions across the country, happily selling and buying comics and promoting all things Heroes throughout the year. It wouldn’t be Heroes without Shelton (plus, he’s the one who writes the checks and pays the bills)!


KARLA@HEROESONLINE.COM

Legend has it that Karla Southern has been in attendance at every single HeroesCon. With that many conventions under her belt, it only makes sense that she will remain our Event Coordinator. She will also be absorbing much of Rico’s convention workload. You can email her at karla@heroesonline.com with any HeroesCon exhibitor, artist and artist alley questions, or with any promotional or marketing queries. You can also ask her about the Charlotte Mini-Con, Pop Swap and all other Heroes Events.


SETH@HEROESONLINE.COM

After spending the past 11 years as Heroes Warehouse Manager, Seth Peagler will now assume the duties of Operations Manager, overseeing the day-to-day functions of both the store and warehouse. He will continue to manage supply sales and will consult on product ordering. You can email him at seth@heroesonline.com if you have a comic collection you’re looking to sell, questions about our store, or if you need to order collecting supplies.


ELIAS@HEROESONLINE.COM

We’re happy to announce that Elias Pittman will be assuming the Inventory Manager position, crunching numbers and ordering new products each week. Elias has been a reliable store clerk for nearly 4 years. His enthusiasm for comics is contagious, and he is already greatly appreciated by the staff and our customers. You can reach him at elias@heroesonline.com to request new comics (and variants), update your pull sheet, or ask any question regarding the store.


We may have a few more new staff announcements soon, but for now it’s business as usual for all of us. We’re still fortunate to have great support from lovable curmudgeon Phil Southern, young stalwart Sam Reynolds and jack-of-all-trades Winslow Drum. September will be our First Anniversary in our new location, so that might warrant a celebration! October is just around the corner, and that means Pop Swap isn’t far away. Then we’re just a few short months from Charlotte Mini-Con. Before you know it, HeroesCon 2019 will be on our doorstep. Thanks for sticking with us. We’re excited about the future of Heroes, and continuing to be your comics source.

– HEROES

(Many thanks to Bridgit Connell for the use of her HAHTF Staff drawings!)

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HOLY MATRIMONY BATMAN!! BATMAN #50 MIDNIGHT-RELEASE PARTY

June 29, 2018 By: Karla Southern Category: Uncategorized

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It’s the Comic-Book Wedding of the Century and we invite you to join us for a MIDNIGHT-RELEASE PARTY Wedding Reception on Tuesday Evening, July 3rd / Wednesday Morning, July 4th from 12AM-Until!!

Heroes will close at 9pm on Tuesday evening, July 3rd and will RE-OPEN at MIDNIGHT on Wednesday, July 4th for the EPIC Release of Batman #50 “The Wedding Issue”!

ALL NEW RELEASES for Wednesday, July 4th will be available FOR SALE at this time!!

Other Titles You May Want to Add to Your List Include:

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CATWOMAN #1

Written by JOELLE JONES
Art and cover by JOELLE JONES
Color by LAURA ALLRED
Variant cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU

The wedding night’s barely over, but Catwoman’s back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who’s pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she’s attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham’s most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn’t have enough problems, there’s an all-new villain determined to make trouble for all nine of Selina’s lives. Don’t miss the start of an all-new monthly series written and illustrated by Eisner Award-nominee Joëlle Jones!

On sale JULY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+

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CAPTAIN AMERICA (2018-) #1

Written by TA-NEHISI COATES
Art by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Cover by ALEX ROSS

IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA. For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra’s takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield…and a new enemy is rising! Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America?

On sale JULY 4 • 35 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED 12+

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BROTHER NASH #2

Written by BRIDGIT CONNELL
Art by BRIDGIT CONNELL
Cover by AFUA RICHARDSON

American Gods meets Preacher and Hellboy on the midnight road to Sacramento!

Nash is a trucker, he also sees ghosts, and when the moon is on the rise and violence threatens his friends… He roams as a wolf… As the Highway Beast!
When Nash takes on a mysterious hitchhiker heading for Tuscon, he and his friends are dragged headfirst into his biggest and most dangerous adventure yet!

On sale JULY 4 • FC, $5.99 US • TITAN PUBLISHING

We hope you can join us for this In-Store Event!! 
Also in the Neighborhood that Evening:
The STAR SPANGLED SPECTACULAR is at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, July 3rd at 6pm

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