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The Heroes Family Remembers One Of Our Own

December 14, 2020 By: Karla Southern Category: Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, HeroesCon, NEWS, Uncategorized

Charles Kibby = Hero Extraordinaire

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Charles Kibby with Heroes’ Seth Peagler and Sergio Aragonés at the 2019 Heroes Convention.

What can’t we say about this treasure of a human being?

Charles Kibby was a Gentle-Giant, a big lovable Ginger Teddy-Bear, and a BELOVED member of the Heroes Family.

With his intimidating stature, he could have easily have been a holy-terror…and yet, he was the sweetest, kindest, most generous soul.

It was an HONOR to have him serve as a volunteer during the Heroes Convention each year, as well as at most all of our other Heroes events.
He was a regular presence at the Charlotte Mini-Con, Free Comic Book Day, and at nearly ALL of our In-Store Signings.
He could handle ANY situation thrown at him with a calming charm.

Kibby’s was the kind of presence that automatically made everyone feel at ease.
During stressful events he would kindly remind members of the Heroes Staff to take a break, and if he received protest, would occasionally throw them over his shoulder to MAKE them eat lunch.
He was a friend to almost EVERY ARTIST and VENDOR on our show floor, as well as at other shows across the country, constantly checking in on them during shows. Kibby would happily go well out of his way to help ANYONE, and you always knew you could count of him. 

He was ALWAYS looking out FOR OTHERS. 
To know him, was to LOVE him. And, like many others have stated, once he knew you he immediately made you feel like family.

The Heroes Family, and the Comics Community at large, are devastated today by the news that he lost his battle with COVID-19.

We know that everyone is tired of hearing this, but PLEASE WEAR A MASK.
Kibby wore his. He was careful. Our friend got sick because of someone else’s negligence.
If you won’t wear a mask for your own health, please wear one for the sake of someone you love.

We LOVE YOU CHARLES KIBBY.
You are, and ALWAYS WILL BE, Heroes Family. 

A GO FUND ME page to benefit Kibby’s family can be found here:
http://Go Fund Me :: Family of Charles Kibby

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HELP US FEED THE COMMUNITY THROUGH THE SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK

December 11, 2020 By: Karla Southern Category: Feast Your Eyes, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK

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Heroes is Collecting Non-Perishable Food Items & Funds for Second Harvest Food Bank

Our #ToysForTots Toy Drive may be over, but we’re NOT FINISHED!

Heroes is now a collection site for The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina! You can bring non-perishable food items to Heroes any time!
The need is great, and there is NO CUT-OFF.

Currently, the Second Harvest is in need of canned entrees such as: Spaghetti & meatballs, ravioli, chili, etc.

If you would prefer to make a monetary donation directly to the Second Harvest Food Bank, you may do so using this link:

Support Second Harvest Food Bank

A donation as small as $1 can provide up to 7 lbs of food for the community!

Every little bit helps!!

2NDHARVEST-TVB

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HEROES CAN SHIP TO YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

December 11, 2020 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, Feast Your Eyes, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Special Offers, Where Do I Start?

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HEROES CAN SHIP ANYTHING,

TO ANYONE, ANYWHERE!

If you have a comic-lover on your shopping list this Christmas, don’t forget that Heroes can not only help you with a gift, but can help you with delivery as well!

Santa-Shelton and his crew of helpful little Hero-Elves are happy to help this Holiday Season!

Send your WANT LISTS to:
[email protected]

#ShipItForChristmas #SantaClausReadsComics #UnderTheWaterTower

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THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR #TOYSFORTOTS TOY DRIVE A SUCCESS!

December 11, 2020 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Now Read This!, Toys For Tots

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THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

Thanks to the outpouring of donations and overwhelming generosity from our customers, this year’s #ToysForTots TOY DRIVE was one of our BEST EVER!

These toys are sure to bring lots of smiles on Christmas Morning, and it’s all thanks to YOU!

If you missed yesterday’s deadline, but you would still like to contribute to #ToysForTots, you can still make a monetary donation via their website:

https://www.toysfortots.org/donate/

We want you all to know how INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL we are that YOU are a part of our Heroes Family!!

#UnderTheWaterTower #HeroesARENTHardToFind #OurCustomersAreTheREALHeroes

 

 

 

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IN-STORE SIGNING :: HEROES WELCOMES MICHAEL GOLDEN & RENEE WITTERSTAETTER – DECEMBER 19

December 11, 2020 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, Special Offers, Store Signings

Just in time for Christmas!

GOLDEN

In-Store Signing with

Michael Golden &

Renee Witterstaetter

Heroes is excited to host an IN-STORE SIGNING with our friends MICHAEL GOLDEN and RENEE WITTERSTAETTER on Saturday, December 19 from 1PM-6PM.

Put your mask on and bring your comics to get signed!
Signatures are $5, but attending is FREE!

Social distancing and capacity guidelines will apply.
#MichaelGolden #ReneeWitterstaetter #InStoreSigning #UnderTheWaterTower #ComicsForChristmas #ComicSigning

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LET’S STAY SAFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! HEROES SHOPPING GUIDELINES

December 08, 2020 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, Feast Your Eyes, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Now Read This!

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Tis the Season to look out for one-another…

As we enter the thick of the Holiday Shopping Season, as well as the worst days of the pandemic thus far, we just want remind everyone of Heroes Safety Protocols for a safe shopping experience!

  • We continue to limit the number of people allowed in the store to NO MORE THAN 10 people at a time.
    This number includes employees. Our capacity restrictions will continue until North Carolina has safely emerged from all three phases of the re-opening regulations. 
     
  • We ask customers to limit their time in our store.
    Due to capacity restrictions, we ask that customers please limit their time spent in-store for the time being. We also long for the days of leisurely browsing and visiting with one another, but for now, it’s safer for everyone to plan ahead and make trips as brief as possible. This will also help us prevent wait-times for others if the store is at capacity.

     
  • EVERYONE (including staff) is required to wear a mask while shopping or working inside of our store.
    Even if you’re only coming in for ONE ITEM. No mask = NO ENTRY
     If you do not have a mask, one can be provided to you. 

    (We understand that some people do not want to wear a mask and, while we understand that is your personal preference, you will not be permitted in our store without a mask. We appreciate your patience, understanding and consideration for everyone’s safety at this time. If you do not want to wear a mask, or if you would prefer not to come inside the store until circumstances have improved, we are happy to arrange shipping for books.)  
     
  • Please utilize the provided hand sanitizer upon entering the store.  
     
  • Please observe social distancing of at least 6 feet inside the store.
    Please be courteous to your fellow customers and allow for at least six feet of distance between yourself and others.   
     
  • We ask customers to be mindful of how much they handle books and other product.
    We are sanitizing all surfaces and high-contact areas as frequently as possible, but we cannot sanitize comic books without causing damage. We ask that customers please be mindful of items as they handle them, and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after contact. 
     
  • We are sanitizing and washing our hands as often as possible.  
    If at all possible, we prefer customers to pay with a credit or debit card at this time. We still accept cash transactions, but cards are easier for everyone to sanitize at this time. If we do have a cash transaction we will be washing and sanitizing our hands thoroughly afterwards.
     
  • WE ASK ANYONE WHO FEELS UNWELL TO PLEASE STAY HOME. (This includes our staff!)
    We can ship to anywhere in the United States and are happy to arrange a safe transaction for you! Just let us know!
     
  • WE CAN SHIP!!
    We can ship to anyone, anywhere! If you’d like to send a Christmas Gift to a family member in another state, we can ship directly to them!!
     
  • OUR HOURS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
    Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday: 10am-7pm
    Wednesday: 10am-9pm
    Sunday: 1pm-6pm 
     
  • We will keep you posted to any changes to our guidelines as they happen.
    Please follow us on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter) or sign up for our Newsletter for regular updates! Please feel free to call us at 704-375-7462 or email us at [email protected] with any questions!
     

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We hope you are all hanging in there, doing well, and are being kind to one another!
STAY SAFE this Holiday Season, and STAY HOME whenever possible!!

– Your Friends at HEROES AREN’T HARD TO FIND 

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SHIPPING INFORMATION:

We are happy to SHIP to anyone who would like make those arrangements at this time.
Here’s how to arrange that:

  1. Please call our store at 704-375-7462 between the hours of 10am-6pm, or email us at [email protected] with a list of books you would like us to ship to you.
    You can find the last 5 weeks of New Releases on our website here: http://www.heroesonline.com/new-releases/, if you need recommendations!
  2. Shipping costs are based on weight.
  3. If you would like to order comic-collecting supplies (ie: Comic Boxes, Bags, Boards, etc) to have shipped, we can do that too!
    Supplies are subject to shipping freight. You can find our supply options listed here:
    http://www.heroesonline.com/supplies/
  4. We will invoice you via email for payment.
  5. If you would prefer to make payment via PayPal, we can arrange that as well. Please call or email for details.
  6. Please make sure that we have your complete and correct shipping address.
  7. Enjoy your order!!
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Seven Incredibly-Rare Pokémon Card, Sealed Booster Boxes, Come up for Auction

December 08, 2020 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, Feast Your Eyes, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Now Read This!, Other Events, This Just In

Seven Incredibly-Rare Pokémon Card, Sealed Booster Boxes, Come up for Auction

pokemon-collectionAs Pokémon Cards Skyrocket in Value Wise Comic Book Store Owner Kept Some for Himself

If you’re trying to catch all the Pokémon Cards this auction might be for you!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 8, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Back in 1999, Charlotte, North Carolina comic book store owner Shelton Drum not only sold Pokémon trading cards but hosted games for the neighborhood kids, including his own. Looking ahead, he wisely tucked a few sealed boxes of cards away for them. Today, as Pokémon cards soar in value, he and his kids—now 30 and 32 years old—are poised to reap the benefits of his foresight.

While the Pokémon franchise has long enjoyed steady growth, since the pandemic, card values are reaching new heights. Recently, a 1st Edition Booster Box—which cost about $100 in 1999—sold for a record $360,000. As a result, Shelton has partnered with ComicConnect.com, the world’s premier online comic marketplace and auctioneer, to auction his six sealed booster boxes.

See the Comic Connect Auction here: Comic Connect: Seven Incredibly-Rare, Sealed Booster Boxes Come up for Auction

“2020 has been an incredible year for Pokémon investment collectors,” notes Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of ComicConnect. “The early sets are constantly hitting new records, and we’re thrilled to be offering these as the cornerstone of our Pokémon TCG auction.”

The booming market comes as no shock to Drum, who has owned Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find since 1980. (He also hosts Charlotte’s popular Heroes Convention, which attracts 40,000 attendees annually.) Twenty years ago, he saw firsthand how the Pokémon “pocket monsters”—launched in Japan in 1995—obsessed American kids.

Little kids liked the bright graphics and intriguing characters, like Pikachu and Charizard. Big kids liked battling one another via the elaborate trading card game, their enthusiasm fed by a constant stream of cards, video games, and movies. Now, those kids of the 1990s are in their 30s—and many are eager to collect the beloved relics of childhood.

Why now? Interest has been fueled both by the pandemic—as locked-down collectors devote more time to their hobby—and by actor/boxer/internet personality Logan Paul, a Pokémon investor who showcases his purchases on his popular YouTube channel.

Like most trading cards, Pokémon cards are released in sets and sold in booster packs, which are packaged in booster boxes. Pokémon booster boxes contain 36 packs, each featuring around 11 randomly-selected cards. Each Pokémon set includes about 200 rare, uncommon and common cards.

Courtesy of Shelton Drum, ComicConnect’s event auction features the following sealed English booster boxes: Fossil Set (1999), Gym Challenge (2000), Gym Heroes (2000), Neo Genesis (2000), Team Rocket (2000), and Unlimited Base (1999).

Each box holds 36 unopened packs, or a total of 396 cards. Sealed boxes generally yield gem-mint condition cards, which command the highest prices. (Trading cards are rated on a scale of 1-10, with 10—gem mint—the highest rating.)

In addition, the auction includes items from other consignors, including an opened box of Jungle (1999), which holds 36 unopened card packs, and an incredibly-rare unopened box of the earliest Japanese booster box. Zurzolo has also acquired a sealed, 1999 First Edition Limited Printing box that is available for private sale.

ComicConnect has already received multiple bids on each of the booster boxes, and there’s no predicting what final sale pricing will be when the auction ends on December 14th.

What will the buyers do with their prizes? Says Zurzolo, “It depends. Some will ‘break the box’ and open the packs in search of the rare cards. Others will break the box, but then sell the sealed packs individually.”

“But some will undoubtedly do what Shelton did 20 years ago: hold onto the sealed box as an investment, knowing it will continue to appreciate over time.”

Story Written by:
Joanne Levine – Lekas & Levine PR
+1 847-327-9530
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ONE WEEK LEFT IN OUR 2020 TOYS FOR TOTS TOY DRIVE!

December 04, 2020 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS, Now Read This!, Toys For Tots

Heroes Is A 2020 Drop-Site for

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We know that this year has been tough on almost EVERYONE.

Kids are NO EXCEPTION.

This Holiday Season is going to financially difficult for SO MANY throughout our communities.

Heroes is collecting NEW, UNWRAPPED Toys for Toys For Tots until end of day on Thursday, December 10, 2020.

If you are in a position to donate to a family in need this year, you can drop New, Unwrapped Toy donations off in the Toys For Tots donation box at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find.
417 Pecan Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204

If you are able to donate, but would prefer to do so with a monetary, or virtual donation, you may do so through the Toys For Tots Website:

https://www.toysfortots.org/donate

Let’s all be HEROES this Holiday Season.
Be well, be kind, and stay strong.
– HEROES

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DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE SCREENING PASS FOR “GREENLAND” DECEMBER 16!

December 04, 2020 By: Karla Southern Category: EVENTS, Feast Your Eyes, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Other Events, Special Offers

GREENLAND

Thanks to our friends at Allied Global Marketing Events, You can catch @GerardButler and @MorenaBaccarin in the highly anticipated @Greelandmovie without leaving home!

Download your passes to the virtual advance screening on December 16 at 7 PM before it hits on demand everywhere December 18.
Download your passes here: http://stxtickets.com/HeroesGreenland
Hurry, these will go fast! #Greenlandmovie

VIRTUAL SCREENING INSTRUCTIONS:GREENLAND
To RSVP to receive your personal link to view the film, please follow the steps below:
1. Visit the exclusive RSVP link to claim your virtual screening pass here: STXTickets.com and use code HeroesGreenland
2. Complete the RSVP process *You may need to register with STXTickets.com if you have not previously used the free ticketing site. The contact information you provide to STXTickets.com is where your screening link will be emailed on the day of.
3. You will receive emailed confirmation from STXTickets.com that you have completed the RSVP process to register for the screening.
4. On the day of the screening, a link to view the film will be sent to you by email approximately one hour before the start. (Screening is overbooked to ensure capacity so be sure to click your link to join the screening.) You can click the link as soon as you get it to ‘check in’ and hold your spot, but do not have to stay online waiting for the film to begin.
5. The screening will begin at 7PM EST. You will not be able to start before then or much after.
6. Your link is unique to you – if you share the link or attempt to watch on multiple devices, you will be removed from the screening. For security reasons, if you leave the screening, you will not be able to rejoin. This includes accidentally closing the screening window, losing power, attempting to switch computers, or any other reason.
 
 
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT HEROES AREN’T HARD TO FIND!

November 26, 2020 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, NEWS

Thanksgiving-2020

We are THANKFUL for our wonderful customers not just today, but EVERY DAY.

So, no matter what your Thanksgiving Holiday looks like this year, we send you our LOVE, our GRATITUDE, and our sincerest HOPES for a wonderful Holiday Season.
Heroes is CLOSED today, but will open at 10am Friday morning.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

#UnderTheWaterTower

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