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HEROESCON 2023 Recap :: Photo Galleries, Videos, and MORE!

July 11, 2023 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, Feast Your Eyes, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, HeroesCon Panels, Interviews, NEWS, Now Read This!, Opinion, Photos, Reviews, This Just In

Got a video, photo album, podcast or other HeroesCon 2023 memory that you would like us to share?
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Photo Albums:

Fablegraph 3-D Photos:

Cardinal & Pine

Geno’s Comics:

Audio Panel Recordings:

Comic News Insider:

Comic News Insider

Cartoonist Kayfabe

On the NEWS!
Examining The Evolving Comic Book Market Ahead Of The Heroes Convention

Weekend Events Expected To Attract Thousands To Charlotte

HeroesCon brings comic and superhero fans to Charlotte, NC

Youtube Videos:


Panel for John Romita Sr


HeroesCon 2023 | Complete Walkthrough | It’s truly about comic books, the artists, and the writers.


Heroes Convention 2023


HeroesCon 2023

Heroes Con 2023 Tour Recap | Review | Haul

Legion of Comics Community Hangout HeroesCon 2023 Recap and Chat

Daniel Warren Johnson GRAIL PIECE | Heroes Con 2023




So I Went to Heroescon 2023 – Wow


TOY HUNT at Heroes Convention 2023 in Charlotte, NC #toys #youtuber #toyhunt #starwars #comiccon


The LARGEST Convention in Charlotte NC | Amazing Artists and Cosplay | Destination: Heroes Con 2023


HeroesCon 2023 Show Floor Walk Through


Episode 16 Heroes Con!


Hometown Heroes, HeroesCon 2023


Toy & Comic Book Hunting @ HEROESCON 2023 Charlotte NC


Heroes Convention 2023 “Heroes Con” – Charlotte, NC – What Deals Can You Find on Sunday?


HeroesCon 2023: Exploring the Show Floor | GENO’S COMICS


Heroes Convention 2023 Cosplay Highlights in 4K!


Heroes Con 2023 Day 1 Recap – CGC unprepared for demand: Ep. 206

Heroes Con 2023 Day 2 Recap – Signatures and CGC: Ep. 207

Heroes Con 2023 Day 3 Recap – On the Hunt for Hulk 181: Ep. 209


Heroes Con 2023 Walkthrough!

HeroesCon 2023 Cosplay


Heroes Con 2023 Brian Stelfreeze Storm Auction painting time lapse video
Brian Stelfreeze paints Roberto Clemente Heroes Con 2023


VR180 HeroesCon 2023

@KENTPOOLCollects Toy Hunt Heroes Con 23 Night One Four Horsemen Studios Mythic Legions Cosplay Comics Anime Funko

Toy Hunt Heroes Con 23 Day Two Comics Cosplay Anime YouTube Friends Mythic Legions Figure Score!

Toy Hunt Heroes Con Day 3 Mythic Legions Haul Legions Con Day 2 Exclusive information Ish Con 2023




Heroes Con 2023 Artist Alley Recap | Best Convention So Far?

Live at Heroes Con! The Sites, The Sounds, The Great Comic Book Based Convention!


HeroesCon 2023 Comic Haul


Heroes Con 2023!!


Heroes Con 2023 – Lets Talk About It


I Survived HeroesCon 2023. Show Recap.


Heroes Con 2023 Haul w/ Bonus Content! #comics #comicbooks #comicconvention #spiderman #grail


Our Favorite Heroes Con 2023 Finds!

Meet The Collectors from HeroesCON 2023 & Recap





YouTube Shorts:

HEROESCON 2023 is a wrap! – YouTube

Heroes Con 2023! – YouTube

heroes con 2023 art auction part 1 – YouTube

How to set up at a comic book convention #HeroesCon #Aceblade – YouTube

HeroesCon Cosplay 2023, #shorts #comiccon #youtubeshorts – YouTube

Heroes Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center – YouTube

Burkey and Me from Heroes con #comicbookart #comicart #duelingdealersofcomicart – YouTube
Skottie Young Art Auction At Heroes Con #comiccon #skottieyoung #comics – YouTube

Fun short with Bill Cox from Heroes con #comicbookart #comiccon

Jim Steranko HeroesCon 2023 SCORE! King Size Hulk 1#hulk #incredibleHulk #marvel #comics #heroescon

Skottie Young Art Auction At Heroes Con #youtubeshorts #shorts #comiccon

Heroes Convention 2023 Pops straight chilling with comic legend Don Simpson

incredible hulk 5 cgc 2.5 #heroescon #hulk #marvel #cgc #cgccomics #comicbooks #incrediblehulk

HeroesCon Art Auction: Maihack #shorts

Heroes Con…on a Friday! #heroes #clt #heroescon #charlotte #charlottenc #comiccon #comics #podcast

HeroesCon Drink & Draw #shorts

Awesome Four Horsemen Mythic Legions Custom figures at Heroes Con 23

Come see us! #heroescon #heroescon2023 #artistalley #crochet #crochetplushies

Cosmic Update: Going to HeroesCon #Shorts

Comics, Comics, & Comics @ HeroesCon #shorts

Heroes con set up . See something you like let me know with interest See the website for new art

TikTok, Podcasts & Others!
Heroescon 2023! Whose gonna be there??

Artist’s Alley Aftermath: HeroesCon 2023 | Faith & Fandom

HeroesCon: The Ultimate Comic Convention Experience On Father’s Day Weekend – LRM

HeroesCon 2023 Recap: Artist Interactions, Convention Hauls, and Tips For Saving and Spending Money At A Comic Convention

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May 14, 2021 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, Feast Your Eyes, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, Opinion, Where Do I Start?

FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021


People are getting vaccinated which is a TREMENDOUS STEP in the right direction!

Things are slowly inching back toward some degree of “normal”,
or at least toward a “new normal”.
Almost everyone on our staff has been vaccinated,
and we encourage you to do the same!

We are as excited as anyone to get back to that sweet pre-pandemic life, but we will continue to observe the following safety precautions as we begin to ease up on restrictions within our store.

We understand that Governor Cooper lifted the Mask Mandate for North Carolina earlier today.

However, at this time, we would like to exercise caution before we lift the mask requirement in our store.

Heroes will continue to maintain the following Safety Protocols for a safe shopping experience!

  • We ask that EVERYONE (including staff) continue 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 some of you will 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 at this time.
    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 we have lifted our mask policy, we are happy to arrange shipping for books.)

  • We have increased the capacity of our store to 30.
    This number includes employees. 
    We will increase this number toward “Full Capacity” over the next few weeks as long as there are no surges in COVID cases in our state.

  • We will continue to provide hand sanitizer for you to use upon entering and exiting the store.  
  • Please be respectful of social distance while in our store.
    Please be courteous to your fellow customers and try to allow for at least five feet of distance between yourself and others. Let’s face it, it’s just GOOD MANNERS. 
  • We will continue to sanitize and wash our hands as often as possible.  
    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 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!!

    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 (FacebookInstagramTwitteror 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!


We appreciate your business and continued support!




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:, 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:
  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!!




June 09, 2020 By: Karla Southern Category: Feast Your Eyes, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, HeroesCon, NEWS, Now Read This!, Opinion, Uncategorized, Where Do I Start?


Heroes stand for Justice, and Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find stands with the BIPOC Community and the #BlackLiveMatter movement.

We must live by the code of the heroes whose stories we carry in our store, and stand for what is RIGHT.

Captain America fought the Nazis. The X-Men, Black Panther, and countless other titles throughout the years, have represented the fight for civil rights. 

In December of 1968, Stan Lee, the father of Marvel Comics, used his Soapbox to declare, “Racism and bigotry are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today.”

Stan Lee Racism Soapbox

A few months earlier, in October 1968 his Soapbox stated, “We believe that Man has a divine destiny, and an awesome responsibility – the responsibility of treating all who share this wondrous world of ours with tolerance and respect – judging each fellow human on his own merit, regardless of race, creed, or color.”


We look forward to a new chapter written by a new world where diversity and inclusivity are not just fictional characters on a page, but a reality for all who live it.

We stand with you.


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April 16, 2020 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Feast Your Eyes, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, HeroesCon, Interviews, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, Opinion, Photos, Reviews, Spotlight on New Releases, Staff Picks, This Just In, Uncategorized, Where Do I Start?




March 05, 2019 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, Discussion Group, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, Opinion, Other Events, Reviews, Spotlight on New Releases


The Current Issue of PREVIEWS is available in our store! Pick up a copy today!

with SETH, March 14 & 16!

Are you a new reserve customer curious about some of the events and storylines coming to your favorite comics this summer?
Would you like to have a three month head start in seeing what you might want to buy before it sells out? 

Are you a longtime customer interested in seeing behind the scenes of how Heroes orders new comics?

Next week we aim to answer those questions and many more as we dive into the catalog of PREVIEWS!
Join Heroes’ Operations Manager Seth Peagler on Thursday, March 14th from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. or on Saturday, March 16 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. around the beautiful showcases in the back of our store for a fun discussion about what’s coming up over the next few months.

These are two free opportunities to learn how to make sure you get the comics you really want, and designed to work around your busy schedules.
You never know, we might even talk about the upcoming HeroesCon and some of the fun things we have planned for this year!



August 27, 2012 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Opinion, Reviews

What makes a good comic book is up for debate. Content-wise, there is no real consensus to be polled. But if the prevailing business model at the Big Two is any indication, good comic books come from the Big Event. There’s a definite thrill to seeing our humble little industry mentioned in grown up newspapers when editors pull stunts like guest-starring the President, but the constant barrage of reboot and crossover can also grow tiresome and desensitizing. It can leave an audience a little cold, especially after the initial buzz of the press release.
It almost goes without saying that no event straddled the gulf between content and concept quite like DC’s Before Watchmen. When the project was announced, the Interwebs lit up with endless flame wars about the merits of such an undertaking. The lines were drawn with a clarity and conviction that was palpable, even for the obsessive comic book fan. Now that DC has completed the roll-out last week with the first issue of Dr. Manhattan, here’s a bucket list of how the books measure up to their source material. (Note: the following views are the author’s own and do not represent Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, Inc. or any of its affiliates – ed.)
Click through for Justin’s Before Watchmen Report Card!


July 31, 2012 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Opinion, Reviews

We all know that Comic readership is essentially divided into two camps–the mainstream adventure genre devotees who hang out on the north side of the store and the Independent comic readers who huddle in the south-east corner under the shade of Manga Mountain.  Granted, there is a significant number of readers who saunter back and forth between the two enemy camps, but the majority of us prefer to stay put in our comfort zones.
Now I don’t read superhero stories very often.  I was once a huge fan in the mid to late eighties; then I ventured outside the Superhero Universe and into Indie Island.  Occasionally, some good folks recommend (insist actually) that I dip my toe back in the deep end of the spandex pool and suffice to say, most times I find the water quite refreshing.  So I want to see if I can return the favor to all you dedicated Cape and Mask folks out there.
Now on any given day and twice on Wednesday, we Indie folks do our evangelical best to get everyone and anyone to read Love and Rockets. It really is a great, great book, but perhaps a comic about the day to day struggles of an over-weight middle aged female apartment superintendent and her friends and ex-lovers is not for every taste.
But what if the talented Love and Rockets cartoonist, Jaime Hernandez, created an absolutely delightful superhero story filled with adventure, fun, and lots of pretty girls with tons of super-powers?

God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls is that book and it is one I wish every DC, Marvel and Image super-hero fan will pick up and read.

Now only a fool of a critic would describe a comic in such hyperbolic terms as “every single panel of every single page is chockful of artistic delights and clever storytelling”.  But you know me, so all I can say is, every single panel of every single page is chockful of artistic delights and clever storytelling.
In addition, God and Science spotlights one of the top five most attractive female characters in comic history*, Penny Century, as she struggles with her newly found super-powers and searches for her two missing (super) children.
The story is fun, exciting, fast paced and way over the top, but it is not a satire of superheroes. The difference between Jaime’s work and a genre parody is one of tone.  God and Science is a genuine love letter to super-hero comic books.
The theme of the book focuses on the importance of comic books in our lives, and Jaime drives this home by suspending our disbelief and taking us on a whirlwind ride.  It is a pure delight and I cannot recommend it any higher.

So for all you who are willing to give this little masterpiece a try, I’d just like to say (in advance)  …You’re very welcome! Enjoy!!

*--The other four most attractive characters are Dave Steven’s Bettie Page from The Rocketeer, John Romita‘s Gwen Stacy (or MJ), Darwyn Cooke’s Silk Satin and Steve Rude’s Sundra Peale from Nexus. Any list you come up with might equal, but can never beat this list.


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!

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

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
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

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

Heather Peagler
Chris Pitzer/AdHouse
Patrick Sun

Comic News Insider
Shut Up Nerds

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



Free Comic Book Day = Try Something New!!!!

May 01, 2012 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Free Comic Book Day, Opinion, Sale!

Ah Free Comic Book Day—not just a day of avarice, it is also a day of trying new things and taking advantage of Shelton and Shelley Drum’s good nature and keen merchant instincts.

So what’s my point?  Beats me, but if you are still reading you will know that there are dozens of books on the shelf just begging to be read.  This is the time to take advantage of deep discounts and give some books a whirl…

Outside of our protected 4-color world, are you a fan of History? Horror Movies?  Classic Comedy?  Of course you are and FCBD is a day made just for you.

If you are like me (and if so, medication helps—I swear!) you catch yourself engrossed in programs on The Military Channel, The Science Channel, The Travel Channel and History International.  Well sir (or madam), there are a number of terrific graphic novels sitting on the IKEA Billy brand[TM]  shelves in the back right hand corner of the store.  Head over there—go on–I’ll wait.  OK, now take a look at any book by Joe Sacco—Palestine, Safe Haven Gorazde or Footprints from Gaza.  All are award winning and are gripping fusions of comics and journalism.

For a more intimate take on world travel try any one of Guy Delisle’s excellent travelogues:  Shenzhen (China), Pyongyang (North Korea), the Burma Chronicles and the most recent Jerusalem.   Any of these books can be read on its own and I promise they are all worth your time and money.

Horror fans stand tall and rejoice —remember there is more to life than young brooding hunkish vampires.  Try any graphic novel collection of John Constantine: Hellblazer.  They are self-contained, really entertaining and above all as scary as the back of the crisper in my refrigerator.  Try any of the collections written by comic heavy-hitters like Jamie Delano, Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis or Brian Azzarello.  My absolute favorites are The Fear Machine, Rare Cuts, Dangerous Habits, Haunted and Hard Time.

And don’t forget Hellboy/BPRD.  It is first and foremost a horror series. If you have not tried these titles, you need to get in there and start reading—you won’t stop at one.  Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is as good as you’ve heard.  For recommendations, why not ask Heroes own Seth and Phil—they will guide you well my son (or my daughter)

So now we’ve got you geographically informed and scared out of your wits– what about something funny—I mean really funny– to cleanse the old palette?   Earlier this year, I recommended Snarked by Roger Langridge and Sergio Aragones Funnies—those suggestions still stand– but let me also offer up any collection of Aragones masterwork, Groo, any volume of Little Lulu by John Stanley and above all else, Carl Bark’s Donald Duck—Lost in the Andes or The Barks Bear Book. We had a great discussion about Barks last week and I cannot recommend these comics more.  The Duck man’s life work improves with age.

So remember—FCBD is really an acronym for Try Something New—Something Different!

Heroes prides itself on the variety they offer at any given time.  Take advantage of the sale prices– You will be surprised and delighted by what you uncover.




January 10, 2012 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Opinion, Reviews

It’s me! Your erstwhile Comic Strip and Golden Age fanatic reporting to you live from the Poorhouse.   I find myself in these somewhat Dickensian straits thanks to the quality and quantity of must-have reprints that were published over the past 12 months.  I tell ya, I was like a kid in a Comics shop–oh wait...

Whilst preparing this article I calculated that I had purchased 46 Collected editions over the course of the calendar year and 33 of them were Comic Strip collections.  All 46 books are gorgeous–they look great on the shelf and they are a joy to read and re-read and they function as text books of comic technique.

I realize the World Economy–like the Chicago Cubs– is in another “re-building year“, so in good conscience, I have reviewed all the reprint books I purchased & devoured this past year and I have listed below the creme de la creme–this is the stuff you really have to have:

  • Mickey Mouse Vol 1 and 2 Race to Death Valley/Trapped on Treasure Island
  • Walt and Skeezix Volume 5
  • Carl Barks Donald Duck in Lost in the Andes
  • Pogo Volume 1

But why these four?

Hyperbole is all but redundant on any Best-Of Lists.  Any apropos description– fantastic art/great pacing/fabulous cast of supporting characters/marvelous storytelling– comes off as tired and cliched.  I have spent the last two weeks trying to figure out why these four are the best of the year–why they mean so much to collectors on a gut level– here goes: (more…)


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