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


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 [email protected].¬† 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.




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!



June 13, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News

Thanks to everyone for making HeroesCon 2013 so fun! Here are some links to what others saw and did at the show. More memories and photos from HeroesCon 2013 to come! Please share your photos and links with us on our Facebook page! See you next year, June 20-22, 2014!


Christian Sager

Ben Towle

Tom Scioli

Pat Quinn

Jim Rugg

Gregory Dickens

Dave Wachter


Comic Book Resources Coverage

Comics Alliance

Captain Comics

Charlotte Business Journal

Out of Step Arts


HeroesCon 2013 :: Flickr photo collection

Patrick Sun

Heather Mobley Peagler


Crime in Comics Panel moderated by Vito Delsante featuring Jason Aaron, Greg Rucka and Jason Latour

Comic News Insider: Heroes Con Recap w/ Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Vivek Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle), Ryan Black (Tension)

Comic Geek Speak

Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 41.1: Hanging Out at HeroesCon

Nerdy 30s Podcast #168: HEROES-CON 2013


Batman Panel: James Tynion IV, John Layman, & Jimmy Palmiotti

Video by Sean Patton

Art Auction walkthrough by Terry Maltos

Distractotron Cosplay Video

Valiant Panel 2013

Heroes Con 2013 Cosplay Contest, Hector’s Five Minute Frenzy

HeroesCon 2013 Video



May 30, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, NEWS, Schedule

If you’re attending HeroesCon next weekend, we want to remind you of what has become one of the highlights of recent year’s cons – our Drink and Draw event.¬† Inspired by the original Drink and Draw Social Club (founded by Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian and Jeff Johnson), this is a laid back event where anyone can sit down, have a drink, and create art alongside countless comic artists and fans.¬† The great thing about the Heroes’ Drink and Draw is that much of the professional art produced is auctioned off that night at the event itself,¬†with all the proceeds going to charity.¬†¬†Amateur artists¬†can also enter their work into art contests that night, with the possibility of winning art supplies and products from our friends at Jerry’s Artarama, Prismacolor, and Artograph.

For the third year in a row we are happy to be donating all of the proceeds to Team Cul de Sac, a fantastic group that raises money and awareness for Parkinson’s research.¬† The Heroes family became aware of this organization when our friend Richard Thompson (the brilliant cartoonist behind the critically acclaimed Cul de Sac strip) was diagnosed with the disease.

Team Cul de Sac’s founder¬†Chris Sparks has assured me that he’s bringing some incredible items to auction off at the Drink and Draw and throughout the con, including gems like an Art Spiegelman signed/sketched copy of Maus and Bill Watterson signed editions of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes and the Team Cul de Sac book. He’ll also be bringing original art from the likes of¬†Mark Tatulli (Lio),¬†Patrick McDonnell (Mutts),¬†Jim Borgman (Zits) and more to auction Friday night.¬† Bidding on the signed/sketched Maus edition will take place all day on Friday at Team Cul de Sac’s table, and resume and conclude at Drink and Draw.¬† Similarly, you can bid on the signed Complete Calvin and Hobbes at Team Cul de Sac’s table,¬†with bidding concluding¬†at our annual Art Auction that night. ¬†These are truly rare items, and HeroesCon might be your only opportunity to pick them up.

This year’s Drink and Draw will be at a new location, the Hilton Charlotte Center City. ¬†As with past years, the event kicks off on Friday at 7:30 and lasts until there’s no one left drawing. ¬†In addition to being one of our host hotels, the Hilton is close to the Convention Center (at 222 E. 3rd St.), and has spacious indoor and outdoor bars that will make this year’s Drink and Draw our largest to date.¬† Another new element at this year’s event will be live music provided by Jack the Radio.¬† They’re a Southern-Indie band from Raleigh comprised of several comic fans and artists, and we know they’ll add¬†to the experience.

The Drink and Draw event hearkens back to HeroesCon’s long tradition of charitable involvement.¬† If you attended the Con in past years, you might remember the numerous blood drives and work with the Firefighters Burned Children Fund.¬† ¬†The Drink and Draw offers everyone who comes to the Con an opportunity to kick back and create¬†some¬†art in a fun atmosphere.¬† Make it a point to be at the Drink and Draw, pick up one of these remarkable pieces, enjoy the comics community at large, and most importantly, raise money for¬†a worthy cause.




May 29, 2013 By: Karla Southern Category: EVENTS, HeroesCon, HeroesCon Art Auction, HeroesCon News, NEWS, QuickDraw, Special Offers

Loyal HeroesCon veterans know that our annual QuickDraw Contest is a great way to put your creative and artistic talents to the test! A HeroesCon tradition, the QuickDraw is our all-ages artist competition where we give you #2 pencils and Bristol board, and you give us 20 minutes of your feverish inspiration.¬† A qualified Art Instructor then judges the results and we, in turn, give the winners some fabulous prizes.¬† It‚Äôs a win-win and it’s open to any and all who want to try their hand at creating some HeroesCon original art!
Stepping in to sweeten the prize-winners’ pot this year, the following companies have donated more than $10,000 worth of prizes to give away to the talented winners!!

Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, in three age categories: 10 & under, 11-15, and 16 & up. The QuickDraw is held on all three days of the show, so you have three opportunities to take home some incredible art supplies and bragging rights!

Prizes from these companies will also be awarded to participants of our Drink and Draw on Friday night, June 6 at the Hilton! Drink and Draw submissions will be judged by a panel of some of our favorite Artist Alley Pros, and prizes will be awarded at our show on Saturday!

We would also like to thank Artograph, Jerry’s Artarama, and Prismacolor for helping to supply our 2013 Live Art Stage, where artists will be crafting their pieces for the HeroesCon Annual Art Auction. The Art Auction will be held on Saturday June 7, from 8PM – until in the Providence Ballroom at the Westin Charlotte. We hope to see you all there!!

As an added bonus, Jerry’s Artarama has provided us with this coupon that you can use from NOW until June 15 to get $15.00 OFF your order of $79.00 or more! So get yourself some art supplies, and maybe one day we’ll be seeing YOU in our famous Artist Alley!



First look at HeroesCon 2013 Exhibitors!

May 22, 2013 By: Karla Southern Category: HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, NEWS, Uncategorized

We all know that HeroesCon is known for its all-star¬†Artist Alley each year, but let’s not overlook the AMAZING EXHIBITORS who make our show the can’t-miss event of the summer, and a destination for Gold and Silver-Age comics, comic-related apparel, art supplies,¬†collectibles, DVD’s, toys and so much more! Take a look at our 2013 Exhibitors, and make your shopping lists in advance!

A. Pennyworth’s Comics 1412
AH Digital 2105, 2107
Almost Anything 206, 208, 210
Andrew Heath 419
Anomaly Productions 522
Anthony’s Comic Book Art 1719, 1721
Apocalypse Comics 718, 720, 722, 817, 819, 821
Aspen Comics 812, 911
Autodesk Consumer Group / SketchBook Pro
822, 921
AwesomeCons.com 1610
B & C Collectibles 2109
Bear Butt Comics/Mischief Leather 320
Beyond Comics 808, 810
Big Lair’s 1620
Big Wow 1904, 2003
Bill Pappas 1707, 1709
Black Dog Collectibles 1606, 1608
Blue Juice Comics 520
BOOM!/KaBoom! 920, 922, 1019, 1021
Borderlands 1818, 1820, 1917, 1919
Cards, Comics and Collectibles 1318, 1320, 1322, 1417, 1419, 1421
Carolina Comic Book Club 204
Carolina Garrison – 501st Legion 110
Carolina Ghostbusters 105
CBLDF 102, 104
Cheap Joes Art Stuff 1522
CJ Draden 218
Columbia Comics 1821
Comic Central 1512, 1611
Comic Lock 1918, 1920, 2017, 2019
Comic Whiz 212
Comic Wise 318, 417
Comics & Gaming 1517, 1519
Comics Guarantee Corporation – CGC 207, 209
Comics to Astonish 304, 306
ComicMix 1222, 1321
Convention Exclusive 305
Cool Lines Artwork 719, 721
Copic Markers 818, 917
Cosmic Times 1720
Crazy Ed’s Comics 1618
Creature Entertainment 1722
Cunningham’s Comics 407, 409
Dale Roberts Comics 518, 617
Dave’s Comics & Cards 1418, 1420, 1422, 1521
David Shankle 717
Dimension Decals 303
Dragon Song Forge 1906, 1908, 1910
Earl Shaw 408, 410, 412
Evie Tees 612
Eye Candy 2307
Frame Monkey 1619, 1621
GBM Collection 2111
Get Cash For Comics 606, 608
Gotham Super Car 111
Grant Merrill 2119, 2121
Harley Yee Rare Comics 907, 909
Harrison’s Comics 1806, 1808, 1810, 1812, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911
Heroes and Dragons 705, 707
Heroes Are Here 411
Hey Kids, Comics! 203, 205
Hot Flips 622, 1622
Ian Leino 2118
Imperial Quartermaster 2008, 2010, 2012
imPhotoGraphics Design 820
Infinity Comics LLC 202
Ink Correct 511
Intergalactic Collectibles 610
Jason Hamlin 1705
Jason McAlister/William Pigg 2022
Jim Walls 217
Joe Todd 106
Keomaka 2306, 2307
Killer Kollectibles 2302
Klingon Assault Group 108
Leroy Harper Comics 2110, 2112
Magic Massage Therapy 2301
Mario’s Comics 712
Mark Scott 1408, 1507
Mark Sparacio 521
McFarland Publishing 2005, 2007, 2009
Mighty Fine Art 2020
Mike’s Comics & Collectibles 2106, 2108
My SuperHero Guy 2120
New Age Discoveries 2308
New Force Comics 317, 319
New World Toys and Collectibles 201
North Coast Nostalgia 809, 811
Off World Designs Inc. 1922, 2021
Outer Rim Toys / Out of the Toy Box Jewelry 711
Pain-Less 2305
Painted Visions 1518, 1617
PaperCutz 919
Patrick Sullivan 2004, 2103
Planet Comics 1506, 1605
Poetic Earth 2122
Pop Culture Emporium 420
Premier Green Screens 112
Premiere Collectibles / Lightech Ltd. 2006
Pross Comics 1921
Purgatory Comics 2102, 2104
Reel Imports 1819
Reggie’s Comics and Collectibles 1410
Richard Fortenberry 311
Robert’s Comics and Collectibles 1718, 1817
Shark Robot 307, 309
Showcase Comics & Games 507, 509
Sideboard Games/El Cig’s Comics 619
Smoking Halo, LLC 1717
Soundtrack 620
Ssalefish Comics 418, 517
Static 519
Steve Smith 618
Stormcrow Comics 1612, 1711
Stylin Online 308, 310, 312; 1706-1712; 1805-1811
Supah! Comics 1508, 1510
Super Mecado Comics 621
SuperHeroStuff.com 506, 508, 510, 512, 605, 607, 609, 611
SuperWorldComics.com 403, 405
Tales of Wonder 219, 221, 220, 222
Tangled Web 1509, 1511
TC’s Toys 211
Team Fox: DeLorean Time Machine 101
Teeturtle 2018
The Toy Federation 709
TNT Comics 1822
Tomorrow Treasures 708, 807
TOYNK.com 2117
Triangle Cards / Orange Ribbon Collectibles 301
TV’s Treasure Chest 2303, 2304
TwoMorrows Publishing 118, 120, 122
Ultimate Comics 404, 406, 503, 505
Unknown Comix 1520
Valiant Entertainment 1220, 1319
Warp 9 1912, 2011
Welcome Back Comics 1607, 1609
White Lightning Productions 321
Wyrlwynd 422
XCON Comics 710
Zenescope Entertainment 322, 421

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