January 09, 2024 By: Karla Southern Category: Charlotte Minicon, DISCUSS, EVENTS, Feast Your Eyes, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, Out and About, This Just In, Vintage Comics

The Charlotte Mini-Con Returns!

Saturday, February 3 at the

Grady Cole Center!

The Charlotte Mini-Con returns for its 47th Anniversary Show with a stellar list of Featured Guests, a FULL Artist Annex, and outstanding comic-book dealers!

See our full list of Artist Annex participants and Exhibitors on our website at

Get your tickets today!

The GRADY COLE CENTER will charge a $15 PARKING FEE,
payable by cash or card.

We recommend carpooling, using a ride-share, or utilizing the CATS CityLYNX Gold Line. The Grady Cole Center is a 5 minute walk from the CPCC station located off the CityLYNX Gold Line.

The Grady Cole Center has FIVE steps to the main entrance at the front of the building, and no ramp. (It’s an OLD building.) If you require ADA access you may enter around the back of the facility for access to the main Convention Floor.



March 19, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: EVENTS, Store Signings

Check out this live interview with the creators of Spider-Gwen! Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, and Rico Renzi talk about the creation of the character and more. If you missed the Spider-Gwen Release Party, don’t miss our next event!

If you couldn’t make it, 3 copies of our limited edition The Mary Janes (Married With Sea Monsters) Face It Tiger 7″ vinyl records are being¬†listed on ebay today. Happy bidding!¬†Click here to visit our store.



March 09, 2015 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN‚ÄôS PICK :: HOWARD THE DUCK #1: I‚Äôm a big fan of Howard. The guy‚Äôs on my business card, and indelibly inked onto me corporeally. Also, he‚Äôs in my heart and soul. A childhood love for that foul (see what I did there?) movie lead to a rekindled personal interest in the funnypapers. A lot of that had to do with the late, great Steve Gerber, the Duck‚Äôs creator and chronicler, and how his work provided a hitherto nonexistent intersection of comics and ‚Äúcomix‚ÄĚ. Howard was the consummate outsider, but also a staunch everyman and rugged individualist. Personalities like that usually end up the most incisive of social critics. And that was Steve Gerber‚Äôs tack: Howard was his mouthpiece, his means of satirizing not only the insular culture of comics, but the pop culture abroad as well (even post Y2K, Gerbs was savaging his psychic surroundings‚Ķsee Howard‚Äôs brilliant and underrated six issue MAX series if you don‚Äôt believe me). Howard WAS Gerber, and in other writers’ hands, well, he‚Äôs never been quite right.

Therefore, I do not envy Chip Zdarsky. Granted, people like me – fanatical Duck fans – aren‚Äôt a flock large enough to generate a blip on the radar (these duck puns are making me very ashamed of myself), but like Ty Templeton before him, Zdarsky is using high concept as his entry point, i.e. Howard the Duck PI. That‚Äôs fine, I‚Äôll give him a fair shake; he‚Äôs demonstrated a singular enough sense of humor. He could do worse for collaborators: Joe Quinones may be drawing Howard with four fingers, but otherwise, he is a stellar artist, whose work is both elegant and entertaining, technically proficient without sacrificing storytelling. And our man Rico Renzi will certainly punch things up with his usual panache. Me? I approach the book with a strange mix of enthusiasm and trepidation. A lot of people saw that movie, and a lot of them sat through those credits. Will they all understand that there is soul behind the smartassery? That satire is the essence of what Howard is, or should be? Or do they just want a cuddly ducky with a cranky attitude to placate them for a few months, ‚Äėtil the next fad pops up?




February 19, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: EVENTS, Store Signings

PrintWe’ve been getting so many questions from excited Spider-Gwen fans coming to the Release Party! It’s almost here and we’ll¬†be your one-stop shop for all things Spider-Gwen. The entire creative team for Spider-Gwen #1 (and of course Edge of Spider-Verse #2) will be on hand¬†to sign everything you purchase here plus up to 5 items you’ve brought with you. CBCS: Comic Book Certification Service will be on site if you’d like to submit your book for grading and signature certification. Married With Sea Monsters will be performing their Mary Janes songs at intervals during the signing, and¬†along with Junior Astronomers¬†playing a full set at our After Party!

We’ll keep updating this page as new stuff comes up.


  • Spider-Gwen #1 (This includes the regular cover, Heroes variant, Skottie Young variant, Anka 1:25 variant, Hughes 1:100¬†variant, and we’ll even have a few of the other store variants you’ve been seeing online right here for you!)
  • The Mary Janes – Face It Tiger 7″ white vinyl by Married With Sea Monsters
  • The Mary Janes tour shirt (Heroes exclusive magenta ink on black shirt)


  • ¬†10am – Store opens!
    (All items will be on sale at this time. The 7″ vinyl and t-shirts are limited so make sure you get here early to snag those.)
  • If you are here for the signing please let us know and we will give you a numbered wristband that will let you¬†know your place in line once¬†the signing begins.
  • 1pm-5pm – Signing
  • 9pm – Store closes
  • 9pm – Spider-Gwen After Party at Snug Harbor doors open!
  • 10pm – Married With Sea Monsters performs!


  • Will Heroes exclusives be available online? If we have anything left after Saturday they will be here and here.
    Heroes Spider-Gwen #1  variant, signed copies and more available for pre-order here!
  • How many items can we get signed?¬†¬†Creators will sign up to 5 items not purchased on Saturday at Heroes. Also, you can get in line again to get 5 more items signed if time allows.
  • How much will comics, shirts, records cost? Spider-Gwen #1 regular cover – $3.99 Variant covers – ¬†Prices TBA¬†including some Release Party specials, Face It Tiger 7″ – $20, Mary Janes T-shirt – $20
  • How many comics, shirts, records can I buy? We reserve the right to limit quantities on any of the items we are selling at the Release Party.
  • How much is the After Party? $10 ticket includes admission to Snug Harbor to see full sets from Married With Sea Monsters and Junior Astronomers and a gig poster featuring Jason Latour Spider-Gwen art. Get tix here!
    Eventbrite - HEROES SPIDER-GWEN AFTER PARTY w/ Married With Sea Monsters (THE MARY JANES), Junior Astronomers


January 05, 2015 By: Heather Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks heather_staff_picksHEATHER’S PICK :: UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1: Confession time, I had never heard of Squirrel Girl until a Free Comic Book Day a few years ago when a local cosplayer, Amberle, showed up in a most amazing costume.¬† A bigger confession, until someone told me that she was a Marvel character, I thought Amberle just really loved squirrels.¬† This week I will be able to start learning all about Doreen Green and her best squirrel friend, Tippy Toe.¬† Doreen is leaving her secret apartment in the attic of Avengers Mansion (I seriously love that little detail and all of the fun things that are stored up there) and heading off to college to study computer science.

Written by¬†Ryan North, adorably rendered by¬†Erica Henderson, and colored by Heroes’ very own, Rico Renzi, this all ages tale is sure to thrill.¬† I for one can’t wait to have another female centric book from Marvel to read. ¬†Did I mention there’s an awesome Skottie Young variant cover and an Art Adams variant as well?!? Don’t be a nut and miss out on this great new book!



September 15, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks


seth_staff_picksSETH’S PICK :: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2: When was the last time any of you saw somebody cosplay as a character who hasn’t even appeared in a published comic? I didn’t think that was even possible until now. Over the past few months I’ve seen more and more pictures of cosplayers bringing Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman to life. That character debuts in this week’s Edge of Spider-verse #2. So why have so many fans taken to this character so quickly?

I’m sure writer Jason Latour’s twist of putting Gwen in the Spidey outfit has something to do with it. People still love Gwen, and the thought of seeing her as a hero and not a victim is a good thing for comics. While Latour does provide some clever narrative skill in this issue, I think the bigger reason so many fans are looking forward to this issue is the brilliant design work of Robbi Rodriguez. Something obviously clicked in Robbi’s design and fans immediately responded, with cosplayers appearing as the character at multiple conventions around the country. I’d be remiss to not mention that my Heroes cohort Rico Renzi provides the fine color art in this issue. Rico and Robbi are frequent collaborators, and if you’ve seen their work on Vertigo’s FBP, you know they complement each other quite well. I’ve been fortunate to see the finished product, and all three guys should take a bow for crafting a wonderful single issue of comics. Don’t be at all surprised if we don’t see a Gwen Stacy: Spider-woman series after the inevitable success of this issue.¬†spiderverse



February 18, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks


seth_smlSETH’S PICKS: This week I’m eschewing our regular Staff Pick formula of choosing a single book to spotlight in favor of picking three new books that should be on your radar. ¬†First up is the debut trade paperback of FBP. ¬†It features the interesting premise of science gone awry, which is brilliantly illustrated by Robbi Rodriguez and our own Rico Renzi. ¬†It’s also hard not to mention the work of Nathan Fox, who expertly matches the tone and style of the interior art with his always inventive covers. ¬†Even more than that, this first collection includes the title’s first seven issues for a mere $9.99!


Next up is Undertow #1.  Aside from being yet another new Image debut issue (speculators ahoy!), this aquatic based series features Atlantis as a superpower, and plenty of pulpy adventure elements, which have been a regular source of comics joy for me in recent years.


Finally, there’s the perfectly titled Loki: Ragnarok and Roll. ¬†This new series from Boom Studios offers a twist to the story of Odin banishing trickster god Loki to Earth. ¬†Rather than attempt conquest of the planet through violence and manipulation, in this series, Loki turns to the power of Rock and Roll. ¬†Cover artist Alexis Ziritt is a beast of an illustrator whose work you’re bound to be knowing more of soon. ¬†This favorite artist of the Heroes Con Drink and Draw is the perfect person to provide covers for this concept.boom_loki_001_a



July 29, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks


seth_smlSETH’S PICK¬†:: COLLIDER #1: ¬†Many of you have heard that Vertigo is launching several new titles over the next few months. ¬†While this isn’t newsworthy in and of itself, what’s significant is that many of these new books bear little resemblance to the types of books Vertigo has produced in the past. ¬†Think less grim and gritty, and a little more colorful. ¬†Since it’s Vertigo, though, you can anticipate the same intelligent storytelling that you’ve come to expect. ¬†While Collider isn’t the first of these new series to hit shelves (100 Bullets: Brother Lono and American Vampire¬†are already out), it’s certainly the most obvious indicator of the publisher’s new direction.

Simon Oliver‘s thoughtful script deals with a scenario in which the concrete laws of physics we’ve all lived under start going haywire. ¬†Reading the first issue, I could tell Oliver had done considerable research, but still wisely made it a character-driven story. ¬†Oliver’s heady ideas are bolstered by the remarkable work of artist¬†Robbi Rodriguez. ¬†I’ve long been a fan of Robbi’s work, from Maintenance through his creator owned tour de force Frankie Get Your Gun. ¬†In the past, I’ve used cliches like ‘kinetic, dynamic, fluid’ to describe his work. ¬†Those words all still apply, but more than that, Collider reminded me of his strength as a storyteller. ¬†None of the panels are wasted, and even when the script calls for a fairly mundane scene (like that cabby at the end of the first issue), there’s life in them, and a moving forward of the story, even if just in the gradual change of a character’s expression.

The other half of the art team is Heroes’ own Rico Renzi. ¬†As with Loose Ends (his creator owned book with Jason Latour and Chris Brunner), ¬†here Rico reminds you how important coloring can be to a book. ¬†Like Loose Ends, Collider has its own defined palette, but one that is uniquely its own. ¬†Aside from looking unlike any other Vertigo book you’ve ever seen, the colors in Collider are executed in a way that makes sense in a story where the laws of physics are no longer what they were.

It would be a mistake if I didn’t also include a mention of Nathan Fox‘s cover art. ¬†It’s always frustrating when you see an incredible cover on a book where the interior art doesn’t remotely resemble it. ¬†Fox succeeds on Collider because he’s¬†creating pieces that fall right in line with the art and colors of the book’s creative team. ¬†Not only does Fox maintain the aesthetic tone established by Rodriguez and Renzi, but he expounds on it. ¬†On the first issue’s cover, you get an image that seamlessly fits into the story. ¬†From script to art and colors to cover, Collider signifies how good comics can be when you have a creative team moving together in a unified, focused manner. ¬†If Collider represents the new Vertigo, we’ll all be enjoying some quality new comics over the next year. collider



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