Heroes Con Celebrated Its 35th Anniversary Bigger And Better!

– by Michael Connally

This past weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina was one of the oldest comic book conventions in the South.  Heroes Con was founded in 1982, by Shelton Drum, who is the owner of the Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find.  Over the years this convention has built a reputation of being one of the few big conventions left that have a comic-first attitude.  Over the past 15 years most conventions have shifted their primary focus from comic books to celebrity autographs and more adult themes.  At Heroes Con fans can interact with their favorite professional and amateur artist. Babs Tarr, Neal Adams, Justin Latour, and Steve Seranko are just a few of the artist that were at the convention this past weekend that you could’ve talked to.  Heroes Con has become a MUST attend for all comic book fans especially those located in the South.  

From the first Heroes Con to this past weekends 35th anniversary the primary focus every year has been comic books, family safe atmosphere, and great artwork.  

Vendors

Heroes Con offered more from a collectors standpoint than most other conventions in the United States. There was over one hundred different varying from high end classic comics to cheap fidget spinners. As a comic collector, there is a very small chance you may not find a certain issue, or grade. If you are willing to spend the time going to all the vendors and asking you will more than likely find whatever book you may be looking for.  On top of millions of comic books there is also a plethora of different collectible from bust, statues, clothing, collectible figures, saberes, accessories, jewelry, and the new fad of fidget spinners. There is literally something for everyone who attended Heroes Con, the problem becomes for most attendees is making the decision of what to leave behind. For the dedicated collectors that plan on attending next year is to make sure to have a priority list of what you want, and need.  

Artist/Panels

The amount of comic artists who come to Heroes Con is unlike anything you will ever see. With over two hundred artist in attendance every fan in attendance could find some piece of art they could appreciate.  Every artist in attendance was appreciative of the fans that came for autographs or commissions.  From artist like heavy weights Neal Adams and Steve Seranko to the newly popular Babs Tarr and Jason Latour, the amount of artwork at this convention is unbelievable.  If you are able to make it to the convention on Friday you should be able to get one of a kind commissions from your favorite artist. If your budget can’t afford original artwork then you can pick up prints made available from the artist to be autograph. Most comic book artist will sign comic books they were attached too for free.  

Heroes Con differentiates itself again from the panels it host over the weekend focused mainly focused on the comic book industry. With panels going on nonstop from Friday early afternoon to Sunday late afternoon the topics ranged from independent artist trying to get into the business to how to self-publish your own comic book. These panels are great for young artist who want to get into the business with plenty of insightful information, or kids with dreams of becoming an artist.  

Cosplay

Over the past ten years the Cosplay scene has grown at Heroes Con where they now have multiple group photos taken on Saturday, and in its 5th year a Cosplay contest on Sunday that had four different categories with plenty of contestants.  The difference in Cosplay at this convention to some of the more popular Cosplay Conventions is the focus on family atmosphere.  There are a few rules while attending Heroes Con mainly for the vendors, but while talking to a lot of the Cosplayers I found out some of the unwritten rules.  Although Cosplayers can attend as any character they would like, it is encouraged for both men and women that their outfits be appropriate enough for young kids to see.  Having these unwritten rules in place has seen a growth in Cosplayers attend especially in the younger audience.

Overall

Heroes Con has grown over the past 35 years to become one of the great Comic Conventions around.  While other convention may have changed to please their audience Heroes has stayed true to its core audience. With a priority on comic books and artwork it has found and grown an audience that is loyal to this convention. Most people you talk to at this convention will tell you that they have been coming for years, or that it is a family tradition to come to this convention. For collectors, fans of comic book art, and for families on a budget that want to enjoy a great atmosphere, this convention is a must.  Heroes Con may not have all the glitz and glamour as some of the other conventions, but because of its foundation it ranks in the top ten comic book conventions to attend in the U.S.

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