– by Mark Cook

2016 Heroes Con Review

Author – Mark Cook

****More pictures from HeroesCon, and artist interviews, can be found in the Heroes Con Exclusive Pages****

It was a beautiful weekend in Charlotte, NC for the 2016 Heroes Con.  Fellow writer Mike Connally and I were lucky to attend the Con.  I decided to break my review down into categories since there was so much to take in during the event:

1. Artists – Neal Adams, Juan Doe, Paulina Ganucheau, Stacey Lee, and Freddie Williams II were just a few of the 300+ artists who were in attendance at HeroesCon.  All artists were eager to speak with fans, sign autographs, prints, commissions, and some would draw an original sketch of your choosing depending on the amount of time they had.

The Artist Stage was also interesting.  Artists would take to the stage, paint or draw an original piece while the crowd could sit and watch, and they would later be auctioned.   There was a wide variety of work, and genres that each artist had for fans to enjoy.

        Neal Adams                       Babs Tarr

2. Comics-Looking for a specific comic? HeroesCon probably had it!  Vendors from all over North Carolina, and numerous other cities and states, were present.  Some were selling comics as low as $1.00, while others focused on extremely rare comics.  One booth even contained original copies of the first appearances of Batman, Superman, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Suicide Squad, and many others!  

3. Toys-Nostalgia definitely set in for me while looking at all of the toys on display, and for sale.  Original TMNT toys such as Shredder, Mondo Gecko, Muck Man, Napoleon Bonafrog, to name a few, were there.  Other vendors had other late 80’s early 90’s toy lines – Mattel, Hasbro, Kenner – featuring Castle Grayskull from Masters of the Universe, the GI Joe Air Craft Carrier, the Superfriends, etc.  Whether you wanted to take a trip down memory lane, or purchase one of your favorites, Heroes Con had what you were looking for!

4. Merchandise-T-shirts, replica weapons, Cosplay weapons, mystery prize boxes; you name it, Heroes Con had it!  Replica weapons from fan favorite series such as Game of Thrones, Halo, etc. were all for sale, as well as vendors taking personalized orders for a weapon of your choice.  There was also an amazing vendor who could make replica costumes for Cosplay lovers, or those wanting to add something to their collection.  My personal favorites were a full Deathstroke costume and Mjolnir embedded into a large stone.

The mystery boxes could be purchased for $35.  Each box guaranteed 6 prizes, but could also be filled with top prizes including a PS4 and Xbox1! 

5. Cosplay-Friday was fairly light with Cosplayers, but still had some great costumes.  My favorite from day 1 was an Arkham Knight Scarecrow who had the syringe fingers, which glowed.  It was incredibly detailed. 

Saturday was a great day for Cosplay.  The numbers were much larger and some people stepped up their game.  One family had a child (probably 6-7 years old) who was dressed as Archangel and had expandable wings.  There was also a Lego Deadpool and Spiderman, a frost giant version of Loki holding the Tesseract,  a man with a Darth Vader mask who make his wheel chair to look like a TIE Fighter, and much more!

Overall, HeroesCon is definitely worth the visit to Charlotte.  The city itself is great, and comic fans of all types are bound to find something they will enjoy.  If you get the chance next year, I highly suggest visiting HeroesCon!