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– by Mark Cook

Fellow LRM contributor Michael Connally and I had the opportunity to attend the annual Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina.  For anyone interested in traveling to various Cons, definitely add Heroes Con to your list.  The event is always family friendly and easy to navigate.  Below are a few reasons to make the trip to Charlotte:

Writers / Artists

The writers and illustrators range anywhere from local, up-and-coming, and veterans running the gamut across various genres. Chris Claremont, Tim Sale, Babs Tarr, Mark Bagley, Jim Steranko, Bob Cam, etc.  Claremont had the longest line by far, but it moved quickly causing fans only a 30 minute wait.  All of the writers and artists were extremely friendly and willing to answer any questions fans had or to pose for a quick picture.  My favorite part is a section in the middle of the convention center that houses a stage for artists to go on and sketch while the crowd watches.

Comics, Comics, and More Comics!

Heroes Con’s focus is on the comics.  Numerous vendors from around the United States set up shop with a variety of comics ranging from dollar bin comics, fan favorites, and even the obscure and highly coveted comics worth a pretty penny.  There are also booths set up for you to bring in your comics to have them graded.  It’s definitely cool being in the same room and seeing with my own eyes original editions of comics such as Amazing Fantasy #15 or X-Men #1, etc.

Cosplay

Cosplayers definitely roll in deep at Heroes Con.  What I will say is that every year I have attended, the Cosplayers have been 98% family-friendly.  This is a common theme with the event.  If you have ever wanted to take the entire family to a Con, this would be the one.

Retro Toys and Games

This would have to be my favorite part of the convention: the toys.  I am definitely a guy who enjoys his nostalgia and some of the booths definitely gave me my fix.  The primary collectibles consisted of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, and Masters of the Universe.  If you grew up in the 80s/90s then these booths definitely had at least one toy you either had, or wanted (aka tagged in a JC Penny’s Christmas catalog, or sent your parents on a wild goose chase for, am I right?), as a child.

Heroes Con returns to Charlotte next summer, so mark it down on your calendar! Also, you can find more photos from the convention below:

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Source: LRM Exclusive