One of my favorite weekends of the year is rapidly approaching (only 10 business days away; Yay!).
Founded by Shelton Drum, the 27th Annual Heroes Convention returns to Charlotte, North Carolina from June 20 thru June 22. Widely hailed as a fan and family friendly event, the venerable show enjoys incredible loyalty among literally dozens of repeat visit comic industry professionals. With a guest list numbering in the hundreds, it is difficult to select highlights each year, but for anyone interested in having a great time at a comics-exclusive event, this year some of the luminaries include: Ed Brubaker, Nick Cardy, Sean Chen, Frank Cho, Darwyn Cooke, Dan Didio, Evan Dorkin, Steve Epting, Al Feldstein, Gary Friedrich, Dick Giordano, Stephanie Gladden, Marcus Hamilton, Irwin Hasen, Jaime Hernandez, Greg Horn, Adam Hughes, Robert Kirkman, Barry Kitson, Peter Laird, Erik Larsen, Heidi MacDonald, Bob McLeod, Brandon Peterson, Budd Root, Jim Scancarelli, Tom Scioli, Joe Staton, Herb Trimpe, Ethan Van Sciver, Matt Wagner, Mark Waid & John Workman.
And that's just the short list!
For me Heroes Con is an invigorating opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet some hot, new pros (and say hello "again" to some others) and to just thoroughly immerse myself in all things comics-oriented. I'm talking a fine weekend of total comic book saturation - - - and that ain't a bad thing. As a side note, the popularity of Heroes "Indie Island" guest area has grown to the level where they are producing a separate convention t-shirt in recognition of the many independent and small press folks who have increasingly flocked to Charlotte over the past handful of years to take advantage of this feature.
Everyone rush out and book a bus ride, an airplane ticket or simply call a cab and join us here in the South for a super-fun weekend. You WILL be glad that you did.