In one week, from today, the annual Heroes Convention kicks off in the Queen City of the Carolina's - Charlotte, North Carolina.
With a guest list numbering close to two hundred amateur and professional comic book industry faves, there is bound to be something for everyone. I've mentioned the marquee names in an earlier post, and you can also expect to see Nick Cardy, Gary Friedrich, Ethan Van Sciver, Bill Sienkiewicz, Joe Jusko, Herb Trimpe, Dick Giordano, Irwin Hasen, Stephanie Gladden, Don Rosa, Colleen Doran, Don Sherwood, Jim Scancarelli, Mark Waid, Budd Root and Roy Thomas, but even these fine talents represent just a portion of yet another stellar line-up that Heroes offers up on a yearly basis. It's become part of the industry lexicon that the Heroes Convention enjoys one of the most loyal rebound effects among its great guest list, with numerous top talents returning again and again over it's more than a quarter century in existence.
The show even shifted to a bigger hall within the excellent Charlotte Convention Center once DC and Marvel Comics opted to return to the show as exhibitors, picking up an additional 20,000 square feet of space. Among other exhibitors of note are Adhouse Books, Boom Studios, Top Shelf and S.C.A.D. (The Savannah College of Art and Design).
The Catacombs simply loves the Heroes Convention, and that includes the main "Heroes" man himself, Shelton Drum (pictured above; left). Shelton has become a pal over the years since I first started going to his mini-cons, when I was in high school, and the events have only gotten bigger & better over the years. I have had the great good fortune to meet so many of my favorite comic book writers and artists, without having to travel very far afield, thanks to his efforts. Now before I get too teary-eyed to continue, let me encourage all of you to pack a bag, empty out your bank account and head for Charlotte. You'll be glad that you did and if not, that just leaves more "fun" for the rest of us!