Sometime last week, Trey forwarded me a tweet from our old comic shop in Charleston talking about how HeroesCon was this weekend. We talked about going last year but it didn't work out. This year...why not!? Charlotte is only 1.5 hours away, artists/authors of interest will be there, and we need to go to Ikea! To summarize the rest of this post: we went and it was a ton of fun!
Trey's main interest in going was to get his copy of Bone signed by Jeff Smith. GC also has a copy, so I was pretty excited to get it signed for the school. We ended up waiting in line for about 30 minutes. He was super friendly and signed my copy "to" GC! The night before I started reading it for myself and so far I really like it.
After we scooted out of the way and situated our books, I noticed an artist down the aisle had a sign with Batman '66 stuff on it. While listening to Fat Man on Batman on the drive down, I started talking about how I wanted to read more issues of it. I approached the guy and asked about his involvement with it. Sandy Jarrell was the artist for issues 3 and 4 of Volume 1 and was great to talk to. I ended up buying Volume 1 and he drew Batman for me! He also promoted his new graphic novel coming out this October, Meteor Men. He let me flip through a rough copy of it and it looks great. It's already on my to-read and wish lists.
I also noticed David Petersen, the author of Mouse Guard, was in attendance. This is something else I've been meaning to read, but I wasn't sure where to start. David talked me through all of the books. The first one is Fall but many people started reading with Winter. He said he tried reading it that way too and said it totally works. Since they were out of Fall and I really wanted to read it, I nabbed an autographed copy of Winter!
Every artist we met was extremely nice and grateful for people appreciating their work. They're creating awesome stuff that they love and that brings beauty, joy, fun, and insert-any-other-related-positive-adjective-here, into peoples lives. HeroesCon artists-you're awesome!
On top of all the cool stuff acquired and friendly, talented people we talked to, I was so impressed with how much of a family event this was. Reflecting back on the people watching, all I can think of is seeing all the families. Several of the artists we talked to were there with their kids too. Of course, there was cosplay, but kids were in on it too! It was a good mix of cosplay and nerdy shirts.
Let's talk about cosplay for a second. It's always impressive to see peoples dedication to something like that. I didn't get a chance to take a picture of my favorite, but it was Miss Argentina from Beetlejuice. Doesn't ring a bell? It's a character you might completely miss on the first few watchings.
Her costume was so detailed and the character is so subtle in the movie. I loved it.
I was also really impressed with the fact I saw several cross gender cosplays that were males dressing as female characters! It's usually the other way around (I saw lots of females as males too. Lots of Femme-Loki's). I saw at least two Wonder Women-men and a male Esmerelda. You go, dudes!
If you are into comics at all, like nerdy things, or appreciate pretty pictures, I'd suggest stopping by HeroesCon next year. Unless you're planning on trying to hunt for a lot of comics, one day is definitely enough. If comic shopping is a priority, this is a really good place. There were so many vendors that were pretty much mini-comic shops at each station. As introverted people, it was a little overstimulating for both of us at times, but it was totally worth it.
PS-Read Trey's thoughts