There's normally something else going on at the Convention Center during HeroesCon and this year it was the NC Republican Convention. I will tell you now that I am neither Republican nor Democrat and I don't know that some of the reactions I observed were about political affiliation, but some of the delegates seem just baffled and others rude about how we all show our love for comics. Now admittedly, some of us at some laughs at the expense of the GOP. It's hard not to make the cosplay jokes with all the suits and bowties and well, Karl Rove is an entity all to himself. I do have to say he looks much more grandfatherly than Sith Lord in person. However, I did get the feeling on more than one occasion that some of the delegates rather than just not understanding the cultures of comics they were encountering, they looked down upon us. I did have some positive interactions with a few of the delegates, including a dapper gentleman in a lovely sherbet colored blazer, but it was a reminder that people outside of comics don't understand our passion for the medium.
But enough of that dreariness, on to the fun stuff that makes HeroesCon such a great event!
|Cara's Tea Ball Machine|
Indie Island lovers and even tea drinkers! While not necessarily "comics",
I attended two panels this year, which is actually less than last year if you count the two panels I moderated, plus Seth's. I picked some great ones to attend. Jason Latour, Jason Aaron, and Frank Cho were an entertaining trio discussing their work on Wolverine. Seth did a wonderful job on his Hawkeye panel with Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber which you can read more about on both CBR and Bleeding Cool. I am happy to share that Wolverine and the X-Men and Hawkeye are two of my favorite comics.
|Seth working it at the Drink and Draw|
The Drink and Draw was relocated to the uptown Hilton this year and it was a change for the better. Not only was it indoors which helped us avoid the monsoon that overtook Charlotte. The staff at the Hilton was amazing and responded to every request we had with speed and professionalism. There was also a larger crowd this year of both artists and fans which meant the amount of money raised for Team Cul de Sac was more than doubled from the last two years. Seth and I are both so happy to be able to play our small part in the fight against Parkison's.
Cosplay! It seemed like there were more costumes than ever, including some that had to be explained to me. To make this even more fun, two of the Indie Island ladies, Kytri and Pickles, had "Keep Calm and Cosplay Bingo" cards. Thanks to the assistance of the lovely Suzann Knudsen, I managed a double bingo on my card! I'm actually planning a little bit of cosplay for next year, but that will be a secret that will only be revealed at the Con. Just another reason to block June 20-22, 2014 on your calendars now!
The art auction was totally packed to the gills with amazing pieces and I was so very happy to come home
|So happy to have won Michelle's Harley. Photo by Patrick Sun|
I want to take the last part of this post to give some mad love to everyone who made the weekend super awesome: Joel Carroll, Kevin Mellon, Ed Piskor, Chris Pitzer, Jim Rugg, Robbi Rodriguez, James Harren, Jason Latour, J.Chris Campbell, Rob Ullman, Joey Weiser, Duane Ballenger, Mike Freiheit, Pat Sun, Steve Lieber, Andy Runton, Dustin Harbin, Rich Barrett, Alexis Ziritt, Sanford Greene, and Chris Schweizer. Plus Little John for his awesome cookies and Suzann Knudsen for her Doop-napping plans that were foiled! I also had some great lunch buddies in Janis and Izzy Renzi. Last, but not least, thanks to Linda Drum, who knows that being a Heroes wife isn't always comics and smiles and takes care of us ladies accordingly. (I'm sure I am forgetting someone, but if I saw you and chatted this weekend chances are I think you're pretty awesome!)
I enjoyed myself so very much this year that I'm not sure if they'll ever get me back behind the Info Booth! You can check out all the fun I had over on Flickr.