Yet another interesting adventure at HeroesCon, still the best comic convention out there in case you didn’t already know that. It’s the oldest comic book convention at 33 years and is run by Shelton Drum in Charlotte, NC. This is the one con every comic fan should attend. Just about the the comics, the artists, and the fans.
Left Raleigh about 2:30 am Friday morning for the drive to Charlotte. Was sixth in line and met a real good friend from Columbus, OH who drove down with his son. Great catching up with him in person and just a great time talking to people I only see at Heroescon. Standing in line in the middle of the night is a tradition for some of us even when we don’t need to be there that early.
When the show opened, I went to Skottie Young’s line since he didn’t seem to be doing as many sketches per con like he has before. I decided to start a new book along side my Planet Hulk book (two books, less stress) with various Hulk incarnations. Asked Skottie for a Joe Fixit Hulk to star the book off. Hopped over Creaturebox team and asked them to add two more villain headshots to my Hulk jam page. If you are not familiar with these guys, you need to check them out and get them to do something for you. They are awesome and cool as heck. Go to their website at www.creaturebox.com and check out their work! Tried to get on Mark Brooks list but he wasn’t taking one this con, still working on some prior obligations. If you ever go to a con with him at it, just stand at his table and watch him work. Jumped over to Dave Johnson and he wasn’t there but I dropped the Planet Hulk book off with the team working the booth and paid the money. Then off to Stephane Roux to get on his list for a piece in the new book once Skottie was done with it. Now that the names were placed, went over to say hi to some other artists I know. I also started getting some texts from my middle daughter. Thursday night, she was getting some bad cramps and we all thought it was just that certain time of the month. Well, I guess she ended up throwing up early morning and the cramping was even worse. Really bad. I was in Charlotte and my wife was near Charleston and was heading back. We had a friend take her to the emergency room and after many tests, they found out that she had a cyst on an ovary and that it has ruptured. They called for an ambulance to take her to the bigger hospital for surgery immediately. My wife got there just as they were putting her into the ambulance and called and told me what was going on. I quickly found my friend (JadeGiant) and asked for his help. I went to all the artists and told them someone else would be picking up the books. I paid Creaturebox but Skottie’s rep would not take the money early just in case Skottie would not get to it. I jumped in the car and made the drive back home and she was already out of surgery by the time I got there. Everything went fine, she had about 3 cups of blood in her stomach from the rupture but everything was good now and they sent her home Friday night. She just needed to go home and heal up. Saturday morning, the entire family was telling me to go back to the con as they all know it is my one con event of the year for sketches. After seeing that my middle daughter was doing better (with some help from pain meds), I decided to go back after they would not stop telling me to go.
Got back and saw JG who had picked up my new book from Skottie and paid for the sketch (thanks a ton JG!) and talked to the Creaturebox guys to let them know what was going on as JG had been keeping the artists up to date. JG had already picked up my jam page and had paid for them to finish the page out. (thanks yet again JG!!!). The art is amazing. Did I mention you need to get something from these guys? For the rest of the show Saturday I was at the information book on the con floor as I had previously signed up to volunteer and I wanted to live up to my commitment. It was actually pretty fun. That evening was the auction and that was a blast. The Mark Brooks White Queen piece went for $15K which was a new con record. The crowd was going crazy as the bidding jumped up in increments of $1K each time. Very fun event.
Next day picked up my Dave Johnson book and the piece looks great and is a great add to the book! Love his covers. Talked to Stephane Roux about being on his list again next year. Thanked Art Adams again for the Planet Hulk piece he did for me last year. A really great guy. Spent the rest of the morning with JG and his son and getting a gift for each of my girls. Last three hours volunteering at the info booth again. Con attendance was definitely up from last year and a lot more cosplayers than normal. Great con, another intense experience. Can’t wait to see what happens next year. If you have never gone to Heroescon, you should try to make it out at least once.
Did I mention you should all attend this comic convention?