HeroesCon 2016 was, as are all HeroesCons, a blast. Read on and I’m sure you’ll agree.
Doralya and I left Thursday morning. Several of our friends were going up early and so we decided to meet them for dinner the night before the show. We met at Merts Heart and Soul. By we, I mean Doralya, John Beatty, Little John and his bride Patricia, Mike Cross, Richard Cox and his wife. The food was good, but the company was even better.
The Convention Hotels:
This was the first year that we stayed at two hotels. Usually we can either be found at the Westin or the Hampton Inn Charlotte – Uptown. This year, depending on the night we could be found at either. When we decided to go up early the Westin (our main hotel that we had already booked for the con) couldn’t fit us in. Thankfully, the Hampton came through.
- Hung with the Corduroy Mafia. at Heroes Con 2106. From left to right we have Royce Thrower, me, John Beatty, Little John, Brian Jones and Eric Thrower. How we gave ourselves the name Corduroy Mafia is a tale for another time. Mike Cross should have been there but he had a long flight back to Canada.
- Hung with John Beatty at his table on and off throughout the con. Joined by Doralya, Little John & Patricia and Mike Cross while John sketched in his room on Friday. A lot of laughs.
- Went to the start of the HeroesCon auction. Saw a lot of nice art. Happy that Little John won a few pieces! It was cool seeing DMC from RUN DMC take the podium and get the crowd rocking.
- Even cooler meeting DMC in the hotel gift shop later that night. What a nice celeb! Very gracious and willing to pose for photos.
- Picked up HeroesCon Black Panther by Brian Stelffreeze t-shirts for me, John Higashi, The James and one of his friends.
- Picked up sketches from Mike Torrance: 1] Jack Carter and Lono from 100 Bullets, 2] Jack Carter and Marv from Sin City, 3] The Specialist Card, 4] Capone (Sly as Frank Nitti) Card and two Sly Artist’s Choice Cards. Mike came through like a champ and selected Rocky from Creed and Judge Dredd for the Artist’s choice cards.
- Picked up Jack Carter sketch from Uko Smith. Iconic. Second year in a row for an Uko piece!
- Picked up Jack Carter and Lono piece from Megan Levens. First time commission from Megan but will not be the last.
- Picked up Jack Carter and Gravedigger piece by Garry McKee. If you don’t know who Gravedigger is, you should. Created by Christopher Mills and Rick Burchett. Top of the line crime character / comic.
- Picked up Bullet to the Head mugshot by Dave Wachter. The HeroesCon/Dave Wachter sketch streak stays alive.
- Picked up Rocky sketch by Shamus Murphy. Dug it so much, I went back for a bigger sketch by Shamus and he came through with Sly as Jack Carter.
- Saw Casey Jones, who was drawing for Heroes Initiative, and was able to serve as the middle man to get John Higashi the Audrey Hepburn piece he wanted.
- Commissioned and got a head sketch from Joe Delgatta. I love Joe’s art and the Cobra sketch he did for me is a real highlight!
- Met Reid Beaman and got a Jack Carter sketch from him.
- Met (after many mail commissions) Thomas Boatwright and got a Rocky and Apollo watercolor sketch from him.
- After hearing Little John talk about a sketch he got of Gargoyle on Batman on a Gargoyle all weekend, I got Chris Flick to do a Rocky with arms raised in victory on a gargoyle.
- Danniel Warren Johnson – my Space Mullet trade. So happy for his success!
- Eric Bonhomme – his pinup in my The Package trade
- Vanessa Del Rey – my Hit 1955 and Hit 1957 trades
- James Harren – my Rumble 1 and 2 trades
- Jason LaTour – his new sketchbook, my Noche Roja hardcover, my Southern Bastards 1 hardcover, and my HeroesCon 2016 Southern Bastards print.
- The Inkwell Awards (and keeping with tradition, LittleJohn312 and Patricia joined me — or did I join them?) were fun. It is always great to see deserving artists receive recognition. It’s even better when Steranko is the keynote speaker!
- Went to the Drink & Draw at Buffalo Wild Wings on Friday. Got a Chris Flick Sly from Rhinestone sketch.
Crime Panel – Joe Rauch talked crime/noir comics, tv and movies with Justin Greenwood (The Fuse), John Lees (And Then Emily was Gone), Rich Tommaso (Dark Corridor), Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa (High Crimes).
The biggest surprise is that we only ate at Fuel once. It was good to keep that tradition alive, but not over do it.
HeroesCon this year was huge. The wider aisles made movement easier. There were also additional sections this year with chairs and tables for con guests to sit, eat and visit.
Seeing old friends and meeting new ones is always a fun part of the show. I won’t try to list them all because invariably I would leave some out.
This year I was able to talk Doralya into coming into the show on Sunday. We walked the floor and met a lot of artists (new and old friends).
Thanks to Shelton and his crew for another great HeroesCon — see everyone next year!