For those of you heading to Charlotte for HeroesCon this year, here are the things I know about that are costuming and cosplay related! Feel free to hit me up with your questions, as I’ve kind of become the unofficial SCF ambassador for my hometown con LOL
HeroesCon is primarily comic book related, and has been called the “comics industry’s family reunion”, especially in this age of digital where an artist can be on the West Coast, an inker on the East Coast, and a colorist in Brazil. And if you’ve ever hung out at the Westin bar in the evenings, you’ll see pros from all over the country chatting and catching up. Even big names who aren’t on the guest list will come and hang out on their own dime. As founder and head muckity-muck, Shelton Drum puts it: “I don’t play video games. There’s no video game companies at my convention. I have nothing at all against them, I just don’t know and understand them. I don’t understand the movie or television business either, so I stay out of that. What I do know and love is comics, so I put all of my effort and attention into that." Not only will you find big names like Mark Brooks, Kevin Maguire, Cliff Chiang, Charles Vess, and Kevin Eastman, you’ll also find an insane selection of small press in their Indie Island section. It’s super family-friendly, and there are great events throughout the day and into the evening.
Every year we do a "class photo”, organized by the SCF. It’s held at 2pm on Saturday, and the official event is over on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/768590139852787/?ref=22
Patrick Sun is back as our official photographer (yay!) and I will be holding the Megaphone of Power! The location will be announced the week of the convention, as we watch the weather, plus we’re also trying to find an indoor option (Shelton has been AWESOME with trying to make this happen). Signs will be posted around the convention regardless! Every year our group has grown, so we keep looking for bigger spaces :)
There will usually be a couple of smaller themed shoots set up independently…I believe the CarolCorps will do something again, since Kelly Sue DeConnick is back as a guest. Will update once I know.
There will be at least one costuming panel. Details are being finalized this weekend but it looks like it will be at 4:30 on Saturday afternoon. Panelists will include myself and Riki LeCotey (Riddle), who has been coming to HeroesCon for ages, long before her Heroes of Cosplay appearances. More TBA, along with room number (though last year we had to move because of the number of people that came!)
photo by DJ Spider
Last year they started doing a costume contest on Sunday afternoon. This is still happening, though details are still TBA, but I understand on of the prize sponsors this year is Smooth-On!
photo by Keith Reed
The evenings are usually usually arts-oriented during the convention. Some of the highlights:
Drink and Draw!
photo by Heather Peagler
Inspired by the original Drink and Draw Social Club (founded by Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian and Jeff Johnson), this is a laid back event where anyone can sit down, have a drink, and create art alongside countless comic artists and fans. The great thing about the Heroes’ Drink and Draw is that much of the professional art produced is auctioned off that night at the event itself, with all the proceeds going to charity (this year it’s Team Cul de Sac and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research). Amateur artists can also enter their work into art contests that night, with the possibility of winning art supplies and products from Jerry’s Artarama, Prismacolor, and Artograph.
photo by Patrick Sun
The Art Auction at the Westin is pretty legendary. On Friday and Saturday, there will be an art stage set up on the convention floor, and artists will work on pieces LIVE. Watching Phil Noto or Brian Stelfreeze at work? AMAZEBALLZ! Many of those pieces, plus hundreds more original pieces go into the Art Auction on Saturday night. The crowd is fun and feisty, and pieces have been grabbed anywhere from $5 to $12,000! Even if you don’t want to bid, just walking through and seeing the pieces on display is amazing. There’s been a growing trend to get fancy-pants dressy for it, so expect to see ladies in tiaras and men in suits, and select group of famous faces in smoking jackets. But you’ll see just as many people in shorts and t-shirts, so come however you want! You can get a sense of it here in Patrick’s flickr album.
Once again, ask me if you have any questions!