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The Errant HeroesCon Post

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One must always do a crappy nerdy manicure for conventions.

Oh wow, you guys. This one is way late, so it will probably be photo-heavy. Last month, as we always do, we attended HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC. I am forever singing this convention’s praises for its dedication to comics and welcoming atmosphere, and this year is no different. Shelton Drum, Rico Renzi, Seth Peagler, and the rest of the dedicated Heroes crew have once again pulled off one of the best shows in the country.

Chewie was my travel companion this trip.

Chewie was my travel companion this trip.

This year, as we have for the past few years, Battle Babies and ManOrMonster? Studios had a table in Artists’ Alley, directly adjacent to Indie Island. It is such a cool space to be close to artists we admire, as well as many artists that have become good friends since doing this convention. We debuted a figure in the Cosmic Crusade line (a collaborative toyline paying homage to Star Wars): Bossk Hogg. He’s just what he sounds like–a mash-up between Boss Hogg and Bossk.

The table where the Battle Babies/ManOrMonster? magic happens

The table where the Battle Babies/ManOrMonster? magic happens

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On Friday, I helped moderate a panel for my pal Matthew D. Smith, which was a screening of the film he made based on a comic he and Jeremy Massie created called Bee Sting. This was my first time moderating a panel, and though it was a slow start due to technical difficulties, we had a good time. It was also fun to see the movie again.

Continuing the tradition of crappy Drink and Draw entries, but also paying homage to one of my favorite comics as a kid

Continuing the tradition of crappy Drink and Draw entries, but also paying homage to one of my favorite comics as a kid

Friday night we headed to the Drink and Draw, which is fast becoming one of my favorite events. It’s fun to be an observer, but when your artist friends encourage you to pick up a pencil, it’s hard to say no. I’m happy to report that someone took this masterpiece home, and not ironically.

If you know what these cosplayers are dressed as, you are awesome and probably of a certain age.

If you know what these cosplayers are dressed as, you are awesome and probably of a certain age.

I also ran into some Amazons while at the Drink and Draw, specifically Amazons in the contest uniforms from the first episode of Wonder Woman. I was really excited to see them, and they were equally as excited that I knew who they were. We had a great conversation about Wondy and positive cosplay experiences, which was a great way to wrap up the first day of the con.

Here are some pics I took on Saturday:

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Amazing Godzilla mask

 

K-9 (Doctor Who)

K-9 (Doctor Who)

I met R2! He was on his way to Obi-Wan.

I met R2! He was on his way to Obi-Wan.

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Artists’ Alley

This handsome fella's name was Draven, and he was part of the Warrior Service Dogs program.

This handsome fella’s name was Draven, and he was part of the Warrior Service Dogs program.

Saturday night was the Art Auction, but we wound up hanging out with some friends after dinner and laughing about cryptozoological creatures. (It’s a long story.) Don’t get me wrong, the art auction is extremely cool, but sometimes it’s hard to make it down the block when you’re surrounded by good friends and comfy seats.

Here are some pics from Sunday:

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The 501st Legion always puts up a rad display. I think these little guys are my favorite part.

Utini!

Utini!

The aforementioned Bossk Hogg

The aforementioned Bossk Hogg

Walking around the con floor

Walking around the con floor

I say it every year, but HeroesCon is too much fun to cram into one weekend, especially since we’re now a part of the HeroesCon family that returns every year. It’s so much more than a convention to me–it’s like visiting family. I look forward to Comics Summer Camp next year!

As always, special thanks to Rico Renzi, Seth Peagler, Shelton Drum, and all of the HeroesCon family for all you do to make this such a special convention. See ya next year!

 

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