Charlotte Convention Center
501 South College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
When: Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24
Price: $15 one-day pass/$30 three-day pass/free 12 and younger
Hours: Fri – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find Comics Shop
1957 E. 7th Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
Drum Shelton, owner of Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find Comics Shop, held his first convention 30 years ago in a small, hotel ballroom. This year’s weekend event at the Charlotte Convention Center is expected to draw anywhere from 13,000 to 15,000 comic book fans with 188 booths for more than 60 vendors. The comic book kid-entrepreneur, now 57, owns one of the largest and most well-known comic book shops in the nation. Shelton travels and hobnobs with some of the top names in the industry, bringing them to this convention every year.
Adam Hughes, Steve Niles, Jason Latour, Rico Renzi and Dustin Harbin are a few of the industry names to be comic-booking it in Charlotte this year. Drawing and sketching, artists will spontaneously create pieces during the hustle and bustle of convention traffic, some of which will be auctioned off Saturday night. The comic book creator and artist panel is a regular feature of the convention where experts will share their expertise and inspiration while discussing topics such as historical and family friendly comics. Panels will be featured throughout the event.
Be prepared to marvel at Golden Age comic books dating back to the 1930s. This era saw the introduction of characters such as Superman, Batman, Captain America, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel. Those preferring titles trending hot will find plenty of Walking Dead issues to thumb through as well.
For the Kids
Family friendliness is a big thing at this convention. Comic book aficionado and Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find Comics Shop employee Brent Bagwell will correct any misled notion of likening this operation to the bygone days of old, backroom-basement comic shops. A comic book named after the top-rated Cartoon Network “Adventure Time” is a huge hit with the kids this year, and the “Tiny Titans” are a sure-fire hit among kids of all ages. There will be kid-friendly convention entertainment, give aways, T-shirts and games.
- Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome
- Elevators available
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Bring a bag to carry purchases
- Bring a camera
- Concessions available
- T-shirts, book bags, character statues and toys will be available
- Dress up as your favorite comic character
- Check here for a list of near-by hotels
Guest List Includes:
- Comics legend Stan Lee – co-created Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four and more
- Kalman Andrasofszky – art for Dungeons & Dragons, Star Wars, Vampire and more
- Ivan Brandon – writes for television, animation, film and video games
- Ron Garney – writer/artist for The Amazing Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, Hulk, Captain America and more
- Gary Friedrich – comic book writer known for his works in Marvel
- Val Staples – comic book colorist
- Walt Simonson – writer/artist for DC series, such as Metal Men, Hercules Unbound and more
- Click here to see complete list of nearly 200 convention artists/writers
- The Nascar Hall of Fame parking deck is connected to the Charlotte Convention Center via an overhead walkway.
- The Westin Charlotte Hotel, adjacent to the convention center, offers ample options at the corner of College and Stonewall streets.
- Metered parking is available along many of the main streets.
- Parking is available at prevailing rates in parking lots and towers surrounding the convention center.
- Go here for a map of Uptown Charlotte.
- Go to the Park It webpage for additional parking information.
Related: Kid’s Activities
Mert’s Heart & Soul
214 North College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Enjoy soul and country-style food just a few blocks away from the Charlotte Convention Center. Mert’s Heart & Soul is located between 5th and 6th streets. Best known for its salmon cakes and fried chicken, meals here are meant to be devoured. Try its award-winning macaroni and cheese, sweet, buttery cornbread, and the shrimp and grits in a casual, home-like setting the whole family will love.
1601 Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Start out the day with some of the best fresh coffee and baked goods in the area. The popular restaurant offers vegetarian and meat plates perfect for any diner. Enjoy soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. Many of their dishes feature healthy produce and meats from local and regional farmers. As a bonus, breakfast all day means you and yours can book-worm it up at the comic fest all morning when the crowds are smaller. A Charlotte favorite is Kool Kip’s nachos featuring organic, blue, corn chips heaped with grilled veggies, black beans, roasted corn, lettuce, sour cream and homemade salsa.
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2010 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28205
This California bungalow-style estate was built by the VanLandingham’s in 1913. Relaxed southern elegance on five acres of land, the estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It offers modern-day amenities in a charming environment surrounded by magnificent gardens, a lily pond, wildlife, waterfall and a mosaic fountain. A southern, home-made breakfast will start your day with recipes featuring the best of nature’s seasonal bounty.
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