Hey everyone, today I want to shine a light on a LCS here in North Carolina
Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find
1957 E. 7th st
Located in a historic section of Charlotte, Heroes was founded by a then 26 yr old Shelton Drum. A life long comic collector, Shelton started looking for comics to sell and trade in the mid 60s when he noticed an Amazing Spider-Man #1 selling for a then unheard of $10 an issue. He started by setting up at Flea Markets and developed a loyal group of customers. He was doing well enough that he bought all the Marvel books he could find and started buying out the local drug store’s comic supply every week. In 1980, Shelton rented a store front, mainly to store his collection, but that quickly turned into a bustling business.
With a life sized Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus doing battle on the ceiling, a kid’s section, an entire wall of new books, a wall of trades and GNs, and one of the most extensive back stocks in the United States, Heroes is welcoming to kids of every age and gender. Stop in and see Shelton, Justin Crouse, Karla Marsh, Seth Peagler, or any of the other super employees. You may also run into any number of comic creators while shopping there. From store employee Rico Renzi (now known as the colorist on Spider-Gwen) to local guy Jason Latour to Brian Stelfreeze or Cliff Chiang, or Budd Root. The store also regularly hosts signings with comic professionals and also do what they can to support local music.
In 1982, Shelton founded Heroescon. Run by the staff at Heroes and an army of volunteers, it has become the oldest independently run comic book convention in the United States. Still focusing on comics and their creators, and including the legendary Drink and Draw and an awesome art auction, Heroescon has become a favorite with fans and creators alike. They also use the con as a way to help The CBLDF ( Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) and the Charlotte Firefighters Burned Children’s Fund, along with any creators or their families who face adversity.
So, if you find yourself in the Charlotte NC area, stop by Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find. Find that issue you’ve been looking for, or just hang out and talk comics for a while with the knowledgeable staff. Heck, they even carry their own line of comic storage supplies.
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