HeroesCon Day Three

Sunday is the final day of HeroesCon , and by tradition, it is Father’s Day. There have been times in the past when the show didn’t fall on Father’s Day weekend, but this is not one of those years. The way into the con takes me past a Dunkin’Donuts, and the need for donuts this morning is thwarted by an immensely long line at the drive thru, even blocking the parking lot entrance. Bummer.

I make my way to the con and I’m amazed by the much lighter crowd in the lobby on a Sunday morning. Inside, it’s apparent where everyone is. I roam through a couple of dealer aisles on my way to Artist’s Alley. My oldest daughter wants a print, and I need to find an artist to get one from. The artists have been roughly grouped together with the Golden and Silver Age greats together, the big draws towards the front endcaps, the “indy” artists together near the center. On the far end, in the realm of the 2000s, I find a plethora of great artists that are very skilled, and have some great prints. Ultimately, my daughter is an anime fan and I choose a Fullmetal Alchemist print from Tristan Bell.

I walked around, hoping to spot some good cosplayers, but with the cosplay contest over, many of them have filtered out. I did manage to spot DJ Spider in excellent Dazzler cosplay. I managed to take in a little of the Sunday Art Auction, and was amazed at the quality of items saved for Sunday auctions, including original Doom Patrol Cover art that went for half of the going price.

Shopping-wise, the deep discounts that traditionally mark a Sunday weren’t happening as widespread as one would hope, but some dealers had reduced their prices. One dealer had his Silver Age comics at 50% off, although it could have been that they were that discount all weekend, and I just hadn’t noticed. I picked up a higher quality issue of Adventure Comics for my Legion collection. After I had said my goodbyes and was on my way out, I did spot a dealer from Richmond that had Silver and Bronze Age comics for $2.00 each, and got some hole fillers in my Legion run. We had a nice chat and hopefully he had a safe trip back to Richmond as he prepares for the VA Comicon next month.

All in all, it was a fun weekend. There was much that I’d wished I could have participated in, but I felt the need to give comic collectors a really good sense of what was out there on the floor. The bargains were plentiful, but there weren’t any surprises. There were lots of Funko Pops everywhere, and last year’s Mystery Box vendor seemed to be doing poorly, proving that success one year doesn’t necessarily equal success the next. Some attendees could be spotted with the specialty boxes, but nowhere near what could be spotted last year. The guest list seemed to be spread out a little so that there were no long lines blocking aisles. The dominating presence seemed to be Neal Adams’ massive setup, which was impressive and offered a range of items available. On Sunday, Jim Steranko seemed to hold court, and overall, seemed to be having a blast. It’s always fun to see creators enjoying themselves, and this is one of those shows where it’s more likely to happen.

Thanks to Sheldon Drum and the gang at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find for putting on another great convention, all in the midst of a moving to another location later this year.