Heroes Con in North Carolina and wow what a crazy experience. Ashley and I were given space at the Teenage Satan booth in the Indie Island section of Heroes. Friday we ended up working the table most of the time and it was so great to see everyone so excited about Aspire. People like Stephanie Gladden (Bongo Comics, Power Puff Girls + tons of other stuff!) and Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages) stopped by the table and picked up copies of Aspire! As someone who grew up watching the Power Puff Girls and who 10 years ago when reading one of the first Hopeless Savages comics decided I wanted to be a comic book writer, well I had some fan girl geek outs. Luckily I was able to keep my cool.....mostly.
Ashley also had minor fan girl geek outs when she realized she was talking to Billy Tucci on Friday (and again Saturday night) and when she realized the Teenage Satan booth was across from Beck Cloonan. It was definitely a weekend of meeting people we've looked up to but it wasn't all playing around.
Besides working the table and talking up Aspire to everyone who stopped by we went to some panels. No time for the "fun" panels like the Green Lantern or Fables Q & A. No sir-y bob ma'am! SCAD had panels on how to improve skill of: writing, inking, coloring, cover design plus much more! Then there were the informative panels on: family friendly comics, historical comics, horror comics and again much much more. We highly suggest anyone and everyone that is interested in getting into the comic book industry to go to panels of these type when you're at any kind of comic con. They will help you go into the industry with eyes open.
Overall Ashley and I had a fantastic time at Heroes and will be there for now on every year.
Big thank yous:
Thank you Marsha Cooke for giving us the table space at Heroes and the chance to spread the word about Aspire outside of Florida. You are my own personal Wonder Woman sparkle lady.
Thank you to Darwyn Cooke and Steve Niles for taking the time to talk to us about the reality of the industry and for general hanging out.
Thank you to Shelton Drum for hosting Heroes and we look forward to attending the epic 30th year next year!