HeroesCon is kicking off today in Charlotte, and those of you already on the scene are already having a good time, for sure. This year, as with everything “comic con” HeroesCon has gotten bigger and stronger: the show floor has DOUBLED in size from 100,000 to 200,000 square feet. The local newspaper has a general preview with a few more facts and figures:

Last year’s convention drew more than 17,000 people, ranging from diehard fans to newcomers. Thanks to the success of movies such as “The Avengers” and the “Iron Man” and Batman films, and TV shows such as “The Walking Dead,” there’s an increasing number of newcomers.
“I think the ‘civilians,’ as I call them, have found out our secret,” Drum said. “Comics are where it comes from. Obviously, the movies and TV shows based on comics in our culture are bringing newcomers in. The comics are the source material, and there’s a wealth of material for newcomers to discover what we’ve known about for years.”

The panel schedule is here, guests here. The Beat’s Hannah Means-Sherman and Amy Chu are on the scene, so please give them all the scoop you would have given us were we on the scene.

That’s right, for the first time in maybe five years, we won’t be on the scene. It’s causing much anguish but deadlines and other factors just didn’t allow it this year. HeroesCon is one of our most favorite—if not favorite—show of the year, and remains the type of weekend that makes you feel good about being in comics.