For me, convention season usually doesn’t start until around mid-March. But this year I decided to check out a comic con I’d heard about for years, but never been to. The convention I’m referring to was the 41st Charlotte MiniCon.
The annual Charlotte MiniCon is put together by Shelton Drum and the nice folks over at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, the same store that runs HeroesCon every summer in Charlotte. And let me tell you, these guys know how to put on a good show! The MiniCon was extremely well-organized, and the staff was friendly and helpful.
The Grady Cole Center was a great place for the show, not too big, but not too small either. There were plenty of vendors selling comics, and a nice line up of guests, including the legendary Al Milgrom.
Another nice thing about the location was that I never felt crowded, rushed, or lost. The venue is close to downtown, but easily accessible from all places. Parking was only $5, which beats the $20+ it cost to park in Boston.
But this being my first time at Charlotte MiniCon, there were a few things I learned or saw that I feel I mu
st share with you all:
- The Lone Ranger’s hors had its own comic. Yup, the horse had a comic, and it was called “Lone Ranger’s Famous Horse Hi-Yo Silver.”
- The 1950’s had a lot of comics aimed at brides.
- Someone was actually trying to sell X-Force #1 for more than 50 cents.
- Marvel; Comics from the last five years are going cheap.
- The first ever “Great American Bash” took place next door to the convention.
- I got a nice copy of ROM #1 for under $10.
- Wish I still had some of my childhood toys because they are worth a lot of dough.
- Bought some Andy Smith artwork.
- I will never be able to afford a Fawcett Captain Marvel issue.
- There was a group of teenage girl dressed like different Doctor Whos, and they were LOUD.
- I held a comic from the 1940’s, Golden Lad #2.
- Bought the first appearance of the Black Cat for under $60!