regular ZONErs know, it's become a Zablo family
tradition to attend the annual Heroes
Convention in Charlotte. I start talking
up the show each year as the date for the convention
gets closer and new guests are announced. Usually
my hype begins about six months before the
This year I'm starting a bit early.
WizardWorld [a big company that puts on conventions
all over the US] has purposely scheduled
their convention in Atlanta the
same weekend as Heroes.
Coincidence you say? Nope.
You see, Shelton has made it an annual tradition
to announce his next convention
date a year in advance [and his show has always
been held in mid to late June].
This year, because there were rumors that Wizard
was looking at Atlanta, Shelton wrote
them to find out the date that they were looking at.
Shelton even offered to support their show
as long as their schedules didn't fall on the same weekend.
You can imagine everyone's surprise when Wizard
announced that their Atlanta convention would fall
on the same weekend as Heroes. You can read
Well, I'm happy to say that pros and fans
have rallied around Shelton's show.
Casey Jones, Tony Harris, Bryan Hitch, Greg Rucka, Joe Pruett,
J. Michael Straczynski, Cliff Chiang, Mark Bagley
and Ethan Van Sciver all quickly
announced that they'd be at HEROES and NOT
the Atlanta convention next year. Additionally,
Cully Hamner, Brian Stelfreeze and Karl Story
who live in Atlanta
have announced that they will be at Heroes
Heroes 2006 may end up being the best Heroes
ever. My hope is that the folks
running the Wizard show will reconsider and
reschedule. They've already
started a bit of backtracking...
At any rate, if Wizard changes their date or not,
I'll be at Heroes in '06.
Hopefully you will too!