Hello to 2009! Maybe it's just my own infectious enthusiasm, but it seems like everyone I talk to is thinking that 2009 is going to be a really great year. We tend to agree; and how could so many of us be wrong?
Just in terms of our little corner of the world, here in your friendly neighborhood comics shop, we've got an enormous year planned. Check out this short list, just off the top of my head:
--Our first Discussion Group of the year will be January 12, and feature the most critically acclaimed book of 2008, BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON.
--The Charlotte Minicon, now in its fourth decade, going on January 17.
--An in-store appearance by acclaimed director George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) on February 20.
--Free Comic Book Day going on the first Saturday in May (May 2).
--One of the biggest HeroesCon's ever, with a guest list that already includes names like Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, and Jeff Smith: June 19-21.
And that's just the FIRST HALF of the year! Good gravy!
Oh, but while I'm on the subject of the New Year, I thought I'd mention that 29 years ago today, on January 2, 1982, then 27-year old Shelton Drum opened up Heroes Aren't Hard To Find in a tiny, closet-sized location on Central Avenue. Today the store is one of the most well-known in the country, not to mention my employer for give or take the last 12 years. Happy Birthday, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, and Happy New Year's to all of you!