There was more than just an escape from the relentless heat on Saturday when people walked through the doors of Lincolnton High School to attend the third annual Be a Hero Lincolnton Comic Con on Saturday. Once they passed through the doors, they were greeted by a multitude of characters from popular culture strolling through the vendors selling art, vintage comic books, action figurines or advertising their services. Attendees were able to escape into another world of comic book characters, horror and action movies and games. Throughout the day there was nonstop entertainment on the stage in the main gym. Lots of pictures were taken of visitors posing with their favorite characters.
Some of these characters were downright frightening. At more than six and a half feet tall, Rob Cochran, from Gastonia, made for a very convincing “Camp Killer.”
“About 12 years ago, I started doing Jason (Friday the 13th) during Halloween and went to the Renaissance Festival as him on Halloween weekend and it grew from there,” said Cochran while taking a break from his costume to cool off. “Then I started to get invited as a guest cosplayer at a lot of the North Carolina Comic Cons. It’s a blast! I love taking pictures with people and seeing their happy faces, especially the kids. Some get scared but most don’t.”
One of the many artists selling their art was Chelsea Love from Piney Flatts, Tennessee. Her work is heavily inspired by the classically illustrated movie posters of the 1980s. This is her fourth year doing conventions and has been making digital art for about 10 years.
“I’m a big TV and movie buff so I started drawing my favorite characters,” she said. “I’m now trying to make a living at it.”
For every villain strolling through the high school, there was a hero. William Frady and his childhood friend Stacy Burch, attended dressed as Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca.
“Growing up, you always imagine your favorite heroes and not only do you get the chance to embody those characters, when you see people, adults or kids, who just need a little bit of magic in their lives and you see their eyes light up, it makes the world a little better place, if just for a few minutes,” Frady said.
All money raised from the comic con will benefit Communities in Schools of Lincoln County to support programs in the community with the mission to help young people stay in school and achieve in life.