Check your local movie theaters this summer and you'll see that comic book characters -- like Iron Man, Batman, the Hulk, Hellboy and more -- have taken over. But if you're interested in delving deeper into the off-screen exploits of these super dudes, you should probably make your way over to HeroesCon. Launched in 1982 by Shelton Drum -- owner of the local comic shop Heroes Aren't Hard to Find -- HeroesCon is one of the nation's biggest and best comic book conventions. Featuring appearances by hundreds of comic artists and writers, panel discussions, workshops, contests, vendors and an incalculable number of comics for sale, this event is the best way to discover the real deal behind the some of the season's biggest blockbuster films. For more on HeroesCon, check out this week's Arts section. $10-$20. June 20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; June 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; June 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. 704-375-7464. www.heroesonline.com.