Dustin Harbin, one of Charlotte's best cartoonists, and a nice guy in his own right, wrote an evaluation of the Charlotte cartooning scene for the web site The Comics Journal. His evaluation of the comics scene in Charlotte sounds a lot like Charlotte itself: It's not as good as it could be, but it's getting better.
"We’re not a particularly culturally rich city; just a few affluent suburbs sprinkled around some banks, with a college about 10 miles away, completely disconnected from the city. Without a truly vibrant cultural community, Charlotte is mainly a city of consumers, not makers. Apply this in spades to comic books -- I can think of maybe half a dozen full time cartoonists working around here."