January 28, 2014 by Michael Pate
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Hero Initiative Announces 2014 Convention Schedule—20 dates in all!
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 22, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that raises money for comic veterans in medical and financial need, will be attending 20 comic conventions in 2014!
Yes! The Hero crew will be busy bees this year bringing you special guests, parties, and much more from San Diego to Calgary to New York City! We may be attending a convention near you, so make sure you stop by and help us help others who have paved the way for many others and have brought us years of joy! JUST DO IT!
Schedule is as follows:
Wizard World Sacramento
Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO
Orlando MegaCon With special guest Herb Trimpe appearing EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth, #733
Emerald City Seattle
Wizard World St. Louis
Awesome Con Washington DC
Reed Chicago C2E2
Calgary Comic Expo
Wizard World Minneapolis
Big Wow San Jose
May 31-June 1
Long Beach Comic Expo
Phoenix Comic Con
San Diego With Hero Board of Directors member Dennis O’Neil in attendance!
Wizard World Chicago
Baltimore Comic Con
Long Beach Comic Con
Wizard World Austin
Reed New York Comic Con
October 31-November 2
Wizard World Ohio
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.
BOOM! Studios announces Booth, Talent, and Giveaways for Amazing Arizona Comic Con
January 17, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios announced today it will exhibit at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con, to be held during the weekend of Jan. 24-26 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
BOOM! can be found at booths 501, 503, 600, and 602, and will host creators Paul Jenkins (DEATHMATCH, FAIRY QUEST, REVELATIONS) and Eric M. Esquivel (FREELANCERS, the upcoming LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL), plus sketch artists Wook Jin Clark (ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE) and Missy Pena (BRAVEST WARRIORS). In addition, a special Get-A-Sketch blank variant for ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #1 will be available for purchase.
BOOM! Signature Series Pre-Order
New for 2014 at conventions, BOOM! announces the creation of the BOOM! Signature Series. The publisher understands it’s impossible for even its most die-hard fans to attend every convention the company exhibits at. In an effort to bring the con experience to their front door, BOOM!’s webstore will offer a new line of autographed merchandise for 2014 called the BOOM! Signature Series. The Signature Series section of the store offers product signed by talent attending conventions where BOOM! is exhibiting. Pre-orders are limited to just 30 quantities of each item and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Amazing Arizona Comic Con’s Signature Series items include: REVELATIONS #1 signed by writer Paul Jenkins ($14), BRAVEST WARRIORS #13 BOOM! Exclusive Variant signed by writer Eric M. Esquivel ($20), and ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #1A ($14) and ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #1 BOOM! Exclusive Variant ($20), both signed by series interior artist, Wook Jin Clark. Please allow up to one month after the convention’s end for order fulfillment. Click here to order your copies now!
BOOM! Studios invites you to enter our raffle for a chance to win a pair of IMAX ® tickets* to see MGM’s “RoboCop” in participating IMAX theaters. The raffle is free to enter, one entry per person, and will run all weekend with a drawing held on Sunday, Jan. 26th. Additional entries will be given out to those who purchase select ROBOCOP titles from the booth. “RoboCop” is in theaters February 12th.
BOOM! will also hold three comic raffles throughout the weekend, with a winner being announced every day an hour before the show floor closes. Winners have that final hour to come by the BOOM! booth and claim their prize. PRIZES: HIT #1 signed by writer Bryce Carlson (Friday), DAY MEN #1 (1st print) signed by co-creator Matt Gagnon (Saturday), and an original sketch cover featuring characters from either ADVENTURE TIME, REGULAR SHOW or BRAVEST WARRIORS (Sunday—actual sketch revealed at the show). Requirements for Friday and Saturday’s raffle: every $25 spent on either Studio, Archaia and/or BOOM! Box product earns one raffle entry. Requirements for Sunday’s raffle: every $50 spent on KaBOOM! product earns one raffle entry.
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COWBOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.
*Each Hollywood Movie Money Certificate is redeemable for one (1) IMAX movie admission with a maximum value of ($21 total) to see RoboCop (or any IMAX film) at participating theaters. Winners will be directed to the website www.activaterewards.com/imax where they will use the provided reward code to activate and print their Hollywood Movie Money Certificate. The reward code will expire on 12/31/2014. The Hollywood Movie Money Certificate will expire one month from online code activation and winner must comply with all terms and conditions specified by the issuer. Hollywood Movie Money Certificate not used by the date noted on the certificate will be void. Any amount remaining of any certificate after initial use will be forfeited. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $21 USD. Hollywood Movie Money® Certificates valid in the US only.
© 2013, IMAX Corporation. IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation.
Todd McFarlane, Spawn creator and McFarlane Toys Founder, appears for a rare public autograph signing at his signature store in Westgate City Center on Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 from noon till 3:00PM!
The store will have the newest and hottest McFarlane Toys figures including figures from the hit TV show AMC’s The Walking Dead, the incredible Daryl Dixon 10-inch deluxe figure, figures from this year’s hit video game Assassin’s Creed along with the life-size, role-playing accessory, the Hidden Blade and Gauntlet, the signature weapon of the heroic Assassins, HALO 4 figures and the latest McFarlane’s Sports Picks officially league-licensed NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL sports figures.
Spawn comics, trade paperbacks and graphic novels will be heavily stocked as well.
The store also carries the season’s most recent collectible toys, including Star Wars, Marvel select , DC Universe, Funko Pop Vinyl, Nightmare before Christmas, Living Dead Dolls, Mini mates, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Hello Kitty, Monster High, My Little Pony, Lalaloopsy Dolls and huge selections of blind box figures, bobbleheads, travel mugs, reusable totes, lunchboxes, glassware and assorted plush from mainstream to urban.
There will be some super cool prizes to give away. And if you are one of the first 100 people lined up at the door, here’s what you will walk away with:
The first person in line receives a McFarlane Toys Prize Package (valued at more than $200) that includes:
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Golden Age Of Piracy 3-Pack
- AMC’s The Walking Dead TV 10-Inch Daryl Dixon Deluxe Figure
- Halo 4 Didact Deluxe Figure
- Cowboys NFL 2-Pack: Jason Witten & Michael Irvin
- The Art of Todd McFarlane Book
- Halo and Assassin’s Creed Limited Edition Lithographs Handed Signed By Todd McFarlane
The first 50 people in line receives McFarlane Toys Halo Limited Edition Poster
The first 100 people in line receives Halo Avatar or NFL Small Pro Blind Bag Figure
The McFarlane toy store is located within the Westgate City Center, next to the AMC Theater and adjacent to the Jobing.com arena. For more information on the signing, or any of the products available, call the McFarlane toy store (623) 670-5601. Autographs are limited to two items person.
McFarlane Toys Store
9410 W. Hanna Drive Suite A-109 Glendale, AZ 85305
Writer Gregg Hurwitz goes on tour next week to promote his new thriller Tell No Lies.
August 17th, 5:30pm: Scottsdale, AZ - The Poisoned Pen - Talk and Signing
August 20th, 7:00 pm: Houston, TX – Murder by the Book - Book Launch
August 22nd, 7:00 pm: Brentwood, CA - Diesel - LA Book Launch Party
August 26th, 6:30 pm: Chicago, IL - Tuscan Market Book Club - Featured Author
August 28th, 7:00 pm: Strongsville, OH – Cuyahoga Public Library - Talk and Signing
September 7th, 10:00am: Orange, CA - Book Carnival - Signing
September 7th, 11:00am: Huntington Beach, CA - Mystery Ink - Signing
September 7th at 3:00pm: San Diego, CA - Mysterious Galaxy - Talk and Signing
September 11th, 7:00 pm: Berkeley, CA - Janet Rudolph’s Literary Salon - Featured Author
September 12th, 7:00pm: Palo Alto, CA - Books Inc. - Talk and Signing
September 14th, 2:00pm: San Jose, CA - Barnes and Noble - Talk and Signing
Sina Grace signs at Samurai Comics on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 from 6:00PM till 8:00PM
1051 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Writer Charlie Huston signs his new novel at The Poisoned Pen on Monday, July 22, 2013 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm!
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd STE 101, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251
Kevin Smith and Bryan Johnson are heading to the Florida Supercon, Kevin Eastman will be at NYCC, Rags Morales headlines a new con in Jacksonville, FL, and more.
VALIANT Gets Fired Up for PHOENIX COMICON 2013!
This weekend, Valiant is hitting the road for Phoenix Comicon 2013 – the signature pop culture experience of the Southwest!
From Thursday, May 23rd to Sunday, May 26th at the Phoenix Convention Center, visit Valiant at booth #652 for a weekend packed with signings, panels, and exclusive giveaways!
Stop by for a full selection of Valiant comics, trade paperbacks, hardcovers and merchandise – including convention-exclusive, double-sided Shadowman #1/Harbinger Wars #1 Sketch Flipbooks! And get an advance look at the summer’s biggest releases with the Valiant Summer 2013 Preview Edition – a FREE convention-only comic book, featuring a look inside Quantum and Woody #1 by James Asmus and Tom Fowler and an extended preview of Harbinger Wars #1, the debut issue of Valiant’s first crossover event. And look for signings by Harbinger Wars creators Joshua Dysart and Clayton Henry throughout the weekend!
Then, get the inside track on the Summer of Valiant 2013 on Friday, May 24th at 1:30 pm in room 125B at the Valiant 2013: Harbinger Wars and Beyond panel presentation, featuring special guests Joshua Dysart (Harbinger Wars, Harbinger), Clayton Henry (Harbinger Wars, Archer & Armstrong), Christos Gage (Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps) and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani! Find out everything you need to know about the next year of the Valiant Universe right here, directly from a panel of Valiant insiders!
We’ll see you in Phoenix!
Hero Initiative hits the ground with 30 creators at Phoenix Comicon on Memorial Day weekend!
Los Angeles, CA (May 14, 2013) Hero Initiative, the charity that comic creators in medical and financial need, will hit the Phoenix Comicon (www.PhoenixComicon.com) Memorial Day weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center from Friday May 23 through Sunday, May 26. Hero will have 30 comic creators all over the floor collecting at their own tables to help raise money for fellow comic creators in need, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, who will be doing sketches at booth #2422 and donating the proceeds to Hero. Make sure you check him out!
Other creators taking donations for Hero include: Mike and Laura Allred, Ryan Cody, Jen Davidson, Mark dos Santos, Ben Glendenning, Brian Haberlin, Kyle Higgins, Dan Jurgens, Scott Kolins, Andy Kuhn, John Layman, Jeff Mariotte, Mike McKone, Brian and Kristy Miller, Mike Norton, Tony Parker, Brandon Peterson, Whilce Portacio, Brian Pulido, Norm Rapmund, Stuart Sayger, J. Michael Straczynski, Arthur Suydam, Ben Templesmith, Jim Valentino, Matt Wagner, Cory Walker and Dan Wickline.
On Friday, make sure to stop by Majerle’s Sports Grill located at 24 North 2nd St., a mere three-minute walk from the convention center. Show your Phoenix Comicon program, and Majerle’s will donate 15% of your bill back to Hero Initiative. So eat and drink up!
And on Saturday at 8 p.m., Copper Blues Rock Pub at 50 West Jefferson St. is hosting a drink-and-draw event benefiting Hero. Swing by and see talent, talent, talent!
Hero Initiative will be at booth #2243 all weekend. Stop by to say hello, or grab something to add to your collection! See you there!
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comics’ veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call626-676-6354.
Author Lauren Beukes signs at The Poisoned Pen on June 5, 2013 from 7:00 till 8:30 pm!
About The Shining Girls
The Time Traveler’s Wife meets The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in this story of a time-traveling serial killer who is impossible to trace–until one of his victims survives.
In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back.
Working with an ex-homicide reporter who is falling for her, Kirby has to unravel an impossible mystery.
THE SHINING GIRLS is a masterful twist on the classic serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing girl in pursuit of a deadly criminal.
Lauren Beukes is the author of the acclaimed novels Moxyland and Zoo City. She is a recipient of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, finished runner-up to Lev Grossman for the John W Campbell Award, was shortlisted for a plethora of other awards and received rave reviews from around the world including The New York Times and The Guardian. She has also written the comic series Fairest for Vertigo. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband and her daughter. Visit her online at laurenbeukes.com
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd STE 101, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251