JFK Library Displays Superman Original Art

Press Release:

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum unveiled a special new display of rare Superman artwork created by legendary comic book artist Al Plastino featuring President John F. Kennedy. The story, told in ten hand-drawn story boards, was written in collaboration with the Kennedy White House in an effort to promote the President’s initiative encouraging physical fitness. The never-before-displayed original artwork will be shown in the Library’s museum through June 2014 with potential to be extended.

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In 1963, the Kennedy White House launched a highly innovative marketing effort in collaboration with DC Comics (then called National Periodical Publications), the publisher of Superman, to create a story that would promote the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. A hallmark of the Kennedy Administration, the Council established physical fitness curriculum for the country and initiated a national publicity campaign on the topic. In “Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy” JFK calls upon Superman to help inspire the nation to exercise, eat better, and get stronger.

“The alliance between the Kennedy White House and the Superman comic strip designed to promote President Kennedy’s physical fitness initiative demonstrates how innovative the administration was in communicating and advancing key initiatives,” said Tom Putnam, Director of the Presidential Library. “Thanks to the Superman artist, Al Plastino, and the generous donation of DC Comics, we are pleased that this artwork will be available for the public to view for the very first time.”

The Superman piece was in production when President Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, and the project was set aside. Eight months later, with the encouragement of President Lyndon Johnson, the story was published as a special tribute to President Kennedy. The final page of the published version states that the story’s original artwork would be donated to the Kennedy Library, which was then in the planning stages.

Al Plastino, who drew Superman for 20 years, took special pride in his drawings for this story. In late 2013, nearly a half a century later, when the artist learned that his original artwork was slated for auction, his family contacted the Kennedy Library to see if it had any record of the material ever being part of its holdings. A thorough search showed no evidence that the artwork had ever been offered to the Library or was ever a part of its collections.

In December 2013, just a month after Mr. Plastino passed away, DC Comics acquired the original drawings and offered them to the Kennedy Library, where they have become part of the permanent collection.

Upon securing the artwork, DC Comics issued a statement saying, “As a tribute to honor him and preserve his artistic legacy, DC Entertainment is pleased to confirm that we have acquired the art and will be donating it to the JFK Library, fulfilling Plastino’s longtime hope for the story, which he often pointed to as one of his most important artistic contributions.”

For more information, please contact the JFK Library at their website: www.jfklibrary.org

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
(617) 514-1600
Toll free (866) JFK-1960

Hero Initiative Schedule for NYCC 2013

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative is traveling to the Big Apple to attend New York Comic Con at the Javits Center, October 10th-13th. Hero has a whole lot going on throughout the city to raise money for comic creators in medical and financial need.

Anchoring our booth throughout the weekend is artist Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead). Charlie is journeying all the way from the UK to herald the release of The Walking Dead 100 Project. Make sure you get to the Hero Initiative booth, #1759, to get your copy and signature from Charlie!

In addition, Hero is the ONLY place to find the legendary Golden Age Superman artist Al Plastino. Make sure you come by from 1-7 p.m. on Friday ONLY to meet the man himself!

Hero Initiative is working after hours both Friday and Saturday nights so YOU can party! On Friday October 11th, Image Comics and Multiversity Comics team up to bring you THE BIG NYCC Party to help raise money for Hero Initiative. A $10 cover gets you in to The Houndstooth Pub located on 8th Ave. between 36th and 37th, just a three-block walk from the Javits Center. Be there starting at 8 p.m. to party with some great Image Comics talent! And everyone through the door is automatically entered into a raffle to win a copy of all of Image’s exclusives for NYCC 2013!

On Saturday October 12th, get to JHU Comics at 32 East 32nd St. for the launch party for Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger, Book One! Molly is the world’s most powerful 10-year-old girl and protector of the city of Coopersville. Copies of the graphic novel will be on sale for $19.99, with 25% of the proceeds benefitting Hero Initiative. The party, sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama, Strathmore and Artograph, runs from 9 p.m ’til midnight, and writer/artist Jamal Igle will be on hand to sign copies! Another great way to spend your con weekend and help raise money for Hero!

Back at the convention center, hit the Titan Books booth anytime after noon Saturday to get your “Frogs” print signed and numbered by legendary artist Jim Steranko! Jim will sign and number 100 prints for Hero, available at $20 each, only at the Titan booth, #2142.

All weekend long, make sure you swing by The Artist’s Choice, booth #N107 at the entrance to Artist’s Alley. A great variety of artists will be signing all weekend for donations to Hero Initiative. Artists include Chris Batista, Colleen Doran, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez,
 Ron Garney,
 Keith Giffen,
 Klaus Janson, 
Adam Kubert, 
Andy Kubert,
 Bob Layton,
 Steve McNiven, 
Jerry Ordway,
 George Pérez,
 John Romita Jr., 
Josef Rubinstein, 
Tom Smith,
 John Stanisci, and 
Dan Green. Please see The Artist’s Choice for specific dates and times.

And ALSO make sure you hit Splash Page Comic Art, booth #2405. They’ll be hosting signings all weekend with donations going to Hero Initiative. Artists include: Charlie Adlard, Lee Bermejo, Ken Kristensen, Michael Lark, M.K. Perker, Goran Sudzuka, and Joe Quinones. Please swing by the Splash Page Comic Art booth for specific dates and times.

Hero Initiative’s talent schedule for booth #1759 is:

THURSDAY, OCT. 10 (3:00-9:00 PM)

3:30-4:30: Charlie Adlard

FRIDAY, OCT. 11 (10:00AM-7:00 PM)

11:00-12:00: Charlie Adlard

11:00-12:30: Jerry Ordway

1:00-7:00: Al Plastino

SATURDAY, OCT. 12 (10:00AM-7:00 PM)

1:00-2:30: Charlie Adlard

3:00-4:00: John Arcudi + James Harren

SUNDAY, OCT. 13 (10:00AM-5:00 PM)

11:00-12:00: Charlie Adlard

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.

Akron Comicon (November 2013)

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Convention Name
Akron Comicon
Convention Website Address
http://www.akroncomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/09/2013
About This Convention
Akron Comicon is an event established to help promote newspaper comics and comic-books as an original American art form and viable entertainment medium by bringing creators, dealers, and fans together for a day of fun and interaction designed for the entire family.Akron Comicon is a one day event scheduled to take place at the University of Akron Quaker Station on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 135 S. Broadway Street, Akron, Ohio 44325 from 10am to 6pm.

Presale tickets to the event are $8 and are available at www.akroncomicon.com until Wednesday, November 6th. All presale ticket holders will receive a free Akron Comicon exclusive poster available the day of the show. General admission tickets cost $10 at the door. Admission for Senior Citizens is $5. University Student tickets are $5 with a student I.D. All children age 10 and under are free.

Venue Name and Address
135 S. Broadway Street
Akron, Ohio 44325
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
77
Projected Attendance
2000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Dave Aikins, Mike W. Barr, Tom Batiuk, Adam Beechen, Craig Boldman, Tony Isabella, Dirk Manning, Al Plastino, Marc Sumerak, Chris Yambar, Thom Zahler

Hero Initiative Travels to NYCC 2012 with Al Plastino Plus 16 Creators Doing Exclusive CGC Signings

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Press Release:

HERO INITIATIVE Travels to New York City Comic Con with Al Plastino, The BIG Party and exclusive CGC signings

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 5, 2012) – Hero Initiative, the only federally chartered non-profit that helps comic creators in financial and medical need, is pleased to announce its attendance at New York Comic Con, October 11 thru 14 at the Javits Convention Center, located at 655 West 34th Street in New York. Hero is travelling with an amazing all-star cast of some of the industry’s top comic creators, The Big Multiversity Comics Party, and much more!

A whopping 16 creators will sign books for CGC Signature Series certification for Hero! Creators include:

• Andy Lanning

• Todd Nauck

• George Pérez

• Joe Quesada

• Rick Remender

• Paolo Rivera

• Dan Slott

• Tom Smith

• Fiona Staples

• Ryan Stegman

• Billy Tan

• Herb Trimpe

• Fred van Lente

• Mark Waid

• Bob Wiacek

• Bill Willingham

 

Books to be signed must arrive at:

Paradise Comics

3278 Yonge St.

Toronto, Ontario M4N 2L6

Canada

By no later than Tuesday, October 9.

On-site books can be dropped at the Hero Initiative booth, #1575-#1577, on Friday, October 12 ONLY between the hours of 2:30 PM and 7:00 PM only. Price is $38 per modern book, which includes return shipping. Multiple signatures must add $15, and for pre-1980 books, please contact: info@ParadiseComics.com for pricing.

On Friday October 12 at 11 AM on the Variant Stage, Dare2Draw: Quick Draw will feature both professionals artists and fans drawing together using dynamic action models with prizes and samples provided by our awesome sponsors. All drawings by the professionals will be donated to raise money to Hero Initiative in honor of the late Joe Kubert. Drawing supplies will be provided for all contestants and pro artist Simon Fraser will headline! Look for the winner to be announced on Twitter, @BigCityDnD

Multiversity Comics will host The Big NYCC Party with a bevy of Image Comics creators! Swing by the Houndstooth Pub on 8th Ave between 36th and 37th (a short 3-block walk from the Javits Center) on Friday from 8 PM to midnight. A $10 donation to the Hero Initiative will get you in. It’s a 21+ event, and will assuredly be a fun place for friends, fans and creators to meet, share a drink and mingle. Attendees will include Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Saga), Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore (Luther Strode), and Sina Grace, whose new graphic novel Not My Bag will be debuting at NYCC! Stick around, and a few unexpected additional guests might pop in!

On Saturday, Hero is the ONLY place to meet legendary artist Al Plastino. Al started working on Superman in 1948, and is also the co-creator of SuperboySupergirl, and the Legion of Super-Heroes. So swing by booth #1575-#1577 and don’t miss out!

  Hero Initiative’s talent schedule at booth #1575-1577 is as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 11 (hours 3-9)

400-500: Fernando Dagnino and Pere Perez

 

Friday, Oct. 12 (hours 10-7)

230-330: Reilly Brown

430-630: Michael Avon Oeming

 

Saturday, Oct. 13 (hours 10-7)

1100-400: Al Plastino

1230-200: Manuel Garcia and Andres Guinaldo

230-400: Bob Wiacek

430-630: Michael Avon Oeming

 

Sunday, Oct. 14 (hours 10-5)

200-300: Greg Pak

 

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.

Hero Initiative Booth Schedule for NYCC 2011

Hero Initiative announces its signing schedule for New York Comic Con with appearances by Tim Sale, Walt Simonson, Steve Dillon, Tom Raney, and many more!

A quick note for you autograph collectors out there—and we know you’re out there! Convention appearances by Ralph Reese, Chris Ivy or Robert Washington are exceedingly rare! So this is an outstanding opportunity to crack out those old back issues and get them signed.

And over at The Artist’s Choice in Artist Alley at the con, a whole DIFFERENT bountiful bevy of creators will sign autographs for Hero. Please check them out as well.

And we also STRONGLY encourage you to hit Hero’s panel on Friday morning. Full details below!

Friday, Oct. 14
11 AM-12 noon
Room 1A02

HERO INITIATIVE: WE CHANGE LIVES

Find out all about the Hero Initiative, the only federally chartered charity dedicated to helping comic creators in medical or financial need. Hero has paid back rent when creators are literally 24 hours from eviction, paid to keep the heat on in the winter, and covered the cost of crucial medication and treatment that frequently meant the difference between life and death.

Hero Initiative President Jim McLauchlin is joined by Hero beneficiaries Ralph Reese (House of Secrets), Chris Ivy (Moon Knight), and Robert Washington (Static), who will tell their own personal stories about how Hero has changed THEIR lives…for the better.