Hero Initiative at NYCC 2014

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is heading to New York Comic Con at the Javits Center located at 655 West 34th St. on October 9-12.

Legendary writer and editor Denny O’Neil will be at the con on FRIDAY only and will be doing his ONLY signing appearance at the Hero booth from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This the ONLY place you can get Denny’s signature, so don’t miss out. Get to booth number N104-106 EARLY!

Hero is honored to be part of the Image Comics/Multiversity Comics NYCC party as well! Fans 21 and older are invited to show up at Stitch at 247 W. 37th St (at 8th Ave.) and hang out and have a cocktail with Scott Snyder, Brian K. Vaughan, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Tim Seeley and MANY more top creators! The $10 cover at the door benefits Hero. BE THERE with your photo ID, please!

And Hero’s Uncanny X-Men Project 100 is at the con! Pick up your copy at the Hero Initiative booth and get it signed by artists at the con including Rafael Albuquerque, David Bullock, Jim Calafiore, Victor Castro, Mike Choi, Mark dos Santos, Tony Fleecs, Derek Fridolfs, Agnes Garbowska, Chris Giarrusso, Gabriel Hardman, Phil Jimenez, Bob Larkin, Pamela Lovas, David Mack, Mike McKone, Al Milgrom, Todd Nauck, Jerry Ordway, George Pérez, Tom Raney, Alex Saviuk, Valerio Schiti, Tim Seeley, and Bill Sienkiewicz! Copies are available in hardcover at $25 and softcover at $13 while supplies last.

Check out our Hero Initiative ambassadors all over the con floor who will be collection donations for our worthy cause! Jay Anacleto, Reilly Brown, Jim Calafiore, Amanda Conner, Scott Kolins, Mike McKone, Bob McLeod,Carlo Pagulayan, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brandon Peterson, Brian Pulido, Norm Rapmund, Valerio Schiti, Steven Segovia, Gail Simone, Alex Sinclair, Joe Staton, Arthur Suydam, Phillip Tan, Fred van Lente, Jim Zub, and Chrissie Zullo will be flying the Hero flag. Stop by their booths and do the right thing!

Art attached: Multiversity Comics party flier

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen 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 $700,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.HeroInitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

CA – Joe Phillips Comic Sketch Benefit

joephillipsPress Release:

San Diego based artist and all-around great guy, Joe Phillips (Silver Surfer, Wonder Woman, Star Trek) received the shocking and very unfortunate news last November that due to complications from undiagnosed diabetes he would have to undergo surgery to amputate his right foot.

Many freelance artists struggle with the high costs of health insurance and sadly Phillips is no different. Therefore, IDW Publishing and Comickaze Comics, Books and More are joining forces to raise funds to help Phillips with the financial burden resulting from this unexpected and tragic event. We invite you to join Joe’s friends, family, and fans for an evening of art, local craft beer, and loving support.

Attendees will have an opportunity to get sketches and signatures from local artists, including Joe, and mingle with IDW staff, including Ted Adams, CEO & Publisher, who will be available for portfolio reviews and conversation about the comic business.

Date: Saturday, January 25
Place: Modern Times’ Lomaland Fermentorium
Time: 5PM – 9PM
Food: Stuffed! Food Truck (for purchase)
RSVP on Facebook!

Our goal is to raise a total of $15,000 (or more) and there will be many different options available so attendees can contribute to this very worthy cause and get some truly unique items in return. 100% of all proceeds will go to Joe Phillips and IDW Publishing will match total donations up to $5,000.

Raffle ($5.00 each)

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before – Red Label from IDW Limited. $125 retail value, limited to 175 hand-numbered copies, mounted signature page signed by Mike Johnson, Joe Phillips & Tim Bradstreet, with a set of EIGHT exclusive lithographs in a hardcover portfolio (http://idwlimited.com/series/startrek/star-trek-where-no-man-has-gone-before-red-label.html)

Enter for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE (1) copy of Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before – Black Label from IDW Limited. $300 retail value, limited to 50 hand-numbered copies, features original artwork from Joe Phillips secured in a hardcover portfolio, mounted signature page signed by Mike Johnson, Joe Phillips & Tim Bradstreet, with a set of EIGHT exclusive lithographs. (http://idwlimited.com/star-trek-where-no-man-has-gone-before-black-label.html)

Comic Sketches ($10.00 – $55.00)

Your choice of sketch cards or IDW blank cover comics (minimum 1, maximum 11). These will be the only items eligible to receive sketches/signatures at this event.

If pre-ordered at www.comickaze.com you will receive one (1) extra card for free. Pre-order sketch cards available for pick up at the event with a copy of your PayPal receipt. Limit one (1) free sketch card per person.

Artists scheduled to appear: Carlos D’Anda, Jeromy Cox, Lance Hutto, Batton Lash, Gabe Eltaeb, Alex Sinclair (Alex has also donated a limited edition print to raffle at the event) and more to come!

Donations

$10.00: For every $10 donated, receive one (1) IDW graphic novel.
$25.00: For every $25 donated, receive three (3) IDW graphic novels.
$100.00: Get Your Book Lettered by Robbie Robbins (Locke & Key). Maximum 3, up to 32 pages each.

Auction

Bidding will start at $50.00 for a chance to have a tour of IDW Publishing headquarters guided by Ted Adams, which will culminate in a trip to the IDW warehouse where he’ll give you the chance to stock up your IDW library.

For those of you who cannot make this event and would still like to contribute, there is a “Donate” button at www.comickaze.com.

About Comickaze Comics, Books and More
Comickaze is San Diego’s multi award winning retailer of comics, books and pop culture items. Widely recognized for offering one of the largest and most diverse selections of comics and graphic novels in the state, Comickaze is celebrating its 21st year of serving San Diego readers in it’s Clairemont location.

Long Beach Comic Con 2013 Con Report!

On November 23-24th, 2013, the Long Beach Convention Center was home to the 5th annual Long Beach Comic and Horror Con! Usually held around Halloween, this show was pushed back to late November, making this one of the final comic cons of 2013! In addition to the date change, they also got rid of the Friday evening show and I believe it was the right call. Saturday was booming, with lines going out the door and a steady flow of patrons all day long! Sunday slowed down quite a bit and while still a lot of foot traffic, not enough spending.

With the usual talent of comic creators attending Long Beach, including mainstays of LBCC Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Whilce Portacio, Tim Bradstreet, and Todd Nauck, joined by special guests Gene Ha, Carlos D’Anda, Marc Silvestri, Mark Texeira, Art Thibert, Andrew Robinson, Mark Waid, and several other awesome comic talent, LBCC did close out the 2013 con year nicely.

While Comic Cons seem to be growing every year, it seems harder and harder for each show to bring something new. I did love the fact that there was an awesome car display in the front of some of the most famous cars in pop culture, along with a lot of retailers in prominent display at the show. One thing also appreciated was that comics were far more emphasized than pop culture stars, and that’s one thing I always do appreciate at LBCC. Hopefully next year, they’ll bring over the bigger hitters in comics to really close the year with a bang. Star power does draw more crowds, and I for one would love to see LBCC thrive and succeed for the next 5 years and beyond. And now, onto some photos!

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A line forms inside the convention hall on Saturday morning.

 

 

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Artist Alley is bustling in the morning.

 

 

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An awesome array of pop culture cars. But it’s not complete without…

 

 

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The Batmobile. Chicks dig the Batmobile.

 

 

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Gene Ha and his awesome banner graces LBCC.

 

 

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Amanda Conner signs her Harley Quinn for eager fans.

 

 

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Mark Waid signing for eager fans.

 

 

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Mark Texeira signing comics for fans.

 

 

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Todd Nauck’s list is currently closed.

 

 

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Richard Friend showing off his portfolio to customers.

 

 

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Alex Sinclair working on a commission at LBCC!

 

 

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Tim Bradstreet sketching for fans.

 

 

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Andrew Robinson selling the graphic novel of 2013, The Fifth Beatle!

 

 

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Carlos D’Anda wants you to buy his art!

 

And now, onto some cosplayers!

 

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A new meaning to the term robot chicken.

 

 

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Iron Man and Tony Stark gracing the hall floor.

 

 

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Why so serious?

 

 

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Black Cat crosses your path!

 

 

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I asked why they were at LBCC, but they said I needed level 7 clearance.

 

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Power Girl flexing her muscles!

 

 

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This kid is making me go crazy!

 

 

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I am worthy of Mjolnir!

 

 

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Kid cosplayers are so darned cute!

 

 

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Pull my finger.

 

 

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Best costume of the show!

 

 

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Lance Henriksen is greeted by a friendly alien. Don’t miss more incredible moments at LBCC 2014!

Hero Initiative at Long Beach Comic Con 2013

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in need, will attend Long Beach Comic and Horror Con November 23rd and 24th at the Long Beach Convention Center in an entirely new way—with foosball!

That’s right! Hero will have a foosball table at its booth, #406, all weekend. The table comes courtesy of Foosball Master Tour, and you can test your skills in special challenge matches against well-known artists Jon Bogdanove, Jimmy Palmiotti, Darick Robertson, and Alex Sinclair to raise money for Hero Initiative. Get practicing now!

The convention continues its dual traditions of Helping Hero and producing AMAZING limited edition prints with its They Live, Halloween, The Birds and The Hunger prints! Each print is limited to only 100 copies each, and available at $30 each at the Long Beach Con store in the main lobby. In addition, 30 copies each of They Live and Halloween will be available autographed by legendary director John Carpenter for $50 each at the Storm King Productions booth, #913 on the floor. All proceeds from They Live and Halloween benefit Hero, along with partial proceeds from The Birds and The Hunger!

And Hero is having a special $1 sale all weekend! You can pick up great product such as the Salimba graphic novel, Vision Machine graphic novel, and even Hero T-shirts at a mere $1 each! There’s a limit of one per item per customer, and supplies are limited, so get to booth #406 FAST!

And make sure to visit the outstanding Long Beach Artists Alley, where creators are collecting money for Hero Initiative. Please visit Jon Bogdanove (booth #1009), Amanda Conner (#1300), Gene Ha (#1412), Jimmy Palmiotti (#1301), Whilce Portacio (#1200), Brian Pulido (#508), Norm Rapmund (#1901), Darick Robertson (#1709) and Alex Sinclair (#1410). Check them out, and kick in a buck when you ask them to sign your books. It’s a win/win for everyone!

Long Beach Comic Con Announces Full Guest Slate

LONG BEACH COMIC CON OCTOBER 2-4, ANNOUNCES FULL SLATE OF COMIC AND MASS MEDIA GUESTS

Jeph Loeb & Geoff Johns Head All-Star Cast Of Comic Writers, Creators & Artists

Lou Ferrigno, Rob Van Damn, Christy Hemme, Brande Roderick, Sandra Taylor Herb Jefferson Jr., Among Others To Appear at Inaugural Event

Baltimore, MD June 29, 2009 – Long Beach Comic Con (LBCC), October 2-4, 2009, at the Long Beach Convention Center in downtown Long Beach, California has confirmed an all-star slate of comic writers, creators and artists as well as a wide array of mass media celebrities to its growing list of previously announced exhibitors. Special guests include television and comic icon Jeph Loeb along with DC Comics legend Geoff Johns. LBCC invites fans to come out and get a chance to meet the industry’s best and brightest.

Celebrity figures scheduled to appear include Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) Martin Klebba (The Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy); Rob Van Dam, (Former WWE / ECW Superstar); Christy Hemme (TNA Wrestling Diva); Darcy DeMoss (Friday the 13th VI & VII); Meredith Salenger (Race to Witch Mountain); Luciana Carro (Battlestar Galactica); Herb Jefferson Jr. (Battlestar Galactica); Brande Roderick (Celebrity Apprentice, 2001 Playmate of the Year); Sandra Taylor (Under Siege 2, Batman & Robin, Playboy Model); Ami Dolenz (Witchboard 2: The Devils Doorway, Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings); Mia St. John (Current WBC Int’l Boxing Champion); and from the “Who Wants To Be A Superhero?” TV Series, Feedback, Fat Momma, Ms. Limelight and Hygena.

“The talent line-up being put together for LBCC is coming together quite nicely. We are so appreciative of the support the industry is showing to our inaugural show,” said event planner Martha Donato, President of MAD Event Management. “We’ll be utilizing all of our talent as we finalize our programming schedule. There will definitely be something for everyone.”

Notable comic artists committed to appear thus far include Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex); Amanda Conner (Supergirl); Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern); Tim Bradstreet (Punisher, Blade); Dustin Nguyen (Detective Comics); Scott Lobdell (Uncanny X-Men); Peter Stiegerwald (Soulfire, Fathom: Kiani, Ultimate Wolverine); Alex Sinclair (All-Star Batman & Robin); Mike Choi (Witchblade); and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night).

For a complete list of events, guests, activities, ticket prices and times, visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

Tickets will also be available at select comic book and hobby shops in the Los Angeles area.

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About MAD Event Management

MAD Event Management is an all-purpose event planning facilitator whose principal owner has over 12 years of experience producing annual large-scale consumer conventions around the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas. MAD’s capabilities include: Site Selection, Exhibit Staffing, Marketing Plans, Vendor Selection, Floor Plan Development, On-Site Execution, Sponsor Exhibitor Sales, Travel Management, Contract Development, Setup & Disassembly and Contract Coordination. Visit www.madeventmanagement.com for additional information.