Hero Initiative at Phoenix Comic Con 2012

May 22, 2012 by  
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Artist/writer Stuart Immonen (New Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man) will raffle off four sketches each day of the Phoenix Comicon (Phoenix AZ, May 24 – 27, 2012) to benefit the Hero Initiative. This is a rare opportunity to commission a sketch as Immonen famously declines requests as outlined in his book 50 Reasons to Stop Sketching at Conventions.

Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the non profit organization that helps comic creators in need, is spending its Memorial Day weekend at Phoenix Comic Con, May 24th thru 27th at the Phoenix Convention Center Hyatt Regency, booth #1048-1050.

Artist Stuart Immonen will be helping Hero out at the con! The artist of Marvel Comics’ X-Men and Fear Itself will be at his own artist alley table, but sketching ONLY for Hero! Stuart will do four full-size 11-by-17-commission sketches per day. To get in in, you MUST purchase raffle tickets at $1 each. Four tickets per day will be drawn, and winners will pay $200 for a single-character, full-figure grey marker wash drawing. Drawings take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at noon!

In addition, you MUST buy the Spawn/Lady Death Phoenix Con print with art by Andy Arias and inked by Todd McFarlane! Both McFarlane and Lady Death creator Brian Pulido will sign each print, limited to 250 serial-numbered pieces. All proceeds benefit Hero Initiative.

And go see John Layman! Layman, writer of the Image Comics hit Chew, has sat on both sides of the pitching process as an editor and as a creator. He’ll be putting on a special panel Sunday, May 27 at 130 p.m. to tell you what it takes to develop a winning pitch for your comics and graphic novels! Tickets to this in-depth workshop and Q&A are available ONLY with a $25 donation to Hero Initiative. Seating is limited!

And Hero’s booth schedule at the con is as follows:
Thursday (May 24) con hours 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
4:00-6:00: Mike Stewart
5:00-6:00: Denae Frazier
6:00-7:00: Ben Glendenning
7:00-8:00: Jason Gonzalez

Friday (May 25) con hours 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
12:30-1:30: Mike Stewart
1:30-2:30: Marat Mychaels
2:30-4:00: Jason Gonzalez

Saturday (May 26) con hours 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
12:30-1:30: Mike Stewart
3:00-3:45: JLA 100 signing: Andy Kuhn, Bill Tucci, Chris Moreno, Francis Manapul, George Perez, Marat Mychaels, Mark dos Santos, Ryan Cody, Scott Koblish, Scott Kolins, Stuart Sayger, Tony Parker

Sunday (May 27) con hours 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
11:30-12:30: Jim Hanna
1:230-1:30: Mike Stewart
1:30-2:30: Jay Fotos
2:30-4:00: Jason Gonzalez
4:00-5:00: Jim Hanna

Philadelphia Comic-Con Returns in November 2011 with Billy Tucci, Rick Leonardi, and More

November 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Pennsylvania

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Billy Tucci A Child is Born

Press Release:

It is the return of the Philadelphia Comic-Con on Sunday November 20th.  The comic book convention is held at the Ramada Philadelphia Airport located at 76 Industrial Highway (Route 291) in Essington, PA 19029.  The hotel is conveniently located between exits 8 and 9A off of I-95.  It is also close to I-76,I-476 and most bridges from New Jersey.  Show hours are 10 AM to 4 PM.  Admission is only $3 per person.  Students of any age are admitted free with a current id.  Also admitted free are active military personnel and their families.   Parking is also free on premises.  For those of you that do not drive Septa Bus Route 37 stops directly in front of the hotel.

It is quite a site to behold with 60+ tables at the show in the 4,500 square foot ballroom of the hotel.  Dealers from 6 states setup there selling, buying and even trading with collectors. Thousands and thousands of comic books from the 1940′s to present day will be for sale at the show.  Also available will be collecting supplies, graphic novels, action figures, statues, non-sportcards, dvd’s and original artwork.  The show has become a fan favorite for years with people travelling up to 3 hours one way just to shop at the show.

Special guest artists this month are Bill Tucci, Rob Feldman and Rick Leonardi.  Bill is the creator of Shi which since its inception has seen over 25 million comic books in print along with a whole host of related merchandise and tie in issues with Marvel and Image Comics.  A “Shi” movie is in the works with Tia Carrerre already signed on to star in this feature film project.  Bill’s latest project is an entire graphic novel based on the nativity.  This show will be the East Coast debut of his latest book.  More information on Bill can be found at crusadefinearts.com.  Rob is a locally based artist/web developer who’s creation Dr. Shroud has garnered an international audience with interest from Hollywood in optioning his work for an upcoming movie.    More information on Doctor Shroud can be found at drshroud.com.  Rick’s vast work in the comic industry since 1980 has garnered the respect from all artists in the field.  His work has encompassed most major characters from DC and Marvel Comics.  He also co-designed the black costume that Spider-Man wore in the “Secret Wars” storyline which later became the hugely popular character Venom.

Any questions about the convention can be sent to dwoywood@yahoo.com or we can be reached by phone at 856-217-5737.  Fans can also check us out on the web at www.philadelphiacomic-con.com.  Or on Facebook at facebook.com/comicbookshows.

Mike Carbo’s New York Comic Book Marketplace – A Free Admission Show for February 2011

Bill Sienkiewicz

Press Release:

Mike Carbo’s New York Comic Book Marketplace

Special One Day Free Admission Show

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 10AM – 6PM

Early VIP Admission 9AM-10AM

Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue, 18th Floor, New York City

www.NYCBM.com

Just in time to thaw out New York City, Mike Carbo will be having a FREE One Day Comic Book Show to warm the hearts of all comic loving fans!

Come and meet some of your favorite artists and comic book legends such as Bill Sienkiewicz, Dick Ayers, Irwin Hasen, Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Sean Chen, Rudy Nebres, Bill Tucci, Larry Hama and many more. Discover up and coming new artists and independent publishers. All of the artists are happy to meet and greet comic book lovers, sign autographs, and many will even draw sketches of their favorite characters.

For all those Star Wars fans come and meet Peter Mayhew, the one and only Chewbacca! Geoffrey Holder from the 007 Live and Let Die film will also be in attendance to meet with fans and sign autographs.

Over 100 dealer tables will be filled with comics old and new, toys, posters, trading cards, videos, and related pop-culture collectibles. This is an opportunity no true fan should miss!

Bring your children and help introduce a whole new generation to the fun filled, awe inspiring world of comics.

INFORMATION: Contact Mike Carbo 201-892-1212, mikecarbo@gmail.com

Hero Initiative’s MegaCon Schedule

March 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Florida, Top Stories

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Hero Initiative travels to MegaCon, the southeast’s largest comic book, science fiction/fantasy, anime, toys and gaming convention. The event takes place March 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. You can purchase tickets directly by clicking here!

First up, traveling along with us from Los Angeles is artist Joe Benitez, known for The Darkness, Batman, and Justice League of America! Stop by the booth and pick up an original sketch by Benitez. All proceeds benefit Hero Initiative.

Make sure you come back, because George Pérez, one of the most influential artists of all time, will be at the Hero booth. He’ll be sketching as well, and this is one you don’t want to pass up.

On Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., a special 11-man signing of Hero’s The Wolverine 100 Project will take place! Contributors Joe Benitez, Jim Calafiore, Mike Choi, Darwyn Cooke, Joe Jusko, Andy Smith, Bill Tucci, Mike McKone, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mike Perkins, and Brandon Peterson will be at the booth exclusively signing Hero’s recent release. Get them while they are available, and get them signed by our team!

And that’s not all! Florida resident and acclaimed writer Steve Perry will be visiting the Hero booth as well. Perry is best known as one of the original writers of the Thundercats and Silverhawks TV shows, and Timespirits comics. Perry was diagnosed with cancer in February, 2009, and being the single father of a 9-year-old son, he struggled to make ends meet while battling his severe illness. After being homeless, having no work, and living in his car with his son, Hero Initiative is proud to help Perry pull him through this difficult time. He wants to say “thanks” by stopping by. Thank you, Steve!

Lastly, Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia has generously donated approximately 40 items that will be available through a silent auction. Items include a Hugh Jackman autographed Wolverine 8×10 Photo, Johnny Depp autographed 8×10 Photo, Elijah Wood autographed Frodo 8×10 Photo, Robert Downey Jr. & Jeff Bridges Dual Signed Iron Man 8×10 Photo and a Spider-Man limited edition lithograph with actual film cel, to name a few. The items will be on display in the lobby and at the Hero booth. Part of the proceeds will go to Hero Initiative.

Our Schedule is as follows:

Fri., 12 MAR, con hours 1-7
1:30-3:30: George Pérez
2:00-3:00: 100 Wolverines: Joe Benitez, Jim Calafiore, Mike Choi, Darwyn Cooke, Joe Jusko, Andy Smith, Bill Tucci, Mike McKone, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mike Perkins, Brandon Peterson
4:00-5:30: Joe Benitez
5:30-7:00: George Pérez

Sat., 13 MAR; con hours 10-6
10:00-12:00: George Pérez
12:00-2:00: Joe Benitez
2:00-4:00: George Pérez
4:00-6:00: Joe Benitez

Sun., 14 MAR; con hours 10-5
10:00-12:00: George Pérez
12:00-1:00: Joe Benitez
1:00-3:00: George Pérez
3:00-5:00: Joe Benitez

About Grandstand Sports and Memorabilia:

Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia Inc. is a domestic and international provider of hand signed authentic sports memorabilia. Since it’s inception the company has held a domestic and international presence in both retail and wholesale markets. The corporate office is located in New York City. Aside from our charity and retail presence, Grandstand works with numerous corporations including: top sports internet sites such as espn.com and major financial companies. Grandstand also provides exclusive memorabilia to both Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s by mail catalogs. Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia, 148 Madison Ave14th Floor New York, NY 10016, 212-532-8900, 888-78-GRAND

About The Hero Initiative:

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict 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 $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit the website or call 626-676-6354.