Hero Initiative Heads to Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 with Exclusive Creators Joshua Dysart, Dennis O’Neil, Khoi Pham

September 19, 2017 by  
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Hero Initiative, the nonprofit that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, is heading to Baltimore Comic-Con September 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center. And Hero’s booth, #1501, is the ONLY place to find creators Joshua Dysart (Living Level-3: IraqDennis O’Neil (Green Lantern/Green Arrow) and Khoi Pham (Mighty Avengers). This amazing group will be signing and sketching all weekend to support out cause! Don’t miss out!

And Hero Initiative Ambassadors will be collecting for Hero on the con floor. Please swing by and say “hi” to: Reilly Brown, Mark Buckingham, Jim Calafiore, Richard Case, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Brian Haberlin, Phil Hester, JG Jones, Matt Kindt, Barry Kitson, Jay Leisten, Laura Martin, Dustin Nguyen, Jerry Ordway, Steve Orlando, Greg Pak, Jeff Parker, Andrew Pepoy, Brandon Peterson, Keith Pollard, Craig Rousseau, Stan Sakai, Bart Sears, Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Andy Smith, Joe Staton, Mark Waid, Marv Wolfman, and Rich Woodall. Stop on by and do the right thing!

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 $1 million 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.

Image Schedule at WonderCon 2016

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Press Release:

Image Comics is pleased to return to WonderCon this year on Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27, 2016.
VARIANTS SOLD AT THE IMAGE BOOTH (#1802):

  • Circuit Breaker #1 WonderCon Variant by Kevin McCarthy and Kyle Baker, cover by Kyle Baker ($10)
  • Tokyo Ghost HC Convention Variant by Rick Remender and Sean Gordon Murphy, cover by Sean Gordon Murphy ($35)

PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:

Image Comics: Where Creators Own Creativity, Friday, 3/25/16, 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m., Room: 403AB

The sky’s the limit with comics, as Joe Harris (SNOWFALL), Keenan Marshall Keller (THE HUMANS), Brian Schirmer (BLACK JACK KETCHUM), Jimmie Robinson (POWER LINES), and Brian Haberlin (FASTER THAN LIGHT) know very well. New creativity has been crucial to the success of comics and drives the most compelling stories out there. In this panel, we’ll discuss the importance of creativity and resonant ideas when creating comics. There’s no story that comics can’t handle, so don’t be afraid to go deep or weird or both.

Top Cow Productions: From Then to Now, Saturday, 3/26/16, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 515B

Founded by Marc Silvestri in 1992, Top Cow Productions soon made its name as the publisher of hit comics like Witchblade, The Darkness, and Cyberforce. The series stood the test of time, spawning a whole multimedia empire. Sit down with Marc Silvestri, Matt Hawkins (COO of Top Cow Productions), and Bryan Hill (Story Editor) for an exclusive look at where Top Cow has been and where it’s going next.

Image Comics: Where Creators Own Craft, Saturday, 3/26/16, 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m., Room: 403AB

Ed Brubaker (THE FADE OUT), Kurtis Wiebe (RAT QUEENS), Tom Neely (THE HUMANS), Greg Hinkle (AIRBOY), and Malachi Ward (ISLAND) all bring one important thing to their work: a very, very high level of craft. Craft is what makes comics go—it makes for beautiful art, clever writing, and amazing storytelling. Craft is a product of talent, hard work, and experience—if you want to know what it takes, come listen to the best.

SIGNINGS HOSTED AT IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#1802):

FRIDAY, MARCH 25TH

12:00 – 12:45 PM    Greg Hinkle
1:00 – 1:45 PM    Ed Brubaker, ticketed
2:00 – 2:45 PM    Jimmie Robinson
3:00 – 3:45 PM    Brian Haberlin
4:00 – 4:45 PM    Kyle Baker & Kevin McCarthy
5:00 – 5:45 PM    Dustin Nguyen
6:00 – 6:45 PM    Joe Harris

SATURDAY, MARCH 26TH

10:00 – 10:45 AM    Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel
11:00 – 11:45 AM    Joe Harris
12:00 – 12:45 PM    Malachi Ward
1:00 – 1:45 PM    Kurtis Wiebe, ticketed
2:00 – 2:45 PM    Kyle Baker & Kevin McCarthy
3:00 – 3:45 PM    Sina Grace
4:00 – 4:45 PM    Ed Brubaker, ticketed
5:00 – 5:45 PM    Brian Schirmer
6:00 – 6:45 PM    Tom Neely and Keenan Marshall Keller

SUNDAY, MARCH 27TH

11:00 – 11:45 AM    Kurtis Wiebe, ticketed
12:00 – 12:45 PM    Brian Schirmer
1:00 – 1:45 PM    Tom Neely and Keenan Marshall Keller
2:00 – 2:45 PM    Sina Grace, Amber Benson, Daniel Freedman, ticketed
3:00 – 3:45 PM    Kyle Baker & Kevin McCarthy

 

CBLDF Announces Parties & Signings for NYCC 2015

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cbldf_logoPress Release:

New York Comic-Con is just around the corner, and CBLDF is ready to welcome fans to NYC with the CBLDF NYCC Welcome Party and the CBLDF Liberty Annual Signing and Release Party!

First, join CBLDF at Forbidden Planet (832 Broadway, New York, New York) on Thursday, October 8, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., for the CBLDF Liberty Annual signing with Fred Van Lente, Sina Grace, Bob Fingerman, R Sikoryak, and other fantastic creators!

After the signing, we’ll wander mere blocks away to the Village Pourhouse (64 3rd Avenue, New York, New York) for the CBLDF NYCC Welcome Party and CBLDF Liberty Annual Release Party! Guaranteed to be one of the best parties at NYCC, the party begins at 8:00 p.m., and fans will have the chance to mingle with comics superstars!

The party is free to CBLDF members ($10 suggested donation for non-members) and features drink specials, door prizes, and gift bags for attendees. The first 30 people through the door after 8:00 p.m. with take home an exclusive t-shirt featuring artwork by Duncan Fegredo, courtesy of Threadless!

To RSVP for the CBLDF NYCC Welcome Party, visit the event page here.

On Friday, October 9, 8:00 p.m., don’t miss the Image Comics NYCC Afterparty at Bowlmor Times Square (222 West 44th St, New York, New York)! Mingle with special guests Adam McGovern, Alex de Campi, Amy Reeder, Antony Johnston, Ben Mackey, Bob Fingerman, Brandon Montclare, Brian Haberlin, Brian Joines, Brian Buccellato, Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Declan Shalvey, Ed Brisson, Edwin Huang, Frank Barbiere, Ilias Kyriazis, Ivan Brandon, Jason Shawn Alexander, Jay Faerber, Jim Mahfood, Joe Eisma, Joe Harris, Joseph Keatinge, Justin Jordan, Kieron Gillen, Kyle Higgins, Leila del Duca, Martin Morazzo, Matt Wilson, Michael Moreci, Nick Dragotta, Ryan Browne, Sean Lewis, Steve Orlando, Stuart Moore, Wes Craig, and more (list subject to change)! A portion of proceeds from this party benefits CBLDF. RSVP here.

While you’re at NYCC, don’t miss CBLDF at booth 1764, where we’ll have signed books, posters and prints, and apparel on hand for fans old and new! 

CA – Faster Than Light #1 Signing

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Creator Brian Haberlin (Spawn, Anomaly, Witchblade) appears at Hypno Comics on Wednesday, September 9th at noon for the launch of Faster Than Light #1 from Image Comics.

RSVP on Facebook!

Hypno Comics & Games
1803 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 651-9767

Hero Initiative Will Have Exclusives, Parties, and Special Guests at SDCC 2014

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Hero Initiative SDCC 2014 Schedule

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Hero Initiative at San Diego Comic Con

With Overstreet exclusive and CGC Signings plus two great parties: Stone Brewing’s Hop-con and LA Times Hero Complex!

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 16, 2013) – The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is travelling into Comic-Con International in San Diego July 23-27 at the San Diego Convention center. We have exclusives, parties and special guests throughout the weekend at booth #5003 that you will not want to miss!

Hero Initiative Overstreet 2014It’s an anniversary for the Hero Initiative and The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. This year marks the fifth consecutive year Gemstone Publishing and Hero have teamed up to raise money for comic creators in need. Harkening back to the character’s earliest appearances, Wolverine is featured with the Hulk and Wendigo on the cover for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 Hero Initiative Edition. Returning even further to Wolverine’s roots, the Hero-exclusive cover is illustrated by Herb Trimpe, who teamed with a pair of superstars, inker Tom Palmer and colorist Laura Martin, for the piece. Gemstone Publishing’s Creative Director Mark Huesman designed the logo and trade dress.

This exclusive, 500-copy, limited hardcover edition will go on sale at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday, July 23, at our booth. An extremely limited number of copies will be available from Hero’s website and through a select group of participating retailers. There will be no softcover edition of this version, and it will retail for $35.

2014  w00t StoutWe hope to see you to kick things off Wednesday night—if you already have your ticket for Hop-Con 2.0: The w00tstout Launch Festival! The great event put on by Stone Brewing Co. is sold out, and features an amazing exclusive w00tstout beer with label drawn by the legendary Dave Gibbons! Make sure and get your tickets early for NEXT year!

CGC Signature SeriesFans who like to get their books signed and authenticated by CGC for Signature Series will definitely want to check out Hero’s exclusive signing with 17 top creators! Hero is the exclusive CGC Signature Series facilitator at the con for Amanda Conner, Chuck Dixon, Kevin Eastman, Dave Gibbons, Sina Grace, Brian Haberlin, Dan Jurgens, Andy Lanning, Ken Lashley, David Lloyd, Ron Marz, Danny Miki, Denny O’Neil, Jimmy Palmiotti, Louis Simonson, Walt Simonson and Chip Zdarsky!

Bring your books to the CGC booth, #901, NO later than Friday, July 25 at 5 p.m. Cost is $38 plus return shipping, and you don’t have to wait in lines!

And some great friends of Hero will be appearing at our booth, #5003, as well. Check out Ken Lashley on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., and Dan Jurgens on Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and Denny O’Neil Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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 $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 call 626-676-6354.

Hero Initiative Stampedes to Calgary Comic Expo 2014

April 25, 2014 by  
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Hero Initiative Calgary Specials

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Hero Initiative Stampedes to Calgary Comic Expo!

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 9, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need, travels to Calgary Comic Expo for the first time ever, April 24-27! (www.calgaryexpo.com).

Stop on by our creative ambassadors located all over the con floor who will be collecting donations for Hero: Reilly Brown, Brian Haberlin, Mark McKenna, Michael Oeming, Riley Rossmo, Greg Rucka, Fiona Staples, Arthur Suydam, and Jim Zub are all on the job. So do the right thing and DONATE!

And check out our con specials at our booth, Y-19 and Y-20! We’re blowing out Violent Messiahs #1 and Cyberforce #2 for$1 each! Ultimate Spider-Man 100 Project and ACTOR Comics Presents are $2 each! What a deal!

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 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.

 

Hero Initiative Parties with Multiversity Comics and Dark Horse at Seattle Emerald City Comic Con 2014

March 19, 2014 by  
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The Big ECC Party

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Hero Initiative Parties with Multiversity Comics and Dark Horse At Seattle Emerald City Comic Con

Hero is celebrating 30 years of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 14, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, hits the Emerald City Comic con in Seattle, Wa. March 28-30 at the Washington State Convention center.

And we’re bringing our party hats! Hero is celebrating 30 years of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo at a party sponsored by Multiversity Comics and Dark Horse Comics! The party takes place at Rock Bottom Brewery, 1333 5th Avenue in Seattle, just four blocks from the convention center! Be there Friday March 28 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 at the door for this 21-and-over event. You can take party pics there at Seattle’s Facebooth (a photobooth worthy of your face!) and enter a raffle with great prizes to benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai!

Make sure you hit the Hero booth at the con, #t’k, and visit these Hero Ambassadors on the con floor who will be collecting donations throughout the weekend for our cause at their own tables: Arthur Adams, Chris Burnham, Kurt Busiek, Jonathan Case, Amanda Conner, Ryan Dunlavey, Chris Giarrusso, Brian Haberlin, Karl Kesel, Jai Nitz, Michael Oeming, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brandon Peterson, Darick Robertson, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Ben Templesmith, and Fred van Lente.

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 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.

Comic-Con International Announces 20 More Guests for SDCC 2014

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Via the Toucan Blog:

SPECIAL GUESTS WAVE 2 IS HERE!

20 More Guests Announced for Comic-Con International 2014!

Comic-Con International introduces twenty more guests for the 2014 event, to be held July 24-27 at the San Diego Convention Center. This second wave of guests for 2014 includes creators from mainstream and alternative comics, graphic novels, manga, and mystery/thriller books, plus a pair of comics historians. For complete bios and larger photos of these guests, please click here to visit our CCI 2014 Special Guests page!

Confirmed for Comic-Con International 2014 are these additional special guests:

CCI Wave 2 #1

June Brigman, artist, co-creator, Power Pack

Mark Brooks, cover artist, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers

Colleen Coover, artist, co-creator, Bandette

Chuck Dixon, writer, Batman, Airboy

Francesco Francavilla, writer/artist, The Black Beetle, Afterlife with Archie

Brian Haberlin, artist, Witchblade, Anomaly

Gregg Hurwitz, author, Tell No Lies, Batman: The Dark Knight

Batton Lash, writer/cartoonist, Supernatural Law, The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse

Jim Lee, co-publisher, DC Entertainment; artist, Justice League, Superman Unchained

Paul Levitz, editor, former publisher, DC Comics; writer, World’s Finest

CCI Wave 2 #2

Sara Mayhew, writer/artist, Legend of the Ztarr

Michelle Nolan, comics/pop culture historian, Love on the Racks, Ball Tales

Denny O’Neil, writer/editor, Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow

John Picacio, artist, A Song of Ice and Fire, Elric of Melnibone

Mimi Pond, cartoonist, Over Easy

Stan Sakai, creator, writer, cartoonist, Usagi Yojimbo

Jeff Smith, creator, writer/artist, Bone, RASL, Little Mouse Gets Ready

J. Michael Straczynski, creator, writer, Ten Grand, Sidekick, The Adventures of Apocalypse Al

Maggie Thompson, writer/editor/comics historian, Comics Buyer’s Guide

Paul Tobin, writer, co-creator, Bandette, Colder

Stay tuned for more special guest announcements for Comic-Con International 2014, coming soon!

CA – Shifter Signing

November 13, 2013 by  
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Brian Haberlin and Skip Brittenham appear at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday December 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM to sign their new comic SHIFTER!

Barnes & Noble – The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270

CA – Anomaly Signing

October 31, 2012 by  
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Skip Brittenham and Brian Haberlin sign at Barnes & Noble on Thursday November 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

Author Event
Celebrate the Los Angeles launch of Anomaly this evening with Skip Brittenham and Brian Haberlin and an all-star cast reading from this exciting and ground-breaking graphic nove! Prepare to be amazed.

Special Instructions Note:
This is a wristbanded event. Please check back soon for complete event details.

Barnes & Noble – The Grove at Farmers Market
189 Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270

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