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

The Big ECC Party

Press Release:

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.

IL – Itty Bitty Hellboy Day

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Dark Horse and Mike Mignola have declared Saturday, March 22nd HELLBOY DAY! Art Baltazar will be on hand signing copies of Itty Bitty Hellboy and sketching from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will be running 25% Off all Hellboy and related trades and merchandise. The first ten people to buy HELLBOY VOL. 1 SEED OF DESTRUCTION at normal cover price will receive the first B.P.R.D. trade for FREE! Dark Horse sent us a bunch of awesome giveaway swag for Hellboy Day. No purchase necessary.

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Aw Yeah Comics 
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-423-2916

BR – Hellboy Day Signing

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Fábio Moon (BPRD: Vampire, Daytripper) appears at Quanta Academia de Artes in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday March 22nd at 6:30 pm in celebration of Hellboy’s 20th anniversary! Fábio has created an all-new Hellboy story in collaboration with Mike Mignola to mark the occasion!

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Quanta Academia de Artes
Rua Dr. José de Queirós Aranha, 246
Vila Mariana
São Paulo, SP, 04106-061, Brasil
0(XX)11 3214-0553

NYC – Hellboy Day Signing

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Celebrate Hellboy Day at Midtown Comics Downtown with a special signing with Itty Bitty Hellboy artist Franco on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm!

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038

ON – Hellboy Day Signing

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Tonci Zonjic, artist of the Hellboy title LOBSTER JOHNSON, for a special signing at the store in honour of HELLBOY DAY, March 22nd!

Tonci Zonjic will be signing and sketching from 2pm-4pm on the second floor of The Beguiling. In honour of this event (and Hellboy Day!) we will be offering specials on Hellboy comics and graphic novels all day! See in-store for details.

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The Beguiling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7

OR – Elfquest Signing

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Wendy Pini and Richard Pini, creators of the fantasy epic Elfquest, appear at the Portland TFAW March 26 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for a signing and Q&A! Attendees can pick up issues #1 and #2 of Elfquest: The Final Quest from Dark Horse Comics and enjoy free food and beer (those 21+ with valid ID).

Debuting in 1978, Elfquest grew to become a cult hit series with millions of fans. Focusing on a community of elves who struggle to survive on a primitive Earth-like planet, this fantasy epic has captured the imaginations of comic book readers worldwide. Now, after a break of several years, the Pinis have returned with Elfquest: The Final Quest, the action-packed continuation fans have been waiting for!

Bring your questions: the Q&A will be from 7 to 8 p.m., with the signing after. Don’t miss the next thrilling chapter of Elfquest: meet the creators and hang out with your fellow fans March 26 at the Portland TFAW!

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Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

OR – Will Eisner Week 2014

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Dark Horse Comics Executive Editor Diana Schutz appears at the Art Institute of Portland on Wednesday March 5th at 7:00 pm gives an in-depth presentation on the innovative and prolific 70-year career of the founding father of sequential art, Will Eisner. As Eisner’s editor for several years until his 2005 death, Schutz brings a uniquely personal insight into his work.

Art Institute of Portland
1122 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209

PA – Breath of Bones Release Party

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Comic artist Dave Wachter releases a new graphic novel Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem at the Toonseum on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm!

Press Release:

As a special Will Eisner Week presentation Dave Wachter will be releasing his latest work “Breath of Bones: a Tale of the Golem” at the ToonSeum on March 8th from 6pm-9pm. With a dark and gritty feel, “Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem” touches on both historical elements and horror as a new edition of the Breath of Bones series designed by Wachter and Steve Niles

About the Book:

A British plane crashes in a Jewish village, sparking a Nazi invasion. Using clay and mud from the river, the villagers bring to life a giant monster to battle for their freedom and future.

About Dave:

Dave has been creating comics since childhood, but his career as an adult began in 2004 when he and writer Jim Clark teamed up for their critically acclaimed self-published series Scar Tissue. Following that success, they again collaborated on the epic Western web-comic The Guns of Shadow Valley, which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic and a Harvey Award for Best Online Work. His work for larger comic publishers began in 2010 with Robert Bloch’s That Hellbound Train (penned by Joe and John Lansdale), for IDW Publishing. Dave’s work as a guest artist can also been seen in their Godzilla series, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In 2012 he illustrated the horror fable Night of 1,000 Wolves, also for IDW. That same year brought a nomination for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award in comics.2013 saw a collaboration with Steve Niles on Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem for Dark Horse Comics, and a successful Kickstarter campaign to print the hardcover collected edition of The Guns of Shadow Valley, which has also been picked up for publication by Dark Horse in late Summer 2014. After Cincinnati, then Chicago, Pittsburgh is now the third city in which Dave has come to hang his hat.

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The ToonSeum
945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

CA – Hellboy Day Signing

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Mike Mignola appears at Meltdown Comics on Saturday March 22nd at 2:00 pm to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of HELLBOY!

Press Release:

March 2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of Mike Mignola’s career-defining release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1. After the character’s somewhat humble beginnings as an eight-page feature in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic Con Comics special, Seed of Destruction would begin the long life of the beloved “beast of the apocalypse.”

To celebrate, Dark Horse Comics is proclaiming March 22, 2014 as “Hellboy Day,” with events happening in comic shops around the country! Dark Horse is inviting our retail partners to celebrate with us, by offering up exclusive promotional materials, as well as ordering discounts on all Hellboy and BPRD backlist titles.

Additionally, Dark Horse will produce an all-new sampler comic featuring two classic Mignola tales: “The Ghoul” and “Another Day at The Office,” as well as two new stories by Mignola, Fabio Moon, and R. Sikoryak!

Dark Horse is also pleased to announce that Meltdown Comics and Collectibles in West Hollywood, CA will be hosting Mike Mignola on March 22! Look for more details to come on the event.

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Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

CAPS Launches Stan & Sharon Sakai Benefit Auction on March 6th

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**UPDATE** Auctions begin TODAY on eBay starting at 5PM PST/8PM EST at the link!!

Press Release:

CAPS TO LAUNCH ART AUCTION FEATURING ORIGINAL WORKS BY MATT GROENING, JACK DAVIS, MIKE MIGNOLA, J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, ADAM HUGHES AND HUNDREDS MORE TO BENEFIT FELLOW CARTOONIST STAN SAKAI AND FAMILY

On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Southern California’s CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society, will launch an ongoing series of eBay auctions of original comic art. Its goal is to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO. Sharon has been battling a debilitating brain tumor for some time; after an extended hospital stay and convalescence, she is currently at home, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicine that costs more than the Sakai’s insurance covers. 100% of the proceeds of these auctions will go directly to Stan and Sharon Sakai to help pay their ongoing medical expenses.

Known for his exquisite work with female characters, J. Scott Campbell created this wonderful ink drawing to benefit Sharon & Stan Sakai in the CAPS auction.

Known for his exquisite work with female characters, J. Scott Campbell created this wonderful ink drawing to benefit Sharon & Stan Sakai in the CAPS auction.

The CAPS auctions will be conducted through eBay.com beginning on Thursday, March 6, with a new set of auctions every following Thursday. Each auction, sold under the seller name of “CAPSauction”, will be ten days in length with twenty to forty items in each set of auctions. The donations of original artwork and collectibles (including newly created art unique to this event, vintage comic book pages, comic strips, illustrations, animation art, limited edition statues, and IDW Artist’s editions books) number over three hundred with new items arriving every day.

Contributors include: Adam Hughes, Alex Maleev, Arthur Adams, Batton Lash, Eric Powell, Jan Duursema, Jerry Ordway, Jordi Bernet, Matt Groening, Michael Allred, Mike Mignola, Paul Gulacy, Sanjuliàn, Scott Shaw!, Jim Steranko, Tim Sale, William Stout, Bill Sienkiewicz, Cameron Stewart, Dan Brereton, Daniel Parsons, Dave Gibbons, Dean Yeagle, Doug Sneyd, Dustin Nguyen, Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Sergio Aragonés, Fabio Moon, Francisco Francavilla, Gene Ha, Geof Darrow, Gilbert Hernandez, Jack Davis, James O’Barr, Kevin Eastman, Jeff Lemire, Jeff Smith, Kazu Kibuishi, Liam Sharp, Tom Richmond, Michael Jantze, Olivia, Oscar Martin, Paul Chadwick, Richard Corben, Tom Mandrake, Walter Simonson, Charles Vess, Dan Spiegle, J. Scott Campbell and many more.

Many of the pieces featuring Usagi Yojimbo will appear in a new oversized hardcover book from Dark Horse, THE SAKAI PROJECT: ARTISTS CELEBRATE THIRTY YEARS OF USAGI YOJIMBO, which will be released on July 23, 2014. All proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai. Much of the custom Usagi Yojimbo art created for this book will also be sold as a part of CAPS’ online auctions.

These fund-raising auctions will be promoted through ComicArtFans.com, and the CAPS – COMIC ART PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY Facebook page where you will be able to see updated information such as when certain pieces will be auctioned.

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