Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in medical and financial need, will be attending San Jose’s Big WOW! ComicFest on April 18-19th at the San Jose Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos St. in San Jose.
Hero will be at booth #300 on the convention floor, and Hero Initiative Ambassadors on the con floor will collecting for Hero include: Brent Anderson, Dan Brereton, Dave Gibbons, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Joseph Michael Linsner, John Livesay, Bill Morrison, Marat Mychaels, Paolo Rivera, and Chrissie Zullo. Make sure you stop by and do the right thing!
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 $700,000 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.
May 14, 2014 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, California, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Gaming, Horror, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
Big Wow! Comic Fest Returns to San Jose on May 17th & 18th, 2014, bringing two great days of Comic Book, Art, Anime, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Cosplay FUN! Many of the country’s best vendors of all things cool and collectible will tempt your wallets with the perfect gifts for Geek, Nerds, Fans and True Collectors, everywhere!
Founded in 1979 as “Super-Con”, Big Wow! Comic Fest is not only Northern California’s Longest-Running Comic-Con, but is this year’s Only Major Comics Event in the San Francisco Bay Area!
As the Original Artist-Friendly Show, we have Fantastic Comic Book Creator Guests spanning all decades and genres! This year we are pleased to welcome as our Featured Guests: Charlie Adlard (Artist for the popular “Walking Dead” series), Legendary Illustrator Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men, Avengers), Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola, Fan-Favorites… Travis Charest (Weapons of the Metabarons), Art Adams (X-Men, Godzilla), and more Special Guests including: Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Mike Zeck (Punisher, Spider-Man, Secret Wars), Joe Linsner (Dawn), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama, Disney Poster Artist), Alex Nino (Dead Ahead), Sergio Aragones (Mad Magazine, Groo the Wanderer), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), and many more confirmed and added to our website! Over 200 Comic Creators!
Meet, get autographs, and learn the secrets of Show Biz from our spectacular CELEBRITY GUESTS:
GODZILLA is in the House…Meet Kenpachiro Satsuma, in 1984’s RETURN OF GODZILLA, he would land the title role of Godzilla and continue as the King of Monsters for the next 11 years. This is first time to America in over 20 years.
Also from Japan, meet Satoshi Furuya he enthralled generations of children with his portrayal of the original Ultraman.
Jane Wiedlin is the sexy and charismatic guitar player for The GoGos! One of the best known Rock/Pop groups to emerge from the 1980’s, Jane is back at work, creating a stage production for her self published comic series “Lady Robotica”.
Also Appearing will be: Kevin Bernard Grevioux (Co-Writer, Producer and actor in “Underworld”, “I, Frankenstein” and comic book writer), Damion Poitier (Avengers (in the last 2 minutes, he was the surprise Villian), Star Trek, Hunter Prey…and the son of Sidney Poitier). Also, C. Andrew Nelson (Darth Vader), Parker Stevenson (Hardy Boys), Richard Kiel (007 “Jaws”), William Katt (Greatest American Hero, House)…and more
COSPLAY Guests Jessica Nigri, Riddle (star of “Heroes of Cosplay”), Ivy Doomkitty, Anthony Misano… and many more will all be on site. Along with hundreds and hundreds of amazing fans all in costume.
Super-Star Cartoonist and Big Wow! Bigwig Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, 50 Girls 50), will teach a 90-minute Figure Drawing Workshop with a live model, demonstrating fundamentals of technique and style. Any aspiring artist is welcome to sit in the audience and work along with Frank, who will provide priceless tips and critiques! And Inker Extraordinaire Mick Gray (Starman, Promethea) will once again provide a weekend-long inking demonstration as he works on his current comic book assignment at his booth! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see professional comic artists at work!
In conjunction with San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, Big Wow! Comic Fest proudly presents “BATMAN!, 75 years a Hero” Featuring Seven Decades of Original Art and Memorabilia from the DC Comics world-famous Super Hero. Also, there will be 2 additional shows, “The Art of MIKE ZECK!” And “The ART of FAMOUS MONSTERS”.
And Speaking of Famous Monsters… We are hosting the 1st Annual “Horror/Fantasy/Sci-Fi Film Festival” with the legendary Famous Monsters Magazine… who are also hosting our Japanese guest, and presenting the “Famous Monsters of Filmland” Pavilion with guests, props, make-up and costume designers and more.
And no Big Wow! ComicFest is complete without our:
Live Art Auction, Costume/Cosplay Contest (Saturday night directly after the show), Gaming, Card & Role-Playing Games, “Creature Features Live” with host: John Stanley, showing the original “Night of the Living Dead.”
Panel Discussions, including: Creating Comics, The Art of Self-Publishing, and how to Design and Create Your Own Costumes! There will be 5 rooms of programming going on, throughout the show.
Tickets are available on the website. And we have tickets available at over 30 participating comic book stores around Northern California.
Admission is only:
1 Day Adult $25.00 (at the door)
2 Day Adult $35.00 (at the door)
1 Day Child (8-14) $10.00 (at the door)
2 Day Child $15.00 (at the door)
CHILDREN UNDER 8 ARE FREE!
*Save $5.00 Off Admission! Buy tickets online, or at many local Comic Book Stores!
FOR MORE INFORMATION we will always have guest and programming updates for the show at: www.bigwowcomicfest.com. Also, most of our Guests will be available before the show for online, phone and in some cases, personal appearance Interviews.
November 25, 2012 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Horror, Massachusetts, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories
New England’s biggest and best comic book convention returns on April 20-21, 2013 to the Hynes Convention Center! Joining us this year is a veritable who’s who of amazing comic creators. The growing list of special guests includes Sergio Aragones, Mark Bagley, Nick Bradshaw, Mark Brooks, Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, Colleen Doran, David Finch, Joseph Michael Linsner, David Mack, Ed McGuinness, Mike Mignola, Dustin Nguyen, Jimmy Palmiotti, George Perez, Amy Reeder, Don Rosa, Tim Seeley, William Stout, and more to be announced! Tell your friends!
Tickets are $25 per day or $40 for the weekend and available through Eventbrite at the link!
Artist alley and vendor table registration is also open. Forms can be found on the Boston Comic Con website.
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. Next year’s convention will be held Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st opening at 10:00 am each day at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
Joseph Michael Linsner and Rahsan Ekedal sign at Dark Delicacies on Thursday March 15, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) is proud to present three limited edition scents in partnership with Hero Initiative:
• Dawn: Mourning Victory, part of BPAL’s Dawn line
• Cyborg, part of the Grendel line
• Magdalena, part of the Witchblade line.
The three scents will make their debut at a special party Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at Dark Delicacies.
All three perfume oils will retail for $26 each for a 5 ml bottle, and a portion of all proceeds will benefit Hero Initiative, the first federally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators in medical and financial need.
Best of all, Dawn creator Joseph Michael Linsner and Top Cow Productions’ Echoes artist Rahsan Ekedal will be in attendance at the party! Don’t miss this exclusive evening to get your scents, sketches and signatures!
And fans of Matt Wagner’s Grendel will be able to pick up a copy of Hero Comics featuring a Grendel cover for a mere $1, a $4 value!
All three scents will be available to the general public starting April 4th, 2012 at www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com
“As an artist, I’ve spent the last 20 years trying to animate the world that Dawn lives in. I am thankful to BPAL for bringing another rich dimension of that reality to life,” said Joseph Michael Linsner, who will also be Hero Initiative’s guest all weekend at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA March 16-18.
“We love working with the Hero Initiative,” said Kathy Flynn of Black Phoenix. “All of us at BPAL are huge comic fans, so we really enjoy working with such fabulous creators, and introducing our customers to great comics they may have overlooked. And the cause is so worthwhile; it’s something we all can get behind.”
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Hero Initiative is spending the long Labor Day weekend at Dragon*Con, the multi-media and pop culture convention at the Atlanta Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia September 3rd -6th.
Joining Hero is special guest George Pérez, known for his work on The Avengers, Justice League America and New Teen Titans. Pérez will be doing quick head sketches for $20 each to raise money for Hero Initiative, the first federally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book writers and artists in need, at booth #BT-20 all weekend. Don’t miss out!
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will debut limited edition scents based on the groundbreaking comic book series Dawn by Joseph Michael Linsner. These four scents, Dawn: Maiden, Dawn: Mother, Dawn: Crone and Dawn: Cernunnos, will debut at Dragon*Con’s Pop Art Reception Exclusives Release Party on Friday September 3 at 8:30 p.m. at Regency V in the Atlanta Hyatt Regency. Following the reception, the fragrances will be available at Hero Initiative booth and the Linsner booth, BT-18 and 19, in the Grand Hall East of the Hyatt Regency. They will also be available starting Tuesday, Sept. 7th at the website.
Proceeds from every $25 bottle sold go to the Hero Initiative. Joseph Michael Linsner will be on hand at Dragon*Con, which also hosts The Dawn Look-a-Like contest, which will be held this year on Saturday, September 4 at 8 p.m.
And as George Pérez is at Dragon*Con, we’ll ALSO have a limited supply Black Phoenix’ Sachs and Violens perfume based on the Peter David/George Pérez comic. For more information, check out the website.
Hero Initiative’s booth schedule for booth #BT-20 is as follows:
FRI, September 3 (event hours 1-6 p.m.)
2:30-3:30: Mike McKone
4:00-6:00: George Perez
SAT, September 4 (event hours 10 a.m-6 p.m.)
12:30-4:30: George Perez
SUN, September 5 (event hours 10 a.m-6 p.m.)
12:30-2:30: Mike McKone
MON, September 6 (event hours 10 a.m-3 p.m.)
10:30am-12:30pm: George Perez
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Throughout the upcoming Book Expo of America, Image Comics (booth #2767), the premier creator-owned graphic novel and comic book publisher, will be featuring many of our titles including The Walking Dead, Spawn, Wanted, G-Man, I Kill Giants, American Jesus, Nocturnals, Witchblade, Invincible, Dawn, Liberty Meadows, Darkness and their children’s imprint, Silverline Books.
Company representatives Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson, Image Partner and Silverline Books Publisher Jim Valentino, PR & Marketing Coordinator Joe Keatinge and Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik will be in attendance the entire weekend. In addition, The Image Comics 2009 Book Catalogue and samples of various titles will be available.
And if that’s not enough, we will have various creators signing some of their most popular works, including Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman, Liberty Meadows creator Frank Cho, G-Man cartoonist Chris Giarrusso and Witchblade writer Ron Marz.
Full Signing Schedule
12 – 2 PM: Ron Marz, signing copies of Witchblade Volume 1
2 – 4 PM: Chris Giarrusso, signing copies of G-Man: Learning to Fly, Vol. 1
12 – 2 PM: Robert Kirkman, signing copies of The Walking Dead Vol. 1, Invincible Vol. 1 and The Astounding Wolf-Man Vol. 1
2 – 4 PM: Frank Cho, signing copies of Apes & Babes: The Art of Frank Cho and Liberty Meadows Vol. 1 10th Anniversary Edition
10 – 12 PM: Chris Giarrusso, signing copies of G-Man: Learning to Fly, Vol. 1