MN – Ben 10 Signing

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Come meet Gordon Purcell, artist of the new Ben10 comic book series from IDW comics and Protectors Inc from Image Comics, this Saturday, November 23rd from 1 to 4PM at Comic Book College. Gordon will be available to sign your copies of the comic books and available for doing commission sketches!

COMIC BOOK COLLEGE
3145 Hennepin Ave. So. Minneapolis, MN 55408
612-822-2309

Hero Initiative Breezing into C2E2 2012 with Bill Willingham

April 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

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Hero Initiative hits Chicago for C2E2

With special guest Bill Willingham!

Los Angeles CA, April 9, 2012 Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in need, will be breezing into the windy city of Chicago with the legendary Bill Willingham to attend Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo April 13-15th. Also known as C2E2, the convention will be held at the North Building at McCormick Place located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois.

Willingham, perhaps best known for his work on Fables and Fairest for DC Comics, will be signing and sketching all weekend at booth #704. Proceeds will go directly to Hero Initiative, a win for all! And while you’re waiting for your sketch, check out Hero’s special $2 sale, with prices on select items at savings up to 87% off! Don’t miss out!

Also make sure and swing by on artist Peter Krause (Irredeemable) in artist alley booth D-21. On Saturday only, Peter will be donating all of his proceeds from sketches to Hero Initiative! On your way there, grab your Mark Waid comics for signatures, too. Mark will be hanging with Peter at booth D-21 on Saturday!

Hero Initiative’s booth schedule for booth #704 is as follows:

Friday, April 13 (con hours 10-7)

1100-100: Bill Willingham

100-200: Gordon Purcell

200-300: Tim Sale

300-500: Bill Willingham

Saturday, April 14 (con hours 10-7)

1030-1230: Bill Willingham

1230-130: Bill Reinhold

230-430: Bill Willingham

Sunday, April 15 (con hours 10-5)

1030-1230: Bill Willingham

1230-200: Gene Ha

230-430: Bill Willingham

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. Hero is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charity.

John McCrea Makes Rare Appearance at C2E2 2011 with Hero Initiative

March 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois, Top Stories

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative with Special Guest John McCrea at Chicago’s C2E2

With 100 Avengers Unveiling Party sponsored by Graham Crackers Comics

March 14, 2011: C2E2 – short for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – is the latest convention spanning the greatest in the worlds of comics and pop entertainment. Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization raising money for comic creators in need, will be joining in the fun March 18-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Hero will be joined by our special guest, artist John McCrea, making his first North American appearance in eight years. John is best known for Hitman, Spider-Man and Hulk Smash!, and will be signing and sketching all weekend at Hero’s booth, #457.

You can purchase your tickets to C2E2 using Hero Initiative’s special link online at:

http://www.c2e2.com/en/home/?campaignid=61619341&iusercampaignid=65576889.

Use this link, and C2E2 will donate a portion of each ticket purchase to Hero at NO extra cost to you—a true win/win!

In addition, Hero is displaying all 100 of its original New Avengers #1 covers for the first and only time at C2E2 in a gala event sponsored by Chicago’s own Graham Crackers Comics. The special unveiling will take place from 6 PM to 8 PM on Saturday, March 19 in Room 185bc of the West Building of McCormick Place. Admission is a mere $5, or $3 if you show up wearing any Avengers costume. Tickets will be on-sale at the door starting at 5 PM. And, be advised, only 200 tickets will be sold! Your admission also gets you a free raffle ticket to win a special New Avengers #1 wine bottle, covered in sketches from a variety of Avengers artists! Additional raffle tickets will be available for sale at the party. This star-studded event will be attended by Phil Hester, Jamal Igle, John McCrea, Andrew Pepoy, Gordon Purcell, Joe Quesada, Alex Saviuk, Tim Seeley, Mark Waid, and more. Spend your Saturday evening with some amazing people for an astonishing cause!

It’s arrived! Archie: 50 Times an American Icon, the collection of Hero’s original Archie #600 covers, will be available for the first time ever at C2E2 in both hardcover and softcover editions! Grab your copy and get it signed by contributors Dave Hillman, Andrew Pepoy, Cliff Chiang, Jill Thompson and Dan Parent, Friday at 6:15 at booth #457!

And if getting inked is your thing, check out the eBay auction to win BOTH custom Cliff Chiang art and a tattoo based on the art by tattoo artist Brian Stringer at: http://qurls.com?i=50010

Hero Initiative’s booth schedule for C2E2 at booth #457:

Friday, March 18 (hours 10-7)
1130-130: John McCrea
130-230: Jamal Igle
230-330: Gene Ha
330-530: John McCrea
530-615: Gordon Purcell
615-700, Archie book signing: Dave Hillman, Andrew Pepoy, Cliff Chiang, Jill Thompson, Dan Parent

Saturday, March 19 (hours 10-7)
1030-1230: John McCrea
1230-130: Jamal Igle
130-230: Tim Seeley
230-430: John McCrea
430-600: Gene Ha
600-800: 100 Avengers event, attended by Phil Hester, Jamal Igle, John McCrea, Andrew Pepoy, Gordon Purcell, Joe Quesada, Alex Saviuk, Tim Seeley, Mark Waid

Sunday, March 20 (hours 10-5)
1030-1230: John McCrea
1230-130: Bill Reinhold
130-230: Gordon Purcell
230-430: John McCrea

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 www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Hero Initiative at C2E2 2010

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Hero Initiative at Chicago’s C2E2

Plans to party with Kirby Krackle and The Fuglees, tattoo a lucky fan and release new Witchblade fragrances!

All in the name of charity!

April 13, 2010: C2E2 – short for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – is the latest convention spanning the greatest in the worlds of comics and pop entertainment. Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization raising money for comic creators in hard times, will be joining in the fun April 16-18 at the Lakeside Center McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Action-packed weekend festivities include artists such as Adam Kubert sketching for fans, parties at nearby Reggie’s Rock Club, auctioning off a custom tattoo, and premiering new fragrances. And it all happens in the middle of the best gathering of popular culture in downtown Chicago!

The most generous and talented Adam Kubert will sketch four—only four!—drawings the whole weekend at C2E2, and will do these exclusively for Hero. Raffle tickets to purchase these coveted gems will be available at the booth Friday and Saturday morning for $1 each. Winning tickets will be picked at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Each sketch will be $250. All proceeds will go directly to Hero Initiative.

We’ll try just about anything to raise money, and so will Ink Fusion tattoo artist Brian Stringer! You can also purchase $5 raffle tickets to get a tat from Brian designed by Marvel Comics all-star artist Ron Garney! Tickets will be available all day Friday and until 12:45 on Saturday at both the Hero and Ink Fusion booths. Drawing takes place at the Hero booth Saturday at 1 PM. Ron will be signing at the Hero Initiative booth from 1-3 PM on Saturday, and will draw the winning ticket himself and create the winner’s design. The raffle winner will get his (or her) tattoo from Brian Stringer at 11 AM on Sunday. For full details, see: http://tinyurl.com/y2jp97g

Enjoy the con during the day, but make sure you spend your evenings at Reggie’s Rock Club, 2109 S. State St.! It’s only about four blocks from the convention center, but FREE shuttle buses decked out with demons and skulls will be running between the con and Reggie’s! Events include:

Saturday night, 7:00 PM, KIRBY KRACKLE and THE FUGLEES! Kirby Krackle features comic store owner and convention promoter Jim Demonakos, while the Fuglees are fronted by artist Andy Kuhn! $5 cover at the door for this event. The party continues following the show with live art, music played by various DJs and dancing SHOJO SHOWGIRLS. The parties don’t stop ’til 3 AM!

In addition all day Sunday at Reggie’s, the Custom PopCult Art Show features the work of SHAWNIMALS, JIM MAHFOOD, JOSH BLAYLOCK, STEVE SEELEY, JOEY POTTS, MIKE HUDDLESTON and a host of others, all doing their own custom versions of Drippy, the PopCult mascot. 25% of the money goes to Hero, and the rest to the hard-working artists. In Addition, everyone’s favorite parody news source, THE ONION will be on hand with their Pop Culture trivia, and harvesting photos of volunteers for use in their articles. Yes, YOU could be “Area Nerd” in a future The Onion piece.

Also at Reggie’s on Sunday form Noon to 2:00pm, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will hold a “Meet-‘n’-Sniff”! The scent-makers at BPAL will be debuting a NEW Witchblade scent at C2E2, and even if you can’t make the scene at the con, swing by to meet up with other Black Phoenix fans and sniff and trade scents!

Hero Initiative’s booth schedule at the con as follows:

FRI, 16 APR.

1230-230: Gordon Purcell

SAT, 17 APR:
100-300:Ron Garney
230-430: Adam Kubert, 4 head sketches only, $1 raffle, $250

SUN, 18 APR:
1030-1230: Chris Samnee
130-230: Jimmy Cheung
230-330: Bill Reinhold

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 www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Hero Initiative and George Perez at Chicago Comic-Con

August 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

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Hero Initiative tags along with George Pérez to the Wizard Chicago Comic-Con!

Speed Dating event, Hero Comics, Hero Initiative panel and an amazing lineup at the booth!

Los Angeles, CA (August 3, 2009) – Hero Initiative travels with one of America’s most influential and popular comic book artists, George Pérez, to the Chicago Comic-Con August 6th-9th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Known for his amazing work on The Avengers, New Teen Titans and more, George will be the anchor at the Hero Initiative booth, #1340-#1342.

George Perez

George Perez

George will also be the congenial host at the best (or possibily first!) speed dating event in comics history! Who’da thunk it? There’s now (J.J.) Sachs and (Ernie “Violens”) Schulz perfume oil for ladies and men, based on the great Sachs and Violens comic by Peter David and George Pérez! To kick off this sweet-smellin’ product, we’re having a speed dating event limited to only 40 lucky fans! Really! You could meet the geek of your dreams!

The event is strictly limited to 20 men and 20 women only! Admission is $35.00 and gets you:
• Access to the speed dating party
• Corresponding ladies or men’s Sachs and Violens perfume oil or cologne oil (a $25 value all by itself!)
• A velveteen bag for the scent with foil-stamped logo
• This great, exclusive postcard featuring NEW George Pérez art
• One drink ticket to lubricate the gears of conversation (ID required for alcohol; non-alcoholic drinks also available; further drinks cash bar)

Think about it: You’ll get to meet 20 like-minded, comic-lovin’ members of the opposite sex in a relaxed, cool environment—and smell great, too! This could be the night that changes your life! Get your tickets NOW at http://qurls.com?i=47988 and http://qurls.com?i=47989.

Hero Initiative’s exclusive Hero Comics is now available and not in stores until August 12th! You can purchase the gem at the Hero Initiative Booth ( #1340-#1342) and have it signed by both cover artists Matt Wagner and J. Scott Campbell starting at 5pm, Friday, August 7th!

Don’t forget to attend the Hero Initiative panel with special guests Chris Klamer, Jim McLauchlin, George Pérez, Brian Pulido and Jim Valentino , Saturday, August 8th at 2pm in Room C, the Jack Kirby Room.
And Hero’s booth signing schedule is as follows:

THUR., 06 AUG (HOURS 400-800 PM)
430-630: George Pérez
630-800: Skottie Young
[830-1000: Sachs and Violens Speed Dating with George Perez]

FRI., 07 AUG (HOURS 1000 AM-700 PM)
1030-1230: Gordon Purcell
1230-230: George Pérez
230-430: Chris Samnee
500-600: J. Scott Campbell + Matt Wagner in a special Hero Comics signing

SAT., 08 AUG (HOURS 1000 AM-700 PM)
1030-1230: George Pérez
1230-230: Bill Reinhold
[200-300: Hero panel in Room E, the Mike Wieringo Room]
230-430: Gene Ha
330-430: George Pérez
430-630: Tim Seeley

SUN., 09 AUG (HOURS 1000 AM-500 PM)
1030-1230: George Pérez

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 $400,000 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.