Hero Initiative in Louisville For Derby Comic Con 2016

June 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Kentucky

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Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, is heading to the Derby City Comic Con in Louisville KY, June 25-26 at the Louisville Convention Center.

Artist Matthew Clark, currently working on DC Comics’ Wonder Woman will be signing and sketching all weekend at our booth, #90 on the con floor. Make SURE you stop on by and say “hi” and grab a sketch or signature!

And Hero Initiative Ambassadors at Derby City include Colleen Doran, Bob Layton, Jae Lee, and Ulises Farinas. Each will have donation jars on their own tables to help raise money for our cause. Do the right thing and help out!

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 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 $950,000 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.

CA – TMNT 100 Gallery Show

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming out of their shells in a special art gallery opening hosted by Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman and IDW Publishing! All 100 original covers from Hero Initiative’s The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 100 Project will make their public debut in a gala event at:  San Diego Comic Art Gallery on Friday, June 3, 2016 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

IDW Publishing provided special, limited-edition blank covered copies of the landmark Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #50, and Hero Initiative commissioned 100 well known artists including Dale Keown, Whilce Portacio, Bill Sienkiewicz, Walter Simonson and more to create original drawings right on the covers. All the amazing art will be on display, for one night ONLY, Friday June 3rd (the same night as the release of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows movie)!

And there’s MORE: Kevin Eastman did an additional 15 original covers which will be available for purchase the night of the event, and he’ll be live-sketching two additional covers. Other participating artists will be in attendance, too, with more live sketching from the artists.

All art on display and produced the night of June 3rd will be available this fall in The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 100 Project, a book available in both hardcover and softcover from IDW. All the covers will go up for auction on eBay starting on Tuesday June 14, 2016.

“I can not think of a better way to honor and celebrate the ART of the medium we all work in,” said Kevin Eastman “A special event, in a gallery setting created for our ART, while raising money to help the ARTISTS in need who originally inspired us!”

Admission is FREE (entrance donations to the Hero Initiative will be appreciated) and light refreshements will be available.

A splendid time will be had by all in an awesome event to raise funds for Hero Initiative, a charity near and dear to us all!

About The San Diego Comic Art Gallery:

The San Diego Comic Art Gallery is a unique and dynamic space, designed to educate, engage, and celebrate sequential comic book and graphic arts through an ongoing series of special events, author and artist appearances, and original art installations. Spelled

Owned and operated by IDW Publishing, a renowned International Publisher based in San Diego, the SDCAG has already become a destination to worldwide fans of the medium, cementing San Diego’s status as a Capital of the comic arts, while becoming an integral part of the immediate community.

San Diego Comic Art Gallery – Barracks 3 First Floor
2765 Truxtun Road, San Diego, CA 92106
(858) 270-1315

Hero Initiative Heads to Fan Expo Dallas 2016 with Special Guest David DeGrand

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Hero Initiative Heads to Fan Expo Dallas With special Guest David DeGrand

SpongeBobLos Angeles, CA (May 26, 2016) Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, will be attending Fan Expo Dallas at the Dallas Convention Center June 3rd-5th.

Anchoring our booth all three days is special guest artist David DeGrand, best known for his work on SpongeBob SquarePants and MADMagazine. Stop on by our booth, A57-A58, and get a sketch or signature!

And top creators Agnes Garbowska, Greg Pak, Brent Peeples, and Dan Slott will all be collecting donations for Hero as well! Swing by on them and do the right thing!

See ya’ll 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 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 $950,000 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 Hits Phoenix Comicon 2016 with Special Guest Tom Raney

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Hero Initiative hits Phoenix Comicon With Special Guest Tom Raney

Los Angeles, CA (May 25, 2016) Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, will hit the Phoenix Comicon at the Phoenix Convention Center from June 2-5.

Tom RaneyHero’s booth, AA1200, will be the ONLY place you can find artist Tom Raney, best known for his work on titles such as Alpha Flight, Thor,Ultimate X-Men and more. He will be sketching and signing all weekend, with proceeds benefiting Hero Initiative, so do the right thing and come on by!

And top creators Arthur Adams, Kurt Busiek, Joyce Chin, Chad Hardin, Phil Hester, Dan Jurgens, John Layman, Jae Lee, Ron Marz, Mike Mayhew, Brian and Kristy Miller, Whilce Portacio, Brian Pulido, Norm Rapmund, Stan Sakai, and Ben Templesmith will all be collecting donations for Hero as well! Swing by on them and say “hi!”

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 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 $950,000 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 Hits MegaCon 2016 with Ken Lashley

May 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Florida

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Hero Initiative Hits Orlando MegaCon

With Special Guest Artist Ken Lashley

Los Angeles (May 19, 2016) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic book creators in medical and financial need, will be adding to the craziness at the Orlando MegaCon, May 26-29 at the Orange County Convention Center Hall D, located at 9800 International Drive in Orlando, Fla.

Anchoring our booth during the four-day extravaganza is artist Ken Lashley best known for his work on Flash, Excalibur and Suicide Squad. He will be signing and sketching so make sure you bring your books! All donations will benefit the great cause of Hero Initiative!

In addition, artists across the floor will be raising money for Hero all weekend. Generously donate $1 per signature and it’s a win-win for all! Check out participating creators Arthur Adams and Joyce Chin, Greg Land, Jae Lee, Jose Marzan Jr., Brian Pulido, Gail Simone, and Frank Tieri.

 

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 $950,000 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.

ON – Denny O’Neil Signing

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Legendary comic book creator and Hero Initiative spokesperson Denny O’Neil is coming to The Dragon on May 21st!

The purpose of this special event is to raise money for the Hero Initiative, which provides a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.

Starting at 2:00 PM, Denny will participate in an in-store signing event, with special guest Ty Templeton. CGC signature series is an option for this event. Autograph fee of $20 for CGC purposes. $10 for all other signatures, and Ty will be sketching. We will have lots of stories that Denny worked on available, and anything bought from The Dragon that day we will provide 10% to Hero Initiative.

In the evening we really kick it up a notch! We will be hosting a party with Denny! Denny will be interviewed by Ty about his long history in comics, and afterwards we will have a meet & greet with the pros. Limited capacity for this event! Tickets will be available at The Dragon.

Seriously, you need to be here and help us raise money for a hugely important cause.

Denny O’Neil wrote or worked as editor on some of the most famous books in comic history!

Denny wrote the Green Lantern / Green Arrow ‘Hard Luck Heroes’ stories that pushed the boundaries of comics in the 70’s. He wrote some of the most famous Batman stories of the 70’s, including The Laughing Fish. He wrote Iron Man when Tony Stark gave up being Iron Man. He had Superman face the greatest of all time in ‘Superman vs Muhammad Ali’.

He created the characters Ra’s Al Ghul, Talia Al Ghul, Azrael, Green Lantern John Stewart, The Iron Monger (the villain in the first Iron Man movie), and put James “Rhodey” Rhodes in the Iron Man armour.

As editor of the Batman universe he oversaw some of the most famous or important Batman stories of all time, such as: ‘The Dark Knight Returns’, ‘Batman Year 1’, ‘Batman Year 2’, ‘KnightFall’, ‘No Man’s Land’, ‘The Killing Joke’, ’10 Nights of the Beast’, ‘Batman/Grendel’, and he even edited Daredevil issues 163-200, the Frank Miller run which is basically Season 1 & 2 of the Netflix show.

RSVP on Facebook!

The Dragon
Old Quebec Street Mall, 55 Wyndham St. N., Guelph, Ontario N1H7T8
519-763-5544

Sketch Fighter Panel at ECCC 2016

 

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The quick-draw game that pairs professional comic book artists with stand-up comedians will crown a champion team from a talented field of four teams at the EMERALD CITY COMIC CON on April 9th at 2:00 PM. The top half of the bracket features artist SCOTT KOBLISH (Deadpool) and comedian DYLAN COLE vs. artist JEFF JOHNSON (Bornhome, Wonder Man) and comedian SILAS LINDENSTEIN. The bottom half will see artist CHRIS BURNHAM (Nameless, Batman, Incorporated) and comedian SALLY JORDAN squaring off against artist NICK PITARRA (The Manhattan Projects) and comedian EMMETT MONTGOMERY.

The Burnham-Pitarra matchup will not be the first time the two have faced each other in Sketch Fighter as Burnham edged Pitarra out in the finals of the 2014 C2E2 convention. Scott Koblish earned the top seed by virtue of a tournament victory in February, thus forcing the first-round rematch between Burnham and Pitarra.

All art created during the game, as well as one drawing done by each artists prior to the event will be auctioned off at the conclusion of the game, with the proceeds going to the HERO INITIATIVE.

The game will be streamed live at the link…

RSVP on Facebook!

CA – Golden Apple Comics Sketch-a-thon

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Join Golden Apple Comics on Sunday March 20th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM for a unique charity event:

CGC art show and sketch-a-thon! We have accumulated over 35 original art pieces on “blank” comic covers from various comic artists over the last year and sent them all to get CGC signature series graded.

They will all be on display at the event for the first time ever. All the art will be available to bid on eBay live at the same time as the event.

25% off all bids will go directly to the Hero Initiative.

In addition, we will have three comic artist at the event doing live sketches on blank comics:

Bill Morrison – The Simpsons, Roswell
Dan Duncan – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Mollie Helms – Romeo & Juliet & Guns

For a $20 donation, you can pull a name out of the bucket and get a live sketch from one of the artists!

RSVP on Facebook!

Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-658-6047

IL – Hellboy 100 Project Signing

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Artist Jim Brozman (Dick Tracy) signs the Hellboy 100 Project, the proceeds of which go to support the Hero Initiative charity, on Wednesday October 14th from noon till 6:00 PM at Graham Crackers Comics!

Graham Crackers Comics
1207 E. Butterfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 668-1350

Hero Initiative Announces Special Guests for NYCC 2015

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Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is heading to New York Comic Con, the four-day long show at the Javits Center located at 655 West 34thSt. on October 8-11!

And EXCLUSIVE special guests are the order of the day at Hero’s booth, #N104! Punisher and Uncanny X-Men artist Whilce Portacio will be at Hero’s booth ALL weekend, along with fellow X-Men alum Chris Ivy!

Mike Perkins, artist on Captain America and X-Men will be at the Hero booth on Friday and Saturday afternoons, Oct. 9 and 10, and he’ll be joined by Preacher and Punisher artist Steve Dillon, who’s making the trek all the way from England. Dillon will be at Hero booth and only Hero’s booth Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Oct. 10 and 11. And Hellboy artists Max and Sebastian Fiumara come in from Argentina to make an appearance at Hero’s booth on Saturday from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Speaking of which, The Hellboy 100 Project book will be on sale at the booth at $12.99 for softcover and $24.99 for hardcover! The con is a GREAT autograph opportunity. Participating artists Gabriel Ba, Arthur Baltazar, Jim Calafiore, Victor Castro, Clayton Crain, Mark dos Santos, Tony Fleecs, Autumn Fredrickson, Agnes Garbowska, Gabriel Hardman, Edwin Huang, Ken Lashley, Fabio Moon, Todd Nauck, Whilce Portacio, Tom Raney, Alex Saviuk, Tim Seeley, Bill Sienkiewicz, Ben Templesmith, Jim Zub, and Chrissie Zullo will all be in attendance!

Hero’s Sandman: Overture #6 variant makes its convention debut at New York! Only 1000 copies of this special variant were made, and copies are available at $5 per.

And Hero Initiative ambassadors are all over the con floor collecting for our worthy cause! Please check out Arthur Adams, Gabriel Ba, Marguerite Bennett, Joyce Chin, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Bryan Glass, Richard Isanove, Ken Lashley, Jason Latour, Tom Lyle, Fabio Moon, Greg Pak, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brandon Peterson, Brian Pulido, Sara Richard, Tim Sale, Valerio Schiti, Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Joe Staton, James Tynion, and Jim Zub. They’ll all be flying the Hero flag, so stop by their booths 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 $700,000 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.

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