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  • CA – Gabe Eltaeb’s 2nd Annual Comic Con Kickoff Fundraiser

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    Gabe Eltaeb, Carlos D’Anda, Todd Nauck, Jim Calafiore, Eddie Nunez, and Doug Wheatley appear at Basic Urban Kitchen on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM!

    Benefiting the Hero Initiative
    Sponsored by Razer, Dark Horse Comics, and Loot Crate

    Win great prizes. Meet great artists. Have great drinks. All for the GREATEST of causes!

    Come party with J!NX, Razer, Loot Crate, and Dark Horse Comics at BASIC during SDCC 2015 Preview Night!

    We’re excited to have special artist guests :
    Gabe Eltaeb (Star Wars, Green Lantern Corps)
    Jim Calafiore (Exiles, Aquaman)
    Carlos D’Anda (Star Wars, Deathblow)
    Todd Nauck (Young Justice, Nightcrawler)
    Eddie Nunez (Fanboys vs. Zombies, Ben 10)
    Doug Wheatley (Star Wars, Blade: The Vampire Hunter)

    The raffle will be a per-item drawing, so you can try your luck to get the exact prize you desire. Raffle tickets will be $5 each, and there is no limit to number of entries per person per item. All proceeds go directly to the Hero Initiative!

    Some of the raffle prizes available will be:
    – Hand-drawn sketches from the guests artists
    – A Razer Blade Gaming Laptop Courtesy of Razer
    – Crates and free subscriptions courtesy of Loot Crate
    – and more!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar
    410 Tenth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 531-8869

    Dave Johnson Covers Special Overstreet Edition for Gemstone and the Hero Initiative at SDCC 2015

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    Press Release:

    Overstreet and Hero Get the Spirit

    Dave Johnson Tackles Will Eisner’s Classic Character for the Guide!

    [Los Angeles, California and Timonium, Maryland] – Perhaps no other creator championed the different forms that comic books and comic book artwork can take better than Will Eisner. From the pages of The Spirit sections in local newspapers in the 1940s and ‘50s to pioneering graphic novels to the U.S. Army’s P.S. Magazine, Eisner relentlessly showcased what could be done with the art form.

    Now, Gemstone Publishing and the Hero Initiative, the first 501 (c)(3) charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, and artist Dave Johnson have teamed-up to put Eisner’s famous character on the cover of a limited edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45. All funds raised from the sales of this volume go to Hero.

    As with past collaborations between Gemstone and Hero, this version of the Guide will be available only in the special hardcover edition limited to 500 copies. It will go on sale at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at the Hero Initiative booth, #5003. There will be no soft cover edition of this version, and it will retail for $35.

    “In addition to loving comics and pushing them for all they were worth, my friend Will Eisner was equally committed to the cause of his fellow creators. So in the 75th anniversary year of his beloved creation, we’re very happy to have The Spirit on the cover of The Hero Initiative edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45. Purchasing a copy is a great way for fans to celebrate Will’s legacy while raising funds for a tremendous cause,” said Steve Geppi, President and CEO of Gemstone Publishing and Diamond Comic Distributors.

    Known for his incredible illustration and inventive design skills, Dave Johnson made a name for himself with striking, evocative covers on such series Vertigo’s 100 Bullets, Marvel’s Deadpool, DC’s Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, among many others. For this cover, in the tradition of Will Eisner, he illustrated the Guide’s logo as part of the overall image.

    The Hero Initiative edition will be available exclusively from Hero. An extremely limited number of copies will be available from Hero’s website and through a select group of participating retailers.

    “Our thanks to Steve Geppi, Bob Overstreet, and their team at Gemstone Publishing, who once again have delivered a great, must-have item for serious collectors and Hero supporters,” said Hero President Jim McLauchlin. “Dave Johnson’s timely 75th anniversary tribute to The Spirit and Will Eisner and the Guide’s 45th anniversary make an excellent team.”

    Johnson joins a roster of celebrated artists who have contributed covers for the special Hero Initiative limited editions including John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson and Dean White (#40), John Romita, Sr., Tom Palmer and Dean White (#41), Matt Wagner and Ryan Brown (#42), Terry Moore and Brian Miller (#43) and Herb Trimpe, Tom Palmer and Laura Martin (#45).

    The standard editions of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45 feature Captain Action by Paul Gulacy, Bloodshot and X-O Manowar by Cary Nord, Captain America and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Greg Land, and Superman by Joe Shuster.

    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. The Hero Initiative Limited Edition Hardcover version of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45 is scheduled to go on sale at The Hero Initiative booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 8, 2015 and afterward through a limited number of Hero affiliates. This version will be available in hardcover only and is limited to 500 copies. The retail price is $35. Information on special signings during the show will be released soon.

    About Gemstone Publishing

    Best known as the home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Gemstone Publishing was formed by Diamond Comic Distributors President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen A. Geppi as a conduit for his efforts in preserving and promoting the history of the comics medium. Gemstone’s product line includes publications such as The Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide, The Big Big Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Hake’s Price Guide To Character Toys, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics, and Comic Book Marketplace. Gemstone also publishes Scoop, a free weekly e-newsletter which looks inside the world of pop culture with a focus on auctions, toys, comics, posters, art and anything and everything pop culture.

    Hero Initiative Attends Fan Expo Dallas 2015

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    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative Attends Fan Expo Dallas 2015 – SpongeBob and the Massive Artists to Anchor Booth.

    LOS ANGELES, CA -May 21, 2015- Hero Initiative, the non-profit that aids comic book veterans in medical and financial need, is attending Fan Expo Dallas May 29-31 at the Dallas Convention Center, in Dallas, Texas!

    Hero’s booth will be the ONLY place to meet SpongeBob SquarePants and Mad artist David DeGrand and The Massive artist Kristian Donaldson throughout the weekend! Don’t miss out and make sure you come by for signatures and sketches. All proceeds benefit Hero Initiative!

    A number of other Hero Initiative ambassadors will be all over the con floor, signing for Hero Initiative! Look for them all, including: Amanda Conner, Steve Epting, Chad Hardin, Bob Layton, Greg Pak, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Brandon Peterson.

    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 $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.

    Hero Initiative Heads to Big WOW! ComicFest 2015

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    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.

    MN – Bill Willingham Signs

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    Press Release:

    Boom Island Brewing Company is proud to announce a unique fundraising event aimed at comic book and craft beer aficionados on Friday, May 1, 2015. Renowned comic writer/artist Bill Willingham (Fables, Fairest, Jack of Fables) will autograph the personally designed label of Boom Island Brewing Company’s Belgian strong “Gravity No. 9.” A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization created to support comic artists and writers in need of emergency medical aid or financial support.

    Willingham, a Rochester, MN resident known for his Fables and Elementals series, the book Down the Mysterly River, along with dozens of other notable titles dating back to the 1980’s, created the Gravity No. 9 label specifically to support the Hero Initiative. Limited supplies of bottles, posters and glassware will be made available at Boom Island on May 1, and at Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis May 1-3.

    Gravity No. 9 – 9.2 ABV – Tequila Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Strong Fermented with Plums.
    Appearance – Deep, Dark Brown.
    Aroma – Subtle Fruit
    Flavor – Light and Dry with Subtle Sweet Notes and Lightly Sour Finish.

    Bill Willingham will be in the taproom to autograph bottles and posters on Friday, May 1 from 6pm-8pm.

    Boom Island Brewing Company is located on 2014 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis MN 55422 in north Minneapolis. Find the alley entrance to the taproom in the back of the building. As far as beer labels go, the Willingham-designed Gravity No. 9 label is about as cool as it gets. Other comic creators will be in attendance to meet and greet the public as well. Supply is limited to less than 300 bottles and surely will become a collector’s item. Gravity No. 9 will also be available on tap for this event while supplies last.

    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 $750,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today.

    George Pérez & Hero Initiative Host Inaugural MegaWalk

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    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative, the non-profit that aids comic book veterans in medical and financial need, is kicking off the 2015 Orlando MegaCon in an all-new and exciting way!

    Hero Board of Directors member George Pérez will be the grand marshal and lead the way for the first-ever MegaWalk, a simple and fun one-mile walk that leads participants right into the 2015 MegaCon.

    For $40, participants get an exclusive T-shirt, a super-cool race bling medal, and coupon for a swag bag at the Coliseum of Comics booth at the con! All proceeds benefit Hero Initiative.

    The walk starts at the Orange County Convention Center, home of MegaCon, Friday April, 10 at 11 a.m. The doors to MegaCon open at noon!

    “With all the heroes I’ve drawn, I take great joy in being able to walk to MegaCon with some real-life heroes on behalf of Hero Initiative,” said George Pérez. “All are welcome. Let’s make this more than a walk—Let’s make this a Parade! See you all there!”

    The MegaWalk takes place indoors at the Orange County Convention Center, so it will go on, rain or shine. MegaWalk does not include admission to MegaCon, which must be purchased separately at MegaConvention.com

    To sign up for the first-ever MegaWalk, go to HeroInitiative.org and click on the MegaWalk link. You can also sign up directly at the MegaWalk event page! See you there!

    And even if we don’t see you there…you can still participate! You can sign up for the MegaWalk “Virtual Race” and get a T-shirt and race bling mailed to you! Just do a mile at your convenience, huh? We’ll trust you. The Virtual MegaWalk is at the exact same MegaWalk event page!

    Hero Initiative at NYCC 2014

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    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is heading to New York Comic Con at the Javits Center located at 655 West 34th St. on October 9-12.

    Legendary writer and editor Denny O’Neil will be at the con on FRIDAY only and will be doing his ONLY signing appearance at the Hero booth from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This the ONLY place you can get Denny’s signature, so don’t miss out. Get to booth number N104-106 EARLY!

    Hero is honored to be part of the Image Comics/Multiversity Comics NYCC party as well! Fans 21 and older are invited to show up at Stitch at 247 W. 37th St (at 8th Ave.) and hang out and have a cocktail with Scott Snyder, Brian K. Vaughan, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Tim Seeley and MANY more top creators! The $10 cover at the door benefits Hero. BE THERE with your photo ID, please!

    And Hero’s Uncanny X-Men Project 100 is at the con! Pick up your copy at the Hero Initiative booth and get it signed by artists at the con including Rafael Albuquerque, David Bullock, Jim Calafiore, Victor Castro, Mike Choi, Mark dos Santos, Tony Fleecs, Derek Fridolfs, Agnes Garbowska, Chris Giarrusso, Gabriel Hardman, Phil Jimenez, Bob Larkin, Pamela Lovas, David Mack, Mike McKone, Al Milgrom, Todd Nauck, Jerry Ordway, George Pérez, Tom Raney, Alex Saviuk, Valerio Schiti, Tim Seeley, and Bill Sienkiewicz! Copies are available in hardcover at $25 and softcover at $13 while supplies last.

    Check out our Hero Initiative ambassadors all over the con floor who will be collection donations for our worthy cause! Jay Anacleto, Reilly Brown, Jim Calafiore, Amanda Conner, Scott Kolins, Mike McKone, Bob McLeod,Carlo Pagulayan, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brandon Peterson, Brian Pulido, Norm Rapmund, Valerio Schiti, Steven Segovia, Gail Simone, Alex Sinclair, Joe Staton, Arthur Suydam, Phillip Tan, Fred van Lente, Jim Zub, and Chrissie Zullo will be flying the Hero flag. Stop by their booths and do the right thing!

    Art attached: Multiversity Comics party flier

    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.

    Hero Initiative at Baltimore Comic Con 2014

    September 3, 2014 by  
    Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

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    Press Release:

    The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is hitting the Baltimore Comic Con in a massive way. Hero will be at booth #1601 September 5-7, 2014 with exclusive creators, signings, and more!

    Hero will be the only place to find legendary writer Dennis O’Neil (Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow) and longtime fabled Marvel artist and editor Al Milgrom (Avengers, Spectacular Spider-Man). Look for them all weekend long at booth #1601.

    Hero’s exclusive Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 will also be on sale at Baltimore, and ALL three artists who created the cover will be on hand for a special signing! Penciler Herb Trimpe, inker Tom Palmer, and colorist Laura Martin will be at the Hero booth Saturday from 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. It’s your PERFECT chance to get this great limited edition signed by three comic greats!

    Fans 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 11 top creators. Hero is the exclusive CGC Signature Series facilitator at the con for Cliff Chiang, Alan Davis, Dan Jurgens, Ron Marz, Bob McLeod, Al Milgrom, Mark Morales, Denny O’Neil, Tom Palmer, Brian Pulido, and Herb Trimpe! Bring your books to the CGC booth, #707, no later than 5 p.m. Friday, September 5. Cost is $38 plus return shipping, and you don’t have to wait in lines!

    And Marvel Comics SVP-Executive Editor Tom Brevoort is dropping the knowledge for Hero! Tom’s Marvel Boot Camp panel at the con will be a special, ticketed-only seminar in which Tom gives the same training lecture he gives the Marvel editorial staff. Find out the real Marvel method of storytelling and important tricks of the trade! Tickets are available ONLY at the Hero booth, and the seminar lasts a whopping two hours, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, September 7.

    Finally, make sure your evening is covered with a trip to the Harvey Awards! Hero Initiative is awarding its Lifetime Achievement Award and Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award as part of the festivities. Be on hand to see who’s earned the hardware!

    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 granted more than $700,000 to the comic-book veterans who have paved the way. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

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

    Hero Initiative SDCC 2014 Schedule

    Press Release:

    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 Heads to San Jose’s BIG WOW! Comic-Fest in May 2014

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    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in medical and financial need, will be attending San Jose’s BIG WOW! Comic-Fest on May 17-18 at the San Jose Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos Street.

    Make sure you grab the amazing Walking Dead 100 book at out booth, #915-#917 and be sure to get it signed by the many contributors in attendance! Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard will be at the con, as will eight other artists who participated in the project. Proceeds of your purchase will help someone in need!

    And you can put your Walking Dead book in your NEW Hero tote bag! Hero’s new totes make their debut at BIG WOW! and are available at a mere $5!

    In addition, check out the ambassadors for Hero who will be raising money for our charity at their own booths: Arthur Adams, Brent Anderson, Dan Brereton, Joyce Chin, Mick Gray, Drew Johnson, Rich Koslowski, Michael Lark, John Livesay, Laura Martin, Terry Moore, Norm Rapmund, Darick Robertson, Greg Rucka, and David Williams will all have donation jars for Hero!

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