Return of the Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling

Press Release:

The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center this September 28-30, but so does our special “thank you” event to our fans: Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling returns for its 2nd annual event Sunday April 29, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the BWI Airport Marriott!

Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling is a good old-fashioned comic book show with rows and rows of comic book dealers from 6-8 states around the country, with comics and collectibles from the ancient to the very modern…and we’re bringing in a few guests as well!

Ringo Award winner and Harvey and Eisner award nominee Frank Cho launched his career as a comic strip artist at the University of Maryland-College Park student newspaper, penning University2, which was the predecessor of his creator-owned syndicated strip and comic series, Liberty Meadows. His body of work also includes Marvel Comics’ New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, New Ultimates, and X-Men: Schism, as well as Jungle Girl for Dynamite Entertainment. His recent work can be seen in BOOM! Studios’ Skybourne, and on covers from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman.

Long-time friend of the show, Ringo, Harvey, and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and online. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His creator-owned Bloop, is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can read his webcomic, The Middle Age, on his website.

John Gallagher is the award-winning artist and writer of graphic novels Buzzboy and Roboy Red (with Rich Faber). John teamed with sons Jack and Will to create a kids book, E.P.I.C. Bros., about two kids whose superhero dad is always out saving the world, and they pass the time using his gizmos for lovable mayhem. Jack and Will follow in the footsteps of big sister Katie, who teamed with her dad to create Zoey and Ketchup. John’s Buzzboy is back from American Mythology Productions in Buzzboy Go Digital Monster Mayhem, where he has also contributed to the recently relaunched Casper the Friendly Ghost and The Inspector. When not creating comics, John is executive director of Kids Love Comics (kidslovecomics.net) and works as art director for Ranger Rick magazine.

Mark Morales has established himself as one of the industry’s go-to inkers for major titles and events for the big publishers. He has inked a vast number of titles at Marvel Comics including, among many others, A+X, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Sentry, Siege, Thor, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men. He has also done work for DC Comics on titles like Action Comics, Batman/Superman, JLA, New Suicide Squad, Prez, and Superman: The Man of Steel. He was also awarded the Harvey Award for Best Inker in 2009 and 2011.

Brandon Peterson has been a professional illustrator for over 20 years, working primarily as a penciller and inker, but often as a colorist, writer, editor, and art director. He has done a great deal of work at Marvel Comics, as the artist on books like AvX, Avengers, The Ultimates, Ultimate Vision, Ultimate Extinction, Ultimate X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men. Brandon was also VP of Special Projects and Art Director of the now-defunct CrossGen Comics, where he created titles like Mystic and Chimera. He is also a veteran of Top Cow Productions, having worked on Codename: Strykeforce, Cyberforce, Ripclaw, Medieval Spawn/Witchblade, and his own book, Arcanum. His work is recently featured on IDW’s Revolution Heroes and DC Comics’ Trinity.

Additionally, the Hero Initiative will be in the room with us this year — stay tuned!

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

Arizona Comic Mini Expo 2018 Charity Drink & Draw

January 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Arizona, Comic Books, Convention News

 

Comic Creators Mike Norton, Tim Seeley, Mitch Gerads, Scott Godlewski, Ryan Cody, Ryan Quackenbush, J. Gonzo, and more appear at the Bonus Round in Phoenix, AZ on Friday, May 5th for the 2018 Arizona Comic Mini Expo’s Drink and Draw launch party from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. Professional artists will be doing sketches for fans and collecting money for the Hero Initiative and the Arizona ACLU.

Bonus Round
24 W Camelback Rd, Ste DE, Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 374-6936

Afterparty Schedule for Planet Comicon 2018

January 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Missouri

Press Release:

As Planet Comicon Kansas City (PCKC) grows, there are an increasing number of after hours events popping up around the city! Most of these are within walking distance of the convention center. This means that your convention weekend fun can continue into the evening! This is a wonderful way to experience the many great restaurants and bars and other attractions in the downtown loop. Here is a list of events we know about.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15th

Battle for Midwesteros
A Game of Thrones themed pub crawl (5:00 – 9:30 PM)
[Credential pick-up and registration until 4:30pm]
Winter is here at Planet Comicon. We are teaming up with Boulevard Brewing Co. to bring Westeros to downtown KC creating a fun off-site excursion for Planet Comicon attendees. Four teams of 50 (Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens, and the Night King’s Army) will compete to take the Iron Throne. Each team will work together to conquer the Seven Kingdoms by completing tasks at each participating location along the KC Streetcar route to gain points. In addition to the small challenges, there will be costumed “characters” on the streetcar and an extra secret scavenger hunt element.

Elite Comics Drink and Draw
@ The Muehlebach Bar (6:00 – 9:00 PM)
Want to join some of the incredibly talented artists from Planet Comicon Kansas City for a Drink n’ Draw Party? Well here is your big chance! Meet us on Thursday night at The Muehlebach Bar connected to the Marriott Hotel for live drawing, drink and food specials, special promo items, and fun with The Elite Flight Crew, Planet Comicon staff, and the amazing talent of Artist Alley! Free to all PCKC members

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16th

Ultimate Geek Trivia Showdown Vol.2
@ Aladdin Hotel (6:30 – 10:30 PM)
[Registration & Check-in @ 6:30 PM // Game starts at 7:30 PM]
Bring your smartest and geekiest friends and win wonderful prizes. Cash! Passes to Planet Comicon! Random swag! Pure geeky glory and bragging rights! The event will consist of eight rounds of trivia ranging from comics to the cinematic/television universe. All fandoms are fair game. Entry fee is $10 per person with teams of up to 6 players. $15 at the door. Discounted price for a full team registration of 6 ($50) There will be complimentary snacks and drinks in addition to two full bars. A raffle benefiting Hope House will be happening throughout the night with a chance to win additional prizes. Space is limited, so make like the Flash and register your team now!

@ The Muehlebach Bar (8:00 PM – 1:00 AM)
Join us for a fun night of comedy and music featuring Little Beard and The Scally Wags Pirate Comedy Show! Other acts include: Clearly Guilty, Crazy Boy Coy, Roscoe and Rose Red, Rum Runners and more! $5 for everyone

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17th

The Elite Comics ‘Be The Hero!’ Dance Party & Masquerade Parade!
Convention Center Lobby 1501 (9:00 PM – 1:00 AM)
[FREE to convention attendees.]
It’s a Dance Party! Last year’s dance party was such a success that a bigger venue was in order! Elite Comics is kind enough to host this year’s dance party! This will be the party of the year! Starting directly after the costume contest, come downstairs and bust-a-move and get your groove on! Come as your favorite character or as yourself and dance the night away! DJ Joe and DJ Ice Kole are bringing their very best beats and light show and we doubt you will be able to resist jumping on the dance floor! Look for themed drinks, photo-ops, and plenty of space to relax and wind down before the final day of Planet Comicon 2018. It’s a Masquerade Parade! This year the Masquerade Parade will unfold during the party! Signups for the masquerade parade start at 9:45 and the parade begins at 10:30. The first 75 to sign up get to strut their stuff and show their cosplays to an adoring crowd! There are no prizes but this one is always fun! It’s a fundraiser! Donations to the Hero Initiative are being solicited all night long to help struggling comic book artists! (Read more about this wonderful charity here.) Be the hero!
For more information about the 2018 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

CA – Sketch Benefit Fundraiser

Press Release:

Collector’s Paradise Winnetka Invites you to join us on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM for a SKETCH BENEFIT with special guest Ian McGinty, the artist on Welcome to Showside and new Rocko (Rocko’s Modern Life) series by BOOM! Studios, plus local artists, sketching to benefit Hero Initiative Comic Book Charity! Plus special guests Shannon Eric Denton, Chris Johnson, Tony Fleecs, Chris Burnham, and Rick Basaldua.

Sponsored by MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.

All art on Rocko’s Modern Life sketch cover variants will be sold on ebay with 100% of the net proceeds going to Hero Initiative

RSVP on Facebook!

Collector’s Paradise
7131 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka, CA 91306
818-999-945

Hero Initiative Heads to Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 with Exclusive Creators Joshua Dysart, Dennis O’Neil, Khoi Pham

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the nonprofit that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, is heading to Baltimore Comic-Con September 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center. And Hero’s booth, #1501, is the ONLY place to find creators Joshua Dysart (Living Level-3: IraqDennis O’Neil (Green Lantern/Green Arrow) and Khoi Pham (Mighty Avengers). This amazing group will be signing and sketching all weekend to support out cause! Don’t miss out!

And Hero Initiative Ambassadors will be collecting for Hero on the con floor. Please swing by and say “hi” to: Reilly Brown, Mark Buckingham, Jim Calafiore, Richard Case, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Brian Haberlin, Phil Hester, JG Jones, Matt Kindt, Barry Kitson, Jay Leisten, Laura Martin, Dustin Nguyen, Jerry Ordway, Steve Orlando, Greg Pak, Jeff Parker, Andrew Pepoy, Brandon Peterson, Keith Pollard, Craig Rousseau, Stan Sakai, Bart Sears, Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Andy Smith, Joe Staton, Mark Waid, Marv Wolfman, and Rich Woodall. Stop on by 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 $1 million 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.

Celebrate the Inaugural Ringo Awards with the Comics Industry

September 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Press Release:

The 2017 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards will be presented on the evening of Saturday, September 23, 2017 as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con. This unique evening offers the opportunity to socialize, dine, and network with comic industry professionals, and watch as they celebrate recognition of their peers, coworkers, and competitors. A limited number of tickets are now available for purchase by the public.

Ringo Awards tickets include a full cocktail hour (cash bar), a full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore crab cake), the awards ceremony, and a gift bag, and are now available for $125. Please visit our website to purchase with credit card: baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets

Start your evening at our cocktail hour, meeting industry professionals and other fans, and enjoy our keynote speaker, David Petersen, best known as the multiple award-winning creator of Mouse Guard.

Presenters at the inaugural Ringo Awards include Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Amy Chu, Walter and Louise Simonson, Terry and Robyn Moore, Kazu Kibuishi and Charlie Kochman, and Todd Dezago, Mark Waid, and Matt Wieringo.

Additionally, our friends at the Hero Initiative will be presenting their 2017 Hero Lifetime Achievement Award to Marv Wolfman, and their Giordano Humanitarian Award to Joshua Dysart.

We are also thrilled to present a fantastic gift bag to our first 300 attendees purchasing tickets for this comic event of the fall. This year’s gift bag is an amazing collection of books, including such treasures as March Trilogy Slipcase Set from IDW, Brom Sketchbook from Flesk Publications, and the brand-new Graveyard Shakes from Scholastic. In addition to these wonderful books, expect contributions from other publishers as well, including Abrams ComicArts, AfterShock Comics, Archie Comic Publications, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Source Point Press, and Valiant Entertainment.

The Ringo Awards would like to recognize and thank our 2017 sponsors: AfterShock Comics, Baltimore Comic-Con, BOOM! Studios, Cards, Comics & Collectibles, Dynamite Entertainment, Painted Visions, South Carolina Comic-Con, and Valiant Entertainment.

About Mike Wieringo:
Michael Lance “Mike” Wieringo was known to fans and friends as “Ringo”, which is how he signed his artwork. His comics artist graced the pages of DC Comics’ The FlashAdventures of SupermanBatman, and Robin, Marvel Comics’ Fantastic FourFriendly Neighborhood Spider-ManSensational Spider-Man, and Rogue, and his co-creation Tellos. He passed away on August 12, 2007 at the young age of 44 from an apparent heart attack.

About the Ringo Awards:
The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The Ringo Awards recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories, and are the only industry awards nominated by fans and pros alike, with final voting by the comic professional community. Launched in 2017, the awards ceremony is held annually at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Further details are available at www.ringoawards.com.

About the Baltimore Comic-Con:
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 18th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com

Hero Initiative is Portland-bound for Rose City Comic Con 2017

September 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Oregon

Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the nonprofit that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, is heading to Portland, OR for the Rose City Comic Con September 8-10 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Dave Gibbons, the author of The Originals, co-creator of Watchmen and artist of the Superman story “For the Man Who Has Everything” will be at the Hero booth, #718, all weekend! Come by and meet the legend and get your books signed!

And Hero Initiative Ambassadors collecting for Hero on the con floor include Rick Burchett, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Shannon Denton, Veronica Fish, Matt Fraction, Joe Harris, Sam Humphries, Megan Hutchison, Karl Kesel, Michael Lark, Kevin Maguire, David Marquez, Dustin Nguyen, Greg Rucka, Matt Wagner, Dustin Weaver, and Chip Zdarsky. Stop on by 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 $1 million to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.HeroInitiative.org

Hero Inititaive Hosts Dave Gibbons at LBCC 2017

Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is heading to Long Beach Comic Con September 2-3 at the Long Beach Convention Center. And one of the most acclaimed comic creators of all time will be Hero’s exclusive guest!

Dave Gibbons, the author of The Originals, co-creator of Watchmen and artist of the Superman story “For the Man Who Has Everything” will be at the Hero booth, #411, all weekend! Come by and meet the legend and get your books signed!

And the best value at the con is surely the Dave Gibbons VIP ticket package! Packages include full 2-day attendance to the con, exclusive Dave Gibbons-signed merchandise, AND an ORIGINAL sketchcard! Tickets are on sale through Sep. 1 and can be purchased at the link…

Check it out!

And also check out Hero Initiative Ambassadors on the con floor. Swing by on Howard Chaykin, Tyler Kirkham, Scott Koblish, Ron Marz, Whilce Portacio, and Arthur Suydam! Visit them, and you can donate to Hero at the same time when you get your books signed!

NE – Jack Kirby Centennial Celebration

Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, Ande Parks, Bruce McCorkindale, and Fredd Gorham appear at Krypton Comics to celebrate Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday!

Press Release:

Come out to witness Phil Hester and friends complete 100 original illustrations commemorating Jack Kirby on what would be his 100th birthday.

Each year Phil Hester holds a marathon to raise money for the Hero Initiative, a nonprofit organization that creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for life essentials and an avenue back into paying work.

This year OmahaBound and Krypton Comics team-up to host Phil Hester and friends in Omaha for the final Kirby marathon.

Phil Hester will begin drawing Saturday, August 26th at Krypton Comics and will finish on Monday, August 28th. Come out to visit Krypton, support Phil on his marathon, and enter a raffle for a bonus illustration.

Phil Hester will also complete an OmahaBound Exclusive Kirby Illustration while in Omaha. Starting August 21st, purchase $1 raffle tickets at Krypton Comics for the FINAL Kirby Fundraiser Illustration by Phil Hester. Drawing to be held Monday August 28th at Krypton Comics. And there’s no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase!

RSVP on Facebook!

Krypton Comics
2819 South 125th Avenue #261, Omaha, NE 68144-3873
(402) 391-4131

Hero Initiative Celebrates Jack Kirby’s 100th Birthday on August 28 with Kirby4Heroes

August 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Animation, Comic Books, Everything Else, Other

Press Release:

The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is celebrating the 100th birthday of Jack “King” Kirby on August 28 with a little help from Jillian Kirby, founder of the Kirby4Heroes campaign.

More than 50 artists will get up on the morning of August 28, 2016 to simply “Wake Up and Draw.” All drawings will be featured in a special gallery at ComicArtFans.com, and fans can follow the action through the day on Twitter searching hashtag: #WakeUpAndDraw. All drawings will be auctioned to benefit Hero Initiative starting September 5, 2017!

Artist Phil Hester will reach the end of a long road. Four years ago, in conjunction with Kirby’s 97th birthday, Hester drew 97 Kirby characters. He upped the ante to 98 and 99 the last two years, and will close out in classic fashion with 100 Kirbys this year! Phil’s drawing marathon will take place at Krypton Comics in Omaha, Nebraska, and will be livestreamed as well!

And the baton is passed! Get to The Source Comics in Games in Roseville, Minn. On August 28, where artist Brent Schoonover will be doing Kirby drawings all day as well!

Jillian Kirby, Jack’s youngest granddaughter, has spearheaded the “Kirby4Heroes” campaign since 2012. Jillian has recruited a number of comic stores to donate a percentage of their sales to Hero on this special day. Individual fans can visit the official Kirby4Heroes campaign Facebook page and donate via the PayPal link at www.HeroInitiative.org. Please type in “Kirby4Heroes” in the special instructions box.

“I founded the Kirby4Heroes campaign when I was 16 years old in June 2012, as a way of honoring the legacy of my grandfather, comic book artist and creator Jack Kirby, who unfortunately died the year before I was born,” said Jillian Kirby. “Over the past five years my campaign has been fortunate enough to raise over $80,000 for the Hero Initiative, and this year my goal is to push it well over $100,000! My Kirby4Heroes fundraising campaign just seems to be expanding and blossoming with new creative ideas continually contributed by many Jack Kirby fans.  Watching everything come together has been very rewarding, and I look forward to the culmination of a fantastic show of support on August 28th!”

Participating stores include:
Alakazam Comics, Irvine, CA
All About Books & Comics, Phoenix, AZ
Arcadian Comics, Newport, KY
Aw Yeah Comics, Skokie, IL
Bedrock City Comics, five locations in Houston, TX
Blastoff Comics, North Hollywood, CA
Borderlands Comics, Greenville, SC
Captain Blue Hen Comics, Newark, DE
Carmine St. Comics, New York, NY
Carol & John’s Comic Shop, Cleveland, OH
Challengers Comics, Chicago, IL
Collector’s Paradise, two locations in Los Angeles, CA
Collectors Corner, Parkville, MD
Comics & Collectibles, Memphis, TN
Comix City Too, Madison, TN
Comix Experience, two locations in San Francisco, CA
Cosmic Comics, Las Vegas, NV
Cosmic Comics & Toys, Cantonsville, MD
Destiny City Comics, Tacoma, WA
Dragon’s Lair Comics, Austin, TX
Earth-2 Comics, two locations in Los Angeles, CA
Escape Pod Comics, Huntington, NY
Flying Colors Comics, Concord, CA
Geoffrey’s Comics/Hi De Ho Comics, two locations in Los Angeles, CA
Green Brain Comics, Dearborn, MI
Heroes Comics, Fresno, CA
I Want More Comics, Northglenn, CO
Jesse James Comics, Glendale, AZ
Joy’s Japanimation, Greensburg, PA
Lee’s Comics, Mountain View, CA
Lost Legion Games & Comics, three locations in Charleston, WV
Mission Comics and Art, San Francisco
Nans Games and Comics, Houston, TX
Phantom of the Attic Comics, two locations in Pittsburgh, PA
Queen City Comics, two locations in Cincinnati, OH
Samurai Comics, three locations in Phoenix, AZ
The Source Comics & Games, Roseville, MN
The Comic Book Shop, Wilmington, DE
World’s Best Comics, Sacramento, CA

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