IL – Hellboy 100 Project Signing


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 or call 626-676-6354.

Long Beach Comic Con Announces 2015 Programming

September 10, 2015 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News, Cosplay

Long Beach 2015

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Long Beach Comic Con Announces Highlights From Its Guest List, Full Programming Slate & Key Initiatives for September 12 & 13th, 2015

Long Beach, CA (September 2, 2015) – In advance of the seventh annual Long Beach Comic Con, MAD Event Management announced today highlights from its guest list, the full slate of programming for the convention and several major initiatives. All told, the convention will play host to more than 175 guests, 100 panels, and 300 artist alley exhibitors and more than 475 exhibitors. The convention will be held September 12th and 13th in the main exhibition hall at the Long Beach Comic Convention Center.

This year’s Long Beach Comic Con guest list is amazingly diverse with over 175 guests, including:

  • Popular TV, Film & gaming stars:
    • John Barrowman (Merlin from ARROW);
    • Chloe Bennet (Skye on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD);
    • Peter Shinkoda and Tommy Walker (Marvel’s DAREDEVIL)
    • Maitland Ward Baxter (BOY MEETS GIRL).
  • Acclaimed TV & Film writers:
    • Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (Marvel Entertainment’s AGENT CARTER);
    • Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage (Marvel’s DAREDEVIL);
    • Marc Guggenheim (ARROW);
    • Jeff King (WHITE COLLAR);
    • Man of Action’s Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle), the creators of BEN 10 and the team/characters in BIG HERO 6
  • More than 150 comic book writers and artists:
    • Legendary artist Art Adams (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TEAM UP);
    • Kris Anka (Marvel’s CAPTAIN MARVEL)
    • Joe Casey (SEX)
    • Adam Kubert and the Joe Kubert School, making their first appearance at a Long Beach Show;
    • Joshua Hale Fialkov (THE LIFE AFTER);
    • Kyle Higgins (C.O.W.L.)
    • Joe Kelly (I KILL GIANTS)
    • Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER);
    • David Petersen, celebrating the 10th anniversary of MOUSE GUARD;
    • Duncan Rouleau (THE GREAT UNKNOWN)
    • Stan Sakai, the legendary creator of USAGI YOJIMBO;
    • Steven T. Seagle (It’s a bird …)
    • Marc Silvestri, popular artist and CEO of Top Cow Productions;
    • STAR WARS artists Stuart and Kathryn Immonen;
    • Legendary writers Len Wein (SWAMP THING) and Marv Wolfman (NEW TEEN TITANS).
  • Cosplay fan favorites:
    • Nicole Marie Jean
    • Miss Chrissy Lynn;
    • Raychul Moore;
    • Destiny Nickelsen;
    • International Cosplayer Giada Robin;
    • Vampy Bit Me;
    • Vegas Power Girl.

“Long Beach Comic Con is a celebration of the creative arts,” said Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder Martha Donato. “In addition to panels devoted to DC Entertainment, Marvel Entertainment, Aspen Comics, Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics, we have amazing, family-friendly programming dedicated to animation, tv, film and novels and exhibitors and sponsors such as Columbia Memorial Space Center, Lionsgate Films, and T-Mobile and sponsors like Bernina and Kettle.

Programming highlights include:

  • Anniversary panels for 30 Years of ROBOTECH animation and 10 years of MOUSE GUARD graphic novels;
  • Breaking Into Hollywood A conversation with Ralph Garman (BATMAN ‘66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET), Joshua Fialkov (AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION), Marc Guggenheim (ARROW) and Kyle Higgins (THE LEAGUE), moderated by Aaron Couch, LA Digital News Editor of People Magazine;
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer panel;
  • “Couples Therapy”, in which KROQ ‘s Ralph Garman talks with Hollywood power couple Tara Butters (MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD) and Marc Guggenheim (ARROW);
  • The Devastator Presents: Funny Book Fest;
  • Dwayne McDuffie Awards Announcements of nominees for the award, to be presented at Long Beach Comic Expo next spring;
  • GeekFest Film Fest, including three full length feature films, short films, web series and fan films including a “Star Wars Musical”;
  • How to Conquer the Animation World with James Ganiere (CEO at Rio Vista Universal), Dean DeBlois (writer and director of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3), Mike Morris (Animator for THE SIMPSONS), Terran Gregory (Project Director at Blizzard Entertainment) and Forrest Whaley (ForrestFire101 – Maker Studio/YouTube).
  • #PerformanceMatters. Creating your Character in Video Games. Troy Baker (BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM), Crispin Freeman (WORLD OF WARCRAFT), Phil LaMarr (MWETAL GEAR SOLID 2), Liam O’Brien (WORLD OF WARCRAFT), America Young (HALO 5) and Thom Willams (MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR)
  • Psychology of Daredevil. Join Dr. Andrea Letamendi, who has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage, writers on Netflix’s original DAREDEVIL series, and actors Tommy Walker (Francis) and Peter Shinkoda (Nobu) as they discuss the intersection of psychology and comic books, specifically focusing on the characters they write and play on DAREDEVIL.
  • A Q &A with John Barrowman;
  • Shades & Shadows Reading Series including a live show;
  • A STAR WARS panel with Brian Miller , illustrator for Topps, novelist Cecil Castellucci (STAR WARS: MOVING TARGET), and Stuart Immonen, artist for Marvel’s best selling STAR WARS comic books.
  • 2 days of #MakeComics panels devoted to teaching aspiring writers and artists how to make comics.

New initiatives and exclusives include:

  • Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Due to generous donations and grants, 200 greater Los Angeles girls—including 100 girls from underserved communities—will take part in a program that includes meeting comic professionals, playing laser tag and attending a workshop where they can earn their Comic Book Artist and Novelist badges. This year actress Chloe Bennet, who plays Skye on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, will be presenting the girls with their Comic Artist badges.

“At the Long Beach Comic Con, middle school and high school Girl Scouts will be able to work one-on-one with professional comic book artists, writers, editors, and young adult novelists to create a comic book page from start to finish,” said Lise L. Luttgens, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles’ Chief Executive Officer. “Girl Scouts is all about giving girls access to hands-on experiences that empower them to discover and pursue their passions, and this unique collaboration with the Long Beach Comic Con is a perfect example of that.”

  • Golden Apple LBCC-Exclusive STAR WARS variant cover

Exhibitor Golden Apple Comics will sell a Long Beach Comic Con exclusive edition of STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE issue 1 with a cover by artist Phil Noto. The comic is an exclusive available through Golden Apple and GameFly. Golden Apple will be exhibiting at LBCC at booth # 1024.

  • The Hero Initiative Limited Edition Beer designed by artist Clayton Crain

The Hero Initiative, a charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in financial need, has partnered with Los Angeles brewery MacLeod Ale for a limited-edition label for The King’s Taxes Scottish Ale, designed by GHOST RIDER and CARNAGE artist Clayton Crain. The art will appear on a limited run of bottles, signed prints and commemorative glasses. Hero Initiative will host a special tasting from 6 PM to 9 PM Saturday, and have a full selection of The King’s Taxes merchandise available.

  • LifeStream Blood Bank, a not-for-profit blood bank with host a blood drive on site
  • A MAGIC: THE GATHERING tournament will host a Magic the Gathering tournament, which will include on-demand Origins Drafts and Standard Constructed as well as running Standard Constructed and Modern Main Events.  Kids(12 and under) will also have exclusive Pokemon and MtG events on both days!”

  • The Inaugural Long Beach Space Expo

The Columbia Memorial Space Center is partnering with Long Beach Comic Con for Space Expo 2015, an innovative and one-of-a-kind program that will connect comic book convention attendees directly with the world of scientific discovery. Panels will be held featuring top aerospace industry notables discussing hot button scientific topics and there will be interactive exhibits featuring robotics, 3D printing, and even a spacesuit – all curated by Columbia Memorial Space Center, the prestigious CA-based learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

“The Space Expo is an innovative way to connect the public to space and science,” said Columbia Memorial Space Center President Ben Dickow. “Instead of making people come to us, we’re taking science and technology to them with two full days of activities and speakers who are at the top of the space field. The Expo will give the public the opportunity to interact directly with NASA professionals and space explorers. We’ve put together the largest collection of JPL scientists we know of, outside of an academic conference, all ready to share their love of space with you!”

Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 13 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. The show opens to advance ticket holders both days at 9:30 AM. Tickets are available now through the website:

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Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit

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The Columbia Memorial Space Center, located in Downey, California, is a hands-on learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science and innovation to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  Through world-class programs and engaging exhibits, the Space Center strives to ignite a community of critical and creative thinkers. 

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles serves more than 40,000 girls in partnership with more than 20,000 volunteers throughout the diverse communities of Los Angeles County and parts of Kern, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. The council engages girls through programs in Leadership, Business and Financial Literacy, Outdoor Adventure, STE[A]M (science, technology, engineering, art, math), and Healthy Living. To join, volunteer, reconnect, or support, visit or call 213-213-0123.

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 or call 626-676-6354.

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NY – Jack Kirby Day 2015


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A Birthday Party for the King of Comics, Jack Kirby, will be held at Shmaltz Brewery on Friday, August 28th from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM! Sponsored by Shmaltz Brewery, Excellent Adventures Comics, and Comic Depot, the event will feature Shmaltz’s “King Kirby Ale,” honoring Jack Kirby’s vast legacy in comics.

“King Kirby Ale” is a special bottling of Shmaltz’s Slingshot Lager, featuring Jack Kirby himself on the label in art by comics stalwarts Lee Moder and Paul Harding. Limited Edition cases will be on sale at Shmaltz the night of the event, with a percentage of proceeds going to the comic-oriented charity Hero Initiative.

The Kirby Birthday Party features an impressive list of comic creators, who will be on hand to sign and sketch. Guests include Steve Niles, Andy Lanning, Ron Marz, Lee Moder, Paul Harding, Tom Raney, Joe Staton, Mark McKenna, Steve Orlando, and many more.

The ticket cost of $20 include five samples of Shmaltz beers, a complimentary glass, a piece of Kirby birthday cake, and a chance at door prizes. There will also be a silent auction of special comic items donated by creators. Ticket and auction proceeds benefit comic charities Hero Initiative and Kirby4Heroes. Tickets are available for sale online now…

Tickets will also be available at the door, the night of the event.

RSVP on Facebook!

Shmaltz Brewery
6 Fairchild Square Clifton Park, NY 12065

Hero Initiative Announces Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 Line-Up

Mike Grell Green Arrow

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Hero Initiative Announces Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 Line-Up

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – June 23, 2015 – The Hero Initiative, the charity that supports comic creators in medical and financial need, will hit the Baltimore Comic-Con September 25-27, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center, with fan favorite creators — VIP and General Admission tickets are now on sale! Come ready with your books, as the Hero Initiative booth will be a popular stop on the Baltimore Convention Center floor (please check the Hero Initiative website closer to the date for booth number and scheduled times). This year, Hero Initiative is pleased to bring to Baltimore classic creators Bob Budiansky, Mike Grell, and Marv Wolfman.

Bob Budiansky spent years working for Marvel Comics as a writer, penciller, and editor. He is the writer responsible for the entire run of Marvel’s Sleepwalker in the 1990s. He is also renowned for his contributions to theTransformers comics, where he created much of the original comics content, created some of the more popular characters in their continuity, and provided the “tech specs” that were packaged along with the Hasbro toys in the ’80s. As an artist, Budiansky’s pencils graced the pages and covers of titles like Ghost Rider, Captain America, and Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Budiansky spent 13 years working as an editor at Marvel Comics on titles like Captain America, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, and The Thing, plus Spider-Man titles including those during the famed Clone Saga story line.

Mike Grell began his storied career in comics working in comic strips, as an assistant on Brenda Starr. After moving to New York City in the 1970s, Grell took over art duties on DC Comics’ Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes. He later flexed his skills as a writer, creating The Warlord at DC. He launched Batman Family and worked on Green Lantern/Green Arrow as well. In the early 1980s, Grell returned to his comic strip roots, taking over writing and drawing roles on the syndicated Tarzan. Later, he went on to develop his creator-owned properties, Jon Sable Freelance at First Comics and Starslayer at Pacific Comics. In the late 1980s and into the 1990s, Grell took over writing and illustration duties on Green Arrow after his much-lauded take on the character in the Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters limited series. As he entered the 2000s, he worked on Marvel Comics’ Iron Man and X-Men Forever, and returned to The Warlord at DC Comics. Recently, Grell serialized a Tarzan story for Dark Horse Presents, and contributed to DC’s Arrow, from the TV adaptation of the comic.

Marv Wolfman got his start on the fandom side of comics, writing for and editing fanzines in the 1960s. His professional career began at DC Comics, where he wrote a story for Blackhawk and would go on to contribute to titles like Teen Titans, Showcase, and Weird Mystery Tales. Moving to Marvel Comics, he eventually ascended to the role of Editor-in-Chief, before stepping aside so he could concentrate on his writing. There, he had an extensive run on Tomb of Dracula, where he created Blade, the character that proved the viability of Marvel properties on the big screen. He was also the mind behind such Marvel characters as Nova, Terrax, Bullseye, and Black Cat. He also wrote the syndicated Howard the Duck comic strip. He later returned to DC to relaunch the acclaimed New Teen Titans. and worked on titles including Action Comics, Dial H for Hero, Green Lantern, andNight Force before the game-changing Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. In the 1990s, Wolfman was an editor at and wrote for Disney Comics. In the 2000s, Wolfman returned to DC Comics, writing Nightwing, DC Special: Raven, and, more recently, Convergence: Adventures of Superman and Convergence: New Teen Titans.

“We love the Hero Initiative,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Besides bringing spectacular, high-profile guests to Baltimore, they do amazing things for the comics creative community, and we can’t emphasize enough the positive impact they have in people’s lives.”



General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as the Harvey Awards, are now on sale! Visit for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult General Admission!

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (All-New Captain America); Scott Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); John Beatty (Secret Wars); Gregory Benton (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Bob Budiansky (courtesy of Hero Initiative, Transformers); Talent Caldwell (Grimm Fairy Tales Presents White Queen: Age of Darkness); Chris Campana (Kantara); Richard Case (Doom Patrol); Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown); Sean Chen (Secret Origins); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Amy Chu (Strange Sports Stories); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark’s Parker); Vito Delsante (Stray); Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts); Joe Eisma (Morning Glories); Ramona Fradon (Spongebob Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular); Francesco Francavilla (Secret Wars: Battleworld); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman ’66: The Lost Episode); Keron Grant (Father’s Day); Mike Grell (courtesy of Hero Initiative, Action Comics); Laura Guzzo (Princeless: Short Stories for Warrior Women); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Scott Hanna (The New 52: Futures End); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Russ Heath (G.I. Combat); Eric Henson (The Perhapanauts: Danger Down Under); h-eri (Ivory Dragon Studios); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Ken Hunt (Talon); Jamal Igle (Molly Danger); Geof Isherwood (Suicide Squad); Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Greg LaRocque (The Avengers); Dan Leister (Grimm Fairy Tales); Mike Lilly (Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Robyn Hood); Nate Lovett (Midnight Tiger); Kevin Maguire (Justice League); Mike Manley (Darkhawk); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Laura Martin (Star Wars); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Bob McLeod (Secret Wars); Pop Mhan (He-Man: The Eternity War); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Mark Morales (Convergence); Nen (The Memory Collectors); John Ostrander (Suicide Squad); Greg Pak (Storm); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); Dan Parent (Archie); Brent Peeples (Legenderry: Green Hornet); Andrew Pepoy (Afterlife with Archie); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men); Khoi Pham (X-Men Legacy); Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Tom Raney (Avengers Vs.); Sara Richard (Jem and the Holograms); Rafer Roberts (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); David Rodriguez (Skylanders); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Craig Rousseau (Batman Beyond); Andy Runton (Owly); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Matteo Scalera (Black Science); Jeff Shultz (Betty and Veronica); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Matt Slay (The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Matthew Dow Smith (X-Files Season 10); Scott Snyder (Batman Eternal); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Mark Sparacio (Sgt. Rock); Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Relativity); Brian Stelfreeze (Day Men); Paul Storrie (Sheena, Queen of the Jungle); Joe St. Pierre (New Zodiax); Marcio Takara (Armor Wars); Eric Talbot (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Mark Texeira (Ghost Racers); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Jeremy Treece (King: Mandrake the Magician); Tim Truman (Hawkman); Billy Tucci (Shi); James Tynion (Constantine: The Hellblazer); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Charles Vess (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); Mark Waid (Daredevil); John Watson (Red Sonja); Matt Wieringo (‘Ringo Scholarship Fund); Marv Wolfman (courtesy of Hero Initiative, Convergence: New Teen Titans); Rich Woodall (Kyrra); Brian Woodward (Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 Yearbook); Kelly Yates (Doctor Who); Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever); and Mike Zeck (Secret Wars).

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

Contact Information

Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con: – for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution – for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications – for inquiries about submitted registrations– for the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet– for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 15th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit

About The Harvey Awards

The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 10 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit

Hero Initiative Details MASSIVE Plans for SDCC 2015

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Hero Initiative Details MASSIVE Plans for San Diego’s Comic-Con

With New Overstreet plus two great parties: Stone Brewing’s Hop-Con and Jinx’s Second Annual Comic Kickoff Fundraiser!

Hero SDCCLOS ANGELES, CA (July 1, 2015) – The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is travelling to Comic-Con International in San Diego July 8th -12th at the San Diego Convention center. We have exclusives, parties and special guests throughout the weekend that you will not want to miss! Booth #5003 is the place to be!

Partygoers will have a great time with Hero, starting Wednesday, July 8 at 5 p.m. for Hop-Con! Star Trek’s Wil Wheaton and’s Drew Curtis debut their new w00tstout beer at Stone Brewing’s World Bistro! And the Rev. Dave Johnson had the honor to create the label for the famed beer. Prints of Rev. Dave’s art are available, so don’t miss out on this epic event! Proceeds benefit Hero, so get your tickets NOW!

The good times continue to roll all night Wednesday! Head to Gabe Eltaeb’s Second Annual Comic Kickoff Fundraiser and Party at Basic Bar and Pizza located at 410 10th Ave. in downtown San Diego from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.! Win great raffle prizes, meet amazing artists and have a couple drinks all to support Hero initiative! Artists include Todd Nauck, Jim Calafiore, Eddie Nunez, Doug Wheatley and more!

Hero is proud to once again have an exclusive limited edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45. Now in its fifth decade, the Guide is the preeminent source for comic book pricing information, and SDCC is where to get it first! The cover this year features The Spirit by Dave Johnson. This Hero-exclusive edition is limited to 500 copies in hardcover only at $35.

And Hero has your chance to meet Robert Overstreet himself! Five lucky winners will get a chance to have lunch with Overstreet AND get an amazing prize package worth over $400! Check out Hero’s auctions on eBay and place your bid!

Hero is your exclusive go-to for CGC Signature Series for a number of great creators including: Amanda Conner, Alex de Campi, Dan Jurgens, Brian Haberlin, Jonathan Hickman, Dave Johnson, Scott Koblish, Ken Lashley, David Lloyd, Laura Martin, Bill Morrison, Greg Pak, Jimmy Palmiotti, Andrew Pepoy, Darick Robertson and Jim Zub. You MUST drop off your books at the CGC booth, #901, by Friday, July 10 at 5 p.m., and get your signatures and certifications without the hassle of lines!

And as always, Hero has an amazing crew of artists and writers at the booth! Make sure you don’t miss out on 10-year-old sensation Ethan Castillo! Check him out, along with all the amazing talent:

WED., JULY 8 (con hours 600-900)

630-900: Scott Koblish

THUR., JULY 9 (con hours 930-700)

1100-1230: Dave Johnson

130-300: Ethan Castillo

430-600: Dave Johnson + Robert Overstreet

FRI., JULY 10 (con hours 930-700)

1000-1100: Alex de Campi

1100-1230: Dave Johnson

1230-130: Dan Jurgens

130-300: Ethan Castillo

430-600: Dave Johnson

SAT., JULY 11 (con hours 930-700)

1000-1100: Alex de Campi

1100-1200: Dave Johnson

1200-100: Dan Jurgens

530-700: Greg Pak

SUN., JULY 12 (con hours 930-500)

1000-1100: Alex de Campi

1100-1200: Dave Johnson

1200-200: Greg Pak


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 or call 626-676-6354.

CA – Hop-Con 3.0

hopcon3Press Release:

Our annual celebration of nth-degree beer geekery is back for a third round. Join us for a release party large enough to match this year’s Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout. Hop-Con isn’t about awkward handshakes, high-fives, selfies and autographs – just general and rampant merriment and geeky celebration full of great food and awesome craft beer. As always, we have surprises planned. This year, we’ve added 45% more space to the festival. Whatever could we do with that? Hmmmm…you’ll have to wait and see.

Get tickets at the link…

* Ten 4oz beer samples

* A commemorative Hop-Con 3.0 glass

* Gourmet food stations

* Lots of geeky good times!

* A litho of the 2015 w00tstout label art cover signed by Dave Johnson
(cover artist for the noir Vertigo series and 100 Bullets)

* A signed litho from Kevin Eastman, creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

* Pride that 100% of your donation is helping comic illustrators of yesteryear
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GREG KOCH our CEO and fearless leader

WIL WHEATON thespian and renaissance man

DREW CURTIS online news guru

AISHA TYLER actress, comedian and w00tstout alum

KEVIN EASTMAN illustrator and creator of Teenage Mutant Ninjas Turtles

DAVE JOHNSON “the Reverend” and illustrator of this year’s w00tstout label

KRIS KETCHAM Stone Liberty Station Brewing Manager

RICHARD ROSSI Stone Brewer and cask creator for Hop-Con

ALEXIS LIGHT Stone Assistant Brewer and cask creator for Hop-Con
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* THE 35+ BEERS *
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Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout (2013)

Stone w00tstout 2.0 (2014)

Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout (2015)

Kevin Eastman / Kris Ketcham “IT’S PIZZA TIME!” A Pizza-Inspired Saison

Aisha Tyler / Kris Ketcham Stone Cold Fox Chocolate Orange Black IPA

Special cask creation by Richard Rossi

Special cask creation by Alexis Light

Stone RuinTen Triple IPA

Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0

Double Dry Hopped Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0

Ecliptic/Wicked Weed/Stone Points Unknown IPA

Stone Delicious IPA

Stone Go To IPA

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

Stone IPA

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Klaatu Barada Nikto

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Wheat Surrender


Stone Reason Be Damned Belgian Style Abbey Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels

Stone Passion Project

Stone “The Tiger Cub” Saison aged in White Wine Barrels

Stone Spotlight: Imperial Mutt Brown Ale

Stone Barrel-Aged Brown Ale w/Balaton Sour Cherries

Stone Imperial Irish Stout

Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale aged in Red Wine Barrels

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Gose Gose Gadget

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Murder She Rotte

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Great Bowman’s Beard aged in Bourbon Barrels
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We’re taking the giant plot behind building 12 (aka the garden bar) and turning it into the HOP-CADE! Our dream of creating an outdoor arcade and beer garden from last year has been realized.

We’ll have:
* Only IPAs on tap
* Our oversized lawn games (Jenga, Connect Four, etc)
* Two pinball machines (The Twilight Zone and Theatre of Magic)
* Donkey Kong
* Ms. Pac-Man
* A Skee-ball machine

Not enough? How about an arcade game with a 25-foot screen driven from a used beer barrel converted into a vintage arcade console? This last feat will be created by our friend Hunter Bond, Troll Slayer and resident Pinball Mechanic at J!NX, with custom metal routing by San Diego’s reproHAUS.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station
2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116, San Diego, CA 92106

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


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


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

Hero Initiative logo

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 or call 626-676-6354.

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