NYC – Molly Danger Launch Party

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Jamal Igle appears at JHU Comics on Saturday October 12th, 2013 at 9:00 pm for the Molly Danger, Book One launch party!

Molly is the world’s most powerful 10-year-old girl and protector of the city of Coopersville. Copies of the graphic novel will be on sale for $19.99, with 25% of the proceeds to benefit Hero Initiative. The party, sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama, Strathmore and Artograph, runs from 9 p.m ’til midnight, and writer/artist Jamal Igle will be on hand to sign copies! Another great way to spend your con weekend and help raise money for Hero!

JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 268-7088

Hero Initiative Schedule for NYCC 2013

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative is traveling to the Big Apple to attend New York Comic Con at the Javits Center, October 10th-13th. Hero has a whole lot going on throughout the city to raise money for comic creators in medical and financial need.

Anchoring our booth throughout the weekend is artist Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead). Charlie is journeying all the way from the UK to herald the release of The Walking Dead 100 Project. Make sure you get to the Hero Initiative booth, #1759, to get your copy and signature from Charlie!

In addition, Hero is the ONLY place to find the legendary Golden Age Superman artist Al Plastino. Make sure you come by from 1-7 p.m. on Friday ONLY to meet the man himself!

Hero Initiative is working after hours both Friday and Saturday nights so YOU can party! On Friday October 11th, Image Comics and Multiversity Comics team up to bring you THE BIG NYCC Party to help raise money for Hero Initiative. A $10 cover gets you in to The Houndstooth Pub located on 8th Ave. between 36th and 37th, just a three-block walk from the Javits Center. Be there starting at 8 p.m. to party with some great Image Comics talent! And everyone through the door is automatically entered into a raffle to win a copy of all of Image’s exclusives for NYCC 2013!

On Saturday October 12th, get to JHU Comics at 32 East 32nd St. for the launch party for Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger, Book One! Molly is the world’s most powerful 10-year-old girl and protector of the city of Coopersville. Copies of the graphic novel will be on sale for $19.99, with 25% of the proceeds benefitting Hero Initiative. The party, sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama, Strathmore and Artograph, runs from 9 p.m ’til midnight, and writer/artist Jamal Igle will be on hand to sign copies! Another great way to spend your con weekend and help raise money for Hero!

Back at the convention center, hit the Titan Books booth anytime after noon Saturday to get your “Frogs” print signed and numbered by legendary artist Jim Steranko! Jim will sign and number 100 prints for Hero, available at $20 each, only at the Titan booth, #2142.

All weekend long, make sure you swing by The Artist’s Choice, booth #N107 at the entrance to Artist’s Alley. A great variety of artists will be signing all weekend for donations to Hero Initiative. Artists include Chris Batista, Colleen Doran, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez,
 Ron Garney,
 Keith Giffen,
 Klaus Janson, 
Adam Kubert, 
Andy Kubert,
 Bob Layton,
 Steve McNiven, 
Jerry Ordway,
 George Pérez,
 John Romita Jr., 
Josef Rubinstein, 
Tom Smith,
 John Stanisci, and 
Dan Green. Please see The Artist’s Choice for specific dates and times.

And ALSO make sure you hit Splash Page Comic Art, booth #2405. They’ll be hosting signings all weekend with donations going to Hero Initiative. Artists include: Charlie Adlard, Lee Bermejo, Ken Kristensen, Michael Lark, M.K. Perker, Goran Sudzuka, and Joe Quinones. Please swing by the Splash Page Comic Art booth for specific dates and times.

Hero Initiative’s talent schedule for booth #1759 is:

THURSDAY, OCT. 10 (3:00-9:00 PM)

3:30-4:30: Charlie Adlard

FRIDAY, OCT. 11 (10:00AM-7:00 PM)

11:00-12:00: Charlie Adlard

11:00-12:30: Jerry Ordway

1:00-7:00: Al Plastino

SATURDAY, OCT. 12 (10:00AM-7:00 PM)

1:00-2:30: Charlie Adlard

3:00-4:00: John Arcudi + James Harren

SUNDAY, OCT. 13 (10:00AM-5:00 PM)

11:00-12:00: Charlie Adlard

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 $500,000 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.

CA – Hero Initiative Benefit

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Artists Chuck Wojtkiewicz (Justice League America) and Michael O’Hare (Flak Riot) appear at the Comic Bug on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 for a Hero Initiative benefit and do free sketches for folks who sign up their Ralphs cards. Plus everyone who signs up will ALSO get a free five-pack of Valiant Comics #1 issues! Look for surprise appearances from OTHER Valiant talent as well!

The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

CA – Young Comic Readers Day

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Mike Kunkel, Chris Moreno, Tony Fleecs, Scott Rogers, and Aaron Sowd sign at Collectors Paradise on Saturday September 14th from noon till 3pm!

RSVP on Facebook!

Press Release:

Hero Initiative and Collector’s Paradise present Young Comic Reader Day at Collector’s Paradise San Fernando Valley store.

Joining Hero and the store will be the following creators (others interested please contact Collector’s Paradise):
- Mike Kunkel – Herobear & the Kid, Billy Batson & The Magic of Shazam
- Tony Fleecs – My Little Pony
- Chris Moreno – Toy Story
- Scott Rogers – BedBug
- Aaron Sowd – artist, Simpsons Ride @ Universal, Clone Wars, Hoodwinked

At the store, all artists will be doing FREE sketches to anyone who signs up for Hero Initiative’s Ralphs Club program. Hero Initiative is a fantastic charity that needs funds to operate, and the Ralphs Club program allows them to receive funds on an ongoing basis without any cost to yourself. A percentage of every purchase you make as a registered Hero Initiative Ralphs Club member will go directly to this great charity organization.

In addition to the creators, we’ll have:

- Spider-Man in costume – Everyone’s favorite costumed character, who is our frequent guest for Free Comic Book Day, has promised to swing by and take photos with the kids.
- Prizes for any kids who come to the event wearing comic book-related costumes.
- All kinds of snacks and beverages for the kids.

Collector’s Paradise
7131 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka, CA 91306

CA – Deadpool-ooza 2013

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Writer Gerry Duggan and artist Scott Koblish sign at Golden Apple Comics on Wednesday September 25th from 6-9pm for the annual Hero Initiative membership drive! Get a free Deadpool sketch when you present your Ralph’s club card or sign up for one at the event!

RSVP on Facebook!

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

Hero Initiative Brings Sal Buscema, George Perez & More to Baltimore Comic-Con 2013

August 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative will hit the Baltimore Comic Con on September 7-8 in a MASSIVE way with exclusive appearances by several comic book legends.

Hero Board member George Pérez of Avengers and Teen Titans fame will be at the Hero Initiative booth, #1501-#1502 all weekend. This will be the ONLY place you’ll be able to get autographs and sketches from George! He’ll be joined all weekend by artist Ron Frenz (Amazing Spider-ManSpider-Girl) exclusively at the Hero booth!

Saturday only, writer Tom DeFalco (Fantastic FourSpider-Girl) and artist Brett Breeding (Superman) will also be on hand at the Hero booth to help raise money for comic creators in medical and financial need.

And perhaps most importantly, Incredible Hulk and Avengers artistic legend Sal Buscema will be at the Hero Initiative booth on Saturday only from 1-4 p.m. Sal is 77 years old, and does very few public appearances. This will likely be his last. Sal will be signing autographs for $5 each or 3 for $10. This may be your last chance to get Sal to sign your books, so bring ’em on!

In addition, creators across the con floor will be taking donations for signatures at their own booths! We thank these artists and hope you stop and contribute to our cause! These creators include:

Mark Buckingham, Jim Calafiore, Cliff Chiang, Amanda Conner, Chris Giarrusso, Joe Hill, Roger Landridge, Joe Linsner, Laura Martin, Ron Marz, Jimmy Palmiotti. Andrew Pepoy, Brian Pulido, Tom Raney, Craig Rousseau, Chris Samnee, Alex Saviuk, Joe Staton, Bill Willingham, Chrissie Zullo, and many more.

And of course, the highlight of Saturday evening is the Harvey Awards, featuring the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award and the Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award. Stop by to see who wins the hardware this year!

You can still buy your tickets at www.baltimorecomiccon.com for the weekend! See you 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 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 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 Hits SDCC 2013

Press Release:

Hero Initiative Hits San Diego Comic Con

With Overstreet, Lady Death and Ballistic exclusives, plus two great parties: Stone Brewing’s Hop-con and comiXology Meet Your Makers!

Hero Initiative SDCC 2013LOS ANGELES, CA (July 9, 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 17th-21st 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!

Hero is proud to release our exclusive limited edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #43. 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, featuring Francine and Katchoo from Strangers in Paradise dressed as Wonder Woman and Zatanna is by famed SiP creator Terry Moore and colored by Brian Miller. This Hero-exclusive edition is limited to 500 copies in hardcover only at $35.

In addition, Hero has an exclusive Lady Death: Wicked Ways #1 with a new cover by Darick Robertson enhanced with Swarovski crystals and signed by Lady Death creator Brian Pulido. Only 99 copies have been made! This treasure comes bagged and boarded with certificate of Authenticity for $40.

And the brand-new Ballistic #1 makes its world premiere at the Hero booth! Ballistic is Darick Robertson and Adam Egypt Mortimer’s madcap, psychedelic, utterly wacko buddy adventure about Butch and his best friend Gun, a genetically modified, foul-mouthed firearm. Ballistic marks Darick Robertson’s return to the hard sci-fi world-building of his classic Transmetropolitan. This Hero Initiative variant features EXCLUSIVE cover art and is limited to only 500 copies at $10!

All three exclusives can be purchased at booth #5003 while supplies last!

Hero Initiative SDCC 2013And you gotta eat—even in San Diego! Five lucky winners will get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have lunch and get a sketch from famed Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons! Bid NOW in Hero’s eBay auctions!

Partygoers will have a great time with Hero, starting Wednesday, July 17 at 5 p.m. for Hop-Con! Star Trek’s Wil Wheaton and Fark.com’s Drew Curtis debut their new w00tstout beer at Stone Brewing’s World Bistro! Proceeds benefit Hero, so get your tickets NOW!

If that was not enough, the good times continue to roll Thursday night! The Hero Initiative and comiXology are sponsoring THE BLANK PAGE PROJECT hosted by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. Come and enjoy food and drinks while our creators will draw on to a gigantic 12-by-8-foot comic book page that will be auctioned off at a later date to benefir Hero. Hang out with Mark Waid, Arthur Adams, Thomas Jane, Phil Jimenez, Tim Bradstreet, Chris Moreno, Bill Morrison, Jose Delbo, Dan Jurgens, Denny O’Neil, Tony Parker, Dave Gibbons. Darick Robertson and many more at the Hilton Bayfront Vela Restaurant just behind the Convention Center from 5-7 p.m. Don’t miss out!

As always, Hero’s booth will be stocked with comics’ BEST talent, including your best chance to find George Pérez and Darick Robertson!

Hero Initiative booth schedule:

WED., JUL 17 (con hours 530-900)

600-900: Scott “Kaiser” Koblish

 

THUR., JUL 18 (con hours 900-700)

930-1130: George Pérez

1130-1230: Jon Bogdanove

130-330: George Pérez

330-430: Dan Jurgens

 

FRI., JUL 19 (con hours 900-700)

930-1130: George Pérez

1130-100: Darick Robertson

1200-130: Roy Thomas

300-430: Darick Robertson

430-630: George Pérez

 

SAT., JUL 20 (con hours 900-700)

930-1130: George Pérez

1130-100: Jerry Ordway

500-700: Darick Robertson

 

SUN., JUL 21 (con hours 900-500)

930-1130: George Pérez

1130-130: Darick Robertson

 

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.

Bid to Meet Dave Gibbons at SDCC 2013 and Get a Sketch

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MEET ‘WATCHMEN’ ARTIST DAVE GIBBONS AT SAN DIEGO AND GET A SKETCH!

With food and drink, AND get autographs, son!

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Famed Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons is a big fan of two things: Food, and YOU!

And so it comes to pass that Dave Gibbons has agreed to do a limited meet-and-greet with a few select fans at San Diego Comic-Con for Hero Initiative! And y’know what? Dave will even kick in a cool sketch, ’cause he’s a nice guy like that!

The event will take place at San Diego Comic-Con on FRIDAY, JULY 19 at 3:00 PM! There are only FIVE of these berths available! Each of five winners will be escorted to lunch by duly authorized Hero Initiative personnel, where they’ll meet Dave! You can get your grub on, you’ll also be able to get TWO Dave Gibbons autographs at this event on YOUR items of YOUR choice!

Please note that this admittance is for ONE person ONLY! You may see multiple auctions, and they are all for the same event.

Here’s the five Ws.

WHO: Dave Gibbons, writer and artist of Watchmen, Martha Washington, The Originals and many other timeless comics classics!

WHAT: A meet-and-greet appearance with Dave. Only five people will be admitted, and you can get two autographs and a sketch as well!

WHY: Because Dave is a jolly good fella, and he believes in and supports The Hero Initiative!

WHERE: The appearance will take place in conjunction with Comic-Con International in San Diego. You must be present at the convention and report to the Hero Initiative booth (#5003) if you’re a winner.

WHEN: FRIDAY, JULY 19 at 3:00 PM

IF YOU WIN…

• Please come to the Hero Initiative booth (#5003) at Comic-Con International in San Diego promptly at 2:30 PM. Bring your photo ID to claim your berth. You will be escorted to lunch by Hero Initiative!

FAQ:

Q: What will Dave sign? Do you provide anything?

A: He’ll sign whatever you bring, but they must be YOUR items. We do not provide items for Dave to sign.

Q: What will Dave draw? Do you provide anything?

A: He’ll draw single-character head shots on paper or a book that YOU bring. MAXIMUM paper size is 11-by-14 inches, nothing larger.

Q: Whoo-wee! How much ya think I can scalp my ticket for?

A: Big donut. Winner’s names will be recorded, and they must be redeemed by the winner. Berths are non-transferable, and any tickets transferred are immediately null and void, and will not be honored. Fairly warned be thee.

Q: Is this tax deductible?

A: Yes, to the extent allowed by law. The Hero Initiative is a non-profit organization recognized by the federal government under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code.

Q: Okay, what’s that mean?

A: We cannot legally give tax advice. According to IRS regulations, we cannot determine the value of this donation. That is between you and your accountant. According to the IRS, the amount of deduction is based on the price that a “willing buyer” will pay for your item. We will happily issue a donation receipt, and will specify when your donation was made and what was paid.

This auction is a benefit for The Hero Initiative, the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and entrée back into paying work.

For more information, call 626-676-6354.

Hero Initiative Heading to Phoenix Comicon 2013 with 30 Creators for Memorial Day Weekend

Press Release:

Hero Initiative hits the ground with 30 creators at Phoenix Comicon on Memorial Day weekend!

Hero Initiative Phoenix 2013Los Angeles, CA (May 14, 2013) Hero Initiative, the charity that comic creators in medical and financial need, will hit the Phoenix Comicon (www.PhoenixComicon.com) Memorial Day weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center from Friday May 23 through Sunday, May 26. Hero will have 30 comic creators all over the floor collecting at their own tables to help raise money for fellow comic creators in need, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, who will be doing sketches at booth #2422 and donating the proceeds to Hero. Make sure you check him out!

Other creators taking donations for Hero include: Mike and Laura Allred, Ryan Cody, Jen Davidson, Mark dos Santos, Ben Glendenning, Brian Haberlin, Kyle Higgins, Dan Jurgens, Scott Kolins, Andy Kuhn, John Layman, Jeff Mariotte, Mike McKone, Brian and Kristy Miller, Mike Norton, Tony Parker, Brandon Peterson, Whilce Portacio, Brian Pulido, Norm Rapmund, Stuart Sayger, J. Michael Straczynski, Arthur Suydam, Ben Templesmith, Jim Valentino, Matt Wagner, Cory Walker and Dan Wickline.

On Friday, make sure to stop by Majerle’s Sports Grill located at 24 North 2nd St., a mere three-minute walk from the convention center. Show your Phoenix Comicon program, and Majerle’s will donate 15% of your bill back to Hero Initiative. So eat and drink up!

And on Saturday at 8 p.m., Copper Blues Rock Pub at 50 West Jefferson St. is hosting a drink-and-draw event benefiting Hero. Swing by and see talenttalenttalent!

Hero Initiative will be at booth #2243 all weekend. Stop by to say hello, or grab something to add to your collection! See you 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 $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 call626-676-6354.

CA – The Walking Dead 100 Exhibit

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Sina Grace, Todd Nauck, and Jason Reeves appear at the Gusford Gallery on Friday May 31, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM!

Press Release:

Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning comic book series, The Walking Dead, celebrated its 100th issue last July and the issue became the top-selling comic book of 2012. Last year, Skybound and The Hero Initiative gave the comic industry’s leading artists and visionaries over 100 blank covered issues of The Walking Dead #100 to create a set of remarkable artwork originals to commemorate this special issue of the groundbreaking Skybound/Image Comics series. Regular The Walking Dead series artist Charlie Adlard is among the contributors and now, for the first and last time ever, all 106 of the original sketch covers will be on display together — but for one night only. All of the artists came together to benefit The Hero Initiative, the comic book industry’s non-profit corporation helping comic creators in need. While The Walking Dead continues to break records in every form of media, it all started with the comic book and that will be celebrated at this special gallery show and auction.

To enhance the experience for attendees, The Walking Dead #100 original sketch cover artists Sina Grace (Not My Bag), Todd Nauck (Invincible Universe), and Jason Reeves (F-OO Fighters) will be in attendance to answer questions about their covers.

On Friday, May 31 at GUSFORD | los angeles from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, 7016 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, all comic fans are welcome to witness history in the making and in some cases, take a piece of it home. In addition to the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing all The Walking Dead #100 original sketch covers together for the first time ever, four covers will also be auctioned to benefit the industry’s favorite charity at the same time. Two covers will be auctioned via eBay during the course of the event, and attendees can bid via their own mobile devices. Another cover will be auctioned live, on-site for attendees. And in an unprecedented move, a fourth cover will be created live that night by artist Todd Nauck for auction during the event. All attendees at the GUSFORD event can watch Nauck, a comic master, live at work during the event as he creates the final and 106th original sketch cover.

The remainder of the covers will be auctioned off via eBay starting June 4.

Amazingly enough, there is no cost to attend this comic lover’s dream event. It’s free and open to the public but if you feel like more celebrating, there will also be a cash bar in place and zombie-styled treats courtesy of event collaborator and neighboring shop, Golden Apple Comics. We want you to save your money to bid on the covers instead of an entrance fee. The event is a gift from GUSFORD | los angeles and Skybound to benefit The Hero Initiative and the fine work they do as the first-ever federally chartered non-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic legends in need and providing a safety net for them.

For information on the event and auction, please visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626/676-6354. You can always find information for everything related to The Walking Dead at www.Skybound.com and www.TheWalkingDead.com

 

 

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