Hero Initiative Blows Into C2E2 2017

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Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic book creators in medical and financial need, breezes into Chicago for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, also known as C2E2, located at McCormick Place April 21-23.

And we have an amazing crew anchoring our booth, #1459! Writer/artist Bill Willingham, the man behind Fables and a NEW First Comics series to be announced at C2E2, will be EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth all weekend! He’ll be joined by Punisher and Batman artist Bill Reinhold, and Incredible Hulk writer Sean McKeever. Check them all out at booth #1459!

While at the booth, make sure you get in on our raffle for an amazing helicopter trip for two over downtown Chicago from Chicago Helicopter Experience, a $456 value! Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Hero booth all weekend, just $2 each!

And you can now DRINK your comics! Hero is hosting the WORLD PREMIERE of Ten Pin Creep, a Revival mystery story told across six beer labels! The party is Friday, April 21 from 7-10 pm at the Motor Row Gallery and Lofts 2345 S. Michigan Ave. (mere STEPS from the convention center!). Price is $4 per beer or $20 for the whole 6-pack! Non-alcoholic drinks will also be served, and creators Mike Norton and Tim Seeley WILL be in attendance autographing bottles! Many of your other fave creators such as Franco Aureliani, Amy Chu, Jenny Frison, Jody Houser, Ken Lashley, Sean McKeever, Dustin Nguyen, Steve Orlando, Mike Perkins, Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, and James Tynion IV will also be there, so don’t miss out on the party!

And as always Hero Initiative’s creative ambassadors are on the floor collecting for Hero at their own tables. Please swing by and say “hi” to Jason Aaron, Chris Burnham, Stephan Franck, Eric Gapstur, Patrick Gleason, Jonathan Hickman, Phil Hester, Jody Houser, Ken Lashley, Mike Norton, Steve Orlando, Ande Parks, Tim Seeley, Liam Sharp, Ryan Stegman, Jill Thompson, James Tynion IV, and Chip Zdarsky.

About The Hero Initiative:
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $950,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

NYC – Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #1 Signing

Writer Peter David (Spider-Man 2099, X-Factor) will visit Midtown Comics Downtown on Thursday April 27th at 6:00 PM to sign Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #1! This is an OPEN signing and we recommend showing up early, just to be safe. Purchase of Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #1 is mandatory and you may get up to a total of three items signed.

BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #1:
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Mark Bagley

One of the most controversial characters in comics has returned – and the controversy has only BEGUN! In the aftermath of THE CLONE CONSPIRACY, Ben has a new take on life…and he’s not the same Scarlet Spider he was before. Come witness what will be the most talked about comic of the year!

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
(212) 302-8192

CA – Cup o’ Joe with Stan Lee

Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Stan Lee and Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada will have a special chat to benefit Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need! This event will take place at the Paley Center on Friday, April 14th at 11:00 AM. Tickets are on sale NOW at EventBrite.

A mere 125 tickets for this limited and prestigious event are available at $125 each. All ticket holders will ALSO get a commemorative print created specifically for the event TRIPLE-signed by Stan, Joe, and artist Mike Mayhew! And there’s even MORE:

One winner of a special eBay auction will get to be Stan’s “Sidekick” for the event! Meet Stan before the show, get a picture, walk over to the venue, AND get front-and-center seating for the event!

And you’ve worked up an appetite, right? The winner of a second auction will be Joe’s lunch date after the event! You’ll get guaranteed front-and-center seating for Cup o’ Joe, and a private lunch with Joe Quesada after!

Tickets are extremely limited, so hop on this NOW! You’ll hear fascinating tales of Stan’s life and times and the current Marvel Universe in a small, intimate gathering at “Cup o’ Joe with Stan ‘The Man’ Lee”!

Just Added: Film writer/director Kevin Smith will be a Special Guest at “Cup o’ Joe with Stan Lee” and will introduce the event live from the stage!

The Paley Center for Media
465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

CA – Excelsior Grand Opening

Comics legend STAN LEE , co-creator of Marvel’s pantheon of characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, and more, appears at the grand opening of Excelsior Collectibles for a FREE LIMITED signing on Saturday April 15th and Sunday April 16th from 11:00 AM till 3:00 PM. Stan will sign 1 item for free, you may purchase extra signatures on-site.

Please contact the store for further details. 

Excelsior Collectibles
797 W. Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821
(714) 784-6892

NYC – Protectors Signing

Writer Greg Pak (Kingsway West, Code Monkey Save World) appears at Anyone Comics on Wednesday, April 19th at 7:00 PM just in time to sign the last part of the Protectors story arc of Totally Awesome Hulk! Prints available to give out of the iconic #15 cover. Mr. Pak will also be bringing us his books THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF and ABC-DISGUSTING

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Anyone Comics
1216 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York 11225
(347) 350-8422

Even More HeroesCon 2017 Guests Announced

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Lee Weeks, Vanesa Del Rey, Justin Jordan, Laura Martin, Mike McKone, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

JIM AMASH | Alter Ego magazine, Jughead, Sonic Universe, Archie and Friends
ALEAH BAKER Sonic Universe, Mega Man
THOMAS BOATWRIGHTZeke Deadwood, The Halloween Legion, Cemetery Blues
GARRY BROWNBlack Road, Daredevil, Catwoman, Batman, The Massive, Iron Patriot
BRENDAN CAHILL | Sable & Fortune, Transformers
BRIDGIT CONNELL | Brother Nash
SHAWN CRYSTAL | Mother Panic, Arkham Manor, Scarlet Witch
TERESA R DAVIDSON | Sonic the Hedgehog, Archie
VANESA DEL REY Scarlet Witch, Spider-Women Alpha, Hit 1957
IAN FLYNN | Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
GENE GONZALES | DC Comics Licensing Artist, Iron Man 2 Cards, Diary of Night
CLAY & SUSAN GRIFFITH | The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen, Arrow: A Generation of Vipers
JOHN HAIRSTON JR. | 1962: The Age of Marvels
MARCUS HAMILTON | FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY Dennis the Menace
SCOTT HAMPTON | American Gods, Hellboy: Sleeping and the Dead, Batman, Sandman
DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON | Extremity, The Ghost Fleet, Space-Mullet, Quake
JUSTIN JORDAN | Luther Strode, Spread, The Family Trade, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern
LAURA MARTIN | Black Panther, A-Force, Ragnarök
MIKE MCKONE | Justice League United, Avengers: Endless Wartime
DREW MOSS | Copperhead, Terrible Lizard, The Colonized, The Crow: Pestilence, In the Dark
JOE PEKAR | Grimm Fairy Tales, Brandi Bare, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
PAT QUINN | The Phantom, GI Joe: Declassified, Necrotic
M VICTORIA ROBADO | Fragile, Jem & the Holograms, Barbie
MATTHEW ROBERTS |Manifest Destiny, Battle Pope: Mayhem
HOYT SILVA | Adventures in Crime, Operation: Nemesis, Quatermain: Ghosts of the Nzadi
KARL STORY | Thors, Ocean, Tom Strong, Terra Obscura, Nightwing
KYLE STRAHM | Spread, Haunt, Hack/Slash
RIAN SYGH | The Backstagers, Steven Universe, Adventure Time
ADAM BRYCE THOMAS | Sonic Universe
RICH TOMMASO | She Wolf, Dark Corridor, The Horror Of Collier County, Clover Honey
LEE WEEKS | Superman, Daredevil, Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man
DAVID ANTOINE WILLIAMSX-Men: First Class, GI Joe, Incredible Hercules, Hulk & Power Pack
RICH WOODALL | Kyrra, Johnny Raygun
NOLAN WOODARD | Uncanny X-Men, Future Imperfect

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For the most up-to-date information, check our blog, or sign up for the weekly Heroes Hotline newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER, FREE!

ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

 

UK – Totally Awesome Hulk Signing

Writer Greg Pak (Kingsway West, Superman/Batman) signs at Gosh! Comics on Tuesday, February 21st from 6:00 – 7:00 PM!

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

Great Lakes Comic-Con 2017 Returns on Feb 24-25th

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The Great Lakes Comic-Con returns on February 24-25, 2017 at Macomb Community College. Special Guests Include: Wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men, Sojourn), Angel Medina (Spawn, The Incredible Hulk), Alex Saviuk (Spectacular Spider-Man), Tom Cook, Keith Pollard, Arvell Jones, William Messner-Loebs, Jason Moore, and many more!

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The Great Lakes Comic-Con, or GLCC, is a comic, toy, and collectible event that runs annually in the Metro-Detroit Area (Michigan). The goals of GLCC are to provide a venue for collectors and dealers to get together, buy/sell some of their favorite collectibles, and support children’s literacy, as well as other child-related charities.

For The Great Lakes Comic-Con, we will be supporting Reading is Fundamental (www.rif.org). Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit organization in the United States. The goal is a literate America in which all children have access to books and discover the joys and value of reading.

MA – Hulk #1 Variant Signing

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Superstar comic book artist Ed McGuinness appears at the Hall of Comics on Saturday, January 7, 2017 **JANUARY 14TH** for a signing from 1:00 – 4:00 PM! The shop will have available for purchase and signature an exclusive variant cover by Ed of Marvel’s All-New Hulk #1. Ed’s most famous work includes the Red Hulk story, “Public Enemies” in Batman/Superman, Deadpool, Nova, and currently Spider-Man/Deadpool.

The Hall of Comics
3 Turnpike Rd, Southborough, MA 01772
(508) 485-1300

NYC – Comic Book Jones 9th Anniversary Signings

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Comic Book Jones celebrates their ninth anniversary with a weekend-long sale of 25% off everything in the store. Plus signings with comic creators:

Evan Dorkin, Dennis Calero, Fred Van Lente, and Joe Harris sign on Saturday December 17th and Reilly Brown, Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Robert Geronimo sign on Sunday December 18th.

Comic Book Jones
2220 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10303-1700
781-448-1234

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