Hero Initiative Headed to Baltimore Comic-Con 2012 with John Romita, Jr. and Tom Brevoort

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Hero Initiative at Baltimore Comic-con With John Romita Jr. and Marvel Comics’ Tom Brevoort!

Los Angeles, CA (Sep. 4, 2012) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in need, is travelling to Baltimore Comic-Con, September 8th and 9th at the Baltimore Convention Center. Famed artist John Romita Jr., one of the signature artists of Amazing Spider-Man, will anchor the Hero Initiative booth, #1705-1706.

In addition, don’t miss the Marvel Boot Camp Seminar, benefitting the Hero Initiative. This special ticketed seminar takes you behind the scenes into the inner philosophy of Marvel Publishing, as SVP – Executive Editor Tom Brevoort shares with the public for the first time the training indoctrination lecture he gives to the Marvel editorial staff. Revealing how Marvel editors think about the business of storytelling as well as inside secrets and tricks-of-the-trade, this lecture will be followed up as time permits with an open Q & A in which attendees can probe Tom’s mind on any and all questions relating to finding a career in the industry. And the proceeds all go to an excellent cause! Tickets will be available throughout the show at the Hero booth #1705-1706, at $10 per person. Be there!

 

Hero’s talent schedule at the booth is as follows:

Saturday, September 8 (con hours 10-6)

1000-1100: Chris Ivy

1100-100: John Romita Jr.

100-200: Gene Ha

200-330: Herb Trimpe

300-500: John Romita Jr.

400-500: Jeff Lemire

500-600: Mike Choi

Sunday, September 9 (con hours 10-5)

1000-1100: John Romita Jr.

1100-1200: Jeff Lemire

1200-100: Chris Ivy

100-200: Herb Trimpe

200-400: Chris Ivy

 

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.

For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.

Hero Initiative Brings John Romita Jr. to Baltimore Comic-Con 2012

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The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the addition of comic super-star John Romita, Jr. to the growing line-up for this year’s show, taking place September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Romita, Jr. will be appearing at the Hero Initiative booth both Saturday and Sunday.

Romita, Jr., the son of comic legend John Romita, began his illustrious career in comics in 1977 penciling a 6-page story in Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man Annual #11. Throughout his 35-year career, he has drawn such characters as Spider-Man, Daredevil, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, the Punisher, and Thor.

Most recently, Romita, Jr. finished working on the follow-up to Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass and is the current series artist for Marvel’s Avengers, which relaunched in 2010.

The Hero Initiative is a federally charted not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic book creators in their hour on need. By providing financial safety nets for medical aid, financial support for the necessities of life, and an avenue back to paying work, the Hero Initiative, through the support of its donors, has been able to grant more than $500,000 to over 50 comic veterans.

For more information about how to help support the Hero Initiative, please visit www.heroinitiative.org. For more information about the Baltimore Comic-Con, please visit baltimorecomiccom.com.

Other confirmed guests for the show include:

Laura & Michael Allred (Madman, iZombie), Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn), Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Frank Cho (Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows), Steve Conley (Bloop), Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre), Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do), Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.), Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys), Rich Faber (Roboy Red), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), John Gallagher (Buzzboy), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman), Keith Giffen (Superman, OMAC, Green Arrow), Gene Ha (Justice League), Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam), Cully Hamner (Action Comics), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City), Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray), J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage), Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four), Scott Kurtz (PvPonline.com), David Mack (Kabuki), Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo), Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman), Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot), Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers), Scott Snyder (Batman , Severed, Swamp Thing), Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do), Brian Stelfreeze (ICE), Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9), Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin), Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi), Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel), Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredemable), and Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein).

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

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 7 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 www.harveyawards.org.

NV – FCBD: Heroes for Jordan Sketch-a-thon

John Romita Jr. appears at the Hard Rock Cafe on Las Vegas Blvd on May 4th and 5th to try and break his world record for consecutive sketching and raise money for the Heroes For Jordan Foundation. If you ever wanted to get a sketch from JRJR that will be your weekend. A limited edition Kick-Ass II #7 blank cover was made for the event.

Comic Oasis has joined with the Romita Foundation and the Candle Lighters of Nevada for the Heroes For Jordan Sketch-a-thon. Contact them if you are interested in volunteering.

The Heroes for Jordan logo was penciled by JRJR, inked by Kidnotorious (Charles Holbert Jr), and colored by Matt Kaufenberg.

Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas
3771 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

NYC – Avengers vs X-Men Signing

John Romita Jr, Adam Kubert, Axel Alonso, Tom Brevoort, and Nick Lowe sign at Midtown Comics on Tuesday April 3, 2012 at 9:00pm! Only the first 200 fans will get autographs. Purchase of Avengers vs. X-Men #1 is required to attend the event.

RSVP to this event on Midtown Comics’ Facebook page!

Press Release:

It’s not every day that Marvel does an event as important as the upcoming Avengers vs. X-Men, and it’s even more rare for a cover to come along that is so good, so fun, and so irresistible you just can’t say no to it. We’re speaking of course of our AMAZING Midtown Comics Exclusive Skottie Young wraparound cover to Avengers vs. X-Men #1. The exclusive variant is available now at the special pre-order price of $6.00 on midtowncomics.com. The book will be available for purchase in-stores on April 3rd at 8:00PM and is ONLY available at Midtown Comics and midtowncomics.com!

Midtown Comics will be celebrating the release of Marvel’s Avengers vs. X-Men #1 with our exclusive Skottie Young cover and a release party at our Times Square location on April 3rd with very special guests: John Romita Jr, Adam Kubert, Axel Alonso, Tom Brevoort, and Nick Lowe! The signing event will start at 9:00PM that evening. All Avengers vs. X-Men #1 covers will be available for pre-purchase as of 11:00AM, with the actual books available as of 8:00PM.

Skottie Young is the artist of the New York Times Best Selling and Eisner Award winning series of OZ adaptations published by Marvel Comics. Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, and many more.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #1: Written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Marvel favorite John Romita Jr.
Does the return of the Phoenix to Earth signal the rebirth of the Mutant species? That’s what the X-Men believe but unfortunately, the Avengers are convinced that its coming will mean the end of all life on Earth! The stage is set for the ultimate Marvel showdown in this oversized first issue!

MIDTOWN COMICS opened its first store in 1997, and is now the industry’s leading retailer of comic books, graphic novels, and manga, with its online store as well as three landmark NYC locations in Times Square, Grand Central and DowntownFollow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the Midtown blog! More information available online at:  http://www.midtowncomics.com

Midtown Comics Times Square
200 W. 40th Street, New York, NY

SDCC Announces First 30 Special Guests for 2012

Jim Lee Justice League 5

Comic-Con International has announced the first 30 special guests for their 2012 convention.

Editor’s Note: George Perez has since announced via his Facebook page that he has had to cancel his appearance there this year.

Dallas Comic Con Adds John Romita Jr. for May 2011

February 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Texas, Top Stories

John Romita Jr.

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How do you make an already exciting lineup, like the one we’ve got at the Dallas Comic Con this May 21-22, even more exciting? The guest list already includes Stan Lee (the creator of SPIDER-MAN), Leonard Nimoy (of classic STAR TREK fame), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia herself), Laurie Holden (star of THE WALKING DEAD television series), Ethan Van Sciver (smoking hot GREEN LANTERN artist), Steve Niles (creator of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT), Bernie Wrightson (co-creator of SWAMP THING), Jimmy Palmiotti (co-creator of PAINKILLER JANE), Amanda Conner (smoking hot POWER GIRL artist), and so many more. I mean seriously, how do you top that killer list??? You add John Romita Jr. to it. The prolific artist is already a legend in the industry, and within the last year has experienced a new level of fame thanks to the big screen adaptation of his comic book KICK-ASS. John rarely makes appearances, but will be signing at the show both days, making this convention a “can’t miss” event. The looks to be the most incredible show Dallas has ever seen. More info on the Dallas Comic Con HERE: http://www.scifiexpo.com/DCC/dcc.html

We’re so very pleased to announce the addition of legendary Marvel artist John Romita Jr. to the Dallas Comic Con. The son of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN artist John Romita, his first American comic book work was (fittingly) in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #11 in 1977. John became a star with his art on IRON MAN in the late 1970?s, working side by side with David Michelinie and Bob Layton. In the early 80?s, he followed in the footsteps of his father as a regular artist on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, where he co-created Hobgoblin. Following his Spidey work, Jr. moved over to UNCANNY X-MEN, where he turned in three years of incredible issues working with X-writer extraordinaire Chris Claremont. Moving into the 90?s, Romita began a healthy run on DAREDEVIL, where he helped co-create Typhoid Mary, and was masterfully inked by Al Williamson. His other notable work includes DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR (written by Frank Miller), PUNISHER: WAR ZONE, the original CABLE mini-series, THE MIGHTY THOR, a return to IRON MAN, WOLVERINE, BLACK PANTHER, THE SENTRY, WORLD WAR HULK and THE ETERNALS (where he collaborated with Neil Gaiman). He’s also turned in creator-owned projects like GRAY AREA and the wildly popular KICK-ASS (which he co-created with Mark Millar). His current project is THE AVENGERS, just in time for the gigantic Marvel film. Known by many in the industry as JRJR, we are honored to host a rare appearance of the popular creator, an effort that has been in the works for years… some things are worth the wait.

Mark Millar Announces Kapow! Comic Con for 2011

November 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, England, Top Stories

Kapow! Comic Con logo

Comics writer Mark Millar has announced by video the launch of Kapow! Comic Con, “an event dedicated to the comicbooks and the films, TV shows and games they inspire.” The convention will take place in London, England, April 19th and 20th and already features a great lineup including John Romita Jr., Leinil Yu, Dave Gibbons, Frank Quitely, Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch, Olivier Coipel, Brian Bolland, Andy Diggle, Jock, David Lloyd, Kieron Gillen, Liam Sharp, John McCrea, Sean Phillips, Adi Granov, Chris Weston, and lots more.

KAPOW! COMIC CON is also hosting the first ever annual STAN LEE AWARDS and with categories including Best Comic, Best Superhero or SciFi Movie and Best Comic Book Hero.

Marvel Announces NYCC 2010 Signing Schedule

New York Comic Con is almost here and we know you’re going to be spending a lot of time at the Marvel Booth (#1843). And why wouldn’t you be? You’ll have the chance to meet the legendary Stan Lee your favorite superstar Marvel creators like Joe Quesada, Jeph Loeb and Brian Michael Bendis and so many more!

Marvel always brings the best talent and the biggest announcements to New York and this year is no different. So clear those calendars True Believers because Marvel plans on keeping you busy! Between the star-studded appearances in the Marvel booth and the Earth-shattering announcements at all the Marvel panels, you won’t have time for anything else!

Source: Marvel.com

New York Comic Con Announces First Round of Guests for 2010

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NEW YORK COMIC CON ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF GUESTS!

Comics Are “Heart and Soul” of Convention!

Norwalk, CT, July 9, 2010: New York Comic Con (NYCC) has today announced its first major round of comic guest appearances at this year’s show which will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, October 8 – 10, 2010. Convention officials note that while the final NYCC guest list will span the pop culture universe, including authors, writers, film actors and directors, by far the largest contingent of guest appearances will be from the world of comics. A few of the many guests who have been revealed in today’s announcement include: Adam Hughes, Steve McNiven, Steve Epting, Bob Layton and Greg Pak. Organizers note that Adam Hughes was also a guest at NYCC in 2008. Hughes has drawn for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and many other companies, and he has also done work for Lucasfilm and Warner Bros. He is currently working on many projects, including a hardcover collection of his work for DC Comics.

In separate announcements, NYCC organizers have revealed that Stan Lee will be this year’s “Spotlight” Guest of Honor at New York Comic Con and John Romita and John Romita, Jr. will be appearing together as Keystone Guests of Honor at the show.

“While New York Comic Con has certainly grown and evolved in new directions over the past five years, we remain a show which is dedicated to providing a home for the absolute best and most respected comic book talent,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for NYCC. “Comics are the heart and soul of NYCC and we are enormously grateful to all the leading comic book celebrities who make themselves available to the thousands of fans who attend our show.”

To date, the comic creators who will be participating in NYCC include: Amanda Conner * Ryan Dunlavey * Steve Epting * Michael Golden * Adam Hughes * Bob Layton * Steve McNiven * Greg Pak * Jimmy Palmiotti * Khoi Pham * Whilce Portacio * Ivan Reis * Allison Sohn * Ben Templesmith * Mark Texeira * Peter Tomasi * Jim Valentino * Fred Van Lente * Renee Witterstaetter *

For more information about each of the guests including bios and photos please go to: www.newyorkcomiccon.com/en/NYCC/Guests/. As previously announced, the 2010 New York Comic Con will now be co-located with the New York Anime Festival (NYAF) and will occupy the entire Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Tickets for NYCC and NYAF may be purchased at www.nycomiccon.com. Other information about the shows, as well as news about ReedPOP, which also organizes Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), is available at Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.mediumatlarge.net.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

Hero Initiative Offering Limited Edition Overstreet Price Guide at SDCC 2010

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Hero Initiative to Offer Exclusive Limited Edition Overstreet #40

John Romita, Jr. recreates Conan The Barbarian#1 for 40th Anniversary Exclusive

Los Angeles CA, April 26, 2010-Artist John Romita, Jr., inker Klaus Janson, and colorist Dean White have recreated 1970′s Conan The Barbarian #1 for the cover of a limited hardcover Hero Initiative variant edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40. This is the first time an exclusive edition of the long-running industry institution has ever been issued.

Limited to 500 hardcover copies, the Hero Initiative edition of the 40th anniversary Guide will go on sale on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Comic-Con International: San Diego, the same day the regular editions of the Guide go on sale nationwide.

“For some time now, both Steve Geppi and Bob Overstreet have been looking for a way to get the Guide actively involved with the Hero Initiative, which isn’t too surprising since both of those gentlemen and the Guide itself reflect a deep love of the medium and its heritage,” said The Hero Initiative’s Jim McLauchlin. “This year, as the Guide celebrates its 40th anniversary, we brought up the idea of doing a limited edition exclusive cover as a fundraiser. It came together very quickly.”

“We’re very happy to be able to promote such a great cause,” said Steve Geppi. “It’s impossible to really love comics without acknowledging the creators who set the stage for where we are today. Without them, what would we have? The Hero Initiative’s role in helping creators who have had some difficulties is essential if we’re truly interested in honoring our past and present as we move toward tomorrow.”

At the show, individual copies of the book will be on sale for $35, and it will also be available as part of premium packages offered by Hero. Through the efforts of all involved, the Hero Initiative will be able to receive the full cover price for each sale.

“This was truly a collaborative effort,” said J.C. Vaughn, Associate Publisher of Gemstone Publishing. “Mark Huesman, the Guide’s Creative Director, suggested the idea of a recreation of Conan The Barbarian #1 for the cover, since that landmark issue is also celebrating its 40th anniversary. Jim McLauchlin and the Hero Initiative secured the services of John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson, and Dean White to provide the fantastic art. Since John is exclusive with Marvel, Jim also got Marvel’s permission for him to do the project. Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson arranged the permission to do the cover with the folks at Conan Properties International, LLC. Angelo Messina at WorldColor arranged for his company to donate the plate change and the limited edition portion of our print run. If any one of these things hadn’t happened, we wouldn’t have been able to do this project in this way.”

The Conan edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40 features Romita, Jr., Janson, and White’s recreation of the cover for Conan The Barbarian #1 by Barry Windsor-Smith, originally published by Marvel Comics in 1970, the same year the first edition of the Guide debuted. Conan is now published by Dark Horse Comics. Author and publisher Robert M. Overstreet, who will be one of Comic-Con’s special guests this year, will appear at the Hero booth during the show (schedule to be announced).

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 $400,000 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.

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. The standard editions of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40 are offered in both hardcover and soft cover, featuring a choice of Batman by Mark Chiarello and Captain America by Darwyn Cooke. In addition to the Guide, 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.

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