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STAN LEE TEAMS UP WITH HERO INITIATIVE ON FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Free Comic Book Day, May 7, is just around the corner and as many are rushing to the stores to get the latest freebies, some are just excited to celebrate another day. Comic artist Josh Medors has been struggling with a rare form of spinal cancer for many years now, and what was once in remission has recently returned. As tragic as this news is, one thing is certain in the comic industry—there is no shortage of superheroes, on paper and in real life.
Stan Lee has become an international icon for creating the beloved comic hero Spider-Man, and now he’s the one who’s a superhero. Stan Lee is doing his own Marvel-Team Up courtesy of the Hero Initiative. Hero and Marvel Comics are issuing a print of an original Josh Medors Spider-Man piece. Only 250 of these prints will be made available, and only 50 of these will be signed by Stan Lee himself. Copies of this exclusive print will be made available first at Packrat Comics in Columbus, Ohio during their free comic book day celebration and will be available online at www.packratcomics.blogspot.com.
“We are thrilled to make the Hero Initiative our 2011 charity for Free Comic Book Day as this year, helping a local artist brings it too close to home” said Jamie Colegrove, owner of Packrat Comics. Colegrove continued “Over the past year we have helped raise over $2500 to help Josh with his medical bills and with Stan Lee’s help we hope to raise even more, allowing Josh to heal and focus on his family instead of worrying about the costly medications and therapies associated with his cancer.”
In addition to hosting Josh Medors and the Hero Initiative, a rare appearance by voice actor Billy West of Futurama fame, Nick Jones real life US Marine turned superhero Marine Green Lantern Corps member John Stewart in the upcoming live action Green Lantern movie, and Nicholas Brendon, Xander Harris of Buffy the Vampire fame will on be on hand for autographs and photos.
The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit over 40 creators and their families with over $400,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by contributions! It’s a chance for everyone to become the hero and give back something to the people who have given so much enjoyment.
In addition to the many celebrity guests, Packrat will host an array of comic creators, including Steve Scott, Chris Sprouse and Jamie Snell, a carnival of activities for kids with a bounce house and face painting, a free concert with several local bands and stand up comedians and a live wrestling event.
So on Saturday, May 7th, stop by your local comic shop, get a free comic, have some fun and be the superhero to someone else by giving a bit back.
For additional information contact Jamie Colegrove at (614) 527-8450 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1993, Packrat Comics is a premier full service comic book store family owned and operated by Jamie & Teresa Colegrove serving all of central Ohio.
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Nicholas Brendon, Billy West, Chris Sprouse, Steve Scott, and many more sign on May 7th, 2011.
Join us for 10th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day, loaded with actors, writers, artists, wrestlers, superheroes and of course free comic books! A festival of activities and games along with face painting and fun in the bounce house. Of course Nerd Night will be following FCBD in the evening!
Details, tickets for meet & greet and bio’s can be found on our blog!
Nicholas Brendon (Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy, Howard Stern Show)
Nick Jones (John Stewart in Green Lantern live action movie)
Hang with The Dudes during an exclusive bowling meet & greet. Details can be found on our blog.
There is a small fee for autographs. You are welcome to bring your own item to have them sign it, but you will also be able to select from their photos. We will also have photo opportunities available with both Billy & Nicky. For $35 you can get your photo taken with them and get a personal autograph.
Scott D. Simmons
Charity Comic Book Poker Tournament (Billy & Nicky may be playing a few hands)
Seven Book Trilogy
3864 Lattimer Street, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
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Nicholas Brendon of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer makes a special guest appearance at Packrat Comics for Free Comic Book Day. An Exclusive Xander Action Figure is available in limited supply and a free Buffy comic for the first 100 people in line. Free Concert with stand up comedians to follow during annual Nerd Night. Check out the website to stay informed of all the upcoming events at Packrat Comics!
Free Comic Book Day
Saturday May 1, 2010 beginning at 10am
Industry Professionals – Chris Sprouse, Darryl Banks, Josh Medors, Uko Smith and more!
Bouncy Castle for the kiddies!
Video Game Tournament
Nerd Night begins at 5pm
Stand Up Comics
Comic Book Trivia Contest
Charity Comic Book Poker
And Much More!
Join us for an afternoon of Free Fun for All Ages!
Packrat Comics, 3864 Lattimer Street, Hilliard, OH 43026
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Top Writers and Artists Create Hero Comics, a Hero Initiative Benefit Book
Industry superstars Howard Chaykin, Bill Willingham, J. Scott Campbell, Matt Wagner and more contribute with all proceeds benefiting Hero
Los Angeles, CA (May 18, 2009)—Hero Initiative is very proud to announce the release of Hero Comics.
The 32-page, no-ads comic, edited and produced by Scott Dunbier, special projects editor at IDW Publishing, will be released in late July with two covers, Eve by J. Scott Campbell, and Grendel by Matt Wagner. The fundraising book will contain great, all-new content including an original American Flagg! story by Howard Chaykin, and original stories by Gene Ha, Bill Willingham, David Lloyd, and Kaare Andrews.
In addition, Arthur Adams will recreate three classic Marvel Comics covers, and Hero Initiative beneficiaries such as Gene Colan, Bill Messner-Loebs and Josh Medors will tell their own personal stories, detailing their severe struggles, and Hero’s involvement.
An excerpt from Josh Medors’ story reads:
“When I am feeling almost ready to give in to my cancer, ready to throw my hands in the air and say â€˜I quit!,’ I get a call from the Initiative. â€˜Just wanted to see how you are doing.’ It may not seem like much, but let me assure you—When the monster bites and the pain pills aren’t working, a call like that is more effective than a Super-Soaker filled with holy water against the ol’ Count.”
This special edition comic retails for $3.99, and will be on sale at comic stores worldwide on July 29, 2009. It’s available in the Diamond Previews catalog for August-shipping items in the IDW section, order code JUN090950 .
“I’ve been an active supporter of the Hero Initiative since I was first asked to help out,” stated Howard Chaykin. “It’s particularly important in this volatile era that we remember the men and women who made our industry, and make certain that they have the happy endings they richly deserve.”
Fans will be able to get their hands on this epic treasure early at the San Diego Comic-Con, July 23-26, 2009 as well. Copies will be on-sale at the Hero Initiative booth, #907.
“It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work on a book like Hero Comics. The job that the Hero Initiative does, helping comics creators in need, is a noble endeavor, one all of us should get behind,” said Dunbier.
All proceeds from the book benefit Hero Initiative, as all creators involved have donated their services. IDW is donating its publishing services, Comicraft is donating lettering and book design, and Try Vision Company, Inc. of Los Angeles is donating printing.
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. As a leader in the horror, action, and sci-fi genres, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry including: television’s #1 prime time series CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; Hasbro’s The Transformers, and the BBC’s Doctor Who. IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. In April 2008, IDW released Michael Recycle, the first title from its new children’s book imprint, Worthwhile Books. More information about the company can be found at http://www.idwpublishing.com.
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.