The Cast of Spartacus Hits Hartford Comic Con 2014

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Hartford Comic Con is this weekend! Holy Smokes Batman!

HCC features top celebrity talents like:

Michael Massee: Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2
Giancarlo Esposito: Breaking Bad, Revolution, Once Upon A Time
Katrina Law: Spartacus, Arrow
*NEW* Liam McIntyre: Spartacus
*NEW* Kyla Kenedy: Walking Dead
*NEW* Ellen Hollman: Spartacus
*NEW* Steven Dunlevy: Spartacus
*NEW* Anna Hutchinson: Spartacus, Cabin in the Woods, Power Rangers
Brando Eaton: Dexter, Cabin Fever, Zoey 101

TOP COMIC CREATORS!

We have the comic industries top talents including special guests X-Men’s Ed McGuinness, Tim Sale from Captain America, Jimmy Cheung from Original Sin, Eisner winning cover artist: The Reverend Dave Johnson, Kaare Andrews from Iron Fist, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb from Adventure Time and The Midas Flesh, Sam Ellis from Archer, David Rodriguez from Skylanders, Matthew Dow Smith and Blair Shedd from Doctor Who, Sara Richard and Agnes Garbowska from My Little Pony, Craig Rousseau from Batman ’66, the crews from Big Dog Ink and Station Studios and so many more!

Game ON!

League of Legends live tournament is available! Shout casted by Brando Eaton and guests. Magic Draft Events and Yu-gi-oh Box Tournaments are also available for sign up. Sign up now for chances to win fantastic prizes and get your game on!

KIDS rule at HCC!

Introducing a full KidConn to happening during the two days of fun.

Cosplay your thing?

Bringing their creative skills are Riddle1, BelleChere, Nadyasonika, Nikkinevermore, Echo Endless, and Miggy Jagger!
We offer fun for the whole family!

Special events!

Gallery Show at the Tobacco Shop, Drink and Draw at McKinnon’s Irish Pub, and the after party at City Steam Brewery! Full details at the link!

Expected attendance will reach 12-15 thousand our first year!

Tickets are available for online purchase here…

RSVP on Facebook!

Hartford Comic Con will take place on May 31 – June 1, 2014 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. For more information, tickets, registration, and the complete list of guests please check out the website: www.hartfordcomiccon.com and follow them on Twitter (@ HartfordCon) and Facebook!

Marsters, Felton, Baccarin, and Loken Headline Big Apple Comic Con 2011

James Marsters

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James Marsters, Tom Felton, Morena Baccarin, Kristanna Loken Among Headliners At Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition,’ May 21-22 At Manhattan’s Penn Plaza Pavilion

Mike Grell, Arthur Suydam, Jerry Robinson, Greg Horn, Jim Cheung, Kaare Andrews, Christos Gage, Phil Ortiz, Ryan Ottley Among Leading Comics Creators To Attend

NEW YORK, April 2011 – Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition,’ part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour, is set for Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, at the Penn Plaza Pavilion in Manhattan. The event, the largest and longest-running Comic Con in New York, will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and plenty of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

James Marsters, who played “Spike” on “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” Tom Felton, best known for playing the role of “Draco Malfoy” in the HARRY POTTER film series, Morena Baccarin, who starred as “Inara Serra” in the sci-fi television series “Firefly,” “Adria” in “Stargate SG-1,” and as “Anna” in “V,” and Kristanna Loken, whose credits include TERMINATOR 3, “Painkiller Jane,” and “The L Word,” are the headline celebrities scheduled to attend. “Response to the Big Apple Comic Con shows the past two years was so strong that we had to add the Spring event,” said Gareb Shamus, CEO, Wizard World. “Everyone – the celebrities, the fans, the dealers, manufacturers, artists, and the entire community we deal with was begging us to bring a huge Spring Comic Con to New York.”

Fans can also meet their favorite comic creators and artists, including Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Batman”), Greg Horn (“Blackest Night,” “Elektra,” “Ms. Marvel”), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), Jerry Robinson (“The Joker,” “Robin”), Matt Kindt (“Revolver,” “Pistolwhip”), Jim Cheung (“Avengers,” “Uncanny X-Men”), Kaare Andrews (Astonishing XMen,” “Iron Man”), Christos Gage (“X-Men,” “Spider-Man”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”), Ryan Ottley (“Invincible,” “The Walking Dead”) and many other national and local creators. There will also be a special appearance all the way from Brazil, making a rare U.S. appearance, by Luke Ross (“Captain America,” “Amazing Spider-Man”).

Other celebrities set to be on hand include Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“Balls of Fury,” “Good Luck Chuck”), Bonnie Piesse (STAR WARS: EPISODE III – REVENGE OF THE SITH, STAR WARS: EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES) and Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”).

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests. Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at more than 200 dealer booths.

Special events at Big Apple Comic Con include the TCG Gaming tournament, professional photo opportunities (Photo Ops) with celebrities and others to be announced.

The Penn Plaza Pavilion is located at 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd St., in the historic Hotel Pennsylvania. Big Apple Comic Con Spring Edition is the fifth stop on Wizard World’s 13-city 2011 North American tour. Hours are Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets are available in advance or by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at http://www.wizardworld.com/newyorkcity.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door; two-day weekend tickets are $35, $45 at the door. Tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

About Wizard World: Wizard World is a producer of pop culture and multimedia conventions across North America that markets movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. It has the rights to the names, marks, domains, customer lists and production rights for a portfolio of pop culture and multimedia conventions.
For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become Big Apple Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

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September 24-25 – Big Apple Comic Con
October 22-23 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
October 28-30 – Central Canada Comic Con (C4)
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Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con 2011 Programming Announced

Big Apple Comic Con 2011

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James Marsters Q&A, Reception, Seminar, ‘Harry Potter’ Panel With Tom Felton, Disney ‘They Spoke Out’ Screening Highlight Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con Programming

Morena Baccarin, Chandler Riggs Q&A’s, Evening ‘Drink & Draw,’ ‘Wizard School,’ and Costume Contests Also On Tap For May 21-22 at Penn Plaza Pavilion

Chandler Riggs (photo: Laurie Lee)NEW YORK, May 9, 2011 – Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring unique celebrity Q&A’s, music, screenings, artist schools and more for the event, set for Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22 at Penn Plaza Pavilion.

Some of the highlights include:

  • A trio of events with “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” star James Marsters, including a Q&A, cocktail reception and Shakespeare seminar
  • “Harry Potter” discussion with Tom Felton, who portrayed “Draco Malfoy” in the hugely successful film series
  • Rare Q&A sessions with Morena Baccarin, discussing her roles in “Firefly,” “Stargate SG-1” and “V,” and Chandler Riggs, star child actor in “Walking Dead”
  • Special screening of Disney’s “Messenger from Hell,” the first episode of the important new Stan Lee/Neal Adams motion comic “They Spoke Out: American Voices of Protest Against the Holocaust”
  • Wizard Art and Writing School and Q&A’s featuring leading creators like Christos Gage, Matt Kindt, Brian Wood, Kevin Colden, Greg Horn, Luke Ross, Jim Cheung and Kaare Andrews
  • The famed Kubert School’s “How to Make A Comic from Script to Print”
  • The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

Unless noted, Big Apple Comic Con programming will take place in the panel room at Penn Plaza Pavilion, and is included with admission to the event.  Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels.  The full schedule is available at http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-nyc.html and listed below:

Saturday

11:00-11:45AM
Comic Book Club Panel

12:00-12:45AM
Digital Art School With Greg Horn
Superstar Marvel and DC artist Greg Horn (“Blackest Night”) leads a discussion on digital art and takes you through his creative process.

1:00-1:45PM
Wizard World Writing School With Christos Gage, Matt Kindt, Brian Wood And Kevin Colden
Get your questions together for this all-star writer’s panel, with Christos Gage (“X-Men,” “Superman”), Matt Kindt (“Revolver,” “Pistolwhip”), Brian Wood (“DMZ,” “The New York Five”) and Kevin Colden (“Fishtown,” “I Rule the Night”).

2:00-2:45PM
James Marsters Q&A
Best known for his role as Spike, the platinum blonde vampire on hit shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” James Marsters answers questions about everything from his evolution from acting to music and back, and the projects he plans to conquer in the next few years.

3:00-3:45PM
Moca Panel

4:00-4:45PM
Tom Felton Q&A
Best known for his portrayal of “Draco Malfoy,” the villain and arch-nemesis of Harry Potter in the series of blockbuster films, Tom Felton makes a rare appearance at Big Apple Comic Con for a special Q&A session to answer all of your fan questions.

5:00-5:45PM
Morena Baccarin Q&A
Whether you know her as Inara Serra in “Firefly,” Adria in “Stargate SG-1,” or Anna in the newest remake of “V,” Morena Baccarin is undoubtedly one of the female superstars of sci-fi.  Join her for a special Q&A session with fans, as she answers all of your questions and shares her thoughts on the future of sci-fi television.

6:00-8:00PM
Wizard World Adult Costume Contest
Get your best costume together and come on down to Wizard World’s Big Apple Comic Con costume contest for fun prizes and some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend.

7:00-9:00PM
Wizard World Drink & Draw
Wizard World’s original Drink & Draw is back! Join some of your favorite comic artists for a fun-filled night as they drink and draw for a cause.  (Jack Demsey’s @ 36 West 33rd St. between 5th & 6th Ave.)

7:30-9:30PM
Cocktail Reception With James Marsters
Be one of 85 lucky guests to mingle with James Marsters and enjoy small group and one-on-one conversations in a private setting.  James will rotate around the room throughout the two hour cocktail reception.  Event is held exclusively for James Marsters Saturday VIP Ticket Holders. Photography will be allowed.  (Location TBD)

Sunday

10:00AM-12:00PM
Bard Seminar With James Marsters
James Marsters will conduct a seminar on one of his favorite subjects – Shakespeare.  He will perform some of Shakespeare’s sonnets and discuss his interpretations.  This will be an open forum where the audience may also ask questions and share their thoughts. Event is held exclusively for James Marsters Sunday VIP Ticket Holders. (Location TBD)

12:00-1:00PM
Special Presentation: Stan Lee, Neal Adams And Disney Take On The Holocaust
Comic book legends Stan Lee and Neal Adams have teamed up with Disney Educational Productions and Holocaust historian Dr. Rafael Medoff to create “They Spoke Out: American Voices of Protest Against the Holocaust,” a series of motion comics that are changing the way the Holocaust is taught in the United States. Dr. Medoff and Neal Adams will present the first episode of this remarkable new series, narrated by Lee and illustrated by Adams. “Messenger from Hell” tells the amazing story of a Polish courier who smuggled himself into a Nazi death camp, and then made his way to the U.S. to alert Americans about the genocide.

1:00-1:45PM
Wizard World Kids Costume Contest
Bring kids 10 and under for this special event with fun prizes just for families and the youngsters.

2:00-2:45PM
Chandler Riggs Q&A With “Walking Dead” Behind-The-Scenes Footage
AMC’s ambitious horror series, based on Robert Kirkman’s ultra-hot zombie series from Image, now comes to life from director Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile”)! Check out amazing behind-the-scenes footage and extended clips along with a Q&A with star Chandler Riggs.

3:00-3:45PM
Breaking Into Comics With Luke Ross, Jim Cheung And Kaare Andrews
Superstar artists Luke Ross (“Captain America,” “Amazing Spiderman”), Jim Cheung (“Avengers,” “Uncanny X-Men”), and Kaare Andrews (“Astonishing X-Men,” “Iron Man”) assemble to give their tips on refining your art, pitching to Marvel and DC, and any other advice they can give on breaking into comics.

4:00-4:45PM
How To Make A Comic From Script To Print
The Kubert School presents “How to Make a Comic From Script to Print.” Archie Comics artist and Kubert School instructor, Fernando Ruiz, walks you through the process of making a comic – from story, to pencils, inks, colors and then finally lettering – this a great introduction to all the different disciplines that go into creating a comic.

The Penn Plaza Pavilion is located at 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd St., in the historic Hotel Pennsylvania.  Big Apple Comic Con Spring Edition is the fifth stop on Wizard World’s 13-city 2011 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworld.com/newyorkcity.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are $20; two-day weekend tickets are $35, and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World is a producer of pop culture and multimedia conventions across North America that markets movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. It has the rights to the names, marks, domains, customer lists and production rights for a portfolio of pop culture and multimedia conventions.

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a Big Apple Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con Lines Up Headliners for 2011

Batman Inc. cover by Yanick Paquette

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James Marsters, Julie Benz, Louis Gossett Jr., Ray Park, Adam West, Burt Ward, Billy Dee Williams, Peter Tork Among Headliners At Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 29-30 At New Orleans Morial Convention Center

Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, Kelly Donovon Add to “Buffyfest New Orleans”; Ernie Hudson, Robyn Griggs, Claudia Christian, Walter Koenig Among 150+ Celebrity Guests, Leading Comics Artists, Creative Directors

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, December 2010 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con opens the 2011 season for North America’s largest pop-culture tour, January 29-30 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in grand style, with superstar guests James Marsters, Julie Benz, Louis Gossett Jr., Ray Park, Adam West, Burt Ward, Billy Dee Williams and Peter Tork headlining the stellar list. The event will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Benz, who has also starred in “Dexter,” “No Ordinary Family,” and “Desperate Housewives,” and Marsters will be part of a “Buffyfest,” which has proven popular at other Wizard World shows and will include other “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” stars Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, James Leary and Kelly Donovan in New Orleans.

“We are excited to be bringing all these stars and the best comic creators to New Orleans,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO. “We feel like fans there have been waiting for an event like New Orleans Comic Con to come to their backyard, and we are ready for a big first year.”

Other popular New Orleans Comic Con celebrity guests include Ernie Hudson (GHOSTBUSTERS), Walter Koenig (“Star Trek”), Robyn Griggs (“Another World,” “One Life to Live”), Claudia Christian (“Look”; “Babylon 5”), Mark Ryan ( TRANSFORMERS 1 and 2) and Cynthia Scott (ALIENS).

Fans can also meet their favorite comic creators and artists, including Kaare Andrews (“Astonishing X-Men”, “Iron Man”), Kody Chamberlain (“Sweets,” “Punks”), John Dell (“JLA,” “Adventure Comics”), Michael Golden (“Wolverine: First Class,” “New Exiles”), Mike Grell (“Green Lantern,” “Green Arrow”), Rob Guillory (“Chew”), Phil Jimenez (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Astonishing X-Men”), John Layman (“Chew,” “Puffed”), Rob Liefeld (“Deadpool,” “Youngblood”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”), Joe Madureira (“Darksiders,” “Uncanny X-Men”), Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), Terry Moore (“Strangers in Paradise,” “Echo”), Yanick Paquette (“Batman,” “Superman”), Steve Scott (“X-Men Forever,” “Wolverine”) Bill Sienkiewicz (“Elektra,” “Assassin”), Cameron Stewart (“Batman & Robin,” “Catwoman”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Batman”), Mark Texeira (“Wolverine,” “Spider-Man”), Renee Witterstaetter (“She Hulk,” “Avengers”) and Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Superman/Batman”).

The New Orleans Comic Con Wrestling section includes the popular Kevin Nash and Booker T.

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests. Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at more than 100 dealer booths.

Special events at New Orleans Comic Con include the “Magic: The Gathering” and Yu-Gi-Oh card game tournaments, professional photo opportunities (Photo Ops), movie screenings with celebrities and others.

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is located at 900 Convention Center Blvd. in New Orleans. New Orleans Comic Con is the first stop on Wizard’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled. Hours are Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Tickets are available in advance or by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at www.wizardworld.com/neworleans.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($30 on site); two-day weekend tickets are $40 ($45 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

The freshly renovated New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is an essential component of what makes the city’s major business events so successful. With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, the Convention Center is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation, and it consistently ranks in the country’s top ten of facilities that hold the most conventions and trade shows annually.

About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces a North American Comic Con tour. Wizard World Comic Con – The Pop-Culture Capital of the World!

Hero Initiative at SDCC with Stan Lee, Jim Lee, & More

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Hero Initiative heads to San Diego to Celebrate Comic-Con’s 40th year!

Highlights include parties with Stan Lee, Jim Lee, Darwyn Cooke, and the premiere release of Hero Comics
Los Angeles, CA (July 14, 2009) – Hero Initiative travels to the 40th annual San Diego Comic-Con July 22-26 at the San Diego Convention center! Come celebrate with us and help us raise money for our cause. Hero will be at booth #907 all weekend with a great variety of guests, and the weekend is highlighted by three great parties featuring the top names in comics, and the premiere release of Hero Comics!

World-famous storyteller Jim Lee (All-Star Batman and Robin) has graciously agreed to host a cocktail party for five lucky fans benefiting Hero Initiative on Thursday July 23 at 4:15 pm at a four-star hotel located near the convention center.

In addition, the wildly talented Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier) has also agreed to

The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke

The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke

have a few cocktails with five adoring fans on Thursday at 5:45 pm. And each winner gets a brand-new copy of Cooke’s latest work, Parker: The Hunter from IDW Publishing!

And last but most certainly not least, the godfather of comics and co-creator of Spider-Man, the X-Man, The Fantastic Four and so many more returns! That’s right-Stan Lee will board the ComicBookResources.com yacht on Friday July 24 at 5pm. Five lucky fans will be personally escorted to the yacht to enjoy drinks and chat with the legend himself. In addition, each guest will have the opportunity to participate in a video interview on the yacht broadcast on ComicBookResources.com

To check out and bid on ALL the auctions for admittance to these parties, please visit Hero’s eBay store at: http://qurls.com?i=47916

Hero Comics

Hero Comics

And in collaboration with IDW Publishing, Hero Initiative also proudly premieres the highly anticipated Hero Comics at San Diego! This 32-page, no ads extravaganza features a bevy of great comic talent, and will be supported by a mega-signing with seven of its creators on Thursday, July 23rd from 3:30-5:30. Hero Comics will be on sale all weekend at the Hero booth, while supplies last.

As always, our amazing line up of guests will be on hand at Hero’s booth, #907:

WED., 22 JUL (CON HOURS 600-900 PM)
630-900 PM: Scott “Kaiser” Koblish

THUR., 23 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1000-1130: Tim Seeley
1130-130: Dan Jurgens
130-330: Daniel Way
330-530: Hero Comics mega-signing w/Gene Colan, JG Roshell/Richard Starkings, David Lloyd, Bill Willingham, Art Adams, Laura Martin
530-700: Phil Hester

FRI., 24 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1000-1130: Tony Parker
1100-1200: Chris Bachalo
130-330: Ron Marz + Stjepan Sejic
230-330: Mark Waid

SAT., 25 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1130-130: Josh Middleton
130-330: Kaare Andrews (of Hero Comics)
330-530: Jim Valentino
530-700: Ken Lashley

SUN., 26 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-500 PM)
1000-1130: Kaare Andrews (of Hero Comics)
1130-130: Josh Middleton
130-230: Jimmy Palmiotti

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.

Hero Initiative Offers Hero Comics at SDCC

May 18, 2009 by  
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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.

Hero Comics cover

Hero Comics cover

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 ‘I quit!,’ I get a call from the Initiative. ‘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.

About IDW
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.