ON – The Walking Dead 100 Signings

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative celebrates the massive success of The Walking Dead 100 Project with two great book-signing events in the Greater Toronto Area.

On Saturday, November 23, Stadium Comics at 499 Main St. in Brampton, Ontario in the Shopper’s World Mall will host artists Leonard Kirk, Agnes Garbowska and Richard Zajac from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Just four days later on Wednesday, November 27, Paradise Comics at 3278 Yonge St. in Toronto will host Dale Keown, Leonard Kirk, Ty Templeton and Jim Zub from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Fans will be able to get signatures in The Walking Dead 100 Project, Hero’s new 120-page art book featuring today’s top artists and their take on the zombie-filled world of The Walking Dead, the cultural-sensation hit comic from Robert Kirkman and Skybound Entertainment. The book is available in softcover for $13, and limited edition hardcover for $25. Proceeds benefit Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical or financial need.

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.

ON – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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David Finch, Leonard Kirk, Jason Fabok, and more sign at Gotham Central Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

Press Release:

David Finch – Making his second Free Comic Book Day appearance at Gotham Central! David is known for his work with Marvel titles such as ‘World War Hulk’, ‘X-men’, and ‘Captain America’. After winning The Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist in 2009, he moved to DC Comics to write and draw their New 52 title ‘Batman: The Dark Knight.” He now draws The New 52 title ‘Justice League of America’.

Jason Fabok – Gotham Central is proud to present Jason Fabok as he is now working on his own title for DC Comics. Working with writer John Layman on The New 52’s ‘Detective Comics’, Fabok will be joining us for his second year for Free Comic Book Day.

Mike Del Mundo – Born in the Philippines and now local to Toronto, Ontario, Mike Del Mundo is known for his amazing cover work for Marvel. His art spans a large amount of Marvel titles including Marvel Now’s ‘Avengers Arena’, ‘X-Men Legacy’, and ‘Marvel Zombies’. This is the first time we will be hosting Mike and are pleased to add him to our roster.

Leonard Kirk – Leonard has worked on many titles spanning both Marvel and DC Comics. His work can be found on fan favorites like ‘Aquaman’, ‘Detective Comics’, ‘Supergirl’, ‘Ultragirl’ and ‘Dark X-Men’. This is also the first time Leonard has appeared at Gotham Central.

Spent Pencils – Spent Pencils is a collective group of 20+ local artists with various talents. From painters, anime artists, digital artists and skilled pencil workers, the crew of Spent Pencils bring an amazing amount of talent to any event.

Mark Bertolini – A Local Comic writer with a few titles under his belt. Mark has just launched the first issue of this new title ‘Broken’ for Free!

Nicholas Lukic – Nicholas is a local independent filmmaker, artist and writer, currently working on his own comic book series and short films. He will also be at Niagara Falls comic con with local artist Andrew Armelim.

Andrew Armelim – Andrew is a Independent comic illustrator and graphic designer. His most recent work can be found in the promotional posters for ‘DragonBall Z: Saiyan Saga’ and is working on a project to bring back a lovable 80’s character in a fresh new comic series drawn by himself.

Chris Burke – Also known as Toronto Joker or That Joker Guy, Chris’ photo-realistic renderings of beloved characters as well as his own comic ‘Comic Sins’ always garner attention of their own next to his painted face.

Character Attractions:

Toronto Deadpool – He is everyone’s favorite Merc with a Mouth and here’s hoping he brings a chimichanga cart with him.

Toronto X-Men – The Gang is all here to represent Mutant Kind and keep us all safe from Magneto and the Brotherhood’s elitist ways.

Toronto Ironman – It wouldn’t be a party without Marvel’s favorite billionaire, playboy, genius, philanthropist in attendance. Comes completely suited.

Ontario Ghostbusters – Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or your family ever seen a spook, spectre or ghost? If the answer is “yes,” then don’t wait another minute. Pick up the phone and call the professionals…

Back to the Future DeLorean – If you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style? Take a trip in the front seat of the famed DeLorean and have photographic proof of the trip. If you meet Darth Vader and he tells you he’s from planet Vulcan… something is a muck.

Arkham Batman and Robin – Sworn to protect the city of Gotham after the death of his parents, Bruce Wayne adopts the name of Batman… and a boy wonder to aid him. Towering at 6’10, you can’t miss this opportunity to meet the ultimate Batman and Robin combo.

That Joker Guy – And what would the Dynamic Duo do all day if we didn’t provide them with a villain? Why so serious?

Other Activities:

Hourly prizes and draws, raffles, contests and more!

Gotham Central Comics
5170 Dixie Road Unit 102, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1E3
Canada

ON – Hero Initiative Fundraiser

Dale Keown, Leonard Kirk, Ken Lashley, and Marco Rudy sign and sketch at Paradise Comics on Wednesday November 21, 2012 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm to raise money for the the Hero Initiative! They have all contributed to the Hero Initiative’s latest sketch cover theme dedicated to the Fantastic Four.

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Paradise Comics 
3278 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M4N 2L6 Canada

ON – Hero Initiative Signing & Fundraiser

Ken Lashley, Leonard Kirk, Richard Zajac, and Agnes Garbowska sign at Stadium Comics on Saturday, June 23rd 2012

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Press Release:

Stadium Comics is pleased to announce our next event and signing which will happen on Saturday, June 23rd 2012. This signing will be a fundraiser for the HERO Initiative, and we are super excited about the lineup of artists that will be joining us:

Ken Lashley – Comic book artist on numerous titles such as Blackhawks, Flash, Black Panther, Deadpool, X-Men, Batwing, and more! Plus lots of Star Wars related work for Hasbro, Lucasfilm, and LucasArts!

Leonard Kirk – Comic book artist on numerous titles such as X-Factor, X-Men, Supergirl, Superman, Sigil, Star Trek, New Mutants, Incredible Hulk, Aquaman, JSA, and more!

Richard Zajac – Inker on a number of projects including The Huntress, G.I. Joe, Soulfire and more! Richard also has contributed pencils to Hero Initiative books, and Thoughtless!

Agnes Garbowska – a fan favourtie at Stadium, Agnes has worked on several projects for Marvel Comics including Girl Comics and Spider-Ham. She also is the creator of several titles such as Waking Up Abbey, Imagination Station, and You, Me, and Zombie! Agnes contributes regularly to Saturday Morning Webtoons as the artist on Boo Bear and Flo.

Each artist will be sketching to raise money for Hero. There will be blank covers available for people to have sketched on, and there will be some really cool Hero Initiative merchandise, such as the Ultimate Spider-Man 100 project, the Hulk 100 project, and the Wolverine 100 project comics – which some of the artists that are attending have worked on!

We’ll also hold some raffles, and a big sale on merchandise inside the store!

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 yesterdays’ 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.

Stadium Comics
499 Main Street South, Brampton, ON L6Y 1N7

More Than 100 Top Creators Scheduled for Wizard World Toronto Comic Con 2012

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Press Release:

More Than 100 Top Creators Already Scheduled To Attend 2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 At Metro Toronto Convention Centre

World-Class Lineup Includes Mike Deodato Jr., “Jock,” John McCrea, Dale Keown, Tyler Kirkham, Greg Horn, Arthur Suydam, Emmy Award Winner Phil Ortiz of “The Simpsons”

NEW YORK and TORONTO, March 7, 2012 – Artist Alley will be abuzz as more than 100 talented  creators, known for their work on virtually every blockbuster comics franchise, are scheduled attendance at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).  The collection of superstars features international guests as well as top GTA talent, and more are expected to join in the coming weeks.

The world-class lineup includes such notables as Mike Deodato Jr. (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Wonder Woman”), “Jock” (“Detective Comics,” “Batman”), John McCrea (“Hitman,” “Transmetropolitan”), Javi Fernandez (“Flashpoint: The Outsider,” “Captain America: First Vengeance”), Dale Keown (“Hulk,” “The Pitt”), Tyler Kirkham (“Green Lantern Corps,” “Blackest Night”), Emmy Award Winner Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “X-Force”), Francis Manapul (“The Flash,” “Adventure Comics”) and Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”).

The third annual Toronto Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Marcus To (“The Huntress,” “The Authority”), Ken Lashley (“Batwing,” “Avengers”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”), Greg Tocchini (“Batman and Robin,” “Hulk”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Mike del Mundo (“Venom,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) and Leonard Kirk (“X-Factor,” “Wonder Woman”) are among the other top artists scheduled to attend.

Top celebrities such as Scott Bakula (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Quantum Leap”), Amy Acker (“Angel,” THE CABIN IN THE WOODS), Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries,” “24”), Jeri Ryan (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Boston Public”), WWE® Hall of Famer Edge® and Dean Stockwell (MARRIED TO THE MOB, “Battlestar Galactica”) are also scheduled to appear at Toronto Comic Con, which has moved to the more prominent downtown venue for 2012.

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 at interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at scores of dealer booths.

Toronto Comic Con is scheduled as the second stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/toronto.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($38 on site); two-day tickets are $40 ($55 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 on a limited basis.

About MTCC
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (http://www.mtccc.com) is Canada’s #1 convention and trade show facility.  It is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance of almost 13,000 hotel rooms, shopping, restaurants and Toronto sites.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworldcomiccon.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
April 14-15 – Toronto Comic Con
June 1-3 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 – Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28 – Austin Comic Con
TBD 2013 – New Orleans Comic Con

TO – FCBD in Paradise

Paradise Comics is happy to participate in the 8th annual FREE COMIC BOOK DAY with a special gathering of creators.In attendance.

LEONARD KIRK who joins New Mutants in July, coming off his work on Dark X-Men to draw the team of young X-graduates with writer Zeb Wells.

TY TEMPLETON
Currently, Ty is writing IDW’s Star Trek comic book, working for Bongo, DC, Marvel and others, as well as teaching at the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop

RICHARD ISANOVE
His distinctive coloring on the Wolverine: Origin series marked a new direction in coloring in the comics medium.It was soon followed by the Blockbuster Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series of comics

HILARY LEUNG
Hilary Leung is a designer by day, illustrator by night and ultimate player on weekends. Having spent the last five years pursuing other dreams, he is happy to return to his first true love – drawing

The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear is an illustrated children’s story about three friends who discover an important truth about equality and how to appreciate one another.

AND AS A SPECIAL TREAT WE WILL ALSO HAVE LIANA K ,
LlANA has been called “Canada’s Ultimate Fangirl” by the Edmonton Journal, is a prominent voice in the world of all things geeky. She was the “Red” half of Ed & Red’s Night Party!, Canada’s longest running comedy series, she co-hosts a talk radio show on Toronto’s CFRB, and writes feature articles for www.gamingexcellence.com. She is also an avid cosplayer. Get a special insider look at upcoming Ed and Red TV shows!

We will be giving out over 20 different individual comics from a variety of publishers including Marvel,D.C, Dark Horse and many others

Paradise Comics, 3278 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hero Initiative at Toronto Comic Con

March 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Canada, Comic Books, Convention News

Press Release:

Hero Initiative at Canada’s best comic con Wizard World Toronto!

Get your Grove on at Wizard World’s Official Party at The Social

Sponsored by Hero Initiative

(For Immediate Release), Los Angeles, CA: Join Hero Initiative and thousands of fellow fans as they converge in Canada at Toronto Comic Con, March 26, 27 & 28 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. Hero Initiative, the non profit organization helping comic creators in hard times, will be celebrating the best in pop culture by bringing special guests for signatures and sketches.

In addition, we are proud to sponsor the Official Wizard World party! Saturday evening from 9pm to 2am at the Social, 1100 Queen Street West in Toronto. Come get your grove on with the folks from Wizard, your favorite comic creators and actor guests. Fifteen dollars at the door will get you to this most exclusive party of the weekend. The first lucky100 party-goers will receive a bag of exclusive goodies, and you can bid on art donated by many of the guests! You won’t want to miss out on this bash!

Our Wonderful guest line up is as follows:

Red Robin art by Marcus To

FRI., 26 MAR, con hours 1200-800:

300-400: Marcus To

600-700: Gail Simone

SAT., 27 MAR, con hours 1000-700:

1030-1230: Ken Lashley

1230-230: Leonard Kirk

230-430: Richard Isanove

300-400: Marcus To

430-630: Phil Jiminez

SUN., 28 MAR, con hours 1000-500:

1230-230: Leonard Kirk

300-400: Marcus To

230-430: Richard Isanove

About The Hero Initiative:

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict 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.

ON – Wolverine 100 Project Signing

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Dale Keown, Leonard Kirk, and Ken Lashley sign on Dec 2nd

Wednesday December 2nd – 3-7 pm

Paradise Comics hosts a special charity event to benefit the Hero Initiative. We are happy to announce that Dale Keown, Leonard Kirk, and Ken Lashley (art pictured above) will be signing copies of the Wolverine: Weapon X 100 Project Collection.

*JUST ADDED* Agnes Garbowska, Francis Manapul, Marcus To

In the tradition of the über-successful Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Project, the Hero Initiative pops its claws! All of Hero’s 100+ original covers to Marvel Comics’ Wolverine: Weapon X #1 are on display in this great book, with art by J. Scott Campbell, John Cassaday, Ken Lashley,  Ron Garney, Dale Keown, John Romita Sr. and more!

Through special arrangement with Marvel Comics, there will be only one printing of this book; get it now so you don’t blow your chance!

Paradise Comics, 3278 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

(416) 487-9807

www.paradisecomics.com

TO – Dark X-Men Signing

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Leonard Kirk signs on Nov 14th

Saturday, November 14, 2009
Time: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Paradise Comics, 3278 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4N 2L6, Canada

Come celebrate the latest and greatest work from Leonard Kirk!

From the dust of UTOPIA comes DARK X-MEN! Never one to say “die”, Norman Osborn is keeping what’s left of HIS X-Men alive. MYSTIQUE! DARK BEAST! WEAPON OMEGA! MIMIC! They are the public face of mutants in an Osborn world. And what a face they are! But what does Nate Grey, A.K.A. X-MAN, have to do with it? The critically acclaimed team of PAUL CORNELL (BLACK WIDOW, TV’s Dr. Who) and Leonard Kirk (CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13) take on the world of X!

www.torontocomicon.com