NY – Jack Kirby Day 2015

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Press Release:

A Birthday Party for the King of Comics, Jack Kirby, will be held at Shmaltz Brewery on Friday, August 28th from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM! Sponsored by Shmaltz Brewery, Excellent Adventures Comics, and Comic Depot, the event will feature Shmaltz’s “King Kirby Ale,” honoring Jack Kirby’s vast legacy in comics.

“King Kirby Ale” is a special bottling of Shmaltz’s Slingshot Lager, featuring Jack Kirby himself on the label in art by comics stalwarts Lee Moder and Paul Harding. Limited Edition cases will be on sale at Shmaltz the night of the event, with a percentage of proceeds going to the comic-oriented charity Hero Initiative.

The Kirby Birthday Party features an impressive list of comic creators, who will be on hand to sign and sketch. Guests include Steve Niles, Andy Lanning, Ron Marz, Lee Moder, Paul Harding, Tom Raney, Joe Staton, Mark McKenna, Steve Orlando, and many more.

The ticket cost of $20 include five samples of Shmaltz beers, a complimentary glass, a piece of Kirby birthday cake, and a chance at door prizes. There will also be a silent auction of special comic items donated by creators. Ticket and auction proceeds benefit comic charities Hero Initiative and Kirby4Heroes. Tickets are available for sale online now…

Tickets will also be available at the door, the night of the event.

RSVP on Facebook!

Shmaltz Brewery
6 Fairchild Square Clifton Park, NY 12065

Albany Comic Con (October 2015)

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Convention Name
Albany Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
10/04/2015
About This Convention
The Albany Comic Con is the premiere comic book, and collectibles show in the Capital district of upstate New York. Now in it’s 7th year, and growing every year. The show features comic books for collectors of all ages.

The areas best dealers, and professionals all come together to make the show a full blown convention, but with the intimacy you can’t find at the larger national conventions. We promote two shows a year, one in the Spring, close to FCBD. the other in the fall, close to Halloween. It’s the shows mission to continue to grow the comics medium. Expand audience awareness of comic books, and the fun and excitement they provide

Venue Name and Address
Holiday Inn
205 Wolf Rd.
Albany, New York 12205
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
175
Projected Attendance
2,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Ron Marz, Joe Sinnott, JM DeMatteis, Joe Staton, Mark McKenna and many more.

Albany

Texas Comic Fest (June 2015)

Convention Name
Texas Comic Fest
Convention Website Address
http://www.TexasComicFest.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/13/2015
About This Convention
A one day celebration of comics and pop culture. Proceeds from admissions goes to the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Texas
Venue Name and Address
1165 I-35E Frontage Rd,
Lewisville, TX 75067
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
48
Projected Attendance
1,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
Guests
Rick Leonardi, Ron Marz, Darryl Banks, Mat Nastos, Emilio Rivera, Mo McRae, Kristen Renton, Thomas Zahler

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Albany Comic Con (June 2015)

Albany

Convention Name
Albany Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/07/2015
About This Convention
The Albany Comic Con is the premiere comic book, and collectibles show in the Capital district of upstate New York. Now in it’s 7th year, and growing every year. The show features comic books for collectors of all ages.The areas best dealers, and professionals all come together to make the show a full blown convention, but with the intimacy you can’t find at the larger national conventions. We promote two shows a year, one in the Spring, close to FCBD. the other in the fall, close to Halloween. It’s the shows mission to continue to grow the comics medium. Expand audience awareness of comic books, and the fun and excitement they provide.
Venue Name and Address
Holiday Inn
205 Wolf Rd.
Albany, New York 12205
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
150
Projected Attendance
1200
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Joe Sinnott, Joe Staton, Ron Marz, Todd Dezago, Fred Hembeck, Mike Raicht, Mark McKenna, Matthew Dow Smith, and many more.

Albany

Tidewater Comicon (May 2015)

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Convention Name
Tidewater Comicon
Convention Website Address
http://www.tidewatercomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/16/2015
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/17/2015
About This Convention
The 2nd Annual Tidewater Comicon May 16-17th in Virginia Beach, VA. Special Media Guests: Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath, Kelly Hu, Chloe Dykstra, and more. Special Guest Comic Book Creators: Ron Marz, Chad Hardin, Kevin Maguire, and more. Game Room, Arcade Alley, Panels, Workshops, Trivia, Costume Contest. 12 and under FREE.
Venue Name and Address
Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
180
Projected Attendance
10000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Gaming
Guests
Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath, Kelly Hu, Chloe Dykstra, Ron Marz, Chad Hardin, Kevin Maguire, and more.

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Albany Comic Con Toy Show (April 2015)

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Convention Name
Albany Comic Con Toy Show
Convention Website Address
http://www.albanytoyshow.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
04/19/2015
About This Convention
The Capital District Toy Show is an annual event in the Capital District of Albany in Upstate New York. Now in it’s 5th year it features Toys, Comic Books and Collectibles of every kind including: Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers, Mego, Horror, Movie memorabilia, Wrestling, Non Sports Cards, Barbie’s, Statues, Model Kits, and much, much more.

Along with a great line up of vendors, the show hosts professional sculptors, and artists that work on action figures, statues, model kits and comic books. This show is for anyone, of any age that loves or collects toys or memorabilia

Venue Name and Address
Holiday Inn
205 Wolf Rd
Albany, New Yrok 12205
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
50
Projected Attendance
600
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Collectibles
Additional Categories
  • Comic Books
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
Guests
Ron Marz, Paul Harding, John Hebert, Bill Anderson, and many more

Albany

NY – Skylanders Signing

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Ron Marz, Dave Rodriguez, and Jeff Bellio appear at Sound Go Round on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 2:00 PM to sign the new SKYLANDERS comic. Plus there will be facepainting and a “Design-a-Skylander” art contest.

Sound Go Round
305 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal, NY 13850
(607) 785-0002

Hero Initiative at Baltimore Comic Con 2014

September 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

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Press Release:

The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is hitting the Baltimore Comic Con in a massive way. Hero will be at booth #1601 September 5-7, 2014 with exclusive creators, signings, and more!

Hero will be the only place to find legendary writer Dennis O’Neil (Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow) and longtime fabled Marvel artist and editor Al Milgrom (Avengers, Spectacular Spider-Man). Look for them all weekend long at booth #1601.

Hero’s exclusive Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 will also be on sale at Baltimore, and ALL three artists who created the cover will be on hand for a special signing! Penciler Herb Trimpe, inker Tom Palmer, and colorist Laura Martin will be at the Hero booth Saturday from 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. It’s your PERFECT chance to get this great limited edition signed by three comic greats!

Fans who like to get their books signed and authenticated by CGC for Signature Series will definitely want to check out Hero’s exclusive signing with 11 top creators. Hero is the exclusive CGC Signature Series facilitator at the con for Cliff Chiang, Alan Davis, Dan Jurgens, Ron Marz, Bob McLeod, Al Milgrom, Mark Morales, Denny O’Neil, Tom Palmer, Brian Pulido, and Herb Trimpe! Bring your books to the CGC booth, #707, no later than 5 p.m. Friday, September 5. Cost is $38 plus return shipping, and you don’t have to wait in lines!

And Marvel Comics SVP-Executive Editor Tom Brevoort is dropping the knowledge for Hero! Tom’s Marvel Boot Camp panel at the con will be a special, ticketed-only seminar in which Tom gives the same training lecture he gives the Marvel editorial staff. Find out the real Marvel method of storytelling and important tricks of the trade! Tickets are available ONLY at the Hero booth, and the seminar lasts a whopping two hours, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, September 7.

Finally, make sure your evening is covered with a trip to the Harvey Awards! Hero Initiative is awarding its Lifetime Achievement Award and Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award as part of the festivities. Be on hand to see who’s earned the hardware!

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 granted more than $700,000 to the comic-book veterans who have paved the way. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

NY – King Kirby Ale Launch Party

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Ron Marz, Paul Harding, Tom Raney, Fred Van Lente, Crystal Skillman, and more appear at the Shmaltz Brewery on Thursday August 28th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM!

Press Release:

Shmaltz Brewery in Clifton Park, NY will host a fundraiser birthday party on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 to celebrate the late Jack “The King” Kirby’s birthday. Kirby is considered by many to be the co-creator (along with Stan Lee) of the Marvel Comics Universe. Kirby co-created many of the superheroes being adored by fans of Marvel’s recent blockbuster movies, including the Avengers, the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, the Fantastic Four and many more.

A group of local comic professionals approached Shmaltz about doing an event, with proceeds to be donated in Jack Kirby’s honor to Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization that helps comic creators in need. Shmaltz stepped up in a big way, creating a limited-edition, Kirby-labeled ale exclusively for the party. King Kirby Ale will make its debut at the event, and a limited number of cases will be available for purchase. With a special edition label designed and drawn by Clifton Park artist Paul Harding, the ale will be available in both Pale and Dark varieties. Shmaltz is donating a percentage of ale sales to Hero Initiative.

“I tried to capture Kirby from an angle that few have seen before, in a way that people can actually look up to him and get a sense of his artistic power,” said Harding, who has sculpted statues and action figures for DC Comics and many other comic-industry clients.

The Aug. 28 event will run from 4 to 8 p.m., and feature an impressive array of comic professionals, including Ron Marz, Paul Harding, Tom Raney, Fred Van Lente, Crystal Skillman and many others, who will be signing and sketching for donations to Hero Initiative. Van Lente and Skillman are the co-authors of the recent play “King Kirby,” about Jack Kirby’s life, which enjoyed a successful, well-reviewed run in New York City. Fans attending the party will be able to get autographs and sketches from the comic pros, and enjoy a beer tasting as well as a piece of special Jack Kirby birthday cake. Live music will be provided by Saratoga-based rock ensemble Sugar Pill, led by virtuoso John Stack on guitar and vocals. Party tickets are $20, with proceeds donated to Hero Initiative. Door prizes have been donated by Comic Depot of Saratoga Springs, and Excellent Adventures Comics of Ballston Spa.

Get tickets at the link…

Shmaltz Brewery
6 Fairchild Square, Clifton Park, NY 12065
(518) 406-5430

Hero Initiative Will Have Exclusives, Parties, and Special Guests at SDCC 2014

Hero Initiative SDCC 2014 Schedule

Press Release:

Hero Initiative at San Diego Comic Con

With Overstreet exclusive and CGC Signings plus two great parties: Stone Brewing’s Hop-con and LA Times Hero Complex!

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 16, 2013) – The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is travelling into Comic-Con International in San Diego July 23-27 at the San Diego Convention center. We have exclusives, parties and special guests throughout the weekend at booth #5003 that you will not want to miss!

Hero Initiative Overstreet 2014It’s an anniversary for the Hero Initiative and The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. This year marks the fifth consecutive year Gemstone Publishing and Hero have teamed up to raise money for comic creators in need. Harkening back to the character’s earliest appearances, Wolverine is featured with the Hulk and Wendigo on the cover for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 Hero Initiative Edition. Returning even further to Wolverine’s roots, the Hero-exclusive cover is illustrated by Herb Trimpe, who teamed with a pair of superstars, inker Tom Palmer and colorist Laura Martin, for the piece. Gemstone Publishing’s Creative Director Mark Huesman designed the logo and trade dress.

This exclusive, 500-copy, limited hardcover edition will go on sale at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday, July 23, at our booth. An extremely limited number of copies will be available from Hero’s website and through a select group of participating retailers. There will be no softcover edition of this version, and it will retail for $35.

2014  w00t StoutWe hope to see you to kick things off Wednesday night—if you already have your ticket for Hop-Con 2.0: The w00tstout Launch Festival! The great event put on by Stone Brewing Co. is sold out, and features an amazing exclusive w00tstout beer with label drawn by the legendary Dave Gibbons! Make sure and get your tickets early for NEXT year!

CGC Signature SeriesFans who like to get their books signed and authenticated by CGC for Signature Series will definitely want to check out Hero’s exclusive signing with 17 top creators! Hero is the exclusive CGC Signature Series facilitator at the con for Amanda Conner, Chuck Dixon, Kevin Eastman, Dave Gibbons, Sina Grace, Brian Haberlin, Dan Jurgens, Andy Lanning, Ken Lashley, David Lloyd, Ron Marz, Danny Miki, Denny O’Neil, Jimmy Palmiotti, Louis Simonson, Walt Simonson and Chip Zdarsky!

Bring your books to the CGC booth, #901, NO later than Friday, July 25 at 5 p.m. Cost is $38 plus return shipping, and you don’t have to wait in lines!

And some great friends of Hero will be appearing at our booth, #5003, as well. Check out Ken Lashley on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., and Dan Jurgens on Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and Denny O’Neil Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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 $500,000 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.

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