Hero Initiative Parties with Multiversity Comics and Dark Horse at Seattle Emerald City Comic Con 2014

The Big ECC Party

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Hero Initiative Parties with Multiversity Comics and Dark Horse At Seattle Emerald City Comic Con

Hero is celebrating 30 years of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 14, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, hits the Emerald City Comic con in Seattle, Wa. March 28-30 at the Washington State Convention center.

And we’re bringing our party hats! Hero is celebrating 30 years of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo at a party sponsored by Multiversity Comics and Dark Horse Comics! The party takes place at Rock Bottom Brewery, 1333 5th Avenue in Seattle, just four blocks from the convention center! Be there Friday March 28 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 at the door for this 21-and-over event. You can take party pics there at Seattle’s Facebooth (a photobooth worthy of your face!) and enter a raffle with great prizes to benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai!

Make sure you hit the Hero booth at the con, #t’k, and visit these Hero Ambassadors on the con floor who will be collecting donations throughout the weekend for our cause at their own tables: Arthur Adams, Chris Burnham, Kurt Busiek, Jonathan Case, Amanda Conner, Ryan Dunlavey, Chris Giarrusso, Brian Haberlin, Karl Kesel, Jai Nitz, Michael Oeming, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brandon Peterson, Darick Robertson, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Ben Templesmith, and Fred van Lente.

See you there!

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.

NYC – Sixth Anniversary Signings

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Comic Book Jones celebrates their sixth anniversary this weekend with Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey, and Charles Soule on Saturday December 14, 2013 and then Evan Dorkin, Jacob Chabot, Chris Giarrusso, and Frank Tieri on Sunday December 15, 2013! Plus 25% off sale both days!

Comic Book Jones
2220 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10303-1700

NYC – Graphic Novel Night

      

Fred Chao (Johnny Hiro), Ryan Dunlavey (Comic Book History of Comics, Action Philosophers, Dirt Candy),  Grady Hendrix (Dirt Candy, Satan Loves You), and Mark Siegel (Sailor Twain), as they present their newest works, discuss the state of graphic novels, sign books, and take questions at Word Bookstore on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 7:00pm until 8:00pm.

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Word Bookstore
126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222-2002

NYC – Comic Book History of Comics Book Club

Creators Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey appear at Midtown Comics Downtown on Friday, June 29, 2012 from 6:30pm until 7:30pm. Be there to discuss the book with the book club! If that’s not enough to entice, free coffee and donuts will be served!

Don’t have the book yet? Save 25% off cover price at any of our three stores (in-store only). Just mention the Midtown Comics Book Club at the cash register!

The Book Club will meet on Friday June 29th at 6:30PM at Midtown Comics Downtown.

SEATS ARE VERY LIMITED!

See you there!

Comic Book History of Comics
Writer:Fred Van Lente
Artist: Ryan Dunlavey

For the first time ever, the inspiring, infuriating, and utterly insane story of comics, graphic novels, and manga is presented in comic book form! The award-winning Action Philosophers team of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey turn their irreverent-but-accurate eye to the stories of Jack Kirby, R. Crumb, Harvey Kurtzman, Alan Moore, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Fredric Wertham, Roy Lichtenstein, Art Spiegelman, Herge, Osamu Tezuka – and more! Collects Comic Book Comics #1-6.

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Midtown Comics
64 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038

NC – Free Comic Book Day 2011

Acme Comics welcomes Chris Samnee (FCBD Captain America/Thor, Reilly Brown (Incredible Hercules), Jacob Chabot (Mighty Skullboy Army), Jeremy Dale (G.I. Joe), Ryan Dunlavey (Comic Book Comics), Matt Frank (Godzilla), Chris Giarrusso (G-Man), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Lyle Pollard (The Dead Don’t Sleep), Gregg Schigiel (SpongeBob Comics), Nick Spencer (Morning Glories), Brian Smith (Intrepid Escapegoat), Fred Van Lente (Incredible Hercules) and Michael Watkins (Sonic the Hedgehog) on Saturday May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day.

Acme Comics
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
336-574-2263

NJ – Evil Twin Comics Signing

FRED VAN LENTE & RYAN DUNLAVEY sign on SATURDAY, MARCH 26th 1-3pm!

Together they are EVIL TWIN COMICS! 
 
Announcing another great creator appearance at Dewey’s!
 
This time it’s the Evil Twins themselves, Marvel Comic writer Fred (Amazing Spider-man, Incredible Hercules, Power Man & Iron Fist and much more) Van Lente and Action Philosophers and Comic Book Comics artist Ryan Dunlavey!  They’ll be here together on Saturday, March 26th  from 1-3 pm.
 
Even while working at Marvel as a big time writer Fred Van Lente continues to be one half of Evil Twin team, the producers of the highly acclaimed independent series Action Philosophers! He’ll be signing not only his Evil Twin work but also his Marvel written titles!  With his co-AP creator Ryan Dunlavey they now publish the amazing Comic Book Comics!
 
Comic Book Comics tells the inspiring, infuriating, and utterly insane story of the American comic book industry in the same irreverent style of Action Philosophers and is (as far as we know) the first-ever comprehensive graphic history of the comics art form! 
 
Get ready this week for COMIC BOOK COMICS #5 and for non-stop action, action, action — LEGAL action, that is!
 
Comic Book Comics #5, the penultimate issue of the series and the special ALL-LAWSUIT ISSUE features the incredible, insane but true story of the American comic book industry and the legal battles that have ensued.
 
DC vs. Fawcett! Disney vs. the Air Pirates! Jack Kirby vs. Marvel over his stolen artwork! Steve Gerber over Howard the Duck! Don De Carlo over Josie and the Pussycats! And that pales next to the all-out war over the rights to Miracleman! All this, plus the Creators’ Bill of Rights, too! Don’t like it? Well, sue them! (Wait. No. Please don’t. That’s definitely not cool.)

Dewey’s Comic City
13 Park Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940

NYC – Comic History Panel

Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey speak on Wednesday, March 2 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

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Midtown Comics in New York City present Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey, the creators of Comic Book Comics giving a panel discussion on comics history and signing copies of their new issue Comic Book Comics #5 at our new Downtown location.

Celebrate the release of Comic Book Comics #5 with its creators Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey as they discuss their new book!

Comic Book Comics #5 continues the incredible, insane true story of the American comic book industry with the ALL-LAWSUIT ISSUE! DC vs. Fawcett! Disney vs. the Air Pirates! Jack Kirby vs. Marvel! And that pales next to the all-out war over the rights to Miracleman!

Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey will host a panel discussion along with their legal advisor and Newsarama blogger Jeff Trexler on comics history and their book, Comic Book Comics. Van Lente and Dunlavey will be signing the book after the presentation.

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Midtown Comics
64 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038

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.