Artist/writer Stuart Immonen (New Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man) will raffle off four sketches each day of the Phoenix Comicon (Phoenix AZ, May 24 – 27, 2012) to benefit the Hero Initiative. This is a rare opportunity to commission a sketch as Immonen famously declines requests as outlined in his book 50 Reasons to Stop Sketching at Conventions.
Hero Initiative, the non profit organization that helps comic creators in need, is spending its Memorial Day weekend at Phoenix Comic Con, May 24th thru 27th at the Phoenix Convention Center Hyatt Regency, booth #1048-1050.
Artist Stuart Immonen will be helping Hero out at the con! The artist of Marvel Comics’ X-Men and Fear Itself will be at his own artist alley table, but sketching ONLY for Hero! Stuart will do four full-size 11-by-17-commission sketches per day. To get in in, you MUST purchase raffle tickets at $1 each. Four tickets per day will be drawn, and winners will pay $200 for a single-character, full-figure grey marker wash drawing. Drawings take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at noon!
In addition, you MUST buy the Spawn/Lady Death Phoenix Con print with art by Andy Arias and inked by Todd McFarlane! Both McFarlane and Lady Death creator Brian Pulido will sign each print, limited to 250 serial-numbered pieces. All proceeds benefit Hero Initiative.
And go see John Layman! Layman, writer of the Image Comics hit Chew, has sat on both sides of the pitching process as an editor and as a creator. He’ll be putting on a special panel Sunday, May 27 at 130 p.m. to tell you what it takes to develop a winning pitch for your comics and graphic novels! Tickets to this in-depth workshop and Q&A are available ONLY with a $25 donation to Hero Initiative. Seating is limited!
And Hero’s booth schedule at the con is as follows:
Thursday (May 24) con hours 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
4:00-6:00: Mike Stewart
5:00-6:00: Denae Frazier
6:00-7:00: Ben Glendenning
7:00-8:00: Jason Gonzalez
Friday (May 25) con hours 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
12:30-1:30: Mike Stewart
1:30-2:30: Marat Mychaels
2:30-4:00: Jason Gonzalez
Saturday (May 26) con hours 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
12:30-1:30: Mike Stewart
3:00-3:45: JLA 100 signing: Andy Kuhn, Bill Tucci, Chris Moreno, Francis Manapul, George Perez, Marat Mychaels, Mark dos Santos, Ryan Cody, Scott Koblish, Scott Kolins, Stuart Sayger, Tony Parker
Sunday (May 27) con hours 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
11:30-12:30: Jim Hanna
1:230-1:30: Mike Stewart
1:30-2:30: Jay Fotos
2:30-4:00: Jason Gonzalez
4:00-5:00: Jim Hanna
Cory Walker, Scott Kolins, Patrick Scherberger, and many more sign at Samurai Comics on Saturday May 5th for Free Comic Book Day!
Cory Walker – Invinicible, Destroyer Max, Science Dog
Scott Kolins – The Flash, DC and Marvel artist
Patrick Scherberger – Spider-Man, Marvel and DC artist
Tony Parker – Dead Man’s Run, Aspen & Boom Studios artist
Scott Godlewski – Dracula: The Company of Monsters, Boom Studios artist
Armand Villavert – Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors, Image and Tokyopop artist
Hi-Fi Color – Marvel and DC Comics colorist
Jay Fotos – 30 Days of Night, Frazetta Comics creator & Image Comics colorist
Steam Crow – Monster Commute, book illustrator, designer
Ben Glendenning – Tin Star Tex, Zombies Vs. Robots, Moonstone & Image artist
Ryan Cody – Villains, Icarus, Red 5 & Image artist
Jim Hanna – Philly, Jack Rabbit, Arcana Comics artist
Val Hochberg – Kick Girl, Mystery Babylon
John “Dadicus” West – Spazdog Press artist
Ernie Najera – Spazdog Press artist
Samurai Comics East
1120 S. Country Club Drive #107, Mesa, AZ 85210
Scott Kolins appears at Atomic Comics on August 14, 2011 from 1-4pm!
3155 West Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226
Hero Initiative travels to Charlotte North Carolina’s Heroescon with special guest Karl Kesel
Huge signing of 100 Avengers and more!
May 31, 2011 (Los Angeles): Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in medical and financial need, will be attending Charlotte North Carolina’s Heroescon June 3rd, 4th and 5th. The comics-first and family-friendly convention will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center located at?501 S. College St.?Charlotte, NC. Joining us is three time Eisner Award nominee and Captain America: Patriot creator Karl Kesel. Karl will be sketching for fans throughout the weekend to raise money for our worthy cause. Make sure you stop and get a sketch while helping Hero!
In addition, we will have newly released New Avengers 100 Project books for sale at the booth. Marvel Comics has generously donated 100 blank-covered cardstock copies of New Avengers #1 to Hero, various artists from all over the country donated original covers and we have put them all together in one wonderful compilation. Make sure come by and get this treasure and get it signed by contributing artists Dave Johnson, Craig Rousseau, Alex Saviuk, Andy Smith, Herb Trimpe and Roy Thomas all at one time! This signing will be Saturday at booth 322/421 from 1pm-2pm.
And make sure you come back for our Archie: 50 times an American Icon book and many more products, all supporting Hero Initiative’s cause! Do It!
Schedule is as follows:
Friday, June 3 Con Hours: 1100am-6pm
11am-1pm Karl Kesel
230pm-400pm Karl Kesel
400pm-500pm Scott Kolins
500pm-800pm Karl Kesel
Saturday, June 4 Con Hours 1000am-600pm
1030-1230 Karl Kesel
100pm-200pm Avengers 100 Signing: Dave Johnson, Craig Rousseau, Alex Saviuk, Andy Smith, Herb Trimpe and Roy Thomas:
Sunday, June 5 Con Hours 1100am-600p
11-1230 Karl Kesel
130-300 Karl Kesel
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.
The Central Canada Comic Con in Winnipeg, MB Canada is running from October 29-31, 2010. More information on the convention can be found
at the website.
The con has recently announced it’s full Artist Guest Line-up from the industry’s top artists:
Norm Breyfogle – Legendary Batman Artist
Andrew Wildman – Legendary Transformers Artist
Alex Milne – Transformers Megatron Origin and Drift Artist
Scott Kolins – The Flash, and Rogue’s Revenge Artist
Marcio Takara – The Incredibles Artist
Tommy Castillo – Toe Tags, and Legends of the Dark Knight Artist
Yanick Paquette – Avengers, Ultimate X-Men, and Civil War X-Men Artist
And Many More International and Local Artists!
Weekend Passes: $25 Cdn
Daily Passes: $13.50
Weekend Pass holders also get a supplies limited Schwag Bag with a chance of getting one of many artist guest sketch cards. Other original cards and artwork will be featured in the C4 Art Auction held on Sunday.
Paul Tobin, writer of this year’s FCBD: Iron Man: Supernova, signs at Rogues Gallery along with several other creators from 10am-5pm:
*Colleen Coover (Artist on numerous projects, including Marvel Adventures comics)
*Chris Roberson (Writer: Vertigo’s Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love and I, Zombie)
*Paul Benjamin (Writer: Monsters, Inc., Hit Point High and Marvel Adventures Hulk)
*Alan Porter (Writer: Boom! Studios’ Cars)
*Scott Kolins (Writer/Artist: Solomon Grundy, Blackest Night Flash)
*Paul Maybury (Artist: Comic Book Tattoo, Aqua Leung, Popgun)
*Nick Derington (Artist: Popgun, Madman, Catwoman)
*Matt Sturges (Writer: House of Mystery, Jack of Fables)
Rogues Gallery Comics & Games, 1601 S IH-35 #360, Round Rock, TX
Hero Initiative hits the Mid-Ohio Comic-Con
Become a Hero Initiative Member!
Los Angeles CA. September 30, 2009 – Hero Initiative is proud to be a part of Mid-Ohio-Con in it’s 29th year as one of America’s longest-running and most successful comic book and pop-culture conventions, carrying on a fun and family-oriented tradition of bringing fans, talent and retailers of all ages together! This year’s Mid-Ohio-Con takes place October 3ndand 4th in Columbus Ohio at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Hall E.
The folks at Mid-Ohio-Con have most generously made it possible for a contribution from each ticket sold to go to Hero Initiative directly IF you start on the Hero page when you buy your tickets! Show your support by visiting our website at: www.heroinitiative.org, get your tickets and have a wonderful time!
Hero Initiative is kicking off its fall membership drive at Mid-Ohio-Con, with a fun-filled Membership Party, Saturday, October 3rd from 8pm-11pm at The Big Bar on 2 at the Hyatt Hotel in Downtown Columbus Ohio, connected to the convention center! While you are partying with some of the most amazing talent-including David Mack, Joe Jusko, Herb Trimpe, Mark Texeira, Barry Kitson, Josh Medors and more-you can renew your Hero Initiative membership! 2009 marked the first year ever for Hero Initiative memberships, and for 2010, we’ve revamped with more and better premiums! You can get full information at the party, at the booth, or order today at www.heroinitiative.org or www.heroinitiative.org/2010members. Old Members, remember to bring your membership card to claim a 10% discount!
And if joining the Hero Initiative and contributing to a very worth cause wasn’t enough, Sideshow Collectibles, www.sideshowcollectables.com, has contributed 50 gift cards worth random amounts from $10 to $50 that will be given to the first 50 people who sign-up for Hero Initiative memberships at Mid-Ohio! Get all the insider information and be invited to all the best events. Don’t miss out!
And as always, we at the Hero Initiative love to deliver the best talent lineup around! Come to our booth at Mid-Ohio and see:
Saturday October 3rd
11:00-12:00 Keith Pollard
12:00-1:00 Arvell Jones
1:00-2:00 Steve Scott
2:00-3:00 Todd Nauck
3:00-4:00 Mark Texeira
4:00-5:00 Pat Block
Sunday, October 4th
11:00-12:00 Fred Hembeck
12:00-1:00 Herb Trimpe
1:00-2:00 Darryl Banks
2:00-3:00 Scott Kolins
3:00-4:00 Barry Kitson
4:00-5:00 Michael Golden
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.
Mid-Ohio-Con Announces Media Guests for October 3-4, 2009 Show
James Kyson Lee (Heroes) and Ray Park (Star Wars, G.I. Joe) will Headline Mid-0hio-Con 2009 as Special Media Guests
Lee and Park Join an Outstanding Roster of Comic Creators as Guests at the 29th Annual Mid-Ohio-Con
Registration is Now Open for Exhibitor Booths, Indie Publisher Booths and Tables in Creators’ Common
July 29, 2009 – Columbus, Ohio
Mid-Ohio-Con today announced that Ray Park and James Kyson Lee will headline Mid-Ohio-Con 2009 as special media guests. Park is best known as Darth Maul from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and he will star in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra opening on August 7th. James Kyson Lee is best known for his starring role as Ando Masahashi in Heroes, which will return to NBC for its 4th season this fall.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have these two superstars on board for our 2009 show,” said James Henry, Managing Director of Mid-Ohio-Con. “Mid-Ohio-Con 2008 was acclaimed as one of the best events in Mid-Ohio-Con’s long history and we’re going to recreate last year’s magic with a who’s who of the leading names from the worlds of comic books, gaming, film, and television at this year’s show.”
The fast-growing guest list for 2009 also features guests of honor Bernie Wrightson and Michael Golden along with Art Baltazar, Jacob Chabot, Ron Frenz, Gary Friedrich, Bryan J.L. Glass, Fred Hembeck, Tony Isabella, Joe Jusko, Barry Kitson, Scott Kolins, David Mack, Sean McKeever, Todd Nauck, Josef Rubinstein, Steve Scott, Chris Sprouse, Mark Sumerak, Mark Texeira, Herb Trimpe, Renee Witterstaetter, Marv Wolfman and many more.
Registration is now open for Exhibitor Booths, Indie Publisher Booths, and Creators’ Common Tables. The show floor in Exhibition Hall E at the Greater Columbus Convention Center will accommodate nearly 200 Exhibitor Booths for retailers, publishers, manufacturers, and service providers, and 100 Creators’ Common tables for artists, writers, actors, and other guests.
Please visit the new Mid-Ohio-Con web site at midohiocon.com for further information and regular updates on Mid-Ohio-Con 2009. The new site is the primary source for all things related to this year’s Mid-Ohio-Con, including details on featured guests, registration forms, and information about show dates, venue, and other key areas of interest for attendees, exhibitors, and guests.
Now entering its 29th year, Mid-Ohio-Con is one of America’s longest-running and most successful pop culture conventions. Each year, Mid-Ohio-Con brings fans of all ages together with leading comic book writers and artists, film and television creators and stars, as well as publishers and retailers from across the nation. Mid-Ohio-Con 2009 will be held on October 3-4 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Mid-Ohio-Con can be found online at midohiocon.com as well as on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.