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.

NYC – Burn the Orphanage Signing

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Sina Grace (Not My Bag) appears at Carmine Street Comics to sign BURN THE ORPHANAGE: REIGN OF TERROR on Wednesday May 21st at 5:00 pm!

Carmine Street Comics
34 Carmine Street, New York, New York 10014
(646) 656-1022

SF – Burn the Orphanage: Reign of Terror Signing

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Author/artist Sina Grace signs at Mission: Comics & Art on Wednesday, May 14th at 5:00 pm!

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Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1545

CA – Burn the Orphanage: Reign of Terror Launch

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Sina Grace and Daniel Freedman appear at Meltdown Comics on Saturday May 10th at 6:00 pm!

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

CA – Free Comic Book May 2014

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Collector’s Paradise celebrates Free Comic Book MAY once again this year. Big sales and comic creator signings every Saturday during the month of May.

Saturday May 3rd FREE COMIC BOOK DAY:

Artist sketching from 12-3pm. Sketches are FREE, one per child, on  backing board. Blank cover comics available at the register for $8 each or 3 for $20.

Valley Store: Mike Kunkel, Aaron Sowd, Scott Koblish

Pasadena Store: Sina Grace, Chris Moreno, Meg Hutchison

Saturday May 1oth FREE SUPERHERO COMIC DAY:

Valley Store: Chris Burnham (Batman & Robin, Batman Inc. Elephantmen, Officer Downe, Hack/Slash)

Pasadena Store: Joe Benitez (JLA, Titans, Lady Mechanika, Wraithborn, Magdalena)

Saturday May 17th FREE ALL-AGES COMIC DAY:

Valley Store: Adventure Time Art Day

Pasadena Store: Ray Frisen (Fairy Tales I Just Made Up, Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chickens, Cupcakes of Doom)

Saturday May 24th FREE INDIE COMIC DAY:

Valley Store: Joe Pezzula, James Ninness, Mike Fountain, Marcel Losada (In Sanity, AZ GN Crew)

Rob Harrington & Giulie Speziani (Ginger Rabbit Studio)

Pasadena Store: Chris Moreno & Aubrey Sitterson (Worth Original GN)

Collector’s Paradise
319 S. Arroyo Parkway #4, Pasadena, CA 91105

7131 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka, CA 91306

Image Comics Announces Schedule & Exclusives for Emerald City Comicon 2014

Image-LogoPress Release:

Image Comics is pleased to announce the official Image booth signing schedule, panels, and exclusives that will be available at Emerald City Comic Con 2014 on March 28, 29, and 30. Several exciting Image creators including Kelly Sue DeConnick, Chip Zdarsky, Matt Fraction, Scott Snyder, Jason Aaron, and Greg Rucka will be signing at the Image booth (see full schedule below). Convention attendees interested in the indicated ticketed signings can come to the Image booth, #212, to collect their ticket, but arrive early as tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis!

For sale at the booth, in addition to award winning creator-owned Image titles, will be exclusive, numbered, art prints of WYTCHES, SOUTHERN BASTARDS, C.O.W.L., and SHUTTER for signings with Scott Snyder and Jock, Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, Kyle Higgins, and Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca. Each convention attendee will receive an exclusive THE WALKING DEAD #1 ECCC color variant—additional copies, as well as the B&W version, will be available to purchase at the Image booth.

Also exclusively for sale at the ECCC will be the hardcover edition of SEX CRIMINALS, VOL. 1—the critically-acclaimed series that has taken the comics world by storm and named best new series of the year by TIME magazine—available for $40 and an exclusive 18″ x 24″ print available for $25, at Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s tables, C-10 and C-11. Purchased together, hardcover and art print will be available for $60. The FIVE GHOSTS #10 ECCC variant will also be for sale at Ed Brisson’s table at X-04, and a THE FIELD #1 ECCC variant can be purchased at Frank Barbiere’s table, X-03.

Image Comics is also proud to host several panels this year at ECCC that you won’t want to miss. On Friday check out “Robert Kirkman’s Skybound: On the Rise” and “Image Comics Presents Comedy in Comics.” On Saturday join us for “Image Comics Presents Sex Criminals” and “Image Comics Presents Crime, Adventure, & Fantasy!” On Sunday we’ll explore a popular speculative fiction genre in “Image Comics Presents Building a Better Dystopia.”

IMAGE COMICS, BOOTH #212 SIGNING SCHEDULE:

Friday March 28
12 – 1 p.m. Eric Stephenson & Nate Bellegarde
1 – 2 p.m. Stuart Moore & Gus Storms
2 – 3 p.m. Brandon Graham & Simon Roy [TICKETED]
2 – 3 p.m. Joshua Williamson
3 – 4 p.m. Justin Greenwood & Antony Johnston
3 – 4 p.m. Jason Aaron & Jason Latour [TICKETED]
4 – 5 p.m. Kurtis Wiebe & Roc Upchurch
4 – 5 p.m. Kyle Higgins
5 – 6 p.m. Ken Kristensen
5 – 6 p.m. Joe Keatinge & Leila Del Duca

Saturday March 29
11 – 12 p.m. Jason Aaron & Jason Latour [TICKETED]
11 – 12 p.m. Joshua Williamson
12 – 1 p.m. Sina Grace
12 – 1 p.m. Greg Rucka
1 – 2 p.m. Stuart Moore & Gus Storms
1 – 2 p.m. Michel Gagne
2 – 3 p.m. Dave Stewart & Stefano Gaudiano
2 – 3 p.m. Brian Joines
3 – 4 p.m. Matteo Scalera
3 – 4 p.m. Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky [TICKETED]
4 – 5 p.m. Tim Seeley & Mike Norton
4 – 5 p.m. Frank Barbiere
5 – 6 p.m. Joe Harris

Sunday March 30
11 – 12 p.m. Ed Brisson & Johnnie Christmas
11 – 12 p.m. Greg Rucka
12 – 1 p.m. Joe Harris
12 – 1 p.m. Brandon Graham & Simon Roy [TICKETED]
1 – 2 p.m. Nick Pitarra
1 – 2 p.m. Kelly Sue DeConnick & Jordie Bellaire
2 – 3 p.m. Joshua Williamson
2 – 3 p.m. Scott Snyder & Jock
3 – 4 p.m. Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky [TICKETED]

IMAGE COMICS PANEL SCHEDULE:

Robert Kirkman’s Skybound: On the Rise
There’s no limit on what to expect from Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics. The Walking Dead continues to dominate comics and television, Manifest Destiny is one of 2013′s breakout hits, and new series—like OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA—are on the horizon. Join Skybound’s best writers and artists as they discuss what’s in Skybound’s future.

Program date and time: Friday, March 28, 12:40 p.m. in Hall D (Room 602-603)

Panelists: Joshua Williamson (Ghosted), Paul Azaceta (Outcast), Joe Keatinge (Shutter) & special guests

Image Comics Presents Comedy in Comics
Sometimes the best comics are the funny ones, but getting jokes across in print while simultaneously telling an engaging story can be tough. Luckily, we have a panel of experts who can tell you their secrets, tips, and a few really good jokes.

Program date and time: Friday, March 28, 3:00 p.m. in Room TCC 301

Panelists: Rob Guillory (Chew), Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens), Roc Upchurch (Rat Queens), Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals), Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals), Jim Zub (Skullkickers), Brandon Graham (Prophet)

Image Comics Presents Sex Criminals
Sex Criminals debuted in 2013 and quickly became the book of the year. Now, a few months into 2014, the same looks to be true! Sit down with creators Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky and bare your soul, fetishes, and anecdotes with the Sex Criminals.

Program date and time: Saturday, March 29, 2:00 p.m. in Room 3AB

Panelists: Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals), Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals)

Image Comics Presents Crime, Adventure, & Fantasy!
Gunfights, heists, cowboys, hoodlums, magicians, adventurers, aliens, and more: are you not entertained? Image Comics’ varied publishing line has something for everybody. Settle in and listen to the experts discuss creating entertaining stories.

Program date and time: Saturday, March 29, 5:00 p.m. in TCC 301

Panelists: Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly), Jason Latour (Southern Bastards), Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards), Joe Keatinge (Shutter), Leila Del Duca (Shutter), Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts), Joshua Williamson (Ghosted)

Image Comics Presents Building A Better Dystopia
No matter how good we have it, a future where we have nothing has its own thrill. These creators know their way around a dystopia, whether it’s due to mad science, economic factors, or nightmarish alternate dimensions.

Program date and time: Sunday, March 30, 3:00 p.m. in Room TCC 301

Panelists: Nick Pitarra (Manhattan Projects), Greg Rucka (Lazarus), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), Simon Roy (Prophet), Ed Brisson (Sheltered), Johnnie Christmas (Sheltered), Joe Harris (Great Pacific)

NV – Burn the Orphanage Signing

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Comics writer and artist Sina Grace signs at MaximuM Comics on Saturday March 8th from 3:00 till 6:00 pm!

MaximuM Comics
5130 S Ft Apache #285 Las Vegas, NV 89148
702-367-0755

Jock, Brom, Kurt Busiek & More Added to Emerald City Comicon 2014

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Emerald City Comicon has added Jock, Brom, CB Cebulski, Kurt Busiek, Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, Sina Grace, and many more more comic creators to their special guests roster in the new year! This year’s ECCC will be held on March 28-30, 2014 Check out their website to find the latest on everything ECCC, including lists of guests, exhibitors, artists, schedules, gaming and events! www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

Brom
Gothic fantasy artist Brom is most well-known for his work on role-playing games. His recent works are Krampus: the Yule Lord, The Child Thief, The Plucker, The Devil’s Rose.

CB Cebulski
Writer of such books as Wolverine: In The Flesh, Strange Tales, X-Infernus, Runaways, War of Kings: Darkhawk, Astonishing Tales, various What If? titles and Avengers Fairy Tales for Marvel Comics, for whom he is also a talent scout and editor.

Brad Guigar
Writer of Tales from the Con, creator/writer/artist of Evil Inc., Courting Disaster, and How to Make Webcomics.

Alvin Lee
A video game and game promotional artist, who has worked on League of Legends, Masters of the Universe, Marvel vs. Capcom.

Eddie Nunez
Cover artist for comics such as Ben 10, Ame-Comi Girls, Jinnrise, Fanboys vs. Zombies, Valen the Outcast.

Stephen Silver
Character designer for Disney TV Animation, Sony Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, designing characters for shows such as Kim Possible, Danny Phantom, Kevin Smith’s Clerks The Animated Series and many more.

Ryan Browne
Artist of Bedlam and The Manhattan Projects, co-creator of Smoke and Mirrors, creator of God Hates Astronauts and Blast Furnace.

Kurt Busiek
Eisner Award-winning writer/creator of Astro City, writer of Marvels, Superman, Conan, Trinity, JLA/Avengers, Marvels: Eye Of The Camera, Spider-Man/Mary Jane, Wednesday Comics, The Brave and the Bold, Iron Man, I Am An Avenger, Age Of Heroes, Kirby: Genesis and many more.

Shannon Denton
Writer of Pilot Season: Fleshdigger, Graveslinger, and Outlaw Territory, artist on Deadpool, Fantastic Four and Star Wars, character designer on X-Men:TAS and Spider-Man Unlimited, storyboard artist on TMNT & Avengers: EMH.

Sina Grace
Artist and writer for Regular Show, Adventure Time, The Walking Dead, The Li’l Depressed Boy comics, as well as Burn the Orphanage, Not My Bag.

B. Clay Moore
Writer of The Vampire Diaries, A+X, Ben 10, JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull, Legends of the Dark Knight.

Jose Delbo
Recent recipient of the Inkpot Award for Achievement in Comic Arts, Delbo has been an artist in the comics industry for over fifty years, including runs on The Transformers, Thundercats, Detective Comics, and The Superman Family.

Dennis Hopeless
Writer of Cable And X-Force, Avengers Arena, The Answer!, Legion Of Monsters and X-Men: Season One.

Todd Nauck
Artist of Invincible Universe, DC Nation Super Spectacular, Spider-Man, and Teen Titans. Cover artist for FF, Guarding the Globe, and more.

Peter Nguyen
Artist on Batman Beyond, Batman Beyond: Unlimited, and Batman: Arkham Unhinged.

Joe Quinones
Artist on the upcoming Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell graphic novel, as well as issues of FF, Batman ’66, Batman Black and White. Cover artist for Captain Marvel, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, Robocop: Last Stand, The Amazing Spider-Man.

Maris Wicks
New York Times bestselling illustrator of Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birutė Galdikas. Writer on Batman Black and White, colorist on Batman ’66, and cover artist for Adventure Time.

Brian Buccellato
Co-writer on an upcoming run on Detective Comics, writer of Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion, All New Executive Assistant: Iris, The Black Bat, and previously a co-writer and colorist on The Flash.

Jim Calafiore
Artist of Leaving Megalopolis, Red Lanterns, Green Lantern, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Secret Six, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Batgirl, Exiles, New Excalibur and Aquaman.

Jon Goff
Writer for Spawn, Jack Rabbit, and Bungie’s new video game Destiny.

Marat Mychaels
Cover artist for Grimm Fairy Tales, Joe Palooka, Army of Darkness, and penciller for Grifter.

Chris Roberson
Writer for numerous titles, including Codename: Action, Doc Savage, The Shadow, Edison Rex, The Mysterious Strangers, Masks.

Kyle Higgins
Writer of Batman Beyond 2.0, Nightwing, Masters of the Universe, Deathstroke, Supreme Power, Batman, Detective Comics and Captain America.

Jason Latour
Writer of Wolverine and the X-Men, Winter Soldier, Infinity: Against the Tide and Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted, artist of Sledgehammer 44, Django Unchained and the upcoming Southern Bastards with fellow ECCC guest Jason Aaron.

Carlo Pagulayan
Artist of Iron Man, Red She-Hulk and Hulk, as well as cover artist of Alpha Flight, Uncanny X-Force, Guardians of the Galaxy, Incredible Hulks, Herc and Silver Surfer.

Stephen Segovia
Artist of Adventures of Superman, Superior Carnage, X-Treme X-Men and Silver Surfer. Cover artist of Red Hood and The Outlaws, Green Lantern: New Guardians and Red Lanterns.

WA – Burn the Orphanage Signing

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Writer and illustrator Sina Grace (Not My Bag, Lil’ Depressed Boy) appears at Arcane Comics  on Saturday December 21st from 4:00 till 7:00 pm to celebrate the release of Burn the Orphanage issue #2!

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Arcane Comics
5809 15th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107

OR – Burn the Orphanage Signing

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Press Release:

Bridge City Comics is proud to announce our Burn The Orphanage signing event with creator Sina Grace on Friday, December 20, 2013 from 6pm – 8pm! This event is free to the public.

A young orphan named Rock was left for dead, now he’s out for revenge! With partners Lex and Bear by his side, our hero will find out who burned his home and family to the ground. If that means taking on every goon, punk, and topless stripper ninja in the city… then so be it.

About Sina Grace:
Sina Grace is the author and illustrator of the indie mini-series Books with Pictures, the neo-noir Cedric Hollows in Dial M for Magic, and the autobiographical one-shot, Self-Obsessed. Not My Bag, which recounts a story of retail hell, is his newest book from Image Comics. He acts as the artist for S. Steven Struble’s cult hit, The Li’l Depressed Boy, and provided illustrations for Amber Benson’s middle grade book, Among the Ghosts. His art has been used by various musicians, including Rilo Kiley, Childish Gambino, and Common Rotation. He lives in Los Angeles, where he can be found in coffee shops working on whatever the next thing may be.

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Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

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