The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira Appears at Awesome Con 2014

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Awesome Con welcomes DANAI GURIRA (Michonne on The Walking Dead) to their 2014 show! Danai will be appearing both Saturday and Sunday. She joins a lineup including fan favorites like Billie Piper, George Perez, Cary Elwes, Steve Niles, Sean Astin, Marc Hempel, Ron Glass, Jewel Staite, Timothy Zahn, and many more!

About Danai Gurira:

Actress and playwright Danai Gurira stars as one of the most popular characters in AMC’s critically-acclaimed original series “The Walking Dead.” Based on one of the most successful comic books of all time, “The Walking Dead” follows a group of survivors who are searching for a safe home after a zombie apocalypse. In the season two finale, Gurira’s heroine ‘Michonne’ bursts onto the scene as the mysterious sword-wielding zombie slayer. “The Walking Dead” wrapped its third season in style, logging a monster 11 million total viewers for the season, making it the first original cable series ever to end the broadcast television season as the number one show in delivery for adults 18-49.

Prior to joining “The Walking Dead,” Gurira finished production on the independent drama “Mother of George,” the story of an African woman’s struggle after arriving in the U.S. to honor her heritage while attempting to define her new marriage in modern terms. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories. “Mother of George” will premiere in New York on September 13, 2013 and will expand to Los Angeles and an additional 10-20 markets the following week. Zeba Blay, from Indiewire, said “…Gurira, eerily luminescent in every frame, perfectly captures a part of the African experience – the struggle to reconcile tradition and heritage with modern, Western point-of-view.”

Gurira also starred in the multiple-award winning film “The Visitor,” opposite Richard Jenkins, in which she played a Senegalese immigrant in New York trying to survive while her illegal immigrant boyfriend is detained by the U.S. government.  Other film credits include “Three Backyards” and “Restless City.” Her television credits include roles on “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Lie to Me” as well as a recurring role on the HBO David Simon series “Treme.”

An award-winning playwright, her most recent play “The Convert” (Stavis Award) is an historical drama set in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Part of a trilogy Gurira is writing about her native country’s coming of age, the play ran at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. from February 13 to March 10, 2013.

Gurira was born in the U.S. and raised in Zimbabwe. She earned an MFA in theatre from NYU after moving back to the U.S.  Her initial success was as the co-lead of “In the Continuum” (a play she co-created and co-wrote while in the acting program at NYU.)  The upbeat powerful story focused on two women: one, an upper class, educated newscaster in Africa; the other, an impoverished teenager in south central L.A., who discover that they are HIV positive, and learn to cope in the face of hatred, discrimination and ignorance. Gurira performed the play off-Broadway, in numerous theaters around the U.S., and in Africa. She received numerous accolades including an Obie, the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award, the Global Tolerance Award (Friends of the United Nations) and the Theater Hall of Fame Honors.  Gurira also received the Helen Hayes Award (Woolly Mammoth).

She subsequently received a grant for research in Liberia and Sierra Leone which resulted in her second play “Eclipsed”—the story of women abductees trying to survive during that region’s devastating civil war.  Gurira won Best Playwright at the NAACP Theater Awards and Best New Play at Helen Hayes Awards. And, on Broadway, Gurira starred Bartlett Sher’s award winning revival of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.” She also earned the Actor’s Equity Callaway Award for her performance as Isabella in the 2011 Shakespeare in the Park production of “Measure for Measure.”

Gurira is also a Hodder Fellow at Princeton and a commissioned playwright with Yale Rep.  She is co-founder of Almasi (Al-ma-see), a Zimbabwean American Dramatic Arts Collaborative Organization. Their mission is to instill professional values, skills and practices in the Zimbabwean Dramatic Arts through education and collaboration with professional American dramatic artists and artistic institutions.

Gurira divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.

Awesome Con DC will be on April 18-20, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Show hours are 3pm-8pm Friday, 10am-7pm Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday. Details at the website:  www.awesomecondc.com

Being Human’s Sam Witwer Appears at Boston Comic Con 2014

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Boston Comic Con welcomes actor Sam Witwer to our 2014 show! Sam stars as the vampire Aidan Waite on Syfy’s original supernatural series Being Human. A remake of the original BBC show, this version is set right here in Boston and Sam’s character has a long, looong history with the city. Sam’s performance in the role won him a Gemini Award in 2011 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing, Leading Dramatic Role.

Star Wars fans will recognize Sam as the voice of Starkiller from The Force Unleashed video games and Darth Maul on The Clone Wars. Plus he has appeared in recurring roles on several genre shows including Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, Smallville, and a cameo as the zombie in the tank in the very first episode of The Walking Dead. He also played Private Jessup in Frank Darabont’s horror film The Mist. A Chicago native and a Juilliard-trained actor, Sam is also an accomplished musician who performs in the L.A. music scene with his band, The Crashtones.

Previously announced guests include Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, James Marsters, Eve Myles, Simon Bisley, Amanda Conner, Adam Kubert, Jeff Smith, Greg Capullo, Danielle Corsetto, Carlos Pacheco, Jimmy Palmiotti, Eric Powell, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, Scott Snyder, and many more! For the full guest list plus artist alley, exhibitor, and film fest registration please check out the Boston Comic Con website!

Online ticket purchases are available at the link! Tell your friends!

RSVP on Facebook!

About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 8th, Saturday August 9th and Sunday August 10th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

FAN EXPO Vancouver™ 2014 Gathers Geeks and Superheroes

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Press Release:

FAN EXPO VANCOUVER™ GATHERS GEEKS AND SUPERHEROES

Freddy Krueger to The Walking Dead alum added to the star-studded line-up

Vancouver, BC (March 19, 2014) – FAN EXPO Vancouver™ will mark its third year by delivering a fan-tastic Easter Break escape for geeks and superheroes of all ages. The celebration of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming returns April 18-20, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

In the wise words of Jedi Master Yoda “Do or do not, there is no try.” At FAN EXPO Vancouver™ fans can ‘do’ it all: Q&A’s with celebrities and industry pros, sketch duels, photos opportunities with the entire Star Wars 501st Legion crew, retail and exhibitor areas bursting with rare comics and collectibles to the latest nerd-wear and tech-gear, and gatherings of fellow minded superheroes in and out of disguise (Batman or Bunny costume optional).

“FAN EXPO is the perfect playground for pop culture fans of all ages and this year we made it bigger for Vancouver fans,” says FAN EXPO HQ President, Steve Menzie. “We added 50% more space and a third day so our fans can enjoy even more of the fandom they are so passionate about.”

FAN EXPO VANCOUVER™ GUESTS INCLUDE:

  • KARL URBAN (Almost Human; Star Trek)
  • STEVEN YEUN (The Walking Dead)
  • BRUCE CAMPBELL (Army of Darkness; Evil Dead)
  • ROBERT ENGLUND (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
  • STEPHEN AMELL (Star of Arrow)
  • ELIZA DUSHKU (Angel; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Dollhouse)
  • GIANCARLO ESPOSITO (Breaking Bad; Revolution)
  • RAY PARK (G.I. Joe; Star Wars Episode I)
  • CHARISMA CARPENTER (Angel; Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • JON HEDER (Napoleon Dynamite; Blades of Glory)
  • MICHAEL ROSENBAUM (Smallville)
  • BRUCE BOXLEITNER (Babylon 5; Tron)
  • JOHN DE LANCIE (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • MORENA BACCARIN (Serenity/Firefly; Homeland)
  • TOM FELTON (Harry Potter)
  • BILLY BOYD (Lord of the Rings)

For the complete list of guests, info and tickets, visit our website at http://jivecommunications.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=2f3e3a68691554962f3e63fb8&id=d9ccc6a1d5&e=28ad5431a1

FAN EXPO Vancouver™ is a comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event featuring exciting family-friendly activities. 2014 Celebrity Guests include Karl Urban (Star Trek), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness), Stephen Amell (Arrow), Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), and more! FAN EXPO Vancouver™ is now a three-day pop culture extravaganza April 18-20, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC.

FAN EXPO HQ is the largest entertainment convention group in the country and one of the largest in the world. Collectively it hosts almost 250,000 fans annually at FAN EXPO Canada™, FAN EXPO Vancouver™, FAN EXPO Regina™; Toronto ComiCon, Dallas Comic Con, Dallas Sci-Fi Expo, and Dallas Fan Days presented by FAN EXPO.

Hartford Comic Con 2014

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Press Release:
Hartford Comic Con, May 31st-June 1 2014,  is excited to announce- limited available space on the selling floor!
This is your opportunity to participate with one of the fastest growing conventions in New England!
Hartford guests will include-but not limited to:
  • Comic artists like Ed McGuinness, Tim Sale, Jimmy Cheung, Joe Benitez, Jim Mahfood, Jason Pearson and many more
  • Publishers like Big Dog Ink
  • TV and Film actors like Giancarlo Esposito from Breaking Bad
  • Cosplay Celebrities like Riddle1, Bellechere, and Echo Endless
  • Charities like Inkwell Awards, local children’s groups, and comic affiliations
Our projected attendance will reach up to 20 thousand our first year !
We would love to have you along for the ride on our maiden voyage. It is going to be one heck of a ride!
Register now!   Simply contact us at:
www.hartfordcomiccon.com and submit either an Artist Alley application or Vendor Application.
(Click on the Registration link at the top of the toolbar)

Hartford Comic Con is looking for Vendors and Artists!

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Hey there Vendors and Artists!
Hartford Comic Con, May 31st-June 1 2014,  is excited to announce- available space on the selling floor! 

 

This is your opportunity to participate with one of the fastest growing conventions in New England!

 

Hartford guests will include-but not limited to:
  • Comic artists likeEd McGuinness, Tim Sale, Jimmy Cheung, Joe Benitez, Jim Mahfood and many more
  • Publishers like Big Dog Ink
  • TV and Film actors like Chandler Riggs from the Walking Dead
  • Voice Actors
  • Cosplay Celebrities like Riddle1, Beelechere, and Echo Endless
  • Charities like Inkwell Awards, local children’s groups, and comic affiliations
Our projected attendance will reach 12-15 thousand our first year!
We would love to have you along for the ride on our maiden voyage!
It is easy to sign up.  Simply contact us at:
www.hartfordcomiccon.com
and submit either an Artist Alley application or Vendor Application.
(Click on the Registration link at the top of the toolbar)

For more information contact:
Epic Productions
epic@hartfordcomiccon.com
561-756-0732

UK – The Governor Signs

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Actor DAVID MORRISSEY will sign at Forbidden Planet Liverpool on Saturday 22nd February from 12:00 – 14:00 in support of Friends of Observatory School.

Liverpool born David Morrissey began his acting career at the town’s celebrated Everyman Theater. He has appeared in many movies and TV Productions, including Blackpool, Red Riding, Sense and Sensibility, and the 2008 Christmas special of Doctor Who as Jackson Lake, a man who believed himself to be The Doctor!

He is currently gaining a huge American fan base for his appearance as ‘The Governor’ in the massively popular TV series The Walking Dead.

Friends Of The Observatory School (FOTOS) was set up in March 2012 in order to raise funds for activities that would broaden the horizons of the school’s special needs pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. These activities include holidays, after school rewards activities such as horse riding, make-up classes, music lessons and drama workshops. FOTOS has funded special treats such as a whole school trip to the pantomime, a music day, a trip to the cinema and artist workshops and are currently raising funds for a new school minibus.

See more information on The Observatory School here.

Please Note: The event is not ticketed and is first come first served. David Morrissey will ONLY be signing an exclusive autograph card, available at the event at a cost of £10.00. One card / signature per customer. Buying a card also entitles the customer to one photograph with David Morrissey. All money from the sale of the cards will go to benefit The Observatory School.

Forbidden Planet: Liverpool
92 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HY

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.

UK – The Art of Charlie Adlard Signing

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CHARLIE ADLARD appears at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 2nd November from 1 – 2pm to sign THE ART OF CHARLIE ADLARD (Image Comics).

Comics superstar Charlie Adlard has defined the look of the modern day horror comic with his work on The Walking Dead.

This oversized art book delves into the full history of Charlie’s amazing career, including an unprecedented look at the making of his 100th issue of The Walking Dead.

Charlie Adlard’s original art is available for sale through Splash Page Comic Art. Click the link for details!

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179  Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

Splash Page Comic Art Booth Schedule for NYCC 2013

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Splash Page Comic Art will have three booths assigned to number 2405 on the right side of the hall near entrance 3A.

Charlie Adlard will be sketching exclusively at our booth during the show.  Lee Bermejo, Ken Kristensen, Michael Lark, M.K. Perker, Greg Rucka, Goran Sudzuka, and Joe Quinones will all be signing at our booths during the convention.  Joe will only be appearing and sketching on Thursday and Friday.

NYCC Sketch Details & Signing Schedules  (This is the updated & complete schedule & sketch information as of 10-2-13)

ALL COMMISSIONS FOR ALL ARTISTS MUST BE PICKED UP AT NYCC.  WE WILL NOT SHIP ANY PIECES.

Joe Quinones:

Artist of Batman 66, FF, Captain Marvel, Star Wars & much more.
Will only be signing & drawing Thurs & Fri.

Joe’s commission list We have a couple openings left for commissions, on a first come basis.   Email here if interested
Head Sketch — Black & White (pen & ink on paper) – $50
Toned (rendered in Copic marker and/or watercolor, inks laid over top) – $100

Half Figure/Torso – B&W $125  –Toned $225

Full Figure – B&W $225  –Toned $375

Here’s a link to some previous commissions to see as examples

Joe’s signing schedule:

7:00pm – 9pm Thursday night
10am – 12:30pm Friday

Goran Sudzuka:

Artist of Ghosted by Image, Y the Last Man, Hellblazer, A.D.D & Wolverine.

Goran’s commission list  He has 8 spots left in total for the rest of the show Email here to signup

All commission choices must be drawn on blank comic book sketch covers.  The options are:

$50 for headshot, $75 for bust, $125 for full figure, $50 for additional character or background. Previous commission samples can be seen here

Goran’s signing schedule:

Thursday 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Friday 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Saturday 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Sunday 10:30am – 12:30pm

Michael Lark:

Artist of Lazarus, Daredevil, Gotham Central, and much more.  Signing schedule below.

Convention commissions:

11 x 14″ or smaller 1 character 3/4 or full figure – no background $150
11 x 17″ 1 character 3/4 or full figure no background $300

Due to Michael’s full signing schedule for the convention and Image, he will not be able to take on many convention commissions at the show.  The best chance to get a commission would be to pre-pay & signup in advance so he can start on them now.

Michael Lark’s Signing Schedule:

Friday 4:00 pm – 5:30pm

Saturday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Greg Rucka Signing Schedule:
Thursday 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Saturday 11:00am – 12:00PM (the only joint signing with Michael Lark at Splash Page)
Sunday 3:00PM – 4:00PM

M.K. Perker:

Artist of Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth by Image, The Unwritten, Air and Cairo, all by Vertigo.

M.K.’s commission list  Email here to signup

Commissions will be

1 character 8 1/2 X 11 art board (or blank sketch comic) with basic background in pencils & inks/markers for $200 + $100 for extra characters or detailed backgrounds.

Example of a $200 commission

$300 commission example can be on 11 x 14 or comic sketch covers

Email me for larger requests.

Ken Kristensen & M.K. Perker Signing Schedule

Thursday 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Friday 4:30 -  6:00pm
Saturday 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Sunday 10:30am – 12:30pm

Charlie Adlard:

Artist of The Walking Dead

Charlie’s sketch information:  We will hand out tickets to those interested in getting a sketch starting 15 minutes prior to each sketch session.  One ticket per person will be given.  We will draw the numbers of ticket randomly that Charlie feels he’ll be able to finish in the time frame that we have for that session.  If you are chosen, you will be asked to pay for your sketch, and will then need to wait while Charlie draws it for you.

Charlie will be drawing sketches of 1 character with no/limited backgrounds on 11 x 14″ or smaller for $300.  Please do not ask for additional characters or specific backgrounds.

Signing time: Thursday 10/10/13: 7:30pm-9:00pm  (no sketches)

Sketching times:

Friday 10/11/2013: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Saturday 10/12/2013: 4:30pm-6:30pm

Sunday may be signing only & will determined after Sat’s sketching opportunity.
Sunday 10/13/2013: 12:30am-1:30pm

Lee Bermejo:

Artist of Batman: Noel, The Joker HC, Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, and much more.

Lee’s signing schedule:

10am-12pm Friday

10am-12pm Saturday

Sketching- A full commission opportunity was offered through ebay and has been filled.

If you are wanting to be the first to find out when new art arrives, or about convention information, you can find us on Facebook as Splash Page Comic Art and follow us on Twitter as @splashpageart

Hero Initiative Schedule for NYCC 2013

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative is traveling to the Big Apple to attend New York Comic Con at the Javits Center, October 10th-13th. Hero has a whole lot going on throughout the city to raise money for comic creators in medical and financial need.

Anchoring our booth throughout the weekend is artist Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead). Charlie is journeying all the way from the UK to herald the release of The Walking Dead 100 Project. Make sure you get to the Hero Initiative booth, #1759, to get your copy and signature from Charlie!

In addition, Hero is the ONLY place to find the legendary Golden Age Superman artist Al Plastino. Make sure you come by from 1-7 p.m. on Friday ONLY to meet the man himself!

Hero Initiative is working after hours both Friday and Saturday nights so YOU can party! On Friday October 11th, Image Comics and Multiversity Comics team up to bring you THE BIG NYCC Party to help raise money for Hero Initiative. A $10 cover gets you in to The Houndstooth Pub located on 8th Ave. between 36th and 37th, just a three-block walk from the Javits Center. Be there starting at 8 p.m. to party with some great Image Comics talent! And everyone through the door is automatically entered into a raffle to win a copy of all of Image’s exclusives for NYCC 2013!

On Saturday October 12th, get to JHU Comics at 32 East 32nd St. for the launch party for Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger, Book One! Molly is the world’s most powerful 10-year-old girl and protector of the city of Coopersville. Copies of the graphic novel will be on sale for $19.99, with 25% of the proceeds benefitting Hero Initiative. The party, sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama, Strathmore and Artograph, runs from 9 p.m ’til midnight, and writer/artist Jamal Igle will be on hand to sign copies! Another great way to spend your con weekend and help raise money for Hero!

Back at the convention center, hit the Titan Books booth anytime after noon Saturday to get your “Frogs” print signed and numbered by legendary artist Jim Steranko! Jim will sign and number 100 prints for Hero, available at $20 each, only at the Titan booth, #2142.

All weekend long, make sure you swing by The Artist’s Choice, booth #N107 at the entrance to Artist’s Alley. A great variety of artists will be signing all weekend for donations to Hero Initiative. Artists include Chris Batista, Colleen Doran, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez,
 Ron Garney,
 Keith Giffen,
 Klaus Janson, 
Adam Kubert, 
Andy Kubert,
 Bob Layton,
 Steve McNiven, 
Jerry Ordway,
 George Pérez,
 John Romita Jr., 
Josef Rubinstein, 
Tom Smith,
 John Stanisci, and 
Dan Green. Please see The Artist’s Choice for specific dates and times.

And ALSO make sure you hit Splash Page Comic Art, booth #2405. They’ll be hosting signings all weekend with donations going to Hero Initiative. Artists include: Charlie Adlard, Lee Bermejo, Ken Kristensen, Michael Lark, M.K. Perker, Goran Sudzuka, and Joe Quinones. Please swing by the Splash Page Comic Art booth for specific dates and times.

Hero Initiative’s talent schedule for booth #1759 is:

THURSDAY, OCT. 10 (3:00-9:00 PM)

3:30-4:30: Charlie Adlard

FRIDAY, OCT. 11 (10:00AM-7:00 PM)

11:00-12:00: Charlie Adlard

11:00-12:30: Jerry Ordway

1:00-7:00: Al Plastino

SATURDAY, OCT. 12 (10:00AM-7:00 PM)

1:00-2:30: Charlie Adlard

3:00-4:00: John Arcudi + James Harren

SUNDAY, OCT. 13 (10:00AM-5:00 PM)

11:00-12:00: Charlie Adlard

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.

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