Hero Initiative Jets to NYCC 2016 with Special Guest Steve Dillon

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is heading to the New York Comic Con at the Javits Center located at 655 West 34thSt. in New York, NY from October 6-9.

From across the pond, artist Steve Dillon will make the Hero booth his home all weekend! Steve is best known for his work on Preacher, Hellblazer, The Punisher and more. He’ll be at our booth, #N104, all weekend sketching and signing. Make sure you come by and don’t miss out. All proceeds benefit Hero!

In addition, Mike Perkins (Captain America), Chris Ivy (X-Men) and Ron Marz (Green Lantern) will also be stopping by the booth to sign and sketch. Make sure you join the party at the Hero booth!

And Hero Initiative Ambassadors on the floor will be collecting for Hero as well, so stop and by and do the right thing! Please visit Mahmud Asrar, Marguerite Bennett, Jim Calafiore, Matthew Clark, Amanda Conner, Alex de Campi, Al Ewing, Gary Frank, Sanford Greene, Larry Hama, Gabriel Hardman, JG Jones, Tom Lyle, Doug Mahnke, Carla Speed McNeil, Dustin Nguyen, Steve Orlando, Jimmy Palmiotti, Sara Richard, Paolo Rivera, Greg Rucka, Matteo Scalera, Valerio Schiti, Tim Seeley, Louise and Walter Simonson, Alex Sinclair, Nick Spencer, Joe Staton, Frank Tieri, James Tynion IV, Fred van Lente, and Jim Zub!

UK – Spider-Man/Deadpool Signing

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Writer Joe Kelly appears at Orbital Comics for a London exclusive signing on Monday, October 17, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, in conjunction with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Joe has worked on various comics titles over the years – including Action Comics, Deadpool, JLASteampunk, X-Men, and the current smash hit Spider-Man/Deadpool – in addition to being co-creator of cartoon sensation, Ben 10.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

NJ – Batman Day 2016 Signing

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Artist Andy Kubert (Dark Knight III) signs at Zapp Comics on Saturday September 17th from 3:00 – 4:00 PM for their Batman Day 2016 celebration!

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Zapp Comics
574 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ 07470
973-628-4500

MA – An Evening with Alan Cumming

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Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes memoirist and Tony Award–winning actor ALAN CUMMING on Sunday, September 25th at 6:00 PM to discuss his latest book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures—a magical concoction of his mischievous, tender, whimsical, and debauched real-life adventures, told in his own words and pictures. Mr. Cumming will be joined in-conversation by WGBH’s JARED BOWEN.

About You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams:

Described by the New York Times as “a bawdy countercultural sprite” and named one of the most fun people in show business by Time magazine, Alan Cumming is a genuine quadruple threat—an internationally acclaimed, award-winning star of stage, television, and film, as well as a New York Times best-selling author whose real-life vivacity, wit, and charm shine through every page of his third book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams. In these forty-five picture essays, Cumming recounts his real-life adventures (and often, misadventures), illustrated by his own equally entertaining photographs. From an awkward bonding session with Elizabeth Taylor to poignant stories about his family and friends to some harsh words of wisdom imparted by Oprah that make up the title of this collection, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams is as eclectic, enchanting, and alive as its author.

Tickets are available now at the link…

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First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-7772

DC – An Evening with Alan Cumming

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Actor Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, X-Men 2) appears at Sixth & I on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

In You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, the light-hearted follow-up to his acclaimed Not My Father’s Son, Alan Cumming, a Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor, novelist, and activist, combines personal stories with his own photos to create a scrapbook of highlights from the off-stage portions of his life in show business. Told with wit and panache, these funny, insightful, and often self-deprecating tales of Cummings misadventures feature stars including Helen Mirren, Carrie Fisher, Oprah, and more.

This event will not include a public signing; all books will be pre-signed by Cumming.

Tickets available at the link.

Sixth & I
600 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

CA – An Evening with Alan Cumming

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Alan Cumming appears on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 8:00 PM to discuss his upcoming book, “You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: And Other Stories My Life in Stories and Pictures” Presented by Live Talks Los Angeles.

TICKETS
$20 General Admission Section Seat (on sale Aug. 19)
$45 General Admission Section seat + Cumming’s book
$50 Reserved Section Seat + book
$95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm), Reserved Section Seat + book

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, artist, writer, activist, photographer, and raconteur. He has won an Olivier award for his work on the London stage, and a Tony for his work on Broadway; he appeared in all seven seasons of The Good Wife on CBS for which he received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He is currently touring a cabaret show Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs and recently released an album of the same name. He is the author of novel Tommy’s Tale and the New York Times best-selling memoir Not My Father’s Son. He last appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles to mark the publication Not My Father’s Son.

Put David Sedaris and Glenn O’Brien in a blender and add a dash of New York and Hollywood gossip, and you wind up with Alan Cumming. In “You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: And Other Stories,” Alan Cumming takes the reader on a wild journey of pithy and cheeky fun, presenting his real-life stories of debauchery during late night Hollywood parties, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and hilarious yet poignant memories of his life, family, and friends.

In this new book, he recounts hysterical and sometimes embarrassing encounters, from awkwardly entertaining Elizabeth Taylor at Carrie Fisher’s birthday party to being on a movie set with Helen Mirren and being mocked for wearing Croc sandals to making a friend’s day by chasing down Oprah at a glitzy gala for a prized photograph with her. These forty-five stories are humorous novellas, each featuring memorable photographs—many simply snapshots taken by Cumming—that document or illustrate the tale told.

Ticket sales are final. No refunds.

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Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre – New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 828-5582

Boston Comic Con Returns This Weekend

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Press Release:

Boston Comic Con kicks off the three-day comic book convention on Friday, August 12 to Sunday August 14!

Boston Comic Con Celebrity Guest list includes William Shatner, the original Captain James T. Kirk, whose appearance, along with Vic Mignogna, marks the celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. Also appearing are leading stars from top current TV shows including John Barrowman, Caity Lotz, Ciara Renee, Danielle Panabaker and Robbie Amell from CW’s Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash, Ben Mckenzie from Gotham, Elizabeth Henstridge from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gillian Anderson from the X-Files and featuring special appearances from Doctor Who companions Jenna Coleman and Karen Gillan.

Frank Miller, the most celebrated creators in comic book history, headlines a stellar line-up of over 90 world class comic book artists and writers, including notable appearances by Sam Kieth and John Cassaday. Kieth is best known for his creator-owned titles The Maxx and Zero Girl and as co-creator of The Sandman. Cassady is a fan favorite artist with acclaimed runs on Planetary, Captain America, Astonishing X-Men and Marvel’s new Star Wars series. They join other famed artists such as Arthur Adams, Mike and Laura Allred, Greg Capullo, Amanda Conner, Terry Dodson, Phil Jimenez, Erik Larsen, Jae Lee, David Lloyd, Jimmy Palmiotti, Scott Snyder, Mark Waid, Marv Wolfman, Bernie Wrightson and many more.

On Friday, August 12, it’s Family Day where kids age 10 and under will receive free admission to the show featuring a variety of family friendly activities.

On Saturday, August 13, Mayor Marty Walsh will greet William Shatner and deliver a proclamation to the Star Trek legend. This will take place at 9:45 AM in the Harborview Ballroom at the Seaport World Trade Center. Also participating are Nick Kanieff and Jim Talbot, co-founders of Boston Comic Con.

On Sunday, August 14, the convention continues and includes one of the most anticipated events of the weekend, the annual Costume Contest on Sunday, August 14 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Plaza Ballroom.

WHERE: Seaport World Trade Center
200 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA

WHEN: Friday, August 12: 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday, August 13: 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Sunday, August 14: 10:00AM – 6:00PM

Tickets and information available at the link: www.bostoncomiccon.com

NC – ROM Signing Tour

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Writer Christos N. Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Netflix’s Daredevil) tours several stores to sign the NC Comicon variant cover featuring art by Tommy Lee Edwards!

Saturday July 30th 10am-12pm

Ultimate Comics Cary
1301 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 377-8778

Saturday July 30th 1:30pm-3:30pm RSVP on Facebook!

Chapel Hill Comics
316 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
919-967-4439

Saturday July 30th 5pm-6pm

Ultimate Comics
6120-A Farrington Road, Durham, NC 27517
919-960-8107

Sunday July 31st 11am-1pm RSVP on Facebook!

Arkham Comix
3010 Sunset Ave, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
(252) 316-8046

Sunday July 31st 11am-1pm RSVP on Facebook!

Fight or Flight Comics
6675 Falls of Neuse Rd, Ste 015, Raleigh, NC 27615
(984) 242-0039

SF – Monstress Signing

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Comix Experience welcomes MARJORIE LIU and SANA TAKEDA on July 27th, 2016 (Sana is coming all the way from Japan!!)! They will be doing a free signing in celebration of their beautiful comic MONSTRESS. The signing will commence at 5:00 PM and go until 7:30 PM, to be followed by a book club meeting! If you would like to take part in the meeting, you can join the club at the website.

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Comix Experience
305 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-9258

Hero Initiative in Louisville For Derby Comic Con 2016

June 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Kentucky

Hero-Initiative-logo-2Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, is heading to the Derby City Comic Con in Louisville KY, June 25-26 at the Louisville Convention Center.

Artist Matthew Clark, currently working on DC Comics’ Wonder Woman will be signing and sketching all weekend at our booth, #90 on the con floor. Make SURE you stop on by and say “hi” and grab a sketch or signature!

And Hero Initiative Ambassadors at Derby City include Colleen Doran, Bob Layton, Jae Lee, and Ulises Farinas. Each will have donation jars on their own tables to help raise money for our cause. Do the right thing and help out!

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 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 $950,000 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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