Note from our Head Volunteer

A note from our Head Volunteer-Kevin Brogan

Hero Initiative, a charity dedicated to the welfare of our community, is always looking for individuals.  The charity raises much of its funds with the help of volunteers at conventions.  When you volunteer you are giving something back to the community.  Beyond the personal reward of volunteering there is the payoff from your efMany artists from the past dedicated their years and career to create and maintain an American culture; a culture that gave many of us our childhood of fantasy and dreams.  They now find themselves in need of a little support.  Hero Initiative provides a financial safety net for these great talents to ensure they have their golden years.Do you like comics? Do you have a hankering to meet for favorite writer or artist? Or maybe you want to be part of the convention culture without having to wear a costume!  Whatever your reason you, like the rest of us, enjoy comics and the American art form or you wouldn’t be reading this message.  You are committed to our hobby but maybe you are wondering how to get deeper into the culture.  Volunteering may be the answer you are looking for.

We work with the talent and convention coordinators.  Our Volunteers are on the floor and behind the booth as a central part of the show.  The Hero Initiative has a major presence at many your favorite Comic Conventions throughout the year including:

  • MegaCon, Orlando, FL
  • Emerald City Comic Con, Seattle WA
  • Reed, C2E2, Chicago, IL
  • New York Comic Con, New York City, NY
  • Phoenix, Comic Con, Phoenix, AZ
  • Wizard Philadelphia, PA
  • Albuquerque Comic Expo, Albuquerque NM
  • Comic Con International, San Diego, CA
  • Wizard World Chicago, Rosemont, IL
  • Baltimore Comic-Con, Baltimore, MD
  • Reed, New York City, NY
  • Wizard World Mid-Ohio Con, Columbus, OH
  • Long Beach Comic Con, Long Beach CA

The chance to be a part of the comic book culture is available to you; and you don’t even need talent just a willingness to be involved.  As many of our volunteers have discovered, there is no better moment then working side by side with your favorite artist at the Hero Initiative booth.  Or maybe there is – it is the moment when you are off your shift and you walk passed the artist’s booth and he looks up passed the line of fan and calls out your name “Hey, it was good working with you.”  Convention work includes:

  • Being the booth coordinator and running the show from start to finish
  • Helping with setup and takedown of the booth
  • Volunteer time at the booth during the show to assist the talent or sell merchandise, ideally about four hours a day
  • Contributing ideas, merchandise, or personal connections in the comic community that leads to other activities

The Hero Initiative is always looking for volunteers, whether at conventions or in your neighborhood and local areas. Many stores are willing to collect donations and do in-store events for Hero, sometimes in conjunction with other events such as Free Comic Book Day (or FCBD). Please, feel free to approach your local store and arrange for donation jars to be placed there, or for Hero merchandise to be sold. The Hero Initiative can supply the resources. We accept as much or as little as you can do.  If you would like to volunteer please contact The Hero Initiative through this website or at the convention. 

Do it for the love of the hobby; do it for the chance to meet the superstars; or just do it to help others.  There are as many reasons as there are volunteers so take the initiative and be the HERO.

San Diego Comic Con

July 23-27, 2014

Wizard World Chicago

August 21-24, 2014

Baltimore Comic Con

September 5-7, 2014

Long Beach Comic Con

September 27-28, 2014




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