Hero Initiative Announces Joe Giella as Lifetime Achievement Recipient for 2016

Giella_Batman copyBALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 19, 2016 – The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, announces Joe Giella as the 2016 Lifetime Achievement recipient. This award promotes the merits of a dedicated career in the comic book industry and recognizes individuals who have produced outstanding work in this American art form. Joe Giella will accept the honor at the 2016 Harvey Awards in recognition for his longevity as DC Comics inker and Mary Worth pencil artist. Tickets for the Harvey Awards and Baltimore Comic-Con are available now.

Long before drawing Mary Worth, Joe Giella started his career during the Golden Age of comics, working at Fawcett and Timely Comics during the 1940s. Starting in the late 1940s, Giella worked at DC Comics on titles such as The Flash, Green Lantern, Strange Adventures, and Batman under the direction of Julius Schwartz. He continued working for DC all the way through the 1960s and 1970s, inking for top talents of the Silver Age such as Mike Sekowsky, Carmine Infantino, and into the Bronze Age with Gil Kane and Dick Dillin. He remained a constant artist of DC Comics through the early 1980s. Since 1991, Joe Giella has drawn Mary Worth for King Features, up until his retirement this year, and previously worked on Flash Gordon and The Phantom comic strips. As Joe retires from the business, Hero Initiative and Baltimore Comic-Con are honored to have him as our guest. Hero will host this top talent all weekend!

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be offered at the the 2016 Harvey Awards ceremony, on the evening ofSaturday September 3rd at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

“Joe Giella is one of the greats” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We had an immediate positive response when we first published his name as attending the show, and to honor him with The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Harveys is going to be the cherry on the sundae. We cannot wait!”
TICKETS
General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, andSunday, as well as the Harvey Awards, are now on sale! Visitwww.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult General Admission!

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
While they are available, be sure to take advantage of discount rate arrangements we have made with hotels near the Baltimore Convention Center. For all the details, see:
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In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen); Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters); Scott Ethan Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso); John Anderson (The Infinites); James Asmus (All-New Inhumans); Sean Astin (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Agent Carter); Jeff Balke (Zombies vs Cheerleaders: St. Patty’s Day Special); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Carolyn Belefski (Curls); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Bret Blevins (Harley Quinn Road Trip Special); Danica Bradshaw (Wayward); Nick Bradshaw (Spidey); June Brigman (Power Pack); Reilly Brown (Deadpool); Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics); Mark Buckingham (Miracleman); Dave Bullock (The Rocketeer at War!); Jeffrey Burandt (Odd Squad); Buzz (Super Sikh and the Atma Defenders); Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis); Ben Caldwell (Scooby Apocalypse); Chris Campana (The Accelerators); Jerry Carr (Cryptozoo Crew); Richard Case (Doom Patrol); Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown); Mike Cavallaro (The Fox); Elias Chatzoudis (Grimm Fairy Tales presents Oz: Reign of the Witch Queen); Howard Chaykin (Imperium); S.A. Check (The Pink Panther); Sean Chen (Aliens vs. Zombies); Lee Cherolis (Little Guardians); Frank Cho (The Totally Awesome Hulk); Amy Chu (Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death); Steve Conley (Bloop); Matthew Clark (Justice League); Richard Clark (Archie vs. Predator); Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic); Stephen Coughlin (Sanctuary); Mike Curtis (Dick Tracy); J. Robert Deans (Crass Fed); Jeff Dekal (New Avengers); J.M. DeMatteis (Scooby Apocalypse); Matt Dembicki (Captive of Friendly Cove); Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts); Dan DiDio (DC Comics, Friday only); Charles C. Dowd (Lilith Dark); Paris Cullins (Blue Beetle); Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Joe Eisma (Morning Glories); Tod Emko (A Piggy’s Tale); Joe Endres (Colossians); Steve Englehart, courtesy of Hero Initiative (Captain America); G.D. Falksen (The Ouroboros Cycle); David Finch (Batman); Meredith Finch (Wonder Woman); Veronica Fish (Archie Comics); Shane Fisher (Dick Tracy); Chris Flick (Capes & Babes); Ramona Fradon (Spongebob Freestyle Funnies); Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie); Franco (Aw Yeah Comics: Action Cat!); Alexis Frederick-Frost (Adventures in Cartooning); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); SL Gallant (G.I. Joe); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman ’66: The Lost Episode); Ransom Getty (FCBD 2016 – Suicide Squad Special Edition); Joe Giella courtesy of Hero Initiative (Green Lantern); Keith Giffen (Legends ofTomorrow); Mike Gold (The Pilgrim); Jason Gounger (Legio Ex Mortis); Anna Gownley and Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever!); Stephen Green (The Legacy of Luther Strode); Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred); Rob Guillory (Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo); Laura Lee Gulledge (Will & Whit); Brian Haberlin (Witchblade), Bo Hampton (3 Devils); Tony Harris (Lost Boys); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Marc Hempel (Sandman); Meghan Hetrick (Red Thorn); Greg Horn (Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars); Jason Horn (Ninjasaur); Adam Hughes (Betty & Veronica); Ken Hunt (Talon); Al Jaffee (MAD Magazine, Saturday panel and Harvey Awards only); Natalie Jane (Equilibrium); Paul Jenkins (Replica); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Justin Jordan (The Legacy of Luther Strode); Dan Jurgens (Action Comics, Saturday & Sunday only); Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance); Tom King (Batman); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Evelyn Kriete (Weird Tales); James Kuhoric (The Three Stooges); Samantha Kyle (Paul & Olly); Greg LaRocque (Stargate Atlantis); Hope Larson (Batgirl); John Layman (Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo); Jeff Lemire (Friday only, Extraordinary X-Men); Paul Levitz (Doctor Fate); Mike Lilly (Red Agent); Aaron Lopresti (courtesy of Painted Visions, Legends of Tomorrow); Nate Lovett (Actionverse Featuring MidnightTiger); Joe Linsner (Harley Quinn); Kevin Maguire (Howard the Duck); Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space); Mike Manley (The Phantom); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Billy Martin (Adventure Time); Laura Martin (Wonder Woman); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); John McCrea, courtesy of Hero Initiative (Judge Dredd); Ed McGuinness (Spider-Man/Deadpool); Pop Mhan (Saturday only, He-Man: The Eternity War); Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tradd Moore (The Legacy of Luther Strode); Mark Morales (Convergence); Joe Mulvey (SCAM); Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones); Jamar Nicholas (Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America); Fabian Nicieza (Deadpool & Cable: Split Second); Chris Otto (A Dog’s Life); Greg Pak (Teen Titans); Tom Palmer (Doctor Strange); Yanick Paquette (Batman/Superman); Dan Parsons (Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle); Candice Patton (The Flash); Brent Peeples (Gold Key: Alliance); Paul Pelletier (Justice League); Andrew Pepoy (Futurama Comics); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Uncanny Inhumans); Shelley Pleger (Dick Tracy); Lyle Pollard (Scarlet Huntress); Mark Poulton (A Cat Named Haiku); Eric Powell (The Goon); Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic); Brian Pulido (Lady Death: Chaos Rules); Kyle Puttkammer (Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Khary Randolph (Robin War); Tom Raney (Ninjak); Paul Renaud (Superman/Wonder Woman); Joe Rivera (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953); Rafer Roberts (A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong); Emily Romano (Comic Art House); Matthew Rosenberg (4 Kids Walk Into a Bank); Craig Rousseau (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl); Stephane Roux (Harley Quinn and Power Girl); Joe Rubinstein (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Nei Ruffino (Silk); Alex Saviuk (Spider-Mannewspaper strip); Stuart Sayger (Hellboy 100); Mark Schultz (Conan the Slayer); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Pat Shand (Equilibrium); Dave Sharpe (Ninjak); Brian Shearer (GI Joe); Jeff Shultz (Betty and Veronica); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Ragnarok); Matt Slay (TMNT Micro-Series); Andy Smith (Earth 2, Thanos GN); Brian Smith (SpongeBob Comics); Matthew Dow Smith (The X-Files); John K. Snyder III (Doctor Midnight); Allison Sohn (Red Sonja); Charles Soule (Star Wars: Poe Dameron); Mark Sparacio (Sheena: Queen of the Jungle); Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Finale); Joe Staton (Dick Tracy); Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther); Mark Stokes (Zombie Boy Comics); Paul Storrie (Sheena: Queen of the Jungle); Karl Story (Thors); Ben Templesmith (Blackholers); Mark Texeira (Doctor Strange); Frank Tieri (Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys); Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle); Jeremy Treece (The King Collection); Tim Truman (Convergence: Hawkman); David Trustman (The Rise); Billy Tucci (Harley’s Little Black Book); James Tynion IV (Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Rick Veitch (Miracleman); Emilio Velez Jr. (The Dodgeball Teens); Mark Waid (All-New, All-Different Avengers); Michael Watkins (Pantha); Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics); Mark Wheatley (Doctor Who); Matt Wieringo (‘Ringo Scholarship Fund); Marcus Williams (Hero Cats); Ron Wilson (Marvel Two-In-One); Mike Wolfer (The Land That Time Forgot); Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl); John Workman (Shutter); Sasha Yosselani (Comic Art House); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever).

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on ourwebsite, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.

Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
[email protected] – for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
[email protected] – for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
[email protected] – for inquiries about submitted registrations
[email protected] for the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
[email protected] for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

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.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 17th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visitwww.baltimorecomiccon.com. About The Harvey Awards The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 11 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

Dark Horse Comics Celebrates 30 Years of Publishing with Humble Bundle and the Hero Initiative!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Milwaukie, OR—Humble Bundle and Dark Horse Comics have teamed up to launch the Dark Horse Comics 30th Anniversary Bundle today. Starting at 11 a.m. PDT, fans of the legendary publisher can pay what they want for over $600 worth of digital comics, all while supporting a great cause.

These comics together usually cost as much as $639. At Humble Bundle, though, customers choose their price! Fans can pay what they want for Adventures into the Unknown Archives Volume 1, Aliens vs. Predator: Thrill of the Hunt, Captain Midnight Volume 1: On the Run, Conan Volume 1: The Frost-Giant’s Daughter and Other Stories, Cravan: Mystery Man of the Twentieth Century, Crime Does Not Pay Archives Volume 1, Cut, Dark Horse Heroes Omnibus Volume 1, Ghost Omnibus Volume 1, X Omnibus Volume 1, Project Black Sky: Secret Files, and SpyBoy Volume 1: The Deadly Gourmet Affair.

Those who pay more than the average price will also unlock The Secret, Two Past Midnight, Usagi Yojimbo: Yokai, The Chronicles of Conan Volume 1: Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories, Skyman Volume 1: The Right Stuff, Mass Effect Volume 1: Redemption, Dark Matter Volume 1: Rebirth, Itty Bitty Mask, SpyBoy Volumes 2–3, and Father’s Day.

Fans who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Ghost Volume 1: In the Smoke and Din, Ghost/Hellboy Special, Deep Gravity, Empowered Volume 1, Milk and Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad, MIND MGMT Volume 1: The Manager, Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse, Predator: Prey to the Heavens, The Massive Volume 1: Black Pacific, The Goon Volume 6: Chinatown, and King Tiger.

On Wednesday, August 17, look for eight additional volumes to join the bundle!

“Dark Horse has been committed to comics creators’ rights since the company’s founding. Needless to say, we strongly support the Hero Initiative’s great work in assisting comics creators in need. Teaming up with Humble Bundle to support and help raise awareness of the Hero Initiative is a perfect way to celebrate Dark Horse’s thirtieth anniversary,” said Mark Bernardi, Dark Horse’s VP for book trade and digital sales.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated between the publisher and the charity. The Humble Comics Bundle: Dark Horse 30th Anniversary supports the Hero Initiative, though customers can also choose a favorite organization from a database of over thirty thousand charities.

“Humble Bundle has long been a great partner of Hero Initiative, and Dark Horse has been the gold standard for publishers who do things their own way for thirty years now. We’re happy and honored to be part of this great bundle of great Dark Horse Comics,” remarked Jim McLauchlin, president of the Hero Initiative.

The Humble Comics Bundle: Dark Horse 30th Anniversary will run from August 10 to August 24 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. Visit www.humblebundle.com/books/dark-horse-30th-anniversary-comics-bundle to find out more!

 

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 granted more than $950,000 to the comic-book veterans who have paved the way. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

 

For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.

 

ABOUT HUMBLE BUNDLE

Humble Bundle sells digital content through its pay-what-you-want bundle promotions and the Humble Store. When purchasing a bundle, customers choose how much they want to pay and decide where their money goes — between the content creators, charity, and Humble Bundle. Since the company’s launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has raised more than $74 million through the support of its community for a wide range of charities, providing aid for people across the world. For more information, please visit https://www.humblebundle.com.

 

ABOUT DARK HORSE

For thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

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Darwyn Cooke’s 12 Days of Christmas!

It begins!

Darwyn Cooke, raconteur, man-about-town, and occasional writer and draw-er of comics, has opened up the vaults once again for a STELLAR almost-fortnight of great auctions benefiting Hero Initiative. Last year, among other things, Dar helped pay for Russ Heath’s new knee. This year? Who knows? Maybe we’ll get someone a pancreas!

Things get started with a killer Parker package (above), and keep rollin’ with the JLA cover from the 2011 Boston Comic Con (below). Heck, you can scope the whole kit-’n’-kaboodle on one convenient page.

Please check ’em out, and bid generously, huh? And next time you see Dar, say, “Thanks!”

Jim McLauchlin

Kevin Eastman auctions off…his entire freakin’ studio!


Okay, you gotta admit: This is pretty cool!

Kevin Eastman has moved his entire studio into Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, including every item you see above.

And because Kevin is a delightful kind of crazy, he’ll be auctioning off the ENTIRE thing as one lot starting December 25. Talk about a Christmas present of crazed-out proportions! Won’t fit under most trees, but still…

And Kevin will be donating a portion of the auction proceeds to Hero Initiative. Nice guy, he.

More later!

Jim McLauchlin

JLA cover auctions—one down, two to go!

The first round of our JLA cover auctions has been completed! And you can see the pics at Hero’s page at PopCons.com!

Next up, Tate’s Comics, Jan. 21, 2012;
And Orlando MegaCon, Feb. 17-19, 2012.

We hope to see you there. Now check out the pics, including Mike Kunkel and daughter (below)!

Jim McLauchlin

JLAs at Meltdown Dec. 3: Facts and figures!


Folks,
We’re only a couple weeks away from the star-studded world premiere of ALL of Hero Initiative’s Justice League of America #50 covers! The time and place is…

Meltdown Comics

7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

The event starts at 6 PM with your FIRST chance to pick up a copy of The Justice League of America 100 Project in both hardcover and softcover editions. SEVEN of the participating artists will be there on hand, so if you’re an autograph-the-book kind of person, well, this is a GREAT opportunity.

At 7 PM, we open the doors to the gallery, where ALL the covers are on display, and we auction off the first 35! Including Ryan Benjamin’s below…

We’ve received a few questions about the event as well, so…

How much is admission?
Free. Zero. Zip. Nada. Zilch. Big donut. Show up, and have a good time! Save your money for the bidding!

If I can’t make it, can I still bid?
Only if you hurry, and email our pal Joe Davidson! Proxy bidding WILL be available for peeps from out of town. Full details are on our gallery page, including Joe’s email. Contact him with your bids by NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23!

Are these books eligible for CGC’s Signature Series?
Yes. If you’re a winning bidder and wish to submit for CGC’s Signature Series, you can do so FOR FREE. You pay only $15 return shipping. A CGC rep will be on hand at Meltdown on Dec. 3, and you MUST leave your book there that night to take advantage of the free offer.

Is a splendid time guaranteed for all?
Yes. And of course, Henry the Horse dances a waltz.

See ya there.

Jim McLauchlin

Meltdown JLA event December 3—BE THERE!



Folks,
All the cool kids are going to be at:
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Saturday, December 3 at 6 PM.

That’s the world premiere of ALL 104 Hero Initiative original Justice League of America #50 covers—and we’ll even be auctioning off the first 35 covers that night! Get thee to Meltdown for your ONE and only chance to see ALL this great artwork live and in person.

And in addition, many of the talented artists who participated will be there as well, including…

Norm Rapmund
Bill Morrison* (below)

Scott Koblish
Tone Rodriguez (below)

Chris Moreno
Mark dos Santos
and Mike Kunkel (below)

Even former JLA writer Mark Waid (below) will make the scene, and more talent is being confirmed as we speak. So circle the date on your calender. Or, if you’re really a geek for geometry, maybe rhombus it. That’ll work, too.

We’ll see you there.

Jim McLauchlin

* Bill Morrison is the four-time winner of the “Best Hair in Comics” award, and his coiffure will be in full effect!