Hero Initiative Hits the Windy City For Wizard World Chicago

With Special Guest Barry Kitson and more!

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 10, 2016) – The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is breezing into the windy city of Chicago for the four-day Wizard World Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention center Thursday through Sunday, August 18-21.

Hero will have top talent appearing exclusively at out booth all weekend! From across the pond, Barry Kitson, the artist of Azrael, Empire, and Legion of Super-Heroes, will be at the Hero booth ALL four days, while Dick Tracy comic strip artist Jim Brozman will be in attendance Friday through Sunday. Fables and Afterlife With Archie artist Andrew Pepoy will be at the Hero booth on Friday and Saturday, while Hack/Slash creator and Blade and Grayson writer Tim Seeley appears on Saturday. All of these great creators appear ONLY at the Hero Initiative booth, #1024!

In honor of Barry Kitson’s appearance, Hero will also have RARE Wizard World Comic Con Box Batman #1 variants with an exclusive cover by Barry at out booth, so don’t miss out! And Hero Initiative ambassadors on the floor include Gene Ha, Jai Nitz, Bill Reinhold, and Arthur Suydam collecting for Hero! Make sure you stop by and do the right thing!

See you in Chicago!

Art attached: Barry Kitson poster, Hero Initiative booth schedule

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.

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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.



Hero brings Steve Englehart to Baltimore

Hero Initiative will be at the Baltimore Comic-Con Sep. 2-4, 2016, and is happy to bring classic writer Steve Englehart to the con!


Steve has been the writer of Avengers, Batman, Captain America, Justice League of America, and many more top titles!


Steve will be at the Hero Initiative booth all weekend. Look for him there!


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Hero and Rick Burchett at Wizard World Ohio

Hero Initiative will be at booth #423 at Wizard World Ohio July 29-31 in Columbus, Ohio! Our special guest for the weekend? Batman artist Rick Burchett! The Hero booth will be the ONLY place you can find Rick!


And BONUS: If you order your tickets through Hero’s special link right HERE, Hero Initiative gets a percentage of your ticket purchase at NO additional cost to you!


See you in Columbus!



Russ Heath at DC Comics

A great day at DC Comics, as Hero Initiative brought Russ Heath to the offices to meet the crew, visit the library, and have lunch! A splendid time was had by all!


Russ Heath at DC Comics

Pictured left to right: Dan DiDio, Russ Heath, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns


Party with George Pérez, Diana Knight, and Hero!

sirens1-collectorFriends in Los Angeles:

Check out Collector’s Paradise in Winnetka on Wednesday, September 17! Hero Board of Directors member George Pérez will be at the store from 6-9 p.m. signing copies of Sirens, his great new book from BOOM! Studios! Diana Knight, the model for the Sirens character Niada, will ALSO be on hand!

If you sign up your Ralphs card for Hero (see other post HERE) and come to the event, there are TWO special bonuses:

• Hero will give you a FREE Fantastic Four 100 Project softcover, a $12.99 value! Have George sign your copy on-site!

• Everyone who signs up will also be entered into a raffle to win ORIGINAL art by George Pérez!

And we CANNOT stress this enough: It’s BEST to sign up for the Ralphs program IN ADVANCE! You can print off a screenshot or show us you’re signed up on your phone or similar mobile device. Proof of enrollment looks like the below, and any date after Sep. 2, 2014 showing “A Commitment To Our Roots” (Hero’s corporate name) is eligible!

Hero Initiative at MegaCon 2012!

Yep, it’s the proverbial three-ring circus and all.Perez

The Orlando MegaCon is one of comics’ biggest and craziest conventions, and we at Hero Initiative would feel badly if we weren’t doing our part to add to the crazy.

So. Go get your tickets. And when you do, feel free to make a small donation to Hero at the same time. Down at the bottom of the page where it says “Please support the Hero Initiative,” you can add in $1, $10 or whatever you feel to Hero as you buy your tickets. And we thank you for it!

Then, Feb. 17-19, hustle buns to booth #531. This will be where you’ll find Hero’s booth, the official roost of artist George Pérez all weekend!

WWHarley_Quinn You can also get your picture taken with the Hero Initiative costumers just inside the D1 lobby doors. These peeps know their stuff, and they’re some of the top costumers in the nation, as these pics should testify to…

Art lovers will NOT want to miss the FINAL leg of Hero’s original JLA cover auctions! The last 34 covers go up on the block Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 PM in Room 240c. Be there!


GoCAnd when your feet are tired and you need a laugh on Saturday night, the Geeks of Comedy are there to tickle your funny bone. Check out their great comedy show Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 PM in Room 221B&E.

Yep. Full weekend!

Jim McLauchlin

Julius Schwartz Cover Proofs and JLA Auction at Tate’s Comics!

The social event of the season will take place Jan. 21, 2012 at Tate’s Comics in Lauderhill, FL, in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area. Tate’s famous Bear and Bird Gallery will have 297 vintage DC Comics cover proofs from 1964-1974 that once belonged to legendary DC Editor Julius Schwartz. These blank-backed cover sheets were the final printer’s proofs Schwartz would review before a book would go to print. They’ve been gifted to Hero Initiative, and will be available starting Jan. 21 at $100 each.

And can you dig it? A whopping 87 of these proofs feature art by Neal Adams, and Neal has graciously autographed them all! Four more have been autographed by artist Joe Giella.

Each proof comes with a double-swell Certificate of Authenticity as well, corresponding to its particular issue.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the second leg of our “Justice League of America 100 Project” auctions also happens on Jan. 21! A whoppin’ 35 original covers go up on the auction block! For full details including proxy bidding information if you can’t make it to Tate’s, check out our JLA hub page.

Jim McLauchlin