Kevin Eastman’s ENTIRE Studio auction: It’s ON!

The auction to end all auctions is up and running! Check it out, because:
a) It’s super-cool; and
b) A nice slice of the proceeds go to Hero Initiative!

Seriously. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman is auctioning off his entire studio in one fell swoop. This is one for the ages.

And make sure you make the party at Meltdown Comics on January 4, 2012 as well, huh?

Jim McLauchlin

Kevin Eastman studio auction: Video and list-out!

Perhaps the craziest, coolest auction of all time!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman has moved his entire studio into Meltdown Comics. AND he’s gonna auction the ENTIRE thing off in one giant lot!

The KEVIN EASTMAN ART STUDIO auction will run for 10 days beginning Dec. 25th, Christmas Day, at 9:00 PM (PST). It will wrap the evening of January 4th at 9:00 PM, which will be the final night of the 35 DAYS OF KEVIN EASTMAN event at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. Swing by for the huge blowout closing night party!

And before you do, check out this amazing video in which Kevin walks you through the studio and some of the items.

On Christmas night, you can seek out eBay merchant: oranj
They’ll be running the auction. And here are some of the highlights you’ll find contained within this treasure trove!

* Kevin’s Drawing Table and Chair (table is as it was when Kevin decided to do this auction). Includes Pens, Shotglasses, Empty Redbull Cans, etc.
* Original Illustrated Storyboards for HEAVY METAL 2000
* Highlander Animated Series: press pack, Early Cut of the Movie, Copies of entire Movie as Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri
* Over 600 DVDs – most of them partially watched while working on art in the studio. Includes DVD deck and monitor.
* Double-Sized Production Prototype of OZZY OSBOURNE “Bark At The Moon” Action Figure sculpted by Digger T. Mesch
* Photocopy of Simon Bisley’s Lobo/Authority Pencils & Layout for the entire story
* 2 Pgs of Original Art from TNMT Movie Adaptation – 1 Featuring Twin Towers – 1 Featuring Statue of Liberty – Framed with US Flag from Kevin’s Home
* Richard Corben Original Art (at least two pieces – there may be more!)
* Signed Elizabeth Hurly Photo from Austin Powers.
* Kevin’s personal San Diego Comic Con Badges going back about 10 years
* Various Movie Posters – Comic Prints – and More . . . used to “wallpaper” the studio!
* Toy Guns, Knives and a Hand-Grenade (non-functional) used as reference for comics
* Original art portrait of Kevin by Simon “BIZ” Bisley (there’s actually quite a bit of BIZ art in here!)
* Trigun, Lain, and other favorite Anime Animation Cells
* A Fishtank (formerly held Kevin’s gecko) filled with various odds and ends tossed in over a six year period – ???
* TMNT Comic 5-Color Press Proof Overlays (from back in the days before digital press proofs)
* Box of Original Photos of Playmates & Models (mostly nude) – Photography by Julie Strain
* Turtles Car Windshield Sunblock – Still in Original Shrinkwrap
* Turtles Cereal Box (cardboard mock up – never assembled)
* TONS of random Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles goodies . . . prototypes . . . and oddities
* Original Comic Art by Various Creators
* Statues & Action Figures – – Pin-Up, Fantasy, Superhero, Turtles (natch) and more!
* Various Billiken Models From Japan (Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature, Mummy and MORE)
* and so much more . . . some of these boxes have not even been opened. Who knows what lurks inside?!


Auction starts December 25th at 9:00 PM (PST). Search KEVIN EASTMAN ART STUDIO or go to

Jim McLauchlin

This party just got REAL!

Parties are great. The only thing better? Parties with free food and drink!

And so it comes to pass that the Hero Initiative/Golden Apple bash this Friday night, Dec. 9, will have free food and drink from the mighty Seyj Catering! All you have to do to participate and partake of our bounty is bring your your Ralphs Rewards card, or an old cell phone or ink cartridge!

And there’s even a GREAT raffle and more! Full details…

What: Charity Cocktail Party to benefit the Hero Initiative.
-Catering & Bar graciously provided by Seyj.

When: Friday Evening December 9, 2011 from 7-10pm

Where; Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Ave (at La Brea)

Who: Creator Signing with Darick Robertson, Co-Creator & Artist of Transmetropolitan, The Boys & Much More!!!

How: FREE BOOK: Bring your RALPH’S Rewards CARD! Designate the Hero Initiative to receive a portion of your spending at the supermarket and get a FREE $50 Limited Edition Transmet Art Book or Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Project book. It’s FREE!!

-RAFFLE AT 9PM.. Items include:
*FULL Set of Transmet comics #1-60!
*The Boys Limited Edition Art Print by Darick Robertson
*Limited Edition promo items
*The Boys Definitive HC with original sketch by Darick Robertson
*Hero Initiative swag!
*& Much More!!


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Jim McLauchlin

Acme Comics Takes the Initiative

Big thanks—like 3,095 times over—go out to Acme Comics of Greensboro, NC. The forward-thinkers at Acme came up with an idea that turned out to be great for everyone—Hero Initiative included.

Acme asked its customers to bring in old, unwanted comics for Acme to accumulate. The staff there matched every book brought in with one of its own, tirelessly sorted and alphabetized the stock, and held a massive, one-day sidewalk sale with all books that were brought in available at $1 each.The results? A lot of people cleared some deadwood out of their collections. A lot of OTHER people found some gems that they really wanted. And 3,095 comics were sold at $1 each, with proceeds benefiting Hero Initiative.

It was a great, grass-roots idea that really calls to mind Hero’s campaigns as well, where individual fans can set up their OWN fundraisers. It was low-impact, fun, people participated in different ways at whatever level they felt confortable, and a charity got some much-needed funds.

Our gracious thanks to Jermaine Exum and the whole crew at Acme. Next time you’re in North Carolina’s Triad area, check ’em out.

Jim McLauchlin

Darick Robertson at Golden Apple Dec. 9!

Truck on over to L.A.’s mighty Golden Apple Comics on Friday, December 9 at 7 PM to meet Transmetropolitan and The Boys artist Darick Robertson. And ’cause we’re nice guys, you can even get a FREE copy of Transmetropolitan: All Around the World or The Ultimate Spider-Man 100 Project if you help Hero Initiative out in one of two totally painless ways!

• Bring in your Ralphs Rewards card and sign it up for Hero! Every time you shop, Ralphs will pay us a couple nickels at NO additional cost to you! Please note: you MUST bring in your Ralphs Rewards card—we cannot sign you up by phone number alone!

• Or bring in your old, unused cell phones or ink cartridges for Hero to recycle with Funding Factory! Your items MUST be on this list to participate!

Everyone who participates that night will get a free Transmet or Spidey book of your choice, one per customer and while supplies last.

See you at Golden Apple!

Jim McLauchlin

JLAs at Meltdown Dec. 3: Facts and figures!

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

Hero at Mid-Ohio con!

Hero had a rollickin’ good time at the recent Mid-Ohio Con, anchored by our ol’ pal Angel Medina (above). Hero volunteers Craig and Sandy Wetterman ran a tight ship as always, and FoH (that’s Friend o’ Hero) Mike Grell, below, also made the scene!

But the best part was a last-minute appearance by our friend Josh Medors (below). Josh has been up and down the ladder a tad as he continues to battle cancer in his spinal cord, but it was a great boost to the spirits for all involved to see Josh!

As usual, a bountiful bevy of great pics can be found at Hero’s PopCons page!

Jim McLauchlin

Meltdown JLA event December 3—BE THERE!

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!

Darwyn Cooke, welcome to Long Beach!

Hero Initiative is both proud and pleased to have writer/artist Darwyn Cooke as out guest at the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend, Oct. 29-30, 2011! Swing by booth #213 and chew the fat with Dar. And did we mention our pals at IDW Publishing also debut Parker: The Martini Edition at booth #201 this weekend? We just did? Well, okay then!

And art lovers of the world, take note of the below: Darwyn will be signing this Long Beach-exclusive Parker print at the Hero booth at the show as well! It’s a limited edition of only 200 pieces, so…get there quick!

FREE stuff from Hero at Long Beach con!

No matter if your tastes run to spiders, or…well, spiders, we guess—Hero Initiative has something for you at the Long Beach Comic Con, Oct. 29-30, 2011.

Sign up your Ralphs Rewards card for Hero or bring us your old, unused cell phones and printer cartridges, and we’ll give you great free stuff in return!

If you like spiders (as in Spider-Man), there’s The Ultimate Spider-Man 100 Project softcover, a $10 value. If you dig spiders (as in Spider Jerusalem), there’s always Transmetropolitan: All Around the World, a $50 value.

Swing by Hero’s booth at the con, #213. See you there!

Jim McLauchlin