Rob Liefeld Brings Deadpool to Overstreet, Hero Initiative

Creator, Creation Team Up for the Guide and Charity!

[Los Angeles, California and Timonium, Maryland] – Many of the top creators in the comics industry have taken a turn or more with Marvel’s Deadpool, but none have the association with him that Rob Liefeld does.

Now, Gemstone Publishing and the Hero Initiative, the first 501 (c)(3) charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, have teamed up with Liefeld, colorist Ivan Nunes, and Marvel Comics for a spectacular Deadpool cover that also features Cable and Domino for a limited edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #47. All funds raised from the sales of this volume go to Hero.

As with past collaborations between Gemstone and Hero, this version of the Guide will be available only in the special hardcover edition limited to 500 copies. It will go on sale at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Hero Initiative booth, #5003. There will be no soft cover edition of this version, and it will retail for $35.

“There are few characters more popular at the moment than Deadpool and there is no artist more associated with Deadpool than his creator, Rob Liefeld. He’s been a force in the industry since almost his earliest days in the business, and all it takes is a trip to any convention he attends to see that his impact continues today,” said Steve Geppi, President and CEO of Gemstone Publishing and Diamond Comic Distributors. “We’re very happy to have Deadpool and Rob on the cover of The Hero Initiative edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #47. Purchasing a copy is a great way for fans to raise much-needed funds for this wonderful charity.”

Following work on DC’s Hawk & Dove and Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23 among other efforts, Liefeld landed a regular assignment on Marvel’s New Mutants, where his artwork quickly made him a superstar. When the title morphed in X-Force, he parleyed its million-selling success to become one of the co-founders of Image Comics. His Youngblood #1 was the first comic Image released. Along with a host of his own creations, he handled Captain America and The Avengers for Marvel’s “Heroes Reborn” initiative. Most recently returned to Image for multiple new projects, including the recent relaunch of Youngblood, and produced a highly successful Deadpool original graphic novel for Marvel.

The Hero Initiative edition will be available exclusively from Hero. An extremely limited number of copies will be available from Hero’s webstore on the Graham Crackers site, and through a select group of participating Hero Initiative retailers.

“There’s almost no way to overstate this: Rob Liefeld’s Deadpool cover just rocks,” said Hero President Jim McLauchlin. “As always, our thanks to Steve Geppi, Bob Overstreet, and their team at Gemstone Publishing, who continue to deliver the Guide year in and year out, but who also keep supporting Hero with their exclusive, limited editions,”

Liefeld and Nunes join a roster of celebrated artists who have contributed covers for the special Hero Initiative limited editions including John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson and Dean White (#40), John Romita, Sr., Tom Palmer and Dean White (#41), Matt Wagner and Ryan Brown (#42), Terry Moore and Brian Miller (#43), Herb Trimpe, Tom Palmer and Laura Martin (#44), Dave Johnson (#45), and Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund and Tanya Horie (#46).

The standard editions of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #47 feature Batman by Jim Steranko and ROM by Gabriel Rodriguez. Additionally, there is a limited edition Hall of Fame cover which features Walter Simonson’s Star Slammers. All are available in soft cover and hard cover. The Hall of Fame/Star Slammers editions are limited to 1,000 copies each.

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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. Hero is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charity. The Hero Initiative Limited Edition Hardcover version of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #47 is scheduled to go on sale at The Hero Initiative booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 and afterward through a limited number of Hero affiliates. This version will be available in hardcover only and is limited to 500 copies. The retail price is $35. Information on special signings during the show will be released soon.

About Gemstone Publishing

Best known as the home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Gemstone Publishing was formed by Diamond Comic Distributors President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen A. Geppi as a conduit for his efforts in preserving and promoting the history of the comics medium. Gemstone’s product line includes publications such as The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comic & Animation Arts, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Movie Posters, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Video Games, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Concert Posters, The Overstreet Guide To Grading Comics, The Overstreet Guide To Cosplay, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Horror, The Big, Big Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Hake’s Price Guide To Character Toys and Comic Book Marketplace. Gemstone also publishes Scoop, a free weekly e-newsletter which looks inside the world of pop culture with a focus on auctions, toys, comics, posters, art and anything and everything pop culture.

Contact:

J.C. Vaughn

Vice-President of Publishing

Gemstone Publishing, Inc.

[email protected]

Support Charity and Sample The Industry’s Best With the Humble Comics Bundle: Eisner Nominees 2017 Showcase!

June 7, 2017 – Humble Bundle and the comics industry’s finest publishers are teaming up for a new digital comics bundle, sampling the 2017 Eisner Award nominees to support charity!

The Humble Comics Bundle: Eisner Nominees 2017 Showcase features over $198 of original content from some of the most creative writers and artists in comics. Customers will receive titles nominated for Best New Series, Best Anthology, Best Short Story, Best Single Issue, and more. The Humble Comics Bundle: Eisner Nominees 2017 Showcase gives access to some of the industry’s best work of the year.

Named for acclaimed comics creator Will Eisner, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comics industry. William Erwin “Will” Eisner was one of the earliest cartoonists to work in American comics. He is noted for his experiments with content and form; he popularized the term “graphic novel” and was an early contributor to formal comics studies. The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International. In 2017 they celebrate their 29th year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels.

The bundle includes standout titles from publishers Fantagraphics, Baltic Comics, Drawn & Quarterly, Dark Horse Comics, Big Planet Comics & Retrofit Comics, Archie Comics, IDW Publishing, Valiant Comics, Black Mask Studios, Kilgore Books & Comics, and Silver Sprocket.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publishers, charities, and Humble Bundle. The Humble Comics Bundle: Eisner Nominees 2017 Showcase supports the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Hero Initiative.

Customers can pay $1 or more and receive:

  • Uptight #5
  • Faith Vol. 1
  • Kim & Kim: This Glamorous, High-Flying Rock Star Life
  • Blammo #9
  • Archangel #1
  • Your Black Friend

 

Those who pay $8 or more will also receive:

  • Black Hammer #1
  • Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In
  • Babybel Wax Bodysuit
  • Jughead Vol. 1
  • Love Is Love
  • Bloodshot Reborn Vol. 1

 

At $15 or more, customers will get all of the above plus:

  • Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists
  • Kramers Ergot 9
  • Baltic Comics Anthology š! #26: dADa
  • Hot Dog Taste Test
  • Briggs Land #1-3

 

The Humble Comics Bundle: Eisner Nominees 2017 Showcase runs from now until Wednesday, June 21 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

To check out the bundle, head to: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/eisner-nominees-2017-comics

 

About Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Our work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators who face the threat of censorship. We monitor legislation and challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. We create resources that promote understanding of comics and the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day we publish news and information about censorship events as they happen. We are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. Our expert legal team is available at a moment’s notice to respond to First Amendment emergencies. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights that our community depends on. Please support our important work! http://cbldf.org

 

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 $1 million 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 Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle sells games, ebooks, software, and other digital content through pay-what-you-want bundle promotions, the Humble Store, and the Humble Monthly curated subscription service. When buying a bundle, customers not only choose how much to pay, but also how their payment is divided between the content creators, charity, and Humble Bundle. Purchases from the Humble Store and subscriptions to Humble Monthly also help support charity. In 2017, Humble Bundle announced the launch of a multi-platform funding and creative initiative to publish games “Presented by Humble Bundle.” Since the company’s launch in 2010, Humble Bundle and its community have raised more than $98 million for a wide range of charities across the world. To see more, visit https://www.humblebundle.com.

 

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Hero Initiative Shows off The Wonder Woman 100 Project! Online gallery now up, and auctions announced!

Online gallery now up, and auctions announced!

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 3, 2017) — Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, is showing off Wonder Woman in all her glory!

DC Entertainment created a precious few blank-covered editions of the Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special and the Hero Initiative got 100+ top artists to do original drawings right on the cover. The result is The Wonder Woman 100 Project! An online gallery of all 111 covers is now up for all to view at Hero Initiative’s website.

And Hero Initiative will auction off at three exciting live events:

One-third of all covers will be auctioned at each venue, and full details on times, locations, and how to bid are found on Hero’s gallery page.

In addition, a Wonder Woman 100 Project softcover book collecting the covers will be available in June (Diamond Order Code APR170441). A limited edition hardcover will be available direct from Hero Initiative at the same time.

“We’re thrilled to partner again with Hero Initiative to celebrate Wonder Woman and support such a worthwhile cause,” stated DC Entertainment Publisher Dan DiDio. “The original covers are impressive and sure to be a hit with Wonder Woman fans and collectors.”

Art attached: Wonder Woman 100 Project cover, Adam Hughes art, Bill Sienkiewicz art

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 had the good fortune to grant over $950,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

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

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

 

 

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Hero Initiative hits East Coast Comic Con With Special Guests Dennis O’Neil and more

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 25, 2017) Hero Initiative, the non-profit that aids comic book creators in medical and financial need, hits the East Coast Comic Con at The Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, N.J. April 29-30.

Our own Board Member and veteran comic writer and editor Dennis O’Neil will be at the Hero booth all weekend! Make sure you stop on by to chat with Denny and get your books signed. Dennis O’Neil will appear exclusively at the Hero booth, #233

And that’s not all! Freshmen artist Will Torres and Spider-Man Noir writer Fabrice Sapolsky will also be at the Hero booth all weekend!

And Hero Initiative Ambassadors across the con floor will be collecting for our cause when you get your books signed, so make sure to pay them a visit. Bob Budiansky, Gerhard, Mike Grell, Joe Jusko, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Kevin Maguire are all on the job, so do the right thing!

Art attached: Dennis O’Neil photo

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 had the good fortune to grant over $950,000 to the comic book 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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Hero Initiative breezes into the Windy City of Chicago for C2E2 With special guest Bill Willingham, beery party and more!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Los Angeles (April 10, 2017) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic book creators in medical and financial need, breezes into Chicago for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, also known as C2E2, located at McCormick Place April 21-23.

And we have an amazing crew anchoring our booth, #1459! Writer/artist Bill Willingham, the man behind Fables and a NEW First Comics series to be announced at C2E2, will be EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth all weekend! He’ll be joined by Punisher and Batman artist Bill Reinhold, and Incredible Hulk writer Sean McKeever. Check them all out at booth #1459!

While at the booth, make sure you get in on our raffle for an amazing helicopter trip for two over downtown Chicago from Chicago Helicopter Experience, a $456 value! Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Hero booth all weekend, just $2 each!

And you can now DRINK your comics! Hero is hosting the WORLD PREMIERE of Ten Pin Creep, a Revival mystery story told across six beer labels! The party is Friday, April 21 from 7-10 pm at the Motor Row Gallery and Lofts 2345 S. Michigan Ave. (mere STEPS from the convention center!). Price is $4 per beer or $20 for the whole 6-pack! Non-alcoholic drinks will also be served, and creators Mike Norton and Tim Seeley WILL be in attendance autographing bottles! Many of your other fave creators such as Franco Aureliani, Amy Chu, Jenny Frison, Jody Houser, Ken Lashley, Sean McKeever, Dustin Nguyen, Steve Orlando, Mike Perkins, Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp and James Tynion IV will also be there, so don’t miss out on the party!

And as always Hero Initiative’s creative ambassadors are on the floor collecting for Hero at their own tables. Please swing by and say “hi” to Jason Aaron, Chris Burnham, Stephan Franck, Eric Gapstur, Patrick Gleason, Jonathan Hickman, Phil Hester, Jody Houser, Ken Lashley, Mike Norton, Steve Orlando, Ande Parks, Tim Seeley, Liam Sharp, Ryan Stegman, Jill Thompson, James Tynion IV, and Chip Zdarsky.

Art attached: Ten Pin Creep postcard, Hero booth schedule, Chicago Helicopter Experience info

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.

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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Stan Lee and Joe Quesada meet for a “Cup o’ Joe” for the Hero Initiative in Beverly Hills!

Added Monday April 10: Film writer/director Kevin Smith will be a Special Guest at “Cup o’ Joe with Stan Lee” and will introduce the event live from the stage!

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 28, 2017) – Two of the mainstays of the mighty Marvel Universe are meeting for a “Cup o’ Joe”—and you can tag along!

Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, Stan Lee and Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, will have a special chat to benefit Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need! Tickets are on sale NOW at EventBrite.

WHO: Stan Lee and Joe Quesada!

WHAT: Cup o’ Joe, Joe Quesada’s freewheeling Marvel chat, WITH Marvel Universe

Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, Stan Lee!

WHY: Because it’s a GREAT event that benefits a GREAT charity!

WHERE: The Paley Center, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA. MASSIVE ramp parking right across the street!

WHEN: Friday, April 14 at 11 a.m. Have a great time, and hit lunch after!

A mere 125 tickets for this limited and prestigious event are available at $125 each. All ticket holders will ALSO get a commemorative print created specifically for the event TRIPLE-signed by Stan, Joe, and artist Mike Mayhew! And there’s even MORE:

One winner of a special eBay auction will get to be Stan’s “Sidekick” for the event! Meet Stan before the show, get a picture, walk over to the venue, AND get front-and-center seating for the event!

And you’ve worked up an appetite, right? The winner of a second auction will be Joe’s lunch date after the event! You’ll get guaranteed front-and-center seating for Cup o’ Joe, and a private lunch with Joe Quesada after!

Tickets are extremely limited, so hop on this NOW! You’ll hear fascinating tales of Stan’s life and times and the current Marvel Universe in a small, intimate gathering at “Cup o’ Joe with Stan ‘The Man’ Lee”!

Art attached: Mike Mayhew art for “Cup o’ Joe with Stan ‘The Man’ Lee”

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 had the good fortune to grant over $950,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

 

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

 

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.

For more information visit marvel.com.

© 2017 MARVEL

DC Entertainment and Hero Initiative Present The Wonder Woman 100 Project!

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 20, 2017) — Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman in a HUGE way!

DC Entertainment created a precious few blank-covered editions of a Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special and the Hero Initiative got 100 top artists to do original drawings right on the cover. The result is The Wonder Woman 100 Project!

The originals will be auctioned off starting in May, and a Wonder Woman 100 Project softcover book collecting all the covers will be available from DC in June (Diamond Order Code APR170441). A limited edition hardcover will be available direct from Hero Initiative at the same time.

“We’re thrilled to partner again with Hero Initiative to celebrate Wonder Woman and support such a worthwhile cause,” stated DC Entertainment Publisher Jim Lee. “The original covers are impressive and sure to be a hit with Wonder Woman fans and collectors.”

Art attached: Wonder Woman 100 Project cover, John Cassaday art, Ryan Sook art

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 had the good fortune to grant over $950,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

 

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

 

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

 

 

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