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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HERO INITIATIVE CELEBRATES JACK KIRBY’S 99th BIRTHDAY ON AUGUST 28 WITH KIRBY4HEROES

“Wake Up and Draw” and store events planned

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 18, 2016) – The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is celebrating the 99th birthday of Jack “King” Kirby on August 28 with a little help from Jillian Kirby, founder of the Kirby4Heroes campaign.

More than 50 artists will get up on the morning of August 28, 2016 to simply “Wake Up and Draw.” This event is a way for artists to celebrate the day by sending a “birthday card to Jack.” All drawings will be featured in a special gallery at ComicArtFans.com, and fans can follow the action through the day on Twitter searching hashtag: #WakeUpAndDraw. All drawings will be auctioned to benefit Hero Initiative starting August 30, 2016!

And artist Phil Hester will draw all day! Hester will do 99 (!) Kirby-inspired drawings! Follow @PhilHester on Twitter to see the wonderful madness and for information on how YOU can buy the drawings!

Jillian Kirby, Jack’s youngest granddaughter, has spearheaded the “Kirby4Heroes” campaign since 2012. Jillian has recruited a number of comic stores to donate a percentage of their sales to Hero on this special day. Individual fans can visit the official Kirby4Heroes campaign Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kirby4heroes and donate via the PayPal link at www.HeroInitiative.org. Please type in “Kirby4Heroes” in the special instructions box.

“I founded the Kirby4Heroes campaign when I was 16 years old in June 2012, as a way of honoring the legacy of my grandfather, comic book artist and creator Jack Kirby, who unfortunately died the year before I was born,” said Jillian Kirby. “Over the past four years my campaign has been fortunate enough to raise over $50,000 for the Hero Initiative, and this year my goal is to raise $25,000! My Kirby4Heroes fundraising campaign just seems to be expanding and blossoming with new creative ideas continually contributed by many Jack Kirby fans. Watching everything come together has been very rewarding, and I look forward to the culmination of a fantastic show of support on August 28th!”

Participating stores include:

Alakazam Comics, Irvine, CA

All About Books & Comics, Phoenix, AZ

Arcadian Comics, Newport, KY

Aw Yeah Comics, Skokie, IL

Bedrock City Comics, five locations in Houston, TX

Blastoff Comics, North Hollywood, CA

Borderlands Comics, Greenville, SC

Captain Blue Hen Comics, Newark, DE

Carmine St. Comics, New York, NY

Carol & John’s Comic Shop, Cleveland, OH

Collector’s Paradise, two locations in Los Angeles, CA

Collectors Corner, Parkville, MD

Comics & Collectibles, Memphis, TN

Comix City Too, Madison, TN

Comix Experience, two locations in San Francisco, CA

Cosmic Comics, Las Vegas, NV

Cosmic Comics & Toys, Cantonsville, MD

Destiny City Comics, Tacoma, WA

Dragon’s Lair Comics, Austin, TX

Earth-2 Comics, two locations in Los Angeles, CA

Escape Pod Comics, Huntington, NY

Excellent Adventures Comics, Ballston Spa, NY

Flying Colors Comics, Concord, CA

Geoffrey’s Comics/Hi De Ho Comics, two locations in Los Angeles, CA

Heroes Comics, Fresno, CA

I Want More Comics, Northglenn, CO

Jesse James Comics, Glendale, AZ

Joy’s Japanimation, Greensburg, PA

Lee’s Comics, Mountain View, CA

Lost Legion Games & Comics, three locations in Charleston, WV

Mission Comics and Art, San Francisco

Nans Games and Comics, Houston, TX

Paradise Comics, Toronto, Ontario

Phantom of the Attic Comics, two locations in Pittsburgh, PA

Queen City Comics, two locations in Cincinnati, OH

Samurai Comics, three locations in Phoenix, AZ

The Comic Book Shop, Wilmington, DE

World’s Best Comics, Sacramento, CA

 

Art attached: Kirby4Heros logo, Jack Kirby photo, Jillian Kirby 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.

 

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

 

 

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