Hero Initiative Presents John McCrea at the Baltimore Comic-Con

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 12, 2016 – Once again, there is major buzz surrounding the incredible talent Hero Initiative will be bringing to the Baltimore Comic-Con, September 2-4, 2016, at the Baltimore Convention Center. Hero Initiative, the comic creator charity, will have a full house of guest artists supporting the cause. At the booth, John McCrea (co-creator of Hitman) will be Hero Initiative’s guest at Baltimore. Hero Initiative and Baltimore are excited to have such an award-winning artist at the show.  Buy your tickets now and avoid waiting in additional lines at the show.

John McCrea is a respected illustrator and comic book artist, perhaps most popular for his work with Garth Ennis on Preacher, Punisher, and Hitman. John is currently working on Mars Attacks! for IDW Publishing. He has worked for many comic book companies, including Marvel and DC Comics, where he has illustrated iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Wolverine, the Demon, and England’s own Judge Dredd. His work can be seen at -www.johnmccrea.com.

John rarely makes it to this side of the Atlantic, and this is his only US visit for 2016, so grab your books and sketch portfolio! Who knows — you may be lucky enough to get a head-shot of the Demon and support the charity in Baltimore. John will be at the Hero Initiative booth all weekend so stop on by to get your books signed or buy a sketch.

“We are always thrilled when an elusive creator like Mr. McCrea comes to our event” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “It’s such a great opportunity for our fans to interact with someone they otherwise wouldn’t be able to, and The Hero Initiative is making that possible.”
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:
http://baltimorecomiccon.com/about/hotels/

GUARANTEED PARKING
To make parking easy and stress-free, we have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow attendees driving to the show to purchase guaranteed parking near the Baltimore Comic-Con. Click here to book your guaranteed parking spot, or if you need help or have questions, call 800-232-6415.

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!); Buzz (Super Sikh and the Atma Defenders); Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis); Ben Caldwell (Scooby Apocalypse); Chris Campana (The Accelerators); 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); 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); 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); 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); 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); 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); Samantha Kyle (Paul & Olly); Hope Larson (Batgirl); John Layman (Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo); Paul Levitz (Doctor Fate); Mike Lilly (Red Agent); Aaron Lopresti (courtesy of Painted Visions, Legends of Tomorrow); Nate Lovett (Actionverse Featuring Midnight Tiger); 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); Laura Martin (Wonder Woman); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); John McCrea, courtesy of Hero Initiative (Judge Dredd); Ed McGuinness (Spider-Man/Deadpool); 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); 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); Dave Sharpe (Ninjak); 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); 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.McCrea_Hitman copy

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.

 

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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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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!

 

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