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Hero Initiative Has Massive San Diego Comic-Con Plans

Two parties, top artists, exclusive Overstreet guide, and CGC Signature Series signings!

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 11, 2017) – The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is traveling into Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 19 thru 23 at the San Diego Convention Center. We have exclusives, parties, and special guests throughout the weekend that you will not want to miss! Booth #5003 is the place to be!
The parties start on Wednesday with Stone Brewing’s annual Hop-Con! Stone’s famous w00tstout beer will flow at Stone World Bistro, and artist Walter Simonson has the honor to create this year’s label and print for the famed beer. Prints will be available for sale at the venue and at Hero’s booth at the convention! Don’t miss out on this epic event! Proceeds benefit Hero, so get your tickets NOW!
The good times continue to roll at Gabe Eltaeb’s Fourth Annual Comic Kickoff Fundraiser and Party at Basic Bar and Pizza at 410 10th Ave. in downtown San Diego from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.! Win great raffle prizes, meet amazing artists and have a couple drinks all to support Hero initiative! Artists in attendance include Todd Nauck, Jim Calafiore, Eddie Nunez and Carlos D’Anda.

Hero is thrilled to have Rob Liefeld draw Deadpool for Hero’s exclusive Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #47 cover! This yearly must-have of comics knowledge and pricing info is limited to 500 copies in hardcover only at $35, so make sure you grab one at out booth!

Hero is also your exclusive go-to for CGC Signature Series signings for top creators Dave Gibbons, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Dan Jurgens, Steve Orlando, Mike Grell, Nicola Scott, Brian Haberlin, Walt and Louise Simonson, John Layman, Ron Marz, Bill Morrison, Jai Nitz, Joe Staton, Mark Waid, and Bill Willingham. Drop your books off at CGC, booth #4315 no later than Friday July 21 by 5:00 p.m., and get your Signatures Series without the hassle of lines!

And Hero has an outstanding talent lineup all weekend at our booth! Swing by booth #5003 to meet your favorite creators, including:

Wed., July 19 (con hours 600-900)
700-800: Scott Koblish

Thur., July 20 (con hours 930-700)
1100-1200: Peter Krause
100-200: Dan Jurgens
200-330: Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson

Fri., July 21 (con hours 930-700)
100-200: Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson
400-500: Peter Krause

Sat., July 22 (con hours 930-700)
1200-100: Dan Jurgens
100-200: Andrew Pepoy
530-630: Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson

Sun., July 23 (con hours 930-500)
200-330: Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson

Art attached: Walter Simonson w00tstout label, Comic Kickoff party flyer, Overstreet #47 cover, CGC Signature Series list

 

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 heads to the BIG EASY WIZARD WORLD NEW ORLEANS WITH SPECAIL GUEST ARTIST TY TEMPLETON

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 19, 2016) – Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, kicks off 2017 Louisiana-style at Wizard World New Orleans January 6-8 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Hero will be the ONLY place you can find special guest artist Ty Templeton!

Templeton, best known for his work on Batman Adventures and The Simpsons, will be at Hero’s booth, #347, all weekend, sketching and signing. Make sure you stop by!

And visit Hero’s creative Ambassadors on the floor! Arthur Adams, Howard Chaykin, Joyce Chin, Rob Guillory, Sam Humphries, Marat Mychaels, Pere Perez and Fred van Lente will all be collecting for Hero at their own booths. Stop by to grab a signature, and make a donation to our worthy cause!

Art attached: Ty Templeton Hellboy art

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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Hero Initiative Dominates Long Beach Comic Con! With multiple special guests and Golden Apple partnership

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 9, 2016) Hero Initiative, the non-profit that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, will have a massive presence at the Long Beach Comic Con September 17-18 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Hero’s booth, #813/#914, will be the ONLY place to find artists Mike Perkins (Captain America) and Mike Choi (X-Force) all weekend! In addition, Christian Gossett (Star Wars), Gabriel Hardman (Planet of the Apes) and Aaron Sowd (Batman) will be by on Saturday only, and Danny Miki (Batman) will attend Sunday only! Make sure you stop on by for signatures and sketches!

And Hero is teaming up with Los Angeles’ most famous comic store, Golden Apple Comics! You can play the Hero Mystery Pack game only at the Golden Apple-Hero Initiative Island! Mystery packs are only $10 each with $5 going to Hero Initiative. Inside each pack are 10 random comics, and a special prize with a guaranteed value of at least $10. Plus, hidden Golden Tickets can get you one of 20 Grand Prizes valued at up to $250!

 

And Hero Initiative ambassadors all over the con floor will be collecting for Hero! Please swing by on Brett Booth, Coleen Doran, Scott Koblish, Greg Land, Jae Lee, Mike Mayhew, Dustin Nguyen, Jimmy Palmiotti, Whilce Portacio, Norm Rapmund, and Frank Tieri!

 

Hero Initiative booth schedule (Booth #813/#914):

Saturday, Sep. 17 (con hours 930-700)

All day: Mike Choi

All day: Mike Perkins

1100-1200: Christian Gossett

1230-200: Gabriel Hardman

200-300: Aaron Sowd

300-400: Christian Gossett

 

Sunday, Sep. 18 (con hours 100-500)

All day: Mike Choi

All day: Mike Perkins

100-215: Danny Miki

 

 

Art attached: Golden Apple Mystery Packs, Hero artist graphic

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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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:

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

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