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NYCC 2013: Action Lab Goes Big

Action Lab is heading to New York Comic Con this week with convention exclusives, events and more. They’ll be located at booth #3126 and they’re bringing the convention excitement online too.

Action Labt and Action Lab Danger Zone are bringing a variety of exclusives to the show. Releases include a NYCC Exclusive Cover Variant for Jeremy Dale’s hit Skyward, the premiere of the space-spanning teens of Planet Gigantic with Planet Gigantic #0, Bo Plushy, Gangsta #1, and Con Exclusive Editions of “the streetwalking dead” Zombie Tramp and the retro-zombies of Night of the 80s Undead.

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Timed for the convention, the publisher will debut their already announced digital series. Bo Plushy, Gangsta, Crimson Society, Zombie Tramp, Scum of the Earth, and Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land will all debut on October 10 the beginning of the convention.

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Molly Danger Saves New York! Action Lab has partnered with legendary artist Jamal Igle to publish Molly Danger in a beautiful hardcover edition and to celebrate and at the same time benefit a good cause, they are partnering with Jim Hanley’s Universe to host a benefit signing party to raise money for the Hero Initiative during New York Comic Con! Great comics for a great cause, and get a signed copy of Molly Danger of your very own! Saturday October 12th at Jim Hanley’s Universe comic store in Manhattan! Plus Jamal will be signing copies of Molly Danger all con long!

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ACTION LAB is READY to ROCK your NEW YORK COMIC CON experience with great comics, con exclusives and signings and a brand new digital initiative! Come see us at BOOTH 3126!

Get the images here:  http://www.actionlabcomics.com/slide/new-york-comic-con-variant-exclusives-digital-debuts/

NYCC 2013: Molly Danger Launch Party to Benefit the Hero Initiative

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Hero Initiative hits Baltimore Comic-Con with EXCLUSIVE Appearances by Comic Legends!

 hero_artists_samneeThe Hero Initiative will hit the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 7-8 in a MASSIVE way with exclusive appearances by several comic book legends.

Hero Board member George Pérez of Avengers and Teen Titans fame will be at the Hero Initiative booth, #1501-#1502 all weekend. This will be the ONLY place you’ll be able to get autographs and sketches from George! He’ll be joined all weekend by artist Ron Frenz exclusively at the Hero booth!

Saturday only, writer Tom DeFalco and artist Brett Breeding will also be on hand at the Hero booth to help raise money for comic creators in medical and financial need.

And perhaps most importantly, Incredible Hulk and Avengers artistic legend Sal Buscema will be at the Hero Initiative booth on Saturday only from 1-4 p.m. Sal is 77 years old, and does very few public appearances. Sal will be signing autographs for $5 each or 3 for $10. This may be your last chance to get Sal to sign your books, so bring ‘em on!

In addition, creators across the con floor will be taking donations for signatures at their own booths! Stop and contribute to the cause! These creators include:

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Mark Buckingham, Jim Calafiore, Cliff Chiang, Amanda Conner, Chris Giarrusso, Joe Hill, Roger Landridge, Joe Linsner, Laura Martin, Ron Marz, Jimmy Palmiotti. Andrew Pepoy, Brian Pulido, Tom Raney, Craig Rousseau, Chris Samnee, Alex Saviuk, Joe Staton, Bill Willingham, and Chrissie Zullo.

And of course, the highlight of Saturday evening is the Harvey Awards, featuring the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award and the Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award. Stop by to see who wins the hardware this year!

Baltimore Comic-Con will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center, located at 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21201. On Saturday, the show hours are from 10am – 7pm and on Sunday the show runs from 10am – 5pm. If you would like more information about the show, visit the official website at baltimorecomiccon.com.

The previously announced guests include: Josh Adams (Doctor Who); Neal Adams (First X-Men); Mark Bagley (Fantastic Four); Art Baltazar (Aw Yeah Comics!, Tiny Titans); Brian Bolland (Dial H); Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Sal Buscema (Amazing Spider-Man); Frank Cammuso (Knights of the Lunch Table, Otto’s Orange Day); Mike Carey (Suicide Risk, The Unwritten); Jimmy Cheung (Avengers vs. X-Men); Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre); Jamie and Tyler Cosley (Cody the Cavalier, Ninja Squirrel); J.M. DeMatteis (Phantom Stranger); David Finch (Justice League of America); Franco (Aw Yeah Comics!, Tiny Titans); John Gallagher (Buzzboy, Roboy Red); Zack Giallongo (Broxo); Chris Giarrusso (G-Man); Keith Giffen (Masters of the Universe); Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!, The Dumbest Idea Ever!); Joe Hill (Locke and Key); Jason Horn (Ninjasaur); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); Denis Kitchen (The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen); Barry Kitson (Empire); Roger Langridge (Popeye); Paul Levitz (World’s Finest); Kevin Maguire (World’s Finest); Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space); Mark Mariano (Happyloo); Billy Martin (Vitriol, the Hunter); Dave McDonald (Hamster Sam); Mark McKenna (Star Wars, Banana Tail); Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie); Mike Mignola (Hellboy In Hell); Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground); Chris O>Matic (The Chris O>Matic Show!); Jimmy Palmiotti (Batwing); Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller); George Perez (World’s Finest); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Joe Prado (Earth 2); Ivan Reis (Aquaman); Dave Roman - Saturday only (Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat); Chris Samnee (Daredevil); Jeff Schultz (Archie, Jughead); Louise Simonson (X-Factor); Walt Simonson (The Mighty Thor); Kevin Smith (Batman: The Widening Gyre); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Frank Stack (My Cancer Year); Bobby Timony (Night Owls, Detectobot); Mark Waid (Indestructible Hulk), Bill Willingham (Fables); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony).

You can still buy your tickets at www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for the weekend! See you there!

Listen to the Archive Episode of Graphic Policy Radio: SDCC 2013 Edition Take Two

If you missed this week’s live episode of Graphic Policy Radio, you missed Brett winging it as unfortunately his co-host was sick. But, that didn’t slow him down, as he grabbed someone from the peanut gallery to join in the conversation and chat about this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. That’s right, the show still went on as planned with lots of discussion about the biggest convention in the US of the year.

Topics included:

  • ComiXology‘s Blank Page Project was a hit, but wouldn’t it be better if there was no need for the Hero Initiative?
  • The San Diego Police attempted to do some public relations and did so by having photo ops faking arrests. The white folks were sure amused!
  • Sexism at the convention and in geekdom in general

So catch that and more on this week’s archived episode of Graphic Policy Radio.


SDCC 2013: The Blank Page Project Brought To You By ComiXology & The Hero Initiative

ComiXology’s Meet Your Makers summer extravaganza continues with “The Blank Page Project” charity event. The Hero Initiative has partnered with comiXology and creators Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner to host this fully catered 2-hour charity event where all fans are invited to watch creators fill “The Blank Page” – a 12 foot by 8 foot gigantic comic page that will auctioned off at a later date with proceeds going towards The Hero Initiative – a charity that helps creators in need.

“The Blank Page Project” charity event is open to all fans and creators. The event will take place on Thursday, July 18th from 5pm to 7pm during San Diego Comic-Con 2013 outside the Vela restaurant, which is located at the back of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, a quick walk from the San Diego Convention Center.

The Hero Initiative is committed to helping creators in need and has done so for the past thirteen years. This event and auction will undoubtedly help the organization raise more money for the good work The Hero Initiative does.

“The Blank Page Project” and comiXology’s partnership with The Hero Initiative to raise money for comic creators in need is just one part of comiXology’s summer long Meet Your Makers event celebrating comic creators and the creation of comics.

Stay tuned for more Meet Your Makers announcements.

Monkeybrain “Giving Back” through the Hero Initiative

Monkeybrain “Giving Back” through the Hero Initiative
An open letter from Chris Roberson, co-founder of Monkeybrain Comics

October 30, 2012 – Portland, OR

Over the decades, countless comic creators have given us excitement and inspiration, entertained and educated us. And we need to give back.

For most of the history of American comic books, the only income that creators received were the page rates for the work they did. Writers, artists, letterers, and colorists would be paid a flat rate for the pages they turned in, without any royalties for sales or equity for their creations. If a comic were to be reprinted, the creators would not receive any additional payment, nor would they be compensated if characters and concepts from their work were used elsewhere, whether in other comics, in other media, or in merchandising. And since the overwhelming majority of comic creators were freelance employees, there were no pensions or retirement funds for them to look forward to.

In more recent decades, comic book publishers have instituted new policies for comic creators. Some began to offer royalties and bonus incentives for creators, so that if their work sold well or was reprinted, they would participate in those profits. Some publishers instituted creator equity deals, so that if a creator’s concepts and characters were to generate profits in other media, the creator would reap some of the benefit. But few if any of these policies have been made retroactive, and as much as later generations of creators have benefited from the improved financial arrangements, generations of creators who came before them have not.

There are far too many stories of well-respected, talented writers and artists who created successful and beloved comics in previous decades, and who now are living in reduced means—unable to afford health care, unable to find paying work, some even homeless. At the same time, characters created and co-created by many of these same creators have gone on to appear in major motion pictures, on television, and in toy aisles.

The American comic book industry was built on selling morality tales to young readers, stories of men and women who fought for justice and stood up for what was right. And the writers, artists, and others who created those stories deserve better than they have received.

Thankfully, they have the Hero Initiative in their corner.

For more than a decade, the Hero Initiative has provided a safety net for comic book veterans who need assistance, whether in the form of financial support, emergency medical aid, or an avenue back to paying work. In that time, the Hero Initiative has granted more than $500,000 to over 50 comic book veterans. But as a not-for-profit corporation, the Hero Initiative relies on donations and contributions to continue its work.

Throughout the month of November, Monkeybrain Comics will be donating all of its income to the Hero Initiative. Our creators will still receive their cut of the profits, but the portion of each sale that we retain as publisher’s profits will be donated in its entirety to the Hero Initiative.

As we in the United States prepare to celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving, please consider giving thanks to the veteran creators who have given us so much over the years by donating to the Hero Initiative. And we encourage other publishers to join us in supporting the Hero Initiative through direct donations. Unless and until creator royalties and equity participation policies are made retroactive, charities like the Hero Initiative are the only support many veteran creators have available to them.

Sincerely,
Chris Roberson
Monkeybrain Comics

To offer your support directly to the Hero Initiative, or to find out more about their work, visit them at http://www.heroinitiative.org

To find out more about Monkeybrain Comics, including previews, reviews, creator information, and links to purchase our titles, visit http://www.monkeybraincomics.com

Hero Initiative Partners with The Walking Dead for First-Ever Image Comics “100 Project”


The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping comic creators in medical and financial need, has drawn great acclaim for its “100 Projects” in recent years, in which 100 artists draw an original cover on a special anniversary issue.

Now, after running projects with Marvel Comics, DC and Archie, Hero Initiative proudly announces that its latest and greatest “100 Project” will feature the best-selling comic of 2012—The Walking Dead #100. This marks the first time Hero has partnered in such a way with Image Comics and Skybound.

Artists including The Walking Dead illustrator, Charlie Adlard, will contribute original covers, as will other top talents such as Dan Brereton, Ian Churchill, Kevin Eastman, Joe Jusko, Dale Keown and Whilce Portacio. And yes, even The Walking Dead creator/writer and Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman will contribute. (He can draw a little!)

A public viewing of all 100 covers will be scheduled for winter of 2012-13, along with auctions of all the original covers. A book collecting all the art will be available in 2013.

Art attached: Charlie Adlard, Mark dos Santos, Todd Nauck covers

John Romita Sr. Joins Stan Lee for Panel at the Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced John Romita Sr.will join Stan Lee for his panel, to be held Saturday afternoon, September 8th at 4:30pm. John is appearing on behalf of the Hero Initiative.ASM692 watermark

Best known for his work at Marvel Comics on the Amazing Spider-Man, John began working for the company at Atlas Comics in the 1950s on war, romance, horror, and other genres.  He freelanced at DC Comics in the mid-1950s on romance titles and cover art, eventually leaving to work as a commercial artist before being lured back to Marvel full time where he spent time working on Daredevil, Fantastic Four, and eventually his long run on Amazing Spider-Man, defining for many the look of the Spider-Man characters.

In addition, Stan Lee Collectibles is pleased to announce that they will have a limited edition poster for sale at the show.  A small number of these limited edition posters have been reserved for VIP and VIP GOLD ticket holders to ensure they are able to purchase one.  Limited quantities are available for purchase by attendees.  The posters may be purchased at booth 1507-1508 on the showroom floor.

Finally, the convention has announced Stan’s Appearance Schedule while at the Baltimore Comic-Con:

Saturday (times are approximate)
10:30 -12:00 – SIGNING
12:30 -  1:30 – PHOTOS
2:00 -  3:30 – SIGNING
3:45 -  4:25 – PHOTOS
4:30 -  5:30 – PANEL
5:45 -  TBD – SIGNING

Sunday (times are approximate)
10:00 – 11:00 – PHOTOS
11:00 – 12:00 – SIGNING
1:00 -   4:00 – SIGNING & PHOTOS – EXACT TIMES TBD

The Hero Initiative is a federally charted not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic book creators in their hour on need. By providing financial safety nets for medical aid, financial support for the necessities of life, and an avenue back to paying work, the Hero Initiative, through the support of its donors, has been able to grant more than $500,000 to over 50 comic veterans.

For more information about how to help support the Hero Initiative, please visit www.heroinitiative.org.

The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to announce that John Romita Sr.will join Stan Lee for his panel, to be held Saturday afternoon, September 8th at 4:30pm. John is appearing on behalf of the Hero Initiative.ASM692 watermark

Best known for his work at Marvel Comics on the Amazing Spider-Man, John began working for the company at Atlas Comics in the 1950s on war, romance, horror, and other genres.  He freelanced at DC Comics in the mid-1950s on romance titles and cover art, eventually leaving to work as a commercial artist before being lured back to Marvel full time where he spent time working on Daredevil, Fantastic Four, and eventually his long run on Amazing Spider-Man, defining for many the look of the Spider-Man characters.

In addition, Stan Lee Collectibles is pleased to announce that they will have a limited edition poster for sale at the show.  A small number of these limited edition posters have been reserved for VIP and VIP GOLD ticket holders to ensure they are able to purchase one.  Limited quantities are available for purchase by attendees.  The posters may be purchased at booth 1507-1508 on the showroom floor.

Finally, we are pleased to announce Stan’s Appearance Schedule while at the Baltimore Comic-Con:

Saturday (times are approximate)
10:30 -12:00 – SIGNING
12:30 -  1:30 – PHOTOS
2:00 -  3:30 – SIGNING
3:45 -  4:25 – PHOTOS
4:30 -  5:30 – PANEL
5:45 -  TBD – SIGNING

Sunday (times are approximate)
10:00 – 11:00 – PHOTOS
11:00 – 12:00 – SIGNING
1:00 -   4:00 – SIGNING & PHOTOS – EXACT TIMES TBD

The Hero Initiative is a federally charted not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic book creators in their hour on need. By providing financial safety nets for medical aid, financial support for the necessities of life, and an avenue back to paying work, the Hero Initiative, through the support of its donors, has been able to grant more than $500,000 to over 50 comic veterans.

For more information about how to help support the Hero Initiative, please visit www.heroinitiative.org.

Marvel Boot Camp Seminar Benefits the Hero Initiative at the Baltimore Comic-Con

Marvel with legal To benefit the Hero Initiative, Marvel Comics presents the Marvel Boot Camp Seminar at the Baltimore Comic-Con on Sunday, September 9 from 12:00-2:00. Tickets for this special event are $10, with the entire cost of the ticket going directly to the Hero Initiative and seating is limited. Tickets will be available at the Hero Initiative Booth throughout the show prior to the seminar. If any tickets are still available, they will be sold at the door of the seminar.
What is the Marvel Boot Camp? Marvel SVP-Executive Editor Tom Brevoort gives a training lecture to the Marvel editorial staff explaining how Marvel editors think about the business of storytelling. For the FIRST TIME, Brevoort is sharing that lecture with the public. There will also be inside secrets, tricks-of-the-trade, and – time permitting – a Q & A with Brevoort.

Hero Initiative Brings John Romita Jr. to Baltimore

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Hero Initiative Brings John Romita Jr. to Baltimore

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - April 25, 2012 -  The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the addition of comic super-star John Romita, Jr. to the growing line-up for this year’s show, taking place September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Romita, Jr. will be appearing at the Hero Initiative booth both Saturday and Sunday.

Romita, Jr., the son of comic legend John Romita, began his illustrious career in comics in 1977 penciling a 6-page story in Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man Annual #11. Throughout his 35-year career, he has drawn such characters as Spider-Man, Daredevil, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, the Punisher, and Thor.

Most recently, Romita, Jr. finished working on the follow-up to Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass and is the current series artist for Marvel’s Avengers, which relaunched in 2010.

The Hero Initiative is a federally charted not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic book creators in their hour on need. By providing financial safety nets for medical aid, financial support for the necessities of life, and an avenue back to paying work, the Hero Initiative, through the support of its donors, has been able to grant more than $500,000 to over 50 comic veterans. Hero Initiative

For more information about how to help support the Hero Initiative, please visit http://www.heroinitiative.org. For more information about the Baltimore Comic-Con, please visit baltimorecomiccom.com.

Other confirmed guests for the show include:

Laura & Michael Allred (Madman, iZombie), Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn), Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Frank Cho (Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows), Steve Conley (Bloop), Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen:  Silk Spectre), Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do), Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.), Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys), Rich Faber (Roboy Red), David Finch (Batman:  The Dark Knight), John Gallagher (Buzzboy), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman), Keith Giffen (Superman, OMAC, Green Arrow), Gene Ha (Justice League), Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam), Cully Hamner (Action Comics), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City), Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray), J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage), Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four), Scott Kurtz (PvPonline.com), David Mack (Kabuki), Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo), Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents:  Wonder Woman), Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2:  30 Days of Night One-Shot), Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers), Scott Snyder (Batman , Severed, Swamp Thing), Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do), Brian Stelfreeze (ICE), Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9), Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin), Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi), Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel), Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredemable), and Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein).
…With more on the way!  Stay tuned to our website or use the “Sign up” link at the bottom of our website to receive update announcements as we make them!

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. For more information, please visit www.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 7 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.

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