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NYCC 2014: Party with Image & Multiversity Comics & Support a Good Cause

image comicsImage Comics has announced that this year at New York Comic Con 2014, Multiversity and Image Comics will once again be teaming up to host their third annual NYCC Party to raise money for the Hero Initiative.

This year’s NYCC Party will be held Friday, October 10th at the Stitch Bar & Lounge located at 247 West 37th Street (a short 3-block walk from the Javits Center straight up 37th street) from 8 PM to close, with a $10 donation to the Hero Initiative to get in. In exchange for your donation, you will automatically be entered into a raffle to win one (1) copy of all of Image’s exclusives for NYCC 2014! It’s a 21+ event with all night happy hour and drink specials, and will assuredly be a fun place for friends, fans and creators to meet, share a drink and mingle.

The Hero Initiative is a charity that raises money to help support creators in need and gives to those who have helped foster, develop and pioneer the medium we all love so much. At last year’s event, Image Comics and Multiversity raised over $5,000 for the charity thanks to the many fans who came out and attended.

The party will also feature quite a few special Image Comics creators as guests, such as Brian K. Vaughan, Kieron Gillen , Jamie McKelvie, Scott Snyder, Sean Gordon Murphy, Nick Dragotta, Joshua Williamson, Tim Seeley, Declan Shalvey, Frank Barbiere, Ed Brisson, Daniel Corey, Wes Craig, Otis Frampton, Joe Harris, Kyle Higgins, Antony Johnston, Justin Jordan, Ales Kot, Megan Levens, Adam McGovern, Brandon Montclare, Michael Moreci, Steve Orlando, Amy Reeder, Fabrice Sapolsky, Gus Storms, Roc Upchurch, Fred Van Lente and Jim Zub.

So if you’d like to have a drink, groove to some music, share a chat and donate money to a great cause, please join them on Friday, October 10th for the third annual NYCC Party from Image and Multiversity Comics. RSVP on Facebook!

Be sure to visit the Image Comics booth in the main exhibitor floor of NYCC at Booth #1544, and the Hero Initiative at Booth #N104.

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Valiant Comes to Humble Bundle

VALIANT_HUMBLE BUNDLE_front pageHumble Bundle and Valiant Entertainment are proud to present the Humble Valiant Bundle – the ultimate digital comics collection featuring more than 120 issues of some of the most critically acclaimed titles anywhere in comics today!

A special one-time offering loaded with collections of Valiant’s best-selling series and online debuts, customers purchasing the Humble Valiant Bundle can choose to benefit three vitally important charities – Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Hero Initiative, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF).

The Humble Valiant Bundle features a longbox-busting digital library of 24 graphic novels and collections, and spans all of Valiant’s most popular superhero titles – including X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Quantum and Woody, and more! With a total retail value of more than $420, the Humble Valiant Bundle is the single biggest comics offering ever presented by Humble Bundle.

Featuring work by an all-star cast of top talents – including writers Joshua Dysart, Matt Kindt, Bob Layton, Jim Shooter, Fred Van Lente, and Robert Venditti, alongside artists Doug Braithwaite, Clayton Crain, Cary Nord and more – the Valiant Humble Bundle is the perfect place to discover why Valiant continues to win over fans and critics around the world with high quality storytelling and outstanding artwork.

Fans can name their price to receive the first TWO volumes of X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Quantum and Woody, Harbinger and Unity. Plus: get the classic Shadowman video game as an extra-added bonus!

Contribute more than the average price to get even more of Valiant’s blockbuster publishing line with the first two volumes of Bloodshot, Shadowman and Eternal Warrior – plus the first volume of Rai and Harbinger Wars!

For $15 or more, Valiant will open the vaults and unleash the entire Valiant Masters digital series, showcasing the legendary origins of one of the greatest universes in comics. Re-presenting the original adventures of Ninjak, Rai, Bloodshot, Shadowman, and H.A.R.D. Corps – plus a Humble Bundle-exclusive Valiant Masters volume of classic X-O Manowar not available in print – the Valiant Masters series celebrates Valiant’s historic legacy, and include dozens of pages of rarely seen bonus materials and special features.

The Humble Valiant Bundle runs for two weeks beginning Wednesday, September 17, 2014 and ends Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. PDT.

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IDW’s Star Trek Humble Bundle

2014-09-03_1458Beam us up for this one, Scotty. IDW Publishing and pay-what-you-want plus charity digital distributors Humble Bundle are teaming up once again to bring more than $270 worth of digital comic books from the Star Trek franchise to fans. Star Trek fans can pay what they want while choosing to support the comic creators and select charities.

For those that are unfamiliar with it, Humble Bundle organizes pay-what-you-want plus charity promotions for awesome digital content and puts the power directly in the hands of the consumers, offering them fully-featured titles at prices they set themselves. Consumers pay what they want and decide how to allocate their money between content creators, charity and a humble tip.

The digital comics available for pay-what-you-want are Star Trek Classics Vol. 1, Star Trek Classics Vol. 2, Star Trek: Best of Klingons and Star Trek: Gold Key Archives Vol. 1. Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Burden of Knowledge and Star Trek: Mirror Images. Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Star Trek: Countdown, Star Trek: Movie Adaptation, Star Trek Nero, Star Trek: Spock Reflections, Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness and Star Trek Vol. 1, bringing the bundle to a galactic total of 66 digital comic book issues from the Star Trek franchise.

The Humble Star Trek Bundle supports The Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life and an avenue back into paying work. Thanks to the generosity of the community, Humble Bundle purchasers have contributed more than $44 million toward charity to date.

The Humble Star Trek Bundle presented by IDW ends on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. PDT.

 

 

 

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Hero Initiative Plans Massive Events

hero baltimoreThe Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is hitting the Baltimore Comic-Con in a massive way. Hero will be at booth #1601 Sept. 5-7 with exclusive creators, signings, and more!

Hero will be the only place to find legendary writer Dennis O’Neil and longtime fabled Marvel artist and editor Al Milgrom. Look for them all weekend long at booth #1601.

Hero’s exclusive Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 will also be on sale at Baltimore, and ALL three artists who created the cover will be on hand for a special signing! Penciler Herb Trimpe, inker Tom Palmer, and colorist Laura Martin will be at the Hero booth Saturday from 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. It’s your PERFECT chance to get this great limited edition signed by three comic greats!

wendi goFans who like to get their books signed and authenticated by CGC for Signature Series will definitely want to check out Hero’s exclusive signing with 11 top creators. Hero is the exclusive CGC Signature Series facilitator at the con for Cliff Chiang, Alan Davis, Dan Jurgens, Ron Marz, Bob McLeod, Al Milgrom, Mark Morales, Denny O’Neil, Tom Palmer, Brian Pulido, and Herb Trimpe! Bring your books to the CGC booth, #707, no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. Cost is $38 plus return shipping, and you don’t have to wait in lines!

marvel boot campAnd Marvel Comics SVP-Executive Editor Tom Brevoort is dropping the knowledge for Hero! Tom’s Marvel Boot Camp panel at the con will be a special, ticketed-only seminar in which Tom gives the same training lecture he gives the Marvel editorial staff. Find out the real Marvel method of storytelling and important tricks of the trade! Tickets are available ONLY at the Hero booth, and the seminar lasts a whopping two hours, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7.

Finally, make sure your evening is covered with a trip to the Harvey Awards! Hero Initiative is awarding its Lifetime Achievement Award and Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award as part of the festivities. Be on hand to see who’s earned the hardware!

The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is located immediately across the street from the historic Camden Yards sports complex (which includes Oriole Park and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum). Tickets, a full guest roster, and additional information is available on the convention’s website.

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Join Denny O’Neil, Tom Brevoort, and Al Milgrom

ORIGINAL_SIN_ELEMENTSCome to Baltimore‘s Inner Harbor this September 5th, 6th, and 7th for the 14th annual Baltimore Comic-Con at the Baltimore Convention Center! Joining our already-overwhelming list of comic book superstars, we are proud to announce Tom Brevoort and, courtesy of Hero InitiativeAl Milgrom and Denny O’Neil!

While still an illustration student at the University of Delaware, Tom Brevoort began his career with Marvel Comics as an unpaid intern back in 1989. Since then, he has been a writer, an assistant editor, an editor, and Executive Editor. He is also the Senior Vice President of Publishing. His fingerprints can be found throughout the Marvel Universe, from individual titles to major events like Civil War, Original Sin, and AXIS.

gotg power of starhawkAppearing courtesy of the Hero Initiative, Al Migrom has served as a writer, artist, and editor throughout his career. Beginning as an assistant inker back in 1972, Milgrom worked for numerous publishers, including Charlton Comics, Star*Reach, Warren Publishing, Atlas/Seaboard, and Continuity Comics. He served as an editor at DC Comics, where he co-created Ronnie Raymond, the original Firestar. However, he is probably best known for his extensive work with Marvel Comics. There, he penciled Captain Marvel and the original Guardians of the Galaxy in Marvel Presents, and had extensive runs as penciller on The Avengers, West Coast AvengersKitty Pryde and WolverineSecret Wars II, and Memphisto vs… in addition to editing the entire 10-year run of Marvel Fanfare. As an inker, his runs include stints on X-FactorThor, and  Thunderstrike. As a combined artist and writer, Milgrom worked on The Spectacular Spider-ManThe Incredible Hulk, and Deadly Foes of Spider-Man.

batman legends of the dark knightA board member of Hero Initiative, retired writer and editor Denny O’Neil spent much of his career making an indelible mark at Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Initially brought on as a writer at Marvel, he had a hand in writing or scripting diverse titles including Strange Tales, X-Men, Millie the Model, and Rawhide Kid. After a year at Charlton Comics, he followed editor Dick Giordano to DC Comics, where he assumed writing duties for Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman, Justice League of America, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and, perhaps most notably, Batman. On that title, he embraced the dark roots of the character, creating numerous characters and defining the tone for the series’ characters. He returned to Marvel in the 1980s, assuming writing chores on Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Iron Man where he once again created numerous recurring characters in the respective titles’ mythos. He also served as an editor during his Marvel stint on numerous titles and runs before returning as Batman Group editor at DC, where he also wrote The Question, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, and Batman: Sword of Azrael.

The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is located immediately across the street from the historic Camden Yards sports complex (which includes Oriole Park and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum). Tickets, a full guest roster, and additional information is available on the convention’s website.

Ale Fit for A King to Benefit The Hero Initiative

Label_kirby_printShmaltz Brewery in Clifton Park, NY will host a fundraiser birthday party on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 to celebrate the late Jack “The King” Kirby’s birthday. Kirby is considered by many to be the co-creator (along with Stan Lee) of the Marvel Comics Universe. Kirby co-created many of the superheroes being adored by fans of Marvel’s recent blockbuster movies, including the Avengers, the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, the Fantastic Four and many more.

A group of local comic professionals approached Shmaltz about doing an event, with proceeds to be donated in Jack Kirby’s honor to Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization that helps comic creators in need. Shmaltz stepped up in a big way, creating a limited-edition, Kirby-labeled ale exclusively for the party. King Kirby Ale will make its debut at the event, and a limited number of cases will be available for purchase. With a special edition label designed and drawn by Clifton Park artist Paul Harding, the ale will be available in both Pale and Dark varieties.

The Aug. 28 event will run from 4 to 8 p.m., and feature an impressive array of comic professionals, including Green Lantern and Silver Surfer writer Ron Marz, sculptor Paul Harding, X-Men artist Tom Raney, Conan and Spider-Man writer Fred Van Lente, writer Crystal Skillman and many others, who will be signing and sketching for donations to Hero Initiative. Van Lente and Skillman are the co-authors of the recent play “King Kirby,” about Jack Kirby’s life, which enjoyed a successful, well-reviewed run in New York City. Fans attending the party will be able to get autographs and sketches from the comic pros, and enjoy a beer tasting as well as a piece of special Jack Kirby birthday cake. Live music will be provided by Saratoga-based rock ensemble Sugar Pill, led by John Stack on guitar and vocals. Party tickets are $20, with proceeds donated to Hero Initiative. Door prizes have been donated by Comic Depot of Saratoga Springs, and Excellent Adventures Comics of Ballston Spa.

Tickets for the event are available online.

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Help The Hero Initiative, Bid On This Auction

Last Summer at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 comiXology threw a great event bringing together some of the comic industry’s greatest talents to create The Blank Page Project – a massive art jam board drawn and signed by some of comics’ best and brightest to benefit the Hero Initiative. There were some amazing creators that took part like, Walt Simonson, Dave Gibbons, Jerry Ordway, Amanda Conner and many more who contributed their efforts to filling a massive jam board with great art and signatures.

Now, The Blank Page Project is being auctioned off at Heritage Auction with proceeds going towards The Hero Initiative. Here’s the link to bid http://comics.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=7093&lotNo=92079 and help support a fantastic charity.

Check out the finished product.

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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!

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