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Hero Initiative’s Massive Events at Baltimore Comic Con

The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in medical or financial need, is hitting the Baltimore Comic Con in a massive way. Hero will be at booth #2101 from Oct. 22 through Oct. 24 with exclusive creators, live art, and more! Tickets are available online and close the week of the show!

Hero is the only place to find…

  • Amazing Spider-Man and JLA artist John Dell
  • Deadpool and World’s Finest artist Scott Koblish
  • Swamp Thing and Sandman artist Shawn McManus
  • Fray and Buffy the Vampire Slayer artist Karl Moline
  • Black Panther and Vampirella writer Christopher Priest

Look for them all weekend long signing and sketching at the Hero booth, #2101!

John Dell and Karl Moline are making special and much healthier appearances at Baltimore. Both had recent serious health problems that Hero helped themthrough, and they’re doing much better. You can see their important stories along with those of other at Hero Initiative’s YouTube page.

Saturday at 1 p.m., make SURE you’re at the Hero booth to see LIVE ART created by top artists Cliff Chiang and Gene Ha! The pair will collaborate on anew “Double Visions” piece to benefit Hero and Binc, the Book IndustryCharitable Foundation.

Finally, make sure your evening is covered with a trip to the Ringo Awards on Saturday night, October 23rd. 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!


John Dell has 30+ years as a professional comic inker, working on such titles as LoboJLAYoung AvengersAmazing Spider-ManDeadpoolGuardians of the Galaxy, and way too many other credits to list. John is working with some of the most talented pencillers in the industry. A happily married father of two, John wakes up every morning feeling like the luckiest kid on his street.

Scott Koblish is an American comic-book artist who has worked as a penciller and inker on more than 600 comic books for Marvel, DC, Disney, Platinum Studios, Z2, Heavy Metal, and Acclaim. He has worked on a wide variety of titles, including GI JoePunisherElektraThorHulkCaptain AmericaDaredevilX-FactorX-ManX-MenX-Men ’92Uncanny X-Men: First ClassExcaliburWolverineFantastic FourSpider-ManThe AvengersGuardians of the GalaxyDoom 2099Deadpool 2099Moon KnightVenomStar Trek/X-MenDeadpoolSpider-Man/DeadpoolIron FistHow to Read Comics the Marvel Way, and Star Wars for Marvel, and worked on SupermanPrimal AgeTitansOMACOutsidersBatmanAquaman, and Lobo for DC. His most notable work at Marvel as a penciller was his 6-year run as an artist on Deadpool, where he received the Guinness Book of World Records for most characters to appear on a comic book cover. He is the author and artist of the book The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish, and artist on How To Draw DC Comic’s Super Heroes and Super Villains. He is also starring in a DCKids’ Youtube series focusing on how to draw characters from the Batman universe.

Shawn McManus is an American artist who has worked for every major publisher over the past three decades. He’s probably best know for his work on Neil Gaiman’s original Sandman series and Alan Moore’s scripted Swamp Thing. When he’s not watching episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm or Mr. Inbetween, or admiring the magic of Frank Godwin’s line work, he can be found chained to his drawing board trying to meet a deadline.

Karl Moline has worked as a professional comic book artist with every major comics publishers for over twenty years. He is best known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and co-creating Fray with Joss Whedon, but has also worked on titles such as SuperboySupergirlAvengers ArenaAvengers AcademyRogueRoute 666Daredevil 2099LonersSeekers of the WeirdHulk Smash AvengersB.P.R.D.Spider-Man Unlimited, and Vampirella among others. He is currently working on a super secret project with Scout Comics, and he might tell you about it if you ask him. He lives near Tampa, Florida and likes cats and magic.

Cristopher James Priest

Cristopher James Priest is a critically-acclaimed novelist and Eisner Award-nominated comic book writer. Priest is the first African-American writer and editor to work in the comic book industry, with over 40 years of writing, editing, and publishing experience. His groundbreaking reinterpretation of Marvel Comics’ Black Panther was lauded by Entertainment Weekly and The Village Voice and became the platform for the Oscar®-winning 2018 blockbuster major motion picture. Static Shock, which Priest co-created with Milestone Media, Inc., was the first nationally syndicated African-American super-hero animated series, and the first act of 2005’s Batman Begins was largely based upon Priest’s Batman comic book work, as was the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War and the 2018 major motion picture release Avengers: Infinity WarQuantum & Woody, which Priest co-created with artist M.D. Bright, is currently being developed for television. Priest has also written and recorded numerous songs, served as producer and sideman for various bands and choirs, and has developed numerous properties for Hollywood including projects with former BET President (and Milestone Media principal) Reginald Hudlin (producer of Django Unchained), Hamm & Kitchens, Inc. (Tim Burton Batman films), Edward R. Pressman Productions Inc., and Eddie Murphy Productions. He formerly served as a Baptist pastor in Colorado Springs, where he founded PraiseNet Electronic Media in 2001. Priest is a 4-time American Advertising Federation Addy® Award winner for graphic and web design. His publishing catalog includes a trio of Green Lantern novels from iBooks/Simon & Schuster, the procedural crime novels Dual and Zion1999, a serialized superhero-science fiction novel, PraiseNet Essentials, a nine-book ecumenical series of theological criticism, and hundreds of comic book stories, among them the collected editions Deathstroke by DC Comics, Black Panther by Christopher Priest: The Complete CollectionCaptain America and The Falcon by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection, and The Quantum & Woody Omnibus by Valiant Entertainment.


2021 GUESTS

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Tom Akel (Stan Lee’s Backchannel, courtesy of Rocketship Entertainment), Chris Bachalo (Non-Stop Spider-Man), Art Baltazar (Big Alien Moon Crush), John Beatty (Secret Wars), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Ziggy Blumenthal (Operation Pajama Pants), Ivan Brandon (VS), Russ Braun (The Boys), Brett Breeding (Superman), Reilly Brown (Deadpool), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Jim Calafiore (Welcome to Megalopolis), Chris Campana (The Adventures of Parker Reef), Castillo Studios, Cliff Chiang (Paper Girls), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Becky Cloonan (Dark Agnes), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Steve Conte (Action Figure Kingdom), Jamie Cosley (Light Side), Kevin Cuffe (Metalshark Bro), J. Robert Deans (Crass Fed), John Dell (Lobo, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Vito Delsante (Stray), Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts), Jason Douglas (Parallel, courtesy of Source Point Press), Charles C. Dowd (Lilith Dark), Ryan Dunlavey (M.O.D.O.K. Reign Delay), Garth Ennis (The Boys, Friday and Saturday only), Trish Forstner (My Little Pony), Franco (The Ghost, The Owl), Bob Frantz (Metalshark Bro), John Gallagher (Max Meow: Cat Crusader), Kami Garcia (Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity), Mitch Gerads (Mr. Miracle), Joe Giella (Green Lantern), Mike Gold (Green Arrow), Michael Golden (Micronauts), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Gene Ha (Mae), Scott Hanna (Icon and Rocket), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Glenn Hauman (They Keep Killing Glenn), Mike Hawthorne (Happiness Will Follow), Marc Hempel (The Sandman), Jamal Igle (Wrong Earth), Dave Johnson (The Good wiAsian), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Alien), Karl Kesel (Impossible Jones), Tom King (Batman), Scott Koblish (Deadpool, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Leeanne M. Krecic (Let’s Play, courtesy of Rocketship Entertainment), Robert Lemieux (Life in the Comics), Kevin Maguire (Justice League), Dirk Manning (Buried But Not Dead, courtesy of Source Point Press), Chris Mariano (Claire Lost Her Bear At The World’s Fair), Mark Mariano (Far Out Firehouse), Alitha Martinez (Nubia), Whitney Matheson (Pandemix: Quarantine Comics in the Age of ‘Rona), Ian McGinty (Adventure Time), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Pop Mhan (Aquaman Annual), Karl Moline (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Mark Morales (The Next Batman: Second Son), Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien), Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge), Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground), Jerry Ordway (The Power of Shazam), Steve Orlando (Midnighter and Apollo, courtesy of AfterShock Comics, Saturday and Sunday only), James Pascoe (Azrael), Andrew Pepoy (Simone & Ajax), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Khoi Pham (Star Wars: Crimson Reign), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Christopher Priest (Black Panther, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Joe Quesada (Daredevil), Tom Raney (Guardians of the Galaxy), Amy Reeder (Wonder Woman: Black and Gold), Afua Richardson (Omni), Andrew Robinson (Halo), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Jennifer Rouse (Frankenstein Mobster), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man), Stuart Sayger (Army of Darkness: 1979), Gregg Schigiel (SpongeBob Comics), Chris Schweizer (The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton), Doc Shaner (Strange Adventures), Jim Shooter (Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), Mika Song (Donut Feed the Squirrels), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Paul D. Storrie (Storm Kids: Stanley’s Ghost), Arthur Suydam (Merc with a Mouth), Martha Thomases (Dakota North), John Timms (Superman: Son of Kal-El), Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin), Ben Towle (Four-Fisted Tales: Animals in Combat), Tim Townsend (Non-Stop Spider-Man), Billy Tucci (Shi), Fred Van Lente (Action Philosophers), Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Friday and Saturday only), Emilio Velez Jr. (The Dodgeball Teens), Robert Venditti (Hawkman), Mark Wheatley (Songs of Giants), Emily S. Whitten (The Underfoot), Matt Wieringo (Stargate Atlantis: Gateways), Keith Williams (Thor the Worthy), Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs), Renee Witterstaetter (Guardians of the Galaxy), Javier Cruz Winnik (Puerto Rico Strong), Rich Woodall (Electric Black), Kelly Yates (Doctor Who), and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).

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