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Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Hall Of Fame Hypnotist Tony Lee Performs To Send A Family To Disney World

Tony Lee; a veteran of over ten thousand sold out shows, an inductee into Canada’s Hall Of Fame. This man does not put on a show that you would willingly take your child to (unless they’re over 18), as he earns his reputation of an X-Rated hypnotist with a cunning glee. But the Superhero Hypnosis show isn’t an X-Rated experience – quite the opposite, in fact.

Tony Lee has developed a one of a kind experience that blends his famous hypnotic skills with an incredible stage show in order to bring to life the four colour world of comics, the magic of Harry Potter or any other fantastical universe you can imagine. I’m going to be honest with you here; I’m a little sketchy on how everything will come together, but the passion that Lee had for the show when I spoke to him off the record about it after one of his less family friendly evenings more than made up for the lack of details I have (this is as much on me as anything – I didn’t want to break or ruin any illusion before I had a chance to see it first hand). My understanding is that Tony Lee will be playing an evil mastermind, which he assures me isn’t far from the truth (he’s lying, even if he isn’t aware of the fact), who will be defeated by a young superhero at the show’s climax.

That Superhero Hypnosis has the potential to be an incredible show goes without saying, but what elevates this above and beyond an already ambitious hypnotist show is that Lee will be donating 100% of all profits to a local family facing an unimaginably heartbreaking situation. Battling an aggressive form of cancer, Miranda Pickrem Tipping and her husband hope to take her five year old son to Disney World in September, a dream that the family of three have had for some time; proceeds from the show will go toward making that dream a reality and help the loving young family create some special and lasting memories.

“My heart literally broke when I heard the story,” said Lee when asked about the reasons behind the Superhero Hypnosis show. “It literally brought tears to my eyes and I don’t even know this woman or family. It was the right thing to do. I just wish that I was able to do it for more families. But I’m certainly going to help as many people as I can before my time is done. I want this show to be spectacular. After 33 years of touring and 10,000 live shows this will be the only performance of its kind and I’m excited to blow people away.”

To help bring the performance to life, Lee has partnered with his friend and comic book illustrator Tony Gray, owner of GlassMonkey Studios, who will be autographing prints at the event that are included with the ticket price. “Teaming up with Tony Gray who has illustrated many great superheroes working with Marvel and DC such as Spider-Man, Wolverine, The Conduit, Red Sonia and many more has been an unbelievable natural fit for this performance.  Some audience members will have the opportunity to feel the perceived powers of mind control. They will be able to act out their favourite cosplay characters such as Harry Potter, Professor X or even becoming a Jedi Knight. The possibilities are endless. But this time they will be experiencing the power for real. A completely groundbreaking performance…”

The show will be held at the Cobequid Educational Centre AV room in Truro, Nova Scotia  on June 16 at 8 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.ca. They cost $22 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Included in the ticket price is an autographed print from comic illustrator Tony Gray. Tickets at the door will be $40.

Where We Live Gets a National Book Tour

Image Comics has announced that Where We Live will team up with local Las Vegas non-profit, Route91Strong.

100% of the proceeds for the Where We Live anthology will be donated to the Route91Strong Nonprofit, survivors helping survivors with support through financial assistance, hope, strength, change, and love. Route91Strong is a tax exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) Public Benefit Corporation that stemmed from the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival mass shooting that occurred on Sunday, October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas.

WHERE WE LIVE BOOK TOUR:
May 30, 2018 @ 6:00PM
Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, California

Featuring participating contributors:
Sina M Grace, Brian Haberlin, Matt Hawkins, Ray-Anthony Height, Mariah Huehner, Lucia Fasano, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Tess Fowler, Christina Rice, Rob Rose, Chris Ryall, Malachi Ward, Henry Barajas.

June 2, 2018 from 2:00 – 6:00PM
Alternate Reality Comics in Las Vegas, Nevada

20% of store sales for the day to be donated to the fund for the victims of the shooting.

Featuring participating contributors:
Josh Ellis, Scott David Johnson, Jarret Keene, Rachel Crosby, Matt Sorvillo, Pierce Elliott, Jennifer Battisti, Wendy Wright-Williams, Daniel Hernandez, Jason Harris, James Robinson, J H Williams III, Brian Haberlin, Larime & Sylv Taylor

June 2, 2018 from 12:00 – 4:00PM
The Comic Book Shop in Wilmington, DE

Featuring participating contributors:
Greg Pak, Erica Schultz, Liana Kangas, Justin Jordan, Matthew Dow Smith, Monica Gallagher

June 7, 2018 @ 6:00PM
Barnes & Noble Tribeca in New York, NY

Featuring participating contributors:
Paul Azaceta, Cliff Chiang, Ivan Brandon, Tyler Boss, Will Dennis, Scott Wilson, Jason Starr, Taylor Esposito, Erica Schultz, John Broglia, Joseph Illidge, Joe Mulvey, Sal Cipriano, Matthew Lesniewski, Liana Kangas, Mike Cavallaro, Janice Chiang, Neil Kleid, Greg Pak, Alex Segura, Isaac Goodhart, Jeff Boison, Amy Chu

June 15, 16, 2018
Heroes Con Charlotte, NC

Featuring various participating contributors, to be announced.

Lion Forge Joins the CBLDF as a Corporate Member

Lion Forge has joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as the organization’s newest Corporate Member! Lion Forge is a trans-media studio with a focus on comics publishing across all age groups. A company committed to “Comics for Everyone,” Lion Forge strives to publish titles that reflect the diversity of our world in the characters, the creators, and the Lion Forge team, creating content that is just as original.

 

CBLDF provides legal and educational resources to protect the freedom to read comics. The organization is a partner in Banned Books Week, the Kids’ Right to Read Project, Free Comic Book Day, and other national institutions that support intellectual freedom and literacy. CBLDF’s work extends from courtrooms to classrooms to conventions, where CBLDF defends the freedom to read by providing legal aid, letters of support in book challenges, challenges to unconstitutional legislation, and a robust schedule of programs about current and historical censorship to audiences all over the world.

 

Help Support Mike DeCarlo Whose Wife is in a Coma

Comic creator Mike DeCarlo‘s wife has suffered a horrible accident having been hit by a car. On March 24th Tracy DeCarlo was struck by a car as a pedestrian and while the driver didn’t feel the scene, the driver had no valid license and no insurance.

Tracy is currently comatose with brain trauma, a fractured pelvis, and broken knee and ligament tears. She is in ICU and the costs to keep her alive are adding up, even with medical coverage.

There is a GoFundMe currently running to help the DeCarlo family in this difficult time.

Every dollar you can donate will help.

Titan Comics & Humble Bundle Present The Gaming Humble Comics Bundle!

Explore beyond the realms of your favorite games, with the Titan Comics Gaming Humble Comics Bundle – and support AbleGamers!

Humble Bundle offers collections of videogames, books and comics at a price determined by you, the customer. Content is divided into three tiers: pay $1 or more to purchase the first tier; pay $8 or more to purchase tier one and two; and pay $15 or more to get the content from all three tiers.

The Gaming Humble Comics Bundle brings together a selection of Titan Comics’ critically acclaimed, officially licensed gaming comics, including Assassin’s CreedDark SoulsTekkenWarhammer: Dawn of War IIIDishonored, and The Evil Within! Brought to you by an array of incredible creators, praised by comic critics and gamers alike, these titles take you beyond the games, creating all-new stories around the characters and worlds that you know and love.

Importantly, as well as furnishing your chosen digital device with an incredible gaming comic library, by purchasing the Gaming Humble Comics Bundle, you’ll also be supporting the amazing work of AbleGamers!

The Gaming Humble comic Bundle runs until April 25, 2018.

TIER 1: Pay over $1 to get: Assassin’s Creed #1-5; Assassin’s Creed: Templars #1-5; The Evil Within #1-4; Dishonored #1-4; Assassin’s Creed: Locus #1-4

TIER 2: Pay over $8 to get Tier 1 content and: Assassin’s Creed #6-10; Assassin’s Creed: Templars #6-9; Assassin’s Creed: Awakening #1-6; Assassin’s Creed: Uprising #1-4; Dark Souls: The Breath of Andolus #1-4.

TIER 3: Pay over $15 to get Tier 1 and 2 content and: Assassin’s Creed #11-14; Assassin’s Creed: Reflections #1-4; Assassin’s Creed: Origins #1; Dishonored: The Peeress and the Price #1; The Evil Within: The Interlude #1; Dark Souls: Winter’s Spite #1-4; Tekken #1-2; Warhammer: Dawn of War III #1

Writers include: Ian Edginton (X-ForceHinterlandScarlet Traces); Fred Van Lente (Incredible HerculesMarvel Zombies), Alex Paknadel (Arcadia), Dan Watters (Limbo), Antony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare), Connor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), Takashi Yano (Naruto: Itachi’s Story), George Mann (Doctor WhoWarhammer 40,000), Gordon Rennie (Judge DreddRogue Trooper), Michael Moreci (Roche LimitBurning Fields), Cavan Scott (Star Wars,Judge Dredd), Ryan O’Sullivan (TurncoatEisenhorn: Xenos).

Artists include: Capsar Wijngaard (Limbo), Valeria Favoccia (Doctor Who), Dennis Calero (X-Men NoirLegion of Superheroes), José Holder (DeceiversX-Men Apocalypse), Neil Edwards (Dark AvengersFantastic FourJustice League), Kenji Oiwa (GothWelcome to the N.H.K.), Alan Quah (The Vampire DiariesOrphan Black), Andrea Olimpieri (MostriTrue Blood), Andie Tong (Masters of the UniverseTron Legacy), Alex Sanchez (Katana), Szymon Kudranski (30 Days of NightSpawn), Damien Worm (The October Faction), Daniel Indro (Vikings: Uprising).

Lion Forge Announces a Second Printing for Puerto Rico Strong

Just over six months since Hurricane Maria plowed through Puerto Rico, the island is still struggling to rebound. Today, in conjunction with the announcement of the second printing of the sold-out benefit comics anthology Puerto Rico Strong, Lion Forge Comics has upped their commitment to relief in a partnership with United Way of Puerto Rico with a donation match of $50,000!

All Lion Forge profits from the sales of Puerto Rico Strong will go to the Early Childhood Relief program. These specific initiatives in Puerto Rico to help the children and families and provide hope include:

  • Early Childhood Centers: Creation of Reading Corners
  • Early Childhood Centers: Psychological Support for traumatic stress after a natural disaster
  • Early Childhood Centers: Reestablishment of non-profit childcare facilities (Furniture, Materials, Equipment, Structure)
  • Community Schools and Health Care Centers

Puerto Rico Strong is a comics anthology that explores what it means to be Puerto Rican and the diversity that exists within that concept, from today’s most exciting Puerto Rican comics creators. All profits will go toward disaster relief and recovery programs to support Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Strong is co-edited by Lion Forge’s own Desiree Rodriguez and Hazel Newlevant, alongside Marco Lopez, Neil Schwartz, and Derek Ruiz.

Puerto Rico Strong features art and writing by Rosa Colón (Soda Pop Comics), Vita Ayala (Bitch Planet), Naomi Franquiz (Misfit City), Javier Cruz Winnik (A Reason to Smile!), Sabrina Cintron (La Borinquena), Tristan Tarwater (Hen & Chick), Fabian Nicieza (co-creator of Deadpool), Joamette Gil (Power & Magic), and many more!

The second printing of Puerto Rico Strong is due to ship to finer comic shops everywhere on April 20.

The Where We Live Anthology Contributors Announced

Image Comics has announced the list of Where We Live: Las Vegas Shooting Benefit Anthology contributors.

Curated by JH Williams III, Wendy Wright-Williams, Will Dennis, and Image Comics’ Publisher, Eric Stephenson, one hundred percent of the proceeds for the Where We Live anthology will be donated to an existing GoFundMe campaign for the survivors in Las Vegas.

The Where We Live anthology contains over 70 stories from over 150 different creators and clocks in at around 300 pages total.

The book will include a variety of perspectives with key themes exploring gun violence, common sense gun control, value of a compassionate society, mental health stigmatization, aftermath of tragedy and how individuals and communities persevere, and an appreciation of Las Vegas as a vibrant community.

The Where We Live anthology is a riveting collection of both fictional stories and actual eye-witness accounts told by an all-star lineup of the top talent working in comics today as well as Las Vegas locals. All the creators have graciously volunteered their time and talent to help bring some sense to this senseless act and, in the process, raise money for the survivors and their families.

WHERE WE LIVE ANTHOLOGY contributors:
Michael Allred & Laura Allred
Henry Barajas, Isaac Goodhart & Kelly Fitzpatrick
Jennifer Battisti, Geof Darrow, Dave Stewart & Bernardo Brice
Jennifer Battisti & J.H. Williams III
Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Oeming, Taki Soma & Bernardo Brice
Haden Blackman & Richard Pace
Haden Blackman, J.H. Williams III & Todd Klein
Jeff Boison & Tyler Boss
Ivan Brandon, Paul Azaceta & Bernardo Brice
Ryan Burton, Tony Parker, Dee Cunniffe & Bernardo Brice
Kurt Busiek, Andrew Maclean, Lee Loughridge & JG Roshell (at Comicraft)
Amy Chu, Gabriel Hernandez Walta & Alexander Chang
Rachel Crosby, J.H. Williams III & Bernardo Brice
Al Davison
Kelly Sue DeConnick, Joelle Jones, Dave Stewart & Bernardo Brice
J.M. DeMatteis & Mike Cavallaro
Gustavo Duarte
Aaron Duran, Joe Mulvey, Jules Rivera & Bernardo Brice
Joshua Dysart, Pere Perez & Bernardo Brice
Pierce Elliott & Monica Gallagher
Joshua Ellis, Jeff Lemire & Bernardo Brice
Lucia Fasano, Tess Fowler & Bernardo Brice
Ray Fawkes
Joshua Hale Fialkov, Noel Tuazon & Bernardo Brice
Neil Gaiman, J.H. Williams III & Todd Klein
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Dee Cunniffe & Clayton Cowles
Brandon Graham
Justin Gray & John Broglia
Lela Gwenn & Matthew Dow Smith
Matt Hawkins, Aaron Campbell, Dee Cunniffe & Bernardo Brice
Daniel Hernandez, Moritat & Casey Silver
Talia Hershewe, Jock & Bernardo Brice
David Hine, Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke
Joe Illidge, Ray-Anthony Height, Andrew Dalhouse & Deron Bennet
Van Jensen, Eric Kim, Chris O’Halloran & Bernardo Brice
Scott David Johnson, Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, Mark Englert & Bernardo Brice
Justin Jordan, Tom Fowler & Taylor Esposito
Jarret Keene, Craig Cermak, Marissa Louise & Taylor Esposito
Neil Kleid & Nick Pitarra
Greg Lockard, Tim Fish, Michael J DiMotta & Sal Cipriano
Ollie Masters, Jason Harris, Sina Grace & Shaun Steven Struble
Mariah McCourt, Ariela Kristantina, Bryan Valenza & Bernardo Brice
Mike Mignola & Dave Stewart
Mark Millar, Alex Sheikman, Marissa Louise & Bernardo Brice
Gary Spencer Millidge
Fabio Moon
B. Clay Moore, Kelly Williams & Chas! Pangburn
Greg Pak, Triona Farrell & Simon Bowland
Alex Paknadel, Chris Wildgoose, Triona Farrell & Aditya Bidikar
Curt Pires, Matt Lesniewski & Alex Petretich
Christina Rice, Richard Pace & Bernardo Brice
Darick Robertson, R. Eric Lieb & Christopher Crank
James Robinson, Dean Kotz, Stefano Gaudiano & Casey Silver
Robert Rose & Matt Strackbein
Chris Ryall, Gabriel Rodriguez, Nelson Daniel & Bernardo Brice
Rafael Scavone, Rafael Albuquerque, Patricia Mulvihill & Bernardo Brice
Erica Schultz, Liana Kangas & Cardinal Rae
Alex Segura, Marco Finnegan, Kelsey Shannon & Janice Chiang
Gail Simone, Ryan Kelly, Giulia Brusco & Bernardo Brice
Matthew Dow Smith & Michael Gaydos
Matt Sorvillo & Sean Phillips
Jason Starr, Andrea Mutti, Vladimir Popov & Bernardo Brice
Cameron Stewart
Larime Taylor & Sylv Taylor
Paul Tobin, Dustin Weaver & Bernardo Brice
David Walker, Damon Smith & Motherboxx Studios
Malachi Ward
Rob Williams & Javier Pulido
Scott Bryan Wilson & Cliff Chiang
Chris Wisnia, Bill Sienkiewicz & Jeromy Cox
Wendy Wright-Williams, J.H. Williams III & Todd Klein
Warren Wucinich

And more!

Oni Press Announces Charitable Donation to the National Hemophilia Foundation of Oregon to Celebrate Oni’s 20th Anniversary

This spring, Oni Press will be making a charitable donation to the National Hemophilia Foundation of Oregon in continuation of their 20th Anniversary celebration, just as they had for the winter season by donating the proceeds from Sarah Graley’s Kim Reaper Valentines to Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund. The National Hemophilia Foundation of Oregon was chosen by Founder and CFO, Joe Nozemack.

In the announcement Nozemack said:

The Hemophilia Foundation of Oregon was one of the first groups we thought of when we were deciding on charities to support this year. The organization and staff work incredibly hard to help hemophiliacs and their families deal with the challenges that come with living with this disease. They’ve helped me and my family through some challenging times and it’s nice to be able to give back to the organization.

The Hemophilia Foundation of Oregon enhances the quality of life for individuals with bleeding disorders and their families through advocacy, assistance, outreach, education and research support.

Lion Forge is Partnering with the United Way of Puerto Rico for their Puerto Rico Strong Anthology Fundraiser

Just under six months since Hurricane Maria plowed through Puerto Rico with a destructive force that left island residents desperate for survival or forced to flee to the U.S. mainland, the island is still struggling to rebound. Today, Lion Forge Comics has announced their commitment to relief efforts in a partnership with United Way of Puerto Rico, in conjunction with the release of Puerto Rico Strong, a charity comics anthology from some of today’s top talent!

All Lion Forge profits from the sales of Puerto Rico Strong will go to the Early Childhood Relief program. These specific initiatives in Puerto Rico to help the children and families and provide hope include:

  • Early Childhood Centers: Creation of Reading Corners
  • Early Childhood Centers: Psychological Support for traumatic stress after a natural disaster
  • Early Childhood Centers: Re-establishment of non-profit childcare facilities (Furniture, Materials, Equipment, Structure)
  • Community Schools and Health Care Centers

In addition, Lion Forge will match $25,000 of all profits from the sales of Puerto Rico Strong, and Diamond Comic Distributors will donate 5 percent of retail sales to United Way of Puerto Rico. 100 percent of the books profits are being donated to the ongoing relief efforts.

Puerto Rico Strong is a comics anthology that explores what it means to be Puerto Rican and the diversity that exists within that concept, from today’s most exciting Puerto Rican comics creators. All profits will go toward disaster relief and recovery programs to support Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Strong is co-edited by Lion Forge’s own Desiree Rodriguez and Hazel Newlevant, alongside Marco Lopez, Neil Schwartz, and Derek Ruiz.

Puerto Rico Strong features art and writing by Rosa Colón (Soda Pop Comics), Vita Ayala (Bitch Planet), Naomi Franquiz (Misfit City), Javier Cruz Winnik (A Reason to Smile!), Sabrina Cintron (La Borinquena), Tristan Tarwater (Hen & Chick), Fabian Nicieza (co-creator of Deadpool), Joamette Gil (Power & Magic), and many more!

The world of Princeless Has gotten bigger with the Girls Rock/Girls Leadership Anthology debuting on comiXology!

Princeless has expanded into a new charity anthology! Most of the proceeds for this anthology will go toward two organizations: Girls Rock NC and Girls Leadership. The anthology was announced on Graphic Policy Radio in 2016.

The anthology features original stories featuring or inspired by Adrienne, Raven, and Bedelia. The fantastic comic creators in the first issue include Kelly Sue Deconnick, Kit Cox, Alicia Whitley, Bri Rudd, Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, Jason Strutz, Kyle Latino, and a cover by Katie Cook!

Creator/writer Jeremy Whitley commented in the announcement:

Princeless has always been about providing an empowering message to girls. Now, through the proceeds of this anthology, we look forward to giving to organizations that directly empower girls. We’re thrilled to be working with this slate of superstar creators and can’t wait to share more of our world with you!

Later on this year, the anthology will be collected into a physical edition you can purchase. The first issue is out now.

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