Bowling for Hero Initiative

If you’re heading to the Emerald City Comic Con this week, you can also meet some great creators, go bowling, and get a chance to win some original art (on a bowling pin! Go Plastic Man!). Awesome. Details below.

Hero Initiative the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need is heading to  Emerald City Comic Con March 30 through April 1 in Seattle, Wash. at the Washington State Convention Center. We have many special guests, and we are going BOWLING!

That’s right! We’re bowling to raise money for our cause on Friday March 30 at 8pm! There are 24 spots to bowl with a special guest including Jim Valentino, Francis Manpul, Barry Kitson, Tony Parker and more at Garage Billiards at 1130 Broadway in downtown Seattle! ( For $40 you get 2 games with a special guest, shoe rental, a drink ticket and five raffle tickets to win a bowling pin designed by artists such as Joe Linsner or Matt Wagner!

You never know who will show up! Go to to secure your spot!

And if you don’t want to bowl, come and have some fun! The custom bowling pins can be won by ANYONE who shows up! Raffle tickets are $5 each, and tickets will be sold all day Friday at booth number #807 and all evening at the event. Winners MUST BE present.

Of course our special guests at the booth will be signing and sketching for us. Check it out!

Friday, March 30 (hours 2-8)

200-300: Keu Cha

300-400: Scott Morse

400-500: Mike Oeming

500-700: Bill Willingham

Saturday, March 31 (hours 10-7)

1230-130: Jim Valentino

130-230: Adi Granov

430-630: Chrissie Zullo

Sunday, April 1 (hours 10-5)

1030-1130: Steve Lieber

1130-1230: Matt Fraction

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 $500,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-6354.


JLA 100 Project

The HERO Initiative charity that helps creators in need have announced that there are now Hard and Soft cover collections of their recent JLA 100 project. They’ve done similar projects on Spider-Man, and The Avengers and now here’s your chance to see over 100 different interpretations of the Justice League from artists all over the world.

Check out the complete gallery here, and some of my faves below. You can also get details about the upcoming auctions for the original art at the same link.

Bonomo Taffy Helps Hero Initiative

I can’t say that I’ve heard of this snack here in Australia, but if you see it at your LCS (local comic shop) next month, make sure to buy some as 25c from every one sold goes to the Hero Initiative to aid comic creators in need. More info here.



Starting September, 2011, Bonomo Turkish Taffy is donating 25 cents for every bar of its product sold through comic shops to Hero Initiative! It’s available in four great flavors, so encourage YOUR favorite store to order a box through Diamond Comic Distributors using order codes:





Hero Initiative Memberships

My delightful package from the good folk at Hero Initiative arrived this week. I was a member last year and figured I’d do it again this year too. Hero basically look after comics creators of the past or present who have fallen on hard times, and help them however they can by raising funds for medical treatment and such. You may have seen their recent 100 Wolverines project and original art for sale for creators such as Josh Medors. Making  a living as any creative type is hard enough and it’s even harder to sustain it for years for some financial stability, so to give back to the writers and artists who have given us so much enjoyment over the years seems more than fair. To see how you can donate or become a member check out the Hero Initiative here.

Hero Initiative 2010 Memberships

Last year was the first time the noble charity, Hero Initiative had a membership drive. Now they’re doing it again. It’s a great chance to support creators in need and get a few goodies in the process. Details below.

It’s that time of year— to renew your Hero Initiative membership! 2009 marked the first year ever for Hero Initiative memberships, and for 2010, we’ve revamped with more and better premiums! You can get full information and order today at or www.

Proceeds benefit the Hero Initiative, the only charitable organization dedicated to helping comic creators in medical or financial need. In addition to the great items listed below, many EXTRA excellent events and special discounts will be made available ONLY to Hero Initiative members throughout the year. Don’t miss out on the insider’s scoop and invites to very special events! As we say over here at Hero…DO IT!

Memberships are available as follows:


You get:

• Personalized membership card

• Quarterly newsletter

• A copy of the Hero Initiative Marvel Apes #1 variant

• Hero Initiative sketch card from a randomly selected artist! Artists include: Chris Bachalo, Dan Brereton, Mike Deodato, Scott Koblish, Mike Mayhew, Mike Perkins, Joe Quesada, Humberto Ramos, Tone Rodriguez, John Romita Sr., Leinil Yu and MORE!


You get ALL the above, PLUS:

• A NEW 2010 Hero Initiative T-shirt

• A copy of The Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Project

• “First in Line” and special members-only signings at select 2010 conventions


You get ALL the above, PLUS:

• A $50 gift card for Sideshow Collectibles

• Your flat item signed and personalized by Stan Lee!

Hero Initiative 2010 members will also want to take special note, as combo memberships for BOTH Hero and ComicArtFans are available. ComicArtFans is offering its members an additional $10 off their annual Premium Membership program if you are also a Hero member. “When ComicArtFans learned that the Hero Initiative would have membership opportunities we felt the need to help promote this new program to our membership as well. We’ve been a supporter of Hero for several years and feel very strongly that our members are also interested in supporting Hero,” said Bill Cox of

Returning 2009 members will get a members-only discount off the prices listed above IF YOU RENEW BEFORE JANUARY 1st 2010. So if you haven’t signed up yet, do so today to guarantee your savings for the future!

And if you want to sign up on-site at the Long Beach Comic Con (Oct. 2-4, 2009) or Mid-Ohio Comic Con (Oct. 3-4, 2009), we encourage you to do that quickly! The first 50 signups at each of those cons will get a bonus gift card from Sideshow Collectibles worth a random amount from $10 to $50 at

Be A Hero

I’ll definitely be picking one of these up at Comic-Con. Press release below.

Hero Comic CoverHero Initiative is very proud to announce the release of Hero Comics. The 32-page, no-ads comic, edited and produced by Scott Dunbier, special projects editor at IDW Publishing, will be released in late July with two covers, Eve by J. Scott Campbell, and Grendel by Matt Wagner. The fundraising book will contain great, all-new content including an original American Flagg! story by Howard Chaykin, and original stories by Gene HaBill WillinghamDavid Lloyd, and Kaare Andrews.( See attachment for cover art)

In addition, Arthur Adams will recreate three classic Marvel Comics covers, and Hero Initiative beneficiaries such as Gene ColanBill Messner-Loebs and Josh Medors will tell their own personal stories, detailing their severe struggles, and Hero’s involvement.

An excerpt from Josh Medors’ story reads:

“When I am feeling almost ready to give in to my cancer, ready to throw my hands in the air and say ‘I quit!,’ I get a call from the Initiative. ‘Just wanted to see how you are doing.’ It may not seem like much, but let me assure you—When the monster bites and the pain pills aren’t working, a call like that is more effective than a Super-Soaker filled with holy water against the ol’ Count.”

This special edition comic retails for $3.99, and will be on sale at comic stores worldwide on July 29, 2009. It’s available in the DiamondPreviews catalog for August-shipping items in the IDW section, order code JUN090950 .

“I’ve been an active supporter of the Hero Initiative since I was first asked to help out,” stated Howard Chaykin. “It’s particularly important in this volatile era that we remember the men and women who made our industry, and make certain that they have the happy endings they richly deserve.”

Fans will be able to get their hands on this epic treasure early at the San Diego Comic-Con, July 23-26, 2009 as well. Copies will be on-sale at the Hero Initiative booth, #907.

“It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work on a book like Hero Comics. The job that the Hero Initiative does, helping comics creators in need, is a noble endeavor, one all of us should get behind,” said Dunbier.

All proceeds from the book benefit Hero Initiative, as all creators involved have donated their services. IDW is donating its publishing services, Comicraft is donating lettering and book design, and Try Vision Company, Inc. of Los Angeles is donating printing.

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