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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Limited offer: Free Will Eisner poster!

The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation is a great organization that has done many nice things to help Hero Initiative. Here's one right now:

We have a limited number of promotional posters from the 2011 Will Eisner's New York exhibit at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. While supplies last, if you purchase selected prints from Hero's eBay store, we'll kick in a FREE copy of this poster courtesy of the Foundation!

You can get the Frank Cho Howard the Duck signed or unsigned

Arthur Suydam's Zombie Scarface

The Toronto Comic Con litho signed by Terry Moore, Matt Wagner AND Marv Wolfman…

Clayton Crain's Robot and Girl

The autographed Ed Hannigan Spider-Man

…or the autographed Josh Medors Spider-Man.

Check ’em out, and thanks once again to the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation!

Jim McLauchlin

Need help ID'ing some great Jack Davis art!

Jack Davis kindly donated this art to Hero Initiative…but even he's not sure what it is! He thinks it might be a Time magazine piece. If anyone can ID, please let us know in the comments section here. Thanks!

And a link to a mighty gallery with this…here!

Jim McLauchlin

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hero Initiative 2012 Memberships: Now with George Pérez sketches!

The time is ripe to sign up for your 2012 Hero Initiative membership!

And for those of you who feel very generous, you can get a head sketch of a character of your choice by either George Pérez or Walter Simonson! One smart guy already owns the Galactus, above!

Maybe you can lay claim to this Scarlet Witch…

Or if your tastes run more to willpower, there's always this great Green Lantern!

Get ’em while they're hot, peeps!

Jim McLauchlin

Kevin Eastman's ENTIRE Studio auction: It's ON!

The auction to end all auctions is up and running! Check it out, because:
a) It's super-cool; and
b) A nice slice of the proceeds go to Hero Initiative!

Seriously. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman is auctioning off his entire studio in one fell swoop. This is one for the ages.

And make sure you make the party at Meltdown Comics on January 4, 2012 as well, huh?

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kevin Eastman studio auction: Video and list-out!

Perhaps the craziest, coolest auction of all time!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman has moved his entire studio into Meltdown Comics. AND he's gonna auction the ENTIRE thing off in one giant lot!

The KEVIN EASTMAN ART STUDIO auction will run for 10 days beginning Dec. 25th, Christmas Day, at 9:00 PM (PST). It will wrap the evening of January 4th at 9:00 PM, which will be the final night of the 35 DAYS OF KEVIN EASTMAN event at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. Swing by for the huge blowout closing night party!

And before you do, check out this amazing video in which Kevin walks you through the studio and some of the items.

On Christmas night, you can seek out eBay merchant: oranj
They'll be running the auction. And here are some of the highlights you'll find contained within this treasure trove!

* Kevin's Drawing Table and Chair (table is as it was when Kevin decided to do this auction). Includes Pens, Shotglasses, Empty Redbull Cans, etc.
* Original Illustrated Storyboards for HEAVY METAL 2000
* Highlander Animated Series: press pack, Early Cut of the Movie, Copies of entire Movie as Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri
* Over 600 DVDs - most of them partially watched while working on art in the studio. Includes DVD deck and monitor.
* Double-Sized Production Prototype of OZZY OSBOURNE "Bark At The Moon" Action Figure sculpted by Digger T. Mesch
* Photocopy of Simon Bisley's Lobo/Authority Pencils & Layout for the entire story
* 2 Pgs of Original Art from TNMT Movie Adaptation - 1 Featuring Twin Towers - 1 Featuring Statue of Liberty - Framed with US Flag from Kevin's Home
* Richard Corben Original Art (at least two pieces - there may be more!)
* Signed Elizabeth Hurly Photo from Austin Powers.
* Kevin's personal San Diego Comic Con Badges going back about 10 years
* Various Movie Posters - Comic Prints - and More . . . used to "wallpaper" the studio!
* Toy Guns, Knives and a Hand-Grenade (non-functional) used as reference for comics
* Original art portrait of Kevin by Simon "BIZ" Bisley (there's actually quite a bit of BIZ art in here!)
* Trigun, Lain, and other favorite Anime Animation Cells
* A Fishtank (formerly held Kevin's gecko) filled with various odds and ends tossed in over a six year period - ???
* TMNT Comic 5-Color Press Proof Overlays (from back in the days before digital press proofs)
* Box of Original Photos of Playmates & Models (mostly nude) - Photography by Julie Strain
* Turtles Car Windshield Sunblock - Still in Original Shrinkwrap
* Turtles Cereal Box (cardboard mock up - never assembled)
* TONS of random Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles goodies . . . prototypes . . . and oddities
* Original Comic Art by Various Creators
* Statues & Action Figures - - Pin-Up, Fantasy, Superhero, Turtles (natch) and more!
* Various Billiken Models From Japan (Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature, Mummy and MORE)
* and so much more . . . some of these boxes have not even been opened. Who knows what lurks inside?!


Auction starts December 25th at 9:00 PM (PST). Search KEVIN EASTMAN ART STUDIO or go to

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hero Initiative 2012 Memberships: EVERYONE gets a tote bag!

They're up!

Hero Initiative 2012 memberships are now available. For as little as $29 a year, you can show your support for Hero and get some very cool swag.

AND you can show the world you care by using your Hero tote bag to carry your sketchbook, hand sanitizer, and Doritos to your next convention.

Get ’em while they're hot, folks!

Jim McLauchlin

P.S. We know "Excelsior" is spelled wrong on the sample card below. It's just a sample, son! Unless your name is "Lucas Bishop," I guess.

Hero Initiative's Deep Discount Quickee Christmas Items!

Ugga. So. Hero Initiative has a self-storage locker where we store our convention setup, more paperwork than you can imagine, extra inventory on our books, etc. The storage facility has lost its lease, and I get to move 13,000 pounds of books on January 2. Brother, can you spare a back brace?

As it's easier, weight-wise, to move ’em one at a time, we'll help you with last-minute Christmas shopping as well. For a limited time, through Jan. 1…

• Our Wolverine 100 softcover is 50% off

• The Hulk 100 hardcover is 40% off

• The Archie 50 softcover is 50% off, and similarly, the limited edition hardcover is 50% off as well.

• Avengers 100 softcover at 50% off? Check. And the Avengers 100 hardcover, same 50% off? Okay. Sold!

• Excelsior! Stan's Soapbox: The Collection is 50% off!

• Our Spider-Man 100 papaerback at 50% off? Yup!

• And even the Hero-exclusive Overstreet Comic Book Price guide is 20% off.

Bargains galore, peeps. Make Christmas shopping easy, and save my lumbar all at the same time.

Jim McLauchlin

Friday, December 16, 2011

Josh Medors and Stan Lee prints…almost gone!

The best of all possible Christmas gifts? Well, that would be the stellar Spider-Man print autographed by Josh Medors, Josh's recreation of Steve Ditko's classic Amazing Spider-Man #33 cover that ran on Roy Thomas. Alter Ego #105. Still available for tree-underin'!

But those of you looking for a more rare bird best act NOW! Of the 250 prints, a mere 50 were signed by BOTH Josh and Stan Lee. Hero's stock is sold out, but six remain at Graham Crackers Comics. Get thee there!

And print #1 of 250 is currently up on Hero's eBay store. The last of its kind.

And we have a mere FOUR Artist Proof editions of the 10 created, signed by both Stan and Josh. Worth a look.

Merry Christmas, lucky buyers!

Jim McLauchlin

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Darwyn Cooke's 12 Days of Christmas!

It begins!

Darwyn Cooke, raconteur, man-about-town, and occasional writer and draw-er of comics, has opened up the vaults once again for a STELLAR almost-fortnight of great auctions benefiting Hero Initiative. Last year, among other things, Dar helped pay for Russ Heath's new knee. This year? Who knows? Maybe we'll get someone a pancreas!

Things get started with a killer Parker package (above), and keep rollin' with the JLA cover from the 2011 Boston Comic Con (below). Heck, you can scope the whole kit-’n'-kaboodle on one convenient page.

Please check ’em out, and bid generously, huh? And next time you see Dar, say, "Thanks!"

Jim McLauchlin

Kevin Eastman auctions off…his entire freakin' studio!

Okay, you gotta admit: This is pretty cool!

Kevin Eastman has moved his entire studio into Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, including every item you see above.

And because Kevin is a delightful kind of crazy, he'll be auctioning off the ENTIRE thing as one lot starting December 25. Talk about a Christmas present of crazed-out proportions! Won't fit under most trees, but still…

And Kevin will be donating a portion of the auction proceeds to Hero Initiative. Nice guy, he.

More later!

Jim McLauchlin

Friday, December 9, 2011

JLA cover auctions—one down, two to go!

The first round of our JLA cover auctions has been completed! And you can see the pics at Hero's page at!

Next up, Tate's Comics, Jan. 21, 2012;
And Orlando MegaCon, Feb. 17-19, 2012.

We hope to see you there. Now check out the pics, including Mike Kunkel and daughter (below)!

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Some quick words from Jerry Robinson

Legendary comic artist and humanitarian Jerry Robinson has passed away, aged 89 years. There are many eulogies and obits already, I'm sure, trumpeting his works both in art and in service to his fellow man. And they are all well deserved. He was a great guy.

The only thing I'd like to add are just some brief excerpts from an interview I did with Jerry back in 2002, while researching a Bill Finger feature. I'm pretty sure this was all "cutting room floor" stuff that didn't make the final piece, but speaks nicely to that time-and-place of when Jerry started working as an assistant to Bob Kane at age 17. Who knew this stuff would be so significant?

“We certainly didn’t have any thoughts about if this would be popular in 60 years, or even if it would endure at all. At 17, you really don’t think that far in advance. We were all young. It was a young art form. We were all in our early- or mid-20s. But we did have the feeling that were creating something new. We didn’t think of it as being lofty as an art form, but that it was a new means of communication.

“And almost every time we did something, it was new! It was a first. There was no precedent to fall back on.

“It presses on me more and more as time goes on. So many great talents in comics have passed on in the last few years. I guess I am the last of that first Batman group—Bill Finger, Bob Kane and myself. Shelly Moldoff worked around that period. But yes, there is a sense that I’m the only survivor. It is the end of an era."

Godspeed, Jerry Robinson. You are loved and missed.

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, December 5, 2011

This party just got REAL!

Parties are great. The only thing better? Parties with free food and drink!

And so it comes to pass that the Hero Initiative/Golden Apple bash this Friday night, Dec. 9, will have free food and drink from the mighty Seyj Catering! All you have to do to participate and partake of our bounty is bring your your Ralphs Rewards card, or an old cell phone or ink cartridge!

And there's even a GREAT raffle and more! Full details…

What: Charity Cocktail Party to benefit the Hero Initiative.
-Catering & Bar graciously provided by Seyj.

When: Friday Evening December 9, 2011 from 7-10pm

Where; Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Ave (at La Brea)

Who: Creator Signing with Darick Robertson, Co-Creator & Artist of Transmetropolitan, The Boys & Much More!!!

How: FREE BOOK: Bring your RALPH'S Rewards CARD! Designate the Hero Initiative to receive a portion of your spending at the supermarket and get a FREE $50 Limited Edition Transmet Art Book or Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Project book. It's FREE!!

-RAFFLE AT 9PM.. Items include:
*FULL Set of Transmet comics #1-60!
*The Boys Limited Edition Art Print by Darick Robertson
*Limited Edition promo items
*The Boys Definitive HC with original sketch by Darick Robertson
*Hero Initiative swag!
*& Much More!!


Facebook Invite:

Jim McLauchlin

Acme Comics Takes the Initiative

Big thanks—like 3,095 times over—go out to Acme Comics of Greensboro, NC. The forward-thinkers at Acme came up with an idea that turned out to be great for everyone—Hero Initiative included.

Acme asked its customers to bring in old, unwanted comics for Acme to accumulate. The staff there matched every book brought in with one of its own, tirelessly sorted and alphabetized the stock, and held a massive, one-day sidewalk sale with all books that were brought in available at $1 each.The results? A lot of people cleared some deadwood out of their collections. A lot of OTHER people found some gems that they really wanted. And 3,095 comics were sold at $1 each, with proceeds benefiting Hero Initiative.

It was a great, grass-roots idea that really calls to mind Hero's campaigns as well, where individual fans can set up their OWN fundraisers. It was low-impact, fun, people participated in different ways at whatever level they felt confortable, and a charity got some much-needed funds.

Our gracious thanks to Jermaine Exum and the whole crew at Acme. Next time you're in North Carolina's Triad area, check ’em out.

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Darick Robertson at Golden Apple Dec. 9!

Truck on over to L.A.'s mighty Golden Apple Comics on Friday, December 9 at 7 PM to meet Transmetropolitan and The Boys artist Darick Robertson. And ’cause we're nice guys, you can even get a FREE copy of Transmetropolitan: All Around the World or The Ultimate Spider-Man 100 Project if you help Hero Initiative out in one of two totally painless ways!

• Bring in your Ralphs Rewards card and sign it up for Hero! Every time you shop, Ralphs will pay us a couple nickels at NO additional cost to you! Please note: you MUST bring in your Ralphs Rewards card—we cannot sign you up by phone number alone!

• Or bring in your old, unused cell phones or ink cartridges for Hero to recycle with Funding Factory! Your items MUST be on this list to participate!

Everyone who participates that night will get a free Transmet or Spidey book of your choice, one per customer and while supplies last.

See you at Golden Apple!

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

JLAs at Meltdown Dec. 3: Facts and figures!

We're only a couple weeks away from the star-studded world premiere of ALL of Hero Initiative's Justice League of America #50 covers! The time and place is…

Meltdown Comics

7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

The event starts at 6 PM with your FIRST chance to pick up a copy of The Justice League of America 100 Project in both hardcover and softcover editions. SEVEN of the participating artists will be there on hand, so if you're an autograph-the-book kind of person, well, this is a GREAT opportunity.

At 7 PM, we open the doors to the gallery, where ALL the covers are on display, and we auction off the first 35! Including Ryan Benjamin's below…

We've received a few questions about the event as well, so…

How much is admission?
Free. Zero. Zip. Nada. Zilch. Big donut. Show up, and have a good time! Save your money for the bidding!

If I can't make it, can I still bid?
Only if you hurry, and email our pal Joe Davidson! Proxy bidding WILL be available for peeps from out of town. Full details are on our gallery page, including Joe's email. Contact him with your bids by NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23!

Are these books eligible for CGC's Signature Series?
Yes. If you're a winning bidder and wish to submit for CGC's Signature Series, you can do so FOR FREE. You pay only $15 return shipping. A CGC rep will be on hand at Meltdown on Dec. 3, and you MUST leave your book there that night to take advantage of the free offer.

Is a splendid time guaranteed for all?
Yes. And of course, Henry the Horse dances a waltz.

See ya there.

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, November 14, 2011

MORE Hero Comics blank covers

Including THIS great Hulk from Alan Kupperberg!

Coming soon (or sooner or later) to an eBay near you.

More details…here!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hero at Mid-Ohio con!

Hero had a rollickin' good time at the recent Mid-Ohio Con, anchored by our ol' pal Angel Medina (above). Hero volunteers Craig and Sandy Wetterman ran a tight ship as always, and FoH (that's Friend o' Hero) Mike Grell, below, also made the scene!

But the best part was a last-minute appearance by our friend Josh Medors (below). Josh has been up and down the ladder a tad as he continues to battle cancer in his spinal cord, but it was a great boost to the spirits for all involved to see Josh!

As usual, a bountiful bevy of great pics can be found at Hero's PopCons page!

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, November 7, 2011

Meltdown JLA event December 3—BE THERE!

All the cool kids are going to be at:
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Saturday, December 3 at 6 PM.

That's the world premiere of ALL 104 Hero Initiative original Justice League of America #50 covers—and we'll even be auctioning off the first 35 covers that night! Get thee to Meltdown for your ONE and only chance to see ALL this great artwork live and in person.

And in addition, many of the talented artists who participated will be there as well, including…

Norm Rapmund
Bill Morrison* (below)

Scott Koblish
Tone Rodriguez (below)

Chris Moreno
Mark dos Santos
and Mike Kunkel (below)

Even former JLA writer Mark Waid (below) will make the scene, and more talent is being confirmed as we speak. So circle the date on your calender. Or, if you're really a geek for geometry, maybe rhombus it. That'll work, too.

We'll see you there.

Jim McLauchlin

* Bill Morrison is the four-time winner of the "Best Hair in Comics" award, and his coiffure will be in full effect!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Darwyn Cooke, welcome to Long Beach!

Hero Initiative is both proud and pleased to have writer/artist Darwyn Cooke as out guest at the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend, Oct. 29-30, 2011! Swing by booth #213 and chew the fat with Dar. And did we mention our pals at IDW Publishing also debut Parker: The Martini Edition at booth #201 this weekend? We just did? Well, okay then!

And art lovers of the world, take note of the below: Darwyn will be signing this Long Beach-exclusive Parker print at the Hero booth at the show as well! It's a limited edition of only 200 pieces, so…get there quick!

It's Hulktober at Graham Crackers!

The calender—trust me—says it's Hulktober, soon to be Hulkvember. And in celebration, you can get Hero's stellar Hulk 100 Project softcover for HALF PRICE at Graham Crackers Comics when you buy Marvel's new Hulk #1 or Hulk #2.

Check out Graham Crackers' nine Hulk-a-riffic Chicagoland locations, or the ever-popular Website.

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

FREE stuff from Hero at Long Beach con!

No matter if your tastes run to spiders, or…well, spiders, we guess—Hero Initiative has something for you at the Long Beach Comic Con, Oct. 29-30, 2011.

Sign up your Ralphs Rewards card for Hero or bring us your old, unused cell phones and printer cartridges, and we'll give you great free stuff in return!

If you like spiders (as in Spider-Man), there's The Ultimate Spider-Man 100 Project softcover, a $10 value. If you dig spiders (as in Spider Jerusalem), there's always Transmetropolitan: All Around the World, a $50 value.

Swing by Hero's booth at the con, #213. See you there!

Jim McLauchlin

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tom Ziuko reminds us: ANY time is a good time

In terms of credits, well…Tom Ziuko has a raft of them as a comic colorist: Crisis on Infinite Earths, Action Comics, Superman, some Hellblazer stuff I remember very well, and the beat goes on. Dude has a resumé to die for.

Alas…he almost did. Tom has been laid low by kidney problems of late, but always soldiers on. Hero Initiative has helped him in that soldiering of late, and…maybe it's best just to let Tom take it from here:

I've been a professional freelance colorist in the comics industry for 30 years now. I began my career in 1981. You may know me from my earlier work—the 20 years I spent working for DC Comics on a wide variety of titles and genres—from superhero comics like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, to animation titles like Looney Tunes and Cartoon Network Presents, to more adult-themed series like Hellblazer for DC/Vertigo. Perhaps you've seen my name appearing in the last ten years at Marvel, where I do art reconstruction and recoloring for their reprint volumes; or over at TwoMorrows publishing, where I color covers for magazines such as Alter Ego and The Jack Kirby Collector.

Or maybe you've seen my name on the Internet this last year, where it was reported in January that I was hospitalized with kidney failure. Yes, this last year has been a difficult one for me; made all the more so by the fact that as a freelancer, I cannot afford health insurance. I spent two months being treated in the hospital for this disease, and the subsequent months at home convalescing; unable to return to work, and unable to earn any income of any sort.

This is where the Hero Initiative comes in. The Hero Initiative, without whom, I would have to say, I wouldn't be here today. Or at the very least, I would be homeless. After I was released from the hospital, I spent months convalescing, while jumping through hoops trying to get government assistance; such as food stamps, Medicaid and disability benefits. In some cases I'm still fighting for help that has yet to come through.

But the Hero Initiative was there for me right from the start—even while I was still in the hospital receiving treatment. They were there to help me pay back rent, and to cover my outstanding bills and utilities. And after my release, while I was still bedridden at home and unable to return to work, or even sit at my computer work station for more than a few hours a week, they continued to assist me in paying my rent, covering my monthly bills and living expenses—literally keeping a roof over my head and food on the table.

And they did so up until a month or so ago, when I was finally well enough to start to return to work; albeit on a part time basis. And then cruel fate struck again, and the unimaginable happened (or at least nothing I ever wanted to imagine). I was rushed to the hospital with excruciating abdominal pain, where it turned out that emergency surgery had to be performed in order to save my colon. Before going into the operating room, I was informed that things did not look good for me—on the downside, there was the 1 in 5 chance that I might die right on the operating table; on the upside I would probably lose up to 80% of my colon, resulting in my having to wear a colostomy bag for the rest of my life. Not the sort of thing you want to hear, but faced with a choice, I'll take living with a colostomy bag over the alternative.

Well, I'm overjoyed to report that I had an incredible surgical team. Not only were they able to save my life, but they saved my colon as well. No colostomy, no colostomy bag. And I also want to tell you that once again, the Hero Initiative was right there to come to my aid.

I ended up spending a month in the hospital, and since my release, the Hero Initiative has been a lifesaver. You have to understand something about me: I am loathe to ask for a handout, or help from strangers. I'm in my late fifties, and I've never so much as applied for unemployment insurance during my life, even during the lean times that come with being a freelancer. But this was beyond me. I needed financial help, and reluctantly had to once again approach the board of the Hero Initiative for assistance.

They didn't flinch for a moment. They immediately approved my request, and covered my rent, bills and utilities—once again, while I was still in the hospital. They also assured me they'll be here for me while I recuperate at home. And now I can rest easier as I heal and get well, because I know they will be there to back me up.

I can't impress upon you enough how frightening it is to actually come up against a life-threatening medical situation (not to mention two times in less than a year), and not have the financial means to survive if you're suddenly not able to earn a living. Like so many other freelancers out there, I live paycheck to paycheck, unable to afford health insurance. Without an organization like the Hero Initiative to lend me support in this time of dire need, I truly don't know where I would be today.

So I urge you to please contribute in any way you can to the Hero Initiative. So they can continue to come to the aid of artists and creators in our beloved comics industry that are in need of assistance. Some of us need help from time to time—to pay the bills, or to just survive; and I'm so thankful that the Hero Initiative was created, and was here to help me when I needed them.

Better than even Superman rescuing someone falling from a burning building, the board members of the Hero Initiative are true real-life superheroes, saving the lives of real people in real need in the real world. Please give what you can to help them continue to help us.

First, giant props to Tom for sharing the story. It's an amazingly difficult thing to share such private information in a public forum, but Tom knows, first-hand, just how important is to let people know the work we do, and how it can change lives for the better. I've spoken to Tom several times, and he's genuinely concerned about the "us" he mentions. He knows there's him, and the him+1, him+2, and well beyond.

Second, our thanks go out to the people who have already contributed to Hero based on Tom's story. Right off the bat, on Tom's advice and consent, I shared Tom's plight with a few "friends and family" types, who immediately opened the checkbook. Some were some rather big-name comic creators. I don't wanna out any one here, but let's just say some names might rhyme with "Schmad Beltzer" and "Flobert Hirkman." If you'd like to follow their lead so we can continue to help Tom in his convalescence, and many others like him, we certainly would appreciate it.

Jim McLauchlin

Hero pics from New York Comic Con 2011

Hero Initiative was honored beyond belief to have the great Al Plastino at our booth at the recent New York Comic Con. To see pics of Al and more, please hustle over to Hero's journal at the mighty!

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

See? We TOLD you Hero Comics blank covers existed!


This one from Sam Kieth!

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, October 10, 2011

Clip and Save! Hero's New York Comic Con 2011 booth schedule!

As above. If your tastes run to Tom Raney or Matt Fraction or Steve Dillon, well, we can help satisfy that hunger!

A quick note for you autograph collectors out there—and we know you're out there! Convention appearances by Ralph Reese, Chris Ivy or Robert Washington are exceedingly rare! So this is an outstanding opportunity to crack out those old back issues and get them signed.

And over at The Artist's Choice in Artist Alley at the con, a whole DIFFERENT bountiful bevy of creators will be signing autographs for Hero. Please check them out as well.

And we also STRONGLY encourage you to hit Hero's panel on Friday morning. Full details below!

Friday, Oct. 14
11 AM-12 noon
Room 1A02


Find out all about the Hero Initiative, the only federally chartered charity dedicated to helping comic creators in medical or financial need. Hero has paid back rent when creators are literally 24 hours from eviction, paid to keep the heat on in the winter, and covered the cost of crucial medication and treatment that frequently meant the difference between life and death.

Hero Initiative President Jim McLauchlin is joined by Hero beneficiaries Ralph Reese (House of Secrets), Chris Ivy (Moon Knight), and Robert Washington (Static), who will tell their own personal stories about how Hero has changed THEIR lives…for the better.

Jim McLauchlin

Friday, September 30, 2011

Hero Comics blank covers: Yes, they exist!

And the next rare bird you'll be seeing: Hero Comics 2011 blank covers. Yes, they exist. But just barely.

A mere 100 of these were manufactured in conjunction with IDW Publishing's release of, yes, Hero Comics 2011. Of those, 50 belong to our ol' pal Joel Elad. I'm sure he'll be sliding a few out into the marketplace soon enough. As for the other 50…

Hero Initiative will likely be spreading them around to a few artistic friends and family to do some drawings on. More on that…when it happens!

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, September 29, 2011

More great PopCons pics; Dragon*Con Edition!

George Pérez! Steve Dillon! Spider-Woman! Fabulous comic babes! Corsets! Starfire!

Get thee to Hero Initiative's page to see our latest pics from 2012's Dragon*Con in the ATL! You'll be glad you did!

Jim McLauchlin

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Hero video and New York Con Panel

Check out Hero's YouTube page in general, or feel free to hop straight to a new cut of a Hero video, specifically highlighting some of the very specific people with very specific stories whom we've helped.

And speaking of which, Hero will be at the New York Comic Con Oct. 13-16. On Friday, Oct. 14 at 11 AM, Hero will have a panel with some OTHER folks we've helped. Full details below. Hope to see you there!

Friday, Oct. 14
11 AM-12 noon
Room 1A02


Find out all about the Hero Initiative, the only federally chartered charity dedicated to helping comic creators in medical or financial need. Hero has paid back rent when creators are literally 24 hours from eviction, paid to keep the heat on in the winter, and covered the cost of crucial medication and treatment that frequently meant the difference between life and death.

Hero Initiative President Jim McLauchlin is joined by Hero beneficiaries Ralph Reese (House of Secrets), Chris Ivy (Moon Knight), and Robert Washington (Static), who will tell their own personal stories about how Hero has changed THEIR lives…for the better.

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Convention tickets and Hero bucks!

The Long Beach Comic & Horror Con fast approaches! You'd best be making a beeline to the LBC Oct. 29 and 30 to make the scene! But to do that, you'll need Long Beach tickets! And while you're picking those up, we heartily encourage you to donate an additional $5 to Hero at time of purchase. Just click on the Hero Initiative logo as you're making your purchase, and slide us a few bucks. The con folks will send that dough off to Hero!

And because rust never sleeps, 2012 creeps just around the corner! There ain't no party like a MegaCon party in the Southeast, and the Orlando MegaCon will be here before you know it, Feb. 17-19, 2012. You can get your MegaCon tickets NOW, and do the same! The fine folks at MegaCon have enabled Hero donations along with your ticket purchase when you check out!

A buck, two bucks, five…whatever you got! It's easy, cheap, but when enough people do it, it adds up QUICKLY!

Jim McLauchlin