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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hero Initiative New Avengers #1 auctions start NOW!

The wait, she is finally over!

Get thee to eBay and start you some biddin'!

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hero member BONUS at Orlando MegaCon!

Because we love our Hero Initiative members, we try and do something special for them at each convention we attend. And for those of you wise enough to hit the Orlando MegaCon this weekend, March 25-27, we offer a 90% discount!

That's right—Hero members who flash their card can pick up a copy of ACTOR Comics Presents for one buck. Regular price, $10. At this rate, it's limit one and while supplies last. Just show us your Hero membership card at the Hero booth, #624. Not a member? Shame on you! Fix that by signing up on site at the con. We'll get you in at this special price as a free signup bonus!

See you in Orlando!

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hero Initiative at Orlando MegaCon!

Oh, yes. We will be there. Plans include…

• Your chance to get your meathooks on Archie: 50 Times an American Icon, and get it signed by Joe Jusko, Dan Parent, George Pérez, Mike Perkins and Jim Valentino

• Creators such as Denny O'Neil, Dan Panosian, George Pérez, Tim Sale, Roy Thomas, Jim Valentino, Mark Waid and more (alas, Howard Chaykin will not be making the con, owing to scheduling difficulties).

• Saturday only, Rachael Carr, the hostess of

• And the ever-popular more, more, MORE!

See you at booth #624. It's where all the cool kids will be.

Jim McLauchlin

Hero is lookin' for its shrink!

A year or so ago, there was a…geez, I'm not up on the correct term. Psychologist? Psychiatrist? I can never remember the difference! Who offered his services to Hero for counseling and etc., even over the phone, for Hero-type beneficiaries. I have need of that dude, or a similar dude or dude-ette!

If it was you, drop me a line ASAP at:

Much appreciated!

If it ain't you reading this…spread the word!

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hero members: Get into Avengers Mansion for FREE!

All the cool kids will be at our "100 Avengers" debut party at Chicago's C2E2 con, don'tcha know? And if you're a Hero Initiative 2011 member, you get in FIRST and for FREE.

Just flash your Hero membership card at the Hero booth, #457, on SATURDAY, March 19. You'll get a wristband getting you free, priority entrance to the party. Not a member? Shame on you! Fix that by signing up on site at the con. We'll get you in for free as a signup bonus!

’Cause we're nice guys. See you in Chicago!

Jim McLauchlin

"100 New Avengers" auctions start March 29!

Don't say we didn't warn ya.

Via Hero's eBay page.

Jim McLauchlin

Friday, March 11, 2011

Get yerself some ink at C2E2!

It's original art and a tattoo—it's like the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of comic goodness!

One lucky winner of Hero's eBay auction will get a custom tattoo designed by comic artist Cliff Chiang (see sample art above) and tattooed by tattoo artist Brian Stringer (see below). And you get to keep Chiang's art!

(Stringer's, too, we guess.)

Get thee to eBay, and then to C2E2!

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Archie: 50 Times an American Icon book now available!

It's arrived! Both hardcover and softcover versions are available via Hero's eBay store!

Also, our pals at Atomic Comics are, of course, carrying it!

And they will be available at both Chicago's C2E2 and Orlando's MegaCon conventions!

At the ever-popular store-near-you March 23!

Jim McLauchlin

Just for fun, Rich Ellis

As we march toward the "100 Avengers" debut party, here's one cover we haven't shown off yet—Rich Ellis!


Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"100 Avengers" bottle DONE! (Almost!)

And so it comes to pass that Hero Initiative's custom New Avengers bottle is in FedEx hands and winging its way to the Windy City! There, artist Tim Seeley will put the finishing touches on it just in time for our debut event featuring all 100 New Avengers #1 covers at Chicago's C2E2 con!

And did we mention the event is sponsored by our pals at Graham Crackers Comics, they of the nine convenient Chicagoland locations?
Way up top, that's…
• The Thing, by Tone Rodriguez
• Iron Fist, by Chris Moreno
• Spider-Man, by Aaron Sowd
Just added…
• Hawkeye, by Tony Fleecs
• Mockingbird, by Mark dos Santos

And of course, tin-can Iron Man by Tim Sale!

Admission to the "Avengers Mansion" debut event gets you one FREE raffle ticket to win this great bottle, and you can buy more tickets at the party as well. Best of luck, and we'll see you in Chicago!

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, March 7, 2011

Things get drawn at bars

It's one of those comic artist rules of life that, for whatever reason, things sometimes get drawn at the bar.

Hero Initiative will be raffling off a custom New Avengers bottle crafted by glass artisan Karlton Hahn at the upcoming Chicago C2E2 convention. Come to our Saturday night unveiling of all 100 New Avengers #1 covers, and you could walk away with it!

Pics of the completed bottle will be posted at a later date, but in the meantime, you can ogle Aaron Sowd doing his magic above, and Tim Sale's Iron Man punching through the sky below.

Enjoy! And see ya in Chicago, huh?

Jim McLauchlin

Iron Man movie at MegaCon

In the evening after your MegaCon day is through on Friday, March 25, we heartily encourage you to truck on over to the Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium Cinema and check out a comics classic—Iron Man!

You can get in to special MegaCon-sponsored 9 PM showing for a mere $5, and your ticket stub will even get you 20% off at Hooter's, and free cover at the Ice Bar. And oh, yeah—did we mention there will be giveaways, and people collecting donations for Hero Initiative as well? Well, there will be.

So to sum up:
Friday, March 25, 9 PM
Iron Man
Regal Point Orlando Stadium Cinema
9101 International Drive
Orlando, FL

The Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium Cinema is RIGHT down the street from the convention center. You don't even have to turn off International Drive! Get you there!

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Roy Thomas, artist! (With a li'l help from his friends!)

We all know Rascally Roy Thomas as one of comics' most gifted and prolific writers. But hey—the dude can draw a little, too!

And so, as Roy is SO very associated with the Avengers, we asked Roy to pencil a cover in Hero Initiative's New Avengers 100 Project. The Rascally One obliged, incorporating one of his signature creations, Ultron! The results are seen above and below.

Speaking of above, no less a stellar light than the amazing Ty Templeton agreed to ink Roy's piece. It was a bit of a homecoming, as Ty noted that the first comic he EVER purchased with his own money was a copy of the Thomas-scribed Avengers #57, the landmark Vision story that featured Ultron as well.

Kinda nice when things like that happen, huh?

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hero's Archie book availble for order NOW!

The stellar Archie: 50 Times an American Icon book is available for preorder NOW in both hardcover and softcover versions! It's scheduled to be in stores by mid-late March, and will also be available at Reed Exhibit's C2E2 convention (March 18-20), and the Orlando MegaCon (March 25-27)!

The book features 50 takes on Archie and the Riverdale gang by a bountiful bevy of great artists including…
Sam Kieth!
Archie legend Stan Goldberg!

And a LOT, lot more!

Grab one today, you'll be glad you did!

Jim McLauchlin