Hero Initiative to Wow at San Diego Comic-Con International

Mon, July 23rd, 2007 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

LOS ANGELES – Booths 3848 and 3850 is going to knock your socks off at this year's San Diego Comic Con International! The Hero Initiative is being generously sponsored by GameTap, the ever-expanding playground of video games from the arcade classics to console and PC hits. SDCC runs from July 25-29, 2007 so don't miss out on any of the following awesome booth and convention activities!

MARVEL VS DC SOFTBALL GAME

Join us for the second annual Marvel Vs DC Softball Game on Thursday, July 26 at 3 pm at San Diego's Morley Field. Players such as Joe Quesada, Humberto Ramos and John Romita Jr. will be battling Jim Calafiore, Adam Hughes and Dan Jurgens softball style to see who will win the coveted Stan Lee Trophy! Travel to the game in style and buy your roundtrip transportation tickets now at this link. And the first 40 orders will get a free New Avengers #31 Sketch Cover variant as well. All ticket proceeds benefit The Hero Initiative. Also, bidding is open NOW for a spot on the DC team or on the Marvel team:!

WIN LUNCH WITH C.B. CEBULSKI

Bid NOW for the opportunity to win lunch and the ultimate portfolio review with Marvel writer and editor C.B. Cebulski! Go to this link now!

WIN THE ULTIMATE COLLECTOR EXPERIENCE: LUNCH WITH CGC!

Chances are if you're going to San Diego ComicCon, you're a hardcore comic collector. Well, we have the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience for you…Bid NOW at this link for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend some quality time and get the ultimate inside scoop from the grading and restoration experts at CGC, our hobby's only independent third party certification company. Both CGC President and Primary Grader Steve Borock and Vice-President and Senior Grader Mark Haspel will show ONLY TWO lucky winners how top-flight grading is done and how restoration is detected. This has NEVER been done by CGC in the past, and may never be done again! The class and lunch will take place near the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday, July 28 at 12 PM .

LOVE AND CAPES T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER

Thom Zahler, creator of the hit "heroically super" romantic comedy comic "Love and Capes" presents the exclusive Love and Capes red "comic-con" version t-shirt, featuring the main characters, Crusader and Abby, on the front, and The Hero Initiative logo emblazoned on the back. The shirts will be available with a donation to The Hero Initiative at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Sizes and quantities will be limited. Pick up your shirt at the Love and Capes/Maerkle Press booth (#2000) at Comic-Con. Not going to be in San Diego and still really want one? For just $10.00, you can get the con-exclusive red shirt shipped to you and receive it in early August. For more info, including full color photos of models wearing the actual shirts, and the opportunity to order your very own, visit: www.loveandcapes.com .

THE HERO INITIATIVE FINANCIAL PANEL

On Saturday, JULY 28, from 6:00–7:00 pm , don't miss our second annual financial panel, The Hero Initiative: I'm Supposed to Retire on This?! in Room 30CDE. When you're a professional in comics, you are in charge of your own destiny, including paying your taxes and funding your retirement. But how are you supposed to save any money when Uncle Sam takes it all? And if you do have any money left over, where do you put it-IRAs, SEPs, savings accounts or bank CDs, what's the difference? Harlan Wenig (independent financial advisor) and Joe Davidson (registered tax preparer) explore the financial aspects of being a comic book professional.

BOOTH TALENT SCHEDULE

WED, 25 JUL (con hours 6-9)

630-730: Scott Koblish

THU, 26 JUL (con hours 10-7)

1200-200: Arthur Suydam

200-300: Chris Gage

300-400: Kevin Eastman

345-445: Terry Moore

500-600: Andy Kuhn

600-700: Ron Marz and Greg Tocchini

FRI, 27 JUL (con hours 10-7)

1000-1100: Keith Champagne and Andy Smith

1100-1230: Darwyn Cooke

1230-130: Lee Moder

130-230: J.H. Williams

230-330: Matt Haley

330-400: Brian Pulido

500-600: Joe Quesada

SAT, 28 JUL (con hours 10-7)

1100-1200: Michael Stackpole

1200-100: Dan Jurgens

100-200: Jim Valentino

200-230: Peter Chung

300-400: Joe Benitez

400-500: Francis Manapul

500-600: John Romita Jr.

600-700: Phil Hester

SUN, 29 JUL (con hours 10-5)

1000-1100: Bill Tucci and Mark Sparacio

1100-1200: Cully Hamner

1200-100: Roy Thomas

100-145: Dan Slott

200-300: Brian Pulido

300-430: Arthur Suydam

For more information on San Diego Comic Con International, visit http://www.comic-con.org/cci/index.php .

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' 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.

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