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Batman sketch by Ty Templeton done for my son at Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con on 8/20/15.

Ty Bunny was suffering from really bad allergies on the first day of the Con and popped this out real quick to see if he could do sketches for the day at The HERO Initiative booth.  He said he thought he could have done better, but I knew my son would love it.  I was right!

RUSS HEATH’S COMIC ABOUT BEING RIPPED OFF BY ROY LICHTENSTEIN WILL GIVE YOU A NEW APPRECIATION FOR THE HERO INITIATIVE

By Chris Sims

With six decades of work under his belt, Russ Heath is arguably one of the most important creators in comics. It was his art that was, to put it charitably, “adapted” by Roy Lichtenstein for the pop art pieces that made him famous. Of course, as is unfortunately so often the case for hard-working creators in comics, while Lichtenstein made millions lightboxing panels Heath had drawn in the pages of DC’s romance and war comics, Heath himself never saw a dime, despite continuing a career that saw him become one of the most respected elder statesmen of the industry.

Now, at the age of 84, Heath has written and drawn a short comic (with colors and lettering by Darwyn Cooke) about his experience not only with Lichtenstein, but with the Hero Initiative and how they’ve helped his life as well.

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THE HULK
Ink/watercolor on 11x17" Marvel board.
Art by Francesco Francavilla for Kirby4Heroes and Hero initiative.

Today is the birthday of legendary Jack Kirby, the KING and one of the pillars of comics (seriously, he pretty much created or at a hand at consolidating most of the superhero characters we know today).
As every year, for his birthday, many artist pay tribute to him, including me. I don’t usually put on sale art this big anymore (9x12 has been more common size lately) but for the King I had to go big :)

This art is up for auction to benefit Hero Initiative, the organization who helps financially comic creators in need. The Starting bid is $500. Bidding ends at 5pm ET tomorrow Sat Aug 29. All $$ go to @HeroInitiative. Bids open to US only this time. Bid increments of $10 or multiple of 10 please. Bid replying to this tweet https://twitter.com/f_francavilla/status/637368501427015680
If you don’t have a twitter account, ask to a relative or friend to bid for you there.

Happy bidding!

Cheers,
FF

Featuring the first new Maxx story by Sam Kieth in nearly 20 years, the 2014 Hero Comics special is out today!

Along with a bevy of great new material from comic luminaries this special issue benefits The Hero Initiative, (http://www.heroinitiative.org/) a service that creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.

To show our support we’re offering free downloads of The Maxx: Maxximized Vol. 1 to those who donate to the service. Simply send us your receipt showing your contribution to contests@idwpublishing.com and we’ll send you a code!

Join us in supporting this great cause!

heroes of our generation | via Tumblr a We Heart It-on - http://weheartit.com/s/L6JNOZFI

Fantastic Four 100 Project

In the now-grand tradition of The Hero Initiative’s previous and wildly successful “100 Project” books, Marvel’s First Family now comes to the fore! All of Hero’s 100+ original covers to Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four #600 are on display in this great book, with art by Alan Davis, Mike Deodato Jr., Steve Epting, Dale Keown, Sam Kieth, Adam Kubert, Steve McNiven, George Pérez, Joe Sinnott, and more! Through special arrangement with Marvel Comics, there will be only one printing of this book ever! 

Available for $12.99 @MyComicShop

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Help the Hero Initiative and bid on the AMAZING Blank Page Project right now: http://cmxl.gy/1rmRIwZ

In 2013 we partnered with The Hero Initiative to create The Blank Page Project a massive 10ft tall x12ft wide jam board to be drawn on at an event during Comic-Con International. By the end the giant canvas was filled with contributions from some of the comic industry’s best talents like Dave Gibbons, Walt Simonson, Amanda Conner and more all to benefit The Hero Initiative.

We are pleased to announce that this year at New York Comic Con 2013, Multiversity and Image Comics will be teaming up to host THE BIG NYCC PARTY to raise money for the Hero Initiative.

The Hero Initiative is a charity that raises money to help support creators in need and gives to those who have helped foster, develop and pioneer the medium we all love so much. At last year’s event, Image Comics and Multiversity raised over $3,000 dollars for the charity thanks to the many fans who came out and attended.

THE BIG NYCC Party will be held at Houndstooth Pub located on 8th Ave between 36th and 37th (a short 3-block walk from the Javits Center), from 8 PM to 12 AM in the Lower Level of the pub with a suggested $10 donation to the Hero Initiative to get in. In exchange for your donation, you will automatically be entered into a raffle to win one (1) copy of all of Image’s exclusives for NYCC 2013! It’s a 21+ event and will assuredly be a fun place for friends, fans and creators to meet, share a drink and mingle.

The party will also feature quite a few special Image Comics creators as guests, such as Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare (Rocket Girl), Kieron Gillen and Ryan Kelly (Three), Nick Dragotta (East of West), Ed Brisson (Sheltered), Tim Seeley (Revival), Jim McCann (Mind the Gap), Ales Kot and Michael Walsh (Zero), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), Ryan Browne (Bedlam, God Hates Astronauts), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Michael Lark (Lazarus), Jimmie Robinson (Five Weapons), Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley (Hoax Hunters), and Wes Craig (Deadly Class).

So if you’d like to have a drink, groove to some music, share a chat and donate money to a great cause, please join us on Friday, October 11th for THE BIG NYCC PARTY. RSVP on Facebook and we look forward to seeing you there!

Be sure to visit the Image Comics booth in the main exhibitor floor of NYCC as well, and the Multiversity Comics booth in the Podcast Area of Artist Alley.

Huge thanks to Tim Daniel for designing the flyer, as well as Shane Davis for the use of his art!