Media Release — The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is honoring one of comics’ greatest gentlemen with a special award in his name.
The Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award will make its debut at the Harvey Awards Banquet at the Baltimore Comicon Aug. 28-29. Giordano, who passed away in early 2010, was part of Hero Initiative’s Board of Directors. He was also a legendary artist, a guiding force at Charlton Comics and DC Comics for many years, a mentor to his colleagues, and a friend to all who knew him. His legacy epitomizes the caring and commitment Hero Initiative strives to achieve. In honor of Dick, The Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award will recognize one person in comics each year who has demonstrated the generosity and integrity Dick brought to the charity and to the comic book community at large.
“So many people have referred to Dick as ‘The Great Gentleman of Comics,’ and I’m sure he’d love to see his name and legacy carried on, especially in such a wonderful way that honors others who have shown kindness and generosity,” said Pat Bastienne, Giordano’s longtime friend and co-worker and now the executor of Giordano’s estate. “If Dick were here, he’d raise a Rob Roy and toast the idea.”
“As both a fan and a friend of Dick Giordano, I’m honored that this award bearing his name will be given out at the Baltimore convention” said Baltimore Comicon owner/operator Marc Nathan. “We’re pleased to be a part of keeping Dick’s everlasting legacy going.”
About The Hero Initiative
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 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 $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.