Media Release — Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need, is breezing into the windy of Chicago to attend the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, also known as C2E2, located at McCormick Place.
Hero will have an all-star lineup of guests including John McCrea, the artist on IDW Publishing’s Mars Attacks! series and Gene Ha, the acclaimed artist of Top 10.
In addition, Hero Initiative is proud to have longtime Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije as he launches his new comic, The Protectors, from Athleta Comics. Idonije will be on hand with Protectors writer Ron Marz and artist Bart Sears for one hour on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. Fans will need to purchase an autograph ticket at the Hero booth, #829 on the floor, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The $25 ticket gets you a limited edition, exclusive color image of Idonije in his trademark #71 jersey by Bart Sears. Idonije, Marz and Sears will be there to sign it, PLUS you can bring one additional item of your own to be signed by Idonije. There is a strict limit of ONE ticket per person. Don’t miss out!
And Hero encourages fans to seek out the many creators on the show floor asking for donations to Hero Initiative for their signatures. Please check out Amanda Conner, Paul Cornell, Chris Giarrusso, Phil Hester, John Layman, Jay Leisten, Ron Marz, Paul Mounts, Mike Norton, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brandon Peterson, Norm Rapmund, Chris Samnee, Alex Saviuk, Tim Seeley, Joe Staton, Jill Thompson, Skottie Young, and Chrissie Zullo.
Hero’s booth schedule at booth #829 is as follows:
Friday, April 26 (con hours 1100-700):
1130-130: John McCrea
130-230: Peter Krause
230-330: Gordon Purcell
330-530: John McCrea
530-700: Jim Brozman
Saturday, April 27 (con hours 1000-700):
1030-1200: Gene Ha
1200-200: John McCrea
200-300: Ron Marz, Bart Sears and Israel Idonije
300-400: Gene Ha
400-600: John McCrea
600-700: Jim Brozman
Sunday, April 28 (con hours 1000-500):
1030-1230: John McCrea
1230-200: Gene Ha
200-400: John McCrea
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative 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 $500,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.