30 Things I Like About Comics—#12 Hero Initiative

If you are a comics fan, you should really support the Hero Initiative. It’s a nonprofit group that helps comic creators (that have worked in the industry for at least 10 years) that are in need in a variety of ways including medical aid, financial support and helping them find work in the industry.

Supporting the Hero Initiative is a great way for comic fans, current creators and publishers to give back to the industry and lend a hand to creators in need. Since they started, the program has raised and dispersed over $400,000 to comics creators in need. Some of the comic creators that have publicly acknowledged support they received from Hero Initiative are Gene Colan and William Messner-Loebs.

Hero raises money through various ways. When you go to comic shows, they usually have a table where they sell signed comics and posters, as well as original art and have sketching opportunities. I was able to get an awesome Dan Jurgens sketch of Booster Gold for a donation.

They also produce sketch books that they offer for sale as well as have special auctions through their website for original art. One time they auctioned a lunch date with Marvel’s chief creative officer Joe Quesada!

For more information about how you can support, visit www.HeroInitiative.org.

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