Saturday, May 5, 2012

Support The Hero Initiative!

While The Avengers blows the roof off the box office this weekend, it’s timely to remember the important contribution of the writers and artists that paved the way for Hollywood’s success with comic book properties. Regrettably, many of the professionals that played a critical role in the creation of characters and the stories that made them fan favorites over the past 60+ years have no financial stake in the incredible success that the major publishers and movie studios are currently enjoying. Moreover, having worked as freelancers for their careers, many of  these creators find themselves destitute late in life with no health insurance and no financial safety net. Without taking sides on the legality or morality of the treatment of creators by the major publishers, I think we can all agree that there are plenty of comics professionals that need and deserve support. The Hero Initiative was founded with the specific goal of assisting comic creators in need of financial assistance. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been able benefit over 50 creators and their families with over $500,000 worth of much-needed aid fueled by donations and sales of work contributed by artists and writers. So, whether you're a lifelong comics fan or have discovered the genre through cartoons and movies, please consider giving generously to the Hero Initiative in support of creators in need. You can donate directly on the Hero Initiative web site or bid in one of their auctions on eBay. It's a great move for a great cause either way!

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