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Raise A Glass Of Jack Kirby-Themed Beer To Benefit The Hero Initiative

Schmaltz Brewery's King Kirby Genesis Ale

I'm not really a beer drinker -- I prefer my alcoholic beverages to be the sort of sugary concoctions that either involve a handful of fruit and a blender or about as much chocolate as your average donut -- but if there's one thing that could get me to check out a bottle of pale ale, it'd be tying it to the legendary King of Comics, Jack Kirby. Which, believe it or not, is something that's actually happening.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Comic Book Charities

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When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.

Around the holidays, it's always nice to remember that it's the season of giving, and often, doing the right thing for others is the best gift you can give.

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Cosmic Theology: Jack Kirby’s Representations Of God [Art]

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Today marks the 95th anniversary of the birth of Jack Kirby, creator of the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and the X-Men. It's a good day to honor the memory of one of comics' most legendary imaginations by checking out and supporting the Jack Kirby Museum, or spending some time rea

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‘Static’ Writer Robert Washington III Laid to Rest Thanks to Hero Initiative

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The comic book community was distressed to learn last week that the late Robert Washington III, best known as for co-writing the original appearances of the pioneering teen superhero Static for Milestone Media and DC Comics, faced the possibility of being buried in an unmarked grave site for indigent New Yorkers -- a consequence of the very dire financial circumstances he found himself in at the time of his death earlier in June. A successful Hero Initiative campaign was mounted to raise funds to give Washington a proper funeral, and he was laid to rest on Monday with his surviving family

Hero Initiative Donations Prompted By ‘The Avengers’ Movie Total Just $5000

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While The Avengers movie continues to succeed at the box office, the campaign to honor the characters' creators with donations to the Hero Initiative hasn't fared as well. According to the organization's Jim McLauchlin, donations have essentially stopped coming in after five weeks.Over at The Comics Reporter, Tom Spurgeon writes after checking in with McLaughin that "don

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RIP ‘Static’ Writer Robert L. Washington III

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Numerous sources have confirmed the sad news that comics writer Robert L. Washington III has passed away after suffering multiple heart attacks. Washington's resume includes numerous credits from DC Comics and other publishers, but he was best known for co-writing the original appearances of the pioneering teen superhero Static at Milestone Media, where he collaborated with the character's co-creator Dwayne McDuffie and series artist John Paul Leon. Washington was just 47-years-old

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Match Your ‘Avengers’ Ticket Price with a Donation to the Hero Initiative [Opinion]

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In response to ethical concerns raised about Marvel's much anticipated The Avengers film, which is based on characters co-created by Jack Kirby and other comic book professionals who (or whose estates) will not benefit financially from the hugely popular motion picture, cartoonist Jon Morris offered a thoughtful proposal for conflicted fans who are mindful of the situation but do not wish to boycott

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Help the Hero Initiative Just by Buying Groceries

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If you've ever wanted to contribute to The Hero Initiative -- the comic book industry's non-profit group supporting comics creators in dire need of medical or financial support -- but haven't been able to, it's about to get a lot easier. Los Angeles-based BOOM! Studios and the Hero Initiative have part

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Awesome Archie Covers Created for Charity

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When The Hero Initiative calls for big-name artists to draw covers for auctions, they tend to step up, and unlike the guy who sold "Archie" #1 to protest the Veronica marriage, 50 different artists from George Pérez and John Romita Sr. to Todd McFarlane and Cliff Chiang have chosen to celebrate the event and help raise money for creators in need. Like the "Ultima

Wolverine Unleashes His Berserker Rage On Calvin and Hobbes’ Snowmen

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Back in November, Marvel's contribution to Hero Initiative saw numerous talents including Darwyn Cooke, Tim Seeley, Ed McGuinness, J. Scott Campbell and dozens of others donate variant "Weapon X" #100 covers for charity.

Still, as pointed o

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