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Charity Shouldn’t Have To Be The Only Option For Comic Creators In Need Of Medical Care

Left: Comics veteran Stan Sakai and his wife Sharon, who requires long term care not fully covered by insurance; right: Bill Mantlo, another comics luminary who requires 24-hour care beyond the scope of his insurance
Left: Comics veteran Stan Sakai and his wife Sharon, who requires long term care not fully covered by insurance; right: Bill Mantlo, another comics luminary who requires 24-hour care beyond the scope of his insurance

If you weren’t aware of it before the past few weeks, even a passing interest in the recent Internet comics community likely informed you of the medical-expense-related plight a high-profile pair of comic book creators have been experiencing . First, there was Stan Sakai, the creator of Usagi Yojimbo, in dire straits because of an extended hospital stay for his wife, Sharon. Then there’s Bill Mantlo, the co-creator of Rocket Raccoon, who was severely injured in a skating accident 22 years ago and has required full-time care ever since. (He’s been under care for two decades, but Rocket's appearance in the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie has brought him back into the public eye.)

Both of these men have had to turn to donations from fans and colleagues to help with their considerable expenses, and those people have made admirable efforts to help these creative artists whose work has brightened their lives. Generosity is a good thing. But it shouldn’t have to be this way.

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Artists To Celebrate Jack Kirby’s Birthday By Waking Up And Drawing For Hero Initiative

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A week from today would have been Jack Kirby's 96th birthday.

To celebrate, the Hero Initiative has recruited more than 40 artists to "Wake Up and Draw" a birthday card to Jack next Wednesday. The art will be available to view in a gallery at ComicArtFans.com and will later be auctioned off to support the charity, which helps comics creators with financial needs. Meanwhile, the King's granddaughter, Jillian Kirby, has recruited comic book stores around the country to donate some of the proceeds from their sales that day to The Hero Initiative as well.

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Monkeybrain to Donate November Profits to Hero Initiative

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For Monkeybrain Comics, Thanksgiving is more than just the fourth Thursday of November and an excuse to eat some turkey and watch the Macy's parade. The digital comics imprint - Home to such titles as Bandette, Edison Rex and The October Girl - is taking the entire month of November to give thanks to comics creators who have paved the way before them by donating its profits for the month to the Hero Initiative.Monkeybrain co-founder Chris Roberson explained the decision

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Link Ink: Kirby4Heroes, Nesting Avengers And The Death Of Invincible

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Fundraising: Jillian Kirby, the 16-year-old granddaughter of Jack Kirby, announces Kirby4Heroes, a fundraising effort for the Hero Initiative, in honor of The King of Comics' August 28 birthday at Hero Complex.

TV: NBC is developing a live action adaptation of Adam Beechen and Manny Bello's

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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 Seeks Donations To Cover Funeral Costs of ‘Static’ Writer Robert L. Washington III

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Last week saw the passing of Robert L. Washington III, the longtime comic book writer perhaps best known as the co-writer of the original appearances of the Milestone Media/DC Comics character Static, at the age of 47. To make the situation more tragic, Washington's financial situation at the time of his death may mean that his burial won't b

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Link Ink: Marvel Post-it Note Art, More Hero Initiative Donations and Nintendominos

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Office Supplies: As part of its promotions for The Avengers movie, Marvel has released pixel art templates of each of the film's heroes that fans can assemble using Post-it notes.

Donations: The Hero In

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Link Ink: Hot Toys Loki, ‘One Piece’ Stamps and a Gundam Happy Meal

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Toys: It appears Loki will join the heroes of The Avengers movie in Hot Toys' 1/6 scale figure line.

Postage: Soon Japanese One Piece fans will be able to send mail via Tony Tony Chopper stamps.

Donations: The Hero Initiative has received about $1,100 in

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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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The Hero Initiative & Marvel Team-Up to Help Artist Josh Medors

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The camaraderie and generosity of comic book professionals is generally evident in virtually all of the community's activities, but never more so than when a fellow creator finds himself in need. Artist Josh Medors has been the focu

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