Booths 3848 and 3850 is going to knock your socks off at this year’s San Diego Comic Con International! The Hero Initiative is being generously sponsored by GameTap, the ever-expanding playground of video games from the arcade classics to console and PC hits. SDCC runs from July 25-29, 2007 so don’t miss out on any of the following awesome booth and convention activities!

Join us for the second annual Marvel Vs DC Softball Game on Thursday, July 26 at 3 pm at San Diego’s Morley Field. Players such as Joe Quesada, Humberto Ramos and John Romita Jr. will be battling Jim Calafiore, Adam Hughes and Dan Jurgens softball style to see who will win the coveted Stan Lee Trophy! Travel to the game in style and buy your roundtrip transportation tickets now at And the first 40 orders will get a free New Avengers #31 Sketch Cover variant as well. All ticket proceeds benefit The Hero Initiative. Also, bidding is open NOW for a spot on the DC team: or on the Marvel team:!

Bid NOW for the opportunity to win lunch and the ultimate portfolio review with Marvel writer and editor C.B. Cebulski! Go to now!

Chances are if you’re going to San Diego ComicCon, you’re a hardcore comic collector. Well, we have the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience for you…Bid NOW at for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend some quality time and get the ultimate inside scoop from the grading and restoration experts at CGC, our hobby’s only independent third party certification company. Both CGC President and Primary Grader Steve Borock and Vice-President and Senior Grader Mark Haspel will show ONLY TWO lucky winners how top-flight grading is done and how restoration is detected. This has NEVER been done by CGC in the past, and may never be done again! The class and lunch will take place near the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday, July 28 at 12 PM.

Thom Zahler, creator of the hit “heroically super” romantic comedy comic “Love and Capes” presents the exclusive Love and Capes red “comic-con” version t-shirt, featuring the main characters, Crusader and Abby, on the front, and The Hero Initiative logo emblazoned on the back. The shirts will be available with a donation to The Hero Initiative at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Sizes and quantities will be limited. Pick up your shirt at the Love and Capes/Maerkle Press booth (#2000) at Comic-Con. Not going to be in San Diego and still really want one? For just $10.00, you can get the con-exclusive red shirt shipped to you and receive it in early August. For more info, including full color photos of models wearing the actual shirts, and the opportunity to order your very own, visit:

On Saturday, JULY 28, from 6:00–7:00 pm, don’t miss our second annual financial panel, The Hero Initiative: I’m Supposed to Retire on This?! in Room 30CDE. When you’re a professional in comics, you are in charge of your own destiny, including paying your taxes and funding your retirement. But how are you supposed to save any money when Uncle Sam takes it all? And if you do have any money left over, where do you put it—IRAs, SEPs, savings accounts or bank CDs, what’s the difference? Harlan Wenig (independent financial advisor) and Joe Davidson (registered tax preparer) explore the financial aspects of being a comic book professional.


WED, 25 JUL (con hours 6-9)
630-730: Scott Koblish

THU, 26 JUL (con hours 10-7)
1200-200: Arthur Suydam
200-300: Chris Gage
300-400: Kevin Eastman
345-445: Terry Moore
500-600: Andy Kuhn
600-700: Ron Marz and Greg Tocchini

FRI, 27 JUL (con hours 10-7)
1000-1100: Keith Champagne and Andy Smith
1100-1230: Darwyn Cooke
1230-130: Lee Moder
130-230: J.H. Williams
230-330: Matt Haley
330-400: Brian Pulido
500-600: Joe Quesada

SAT, 28 JUL (con hours 10-7)
1100-1200: Michael Stackpole
1200-100: Dan Jurgens
100-200: Jim Valentino
200-230: Peter Chung
300-400: Joe Benitez
400-500: Francis Manapul
500-600: John Romita Jr.
600-700: Phil Hester

SUN, 29 JUL (con hours 10-5)
1000-1100: Bill Tucci and Mark Sparacio
1100-1200: Cully Hamner
1200-100: Roy Thomas
100-145: Dan Slott
200-300: Brian Pulido
300-430: Arthur Suydam

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