Official Press Release
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Hero Initiative, a Los Angeles based nonprofit that caters to the comic book industry, announced today that the art gallery opening of its newest benefit product, The 3-minute Sketchbook, will take place on Friday, August 31, 2007.
The art gallery opening, held at Silver Lake comic book/art gallery hybrid The Secret Headquarters, will feature art on display from the sketchbook from Art Adams, Neal Adams, Sergio Aragones, Howard Chaykin, Sean Chen, Frank Cho, Dave Gibbons, Gene Ha, J.G. Jones, Mike Kaluta, Josh Middleton, Mike Mignola, Terry Moore, Bill Morrison, George Perez, Andrew Robinson, John Romita Sr., Joe Rubinstein, Tim Sale, Walter Simonson, Joe Sinnott, Michael Turner, Matt Wagner, Bernie Wrightson and more.
In addition, event attendees can get their own 3-minute sketches on the blank pages in the back of the book. Books will be sold for $10 or book with a sketch for $25.
Confirmed artists in attendance are Carly Wagner (Creepy Carly), Brian Haberlin (Spawn), Tone Rodriguez (Snake Plisskin), and Joe Rubinstein (Spider-Man). Additional invited artists include Tim Sale (NBC TV’s Heroes).
Project background: Collector Michael Finn has been getting 3-minute backing board sketches for a couple years. He gives an artist a backing board at a convention and asks them to do a quick sketch in three minutes, no more. Finn has donated all the originals over to Hero which is being used to publish this book.
The Secret Headquarters is located at 3817 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026. For more information on The Secret Headquarters, visit http://www.thesecretheadquarters.com/.
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. For more information, visit www.HeroInitiative.org or call 310-909-7809.
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