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Bill Willingham designs beer label to benefit The Hero Initiative

Boom Island Brewing Company in Minneapolis will mix comics and craft beer May 1 with a fundraiser for The Hero Initiative featuring Fables creator Bill Willingham.

The acclaimed writer and artist will autograph the label he designed for Boom Island's Belgian strong Gravity No. 9 specifically to support the comics industry charity, which will receive a portion of proceeds from the event.

The brewery says the beer "begins with soft aromatics of vanilla and malt, which are followed by a full-bodied mouth-feel that rounds through dark fruit flavors," which are followed by "a surprisingly dry finish."

Limited supplies of bottles, posters and glassware will be available May 1 at Boom Island and May 1-3 at Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis. Willingham, who lives in Rochester, Minnesota, will be at the taproom May 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Boom Island Brewing Company is located at 2014 Washington Ave. North in north Minneapolis.

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