Buy Groceries, Help Comics!

Official Press Release

LOS ANGELES -- How do you raise bucks for your favorite comic book charity and get free stuff without spending a penny?

If you live in California, Nevada or Illinois and have a Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Cala Foods or Bell Foods grocery card, The Hero Initiative and 16 of its favorite comic book stores urge you to come into one of the following stores during the period of October 22-November 7. Bring your grocery club card, sign up to support Hero, and you could win an Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Project hardcover autographed by Stan Lee! More prizes and free goodies may be available as well depending on the store, so make sure and check 'em out!

Best of all, this happens at no cost to you! The grocery chains pay The Hero Initiative a percentage of whatever you buy when you use your grocery club card!

"We're offering a free comic to everyone who signs up, and additional drawings for $50 gift certificates and free trade paperbacks," said Mike Wellman, manager of The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, CA. "It's a great idea, and a 100% pain-free way to help Hero every time you buy Ho-Hos!"

Participating stores:


Bellflower: Metropolis Comics, 562-263-0277, MetroHero

Berkeley: Comic Relief, 510-843-5002, http://comicrelief.net/

Eagle Rock: Mini-Melt Too, 323-258-2300, http://meltcomics.com/

El Centro: Knightly Games, 760-353-5253, http://knightlygames.com/

Gardena: Geoffrey's Comics, 310-538-3198, http://geoffreyscomics.com/

Los Angeles: Meltdown Comics, 323-851-7223, http://meltcomics.com/

Manhattan Beach: Comic Bug, 310-372-6704, http://thecomicbug.com/

San Diego: Comickaze, 858-278-0371, http://myspace.com/comickazecomics

San Jose: Hijinx Comics, 408-266-1103, http://hijinxcomics.com/

Santa Clarita: Brave New World Comics, 661-259-4745, Brave New World

Sherman Oaks: Earth-2 Comics, 818-386-9590, http://earth2comics.com/

Winnetka: Collector's Paradise, 818-999-9455, ComicsAndCards.net


Bolingbrook: Graham Crackers, 630-739-6810, http://grahamcrackers.com/

Naperville: Graham Crackers, 630-355-4310, http://grahamcrackers.com/

Naperville: Calliope's Realm Comics, 630-420-7710, http://calliopes.net/


Las Vegas: Comic Oasis, 702-212-8885, http://comicoasis.com/

And no matter where you are, you can sign up your card anytime here.

Hero's NPO # (non-profit organization #) is 80680. It's under the old name, "A Commitment To Our Roots." It's okay, don't let that throw ya!

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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