Official Press Release
Trying to squeeze a few more drops of sweet economic nectar from the well-squeezed stimulus package known as "Obama comics," About Comics has created a special limited edition of Licensable BearTM #4 (Barack's first comic book appearance) for the Hero Initiative. A mere 60 copies of the Obamaesque (is that an adjective already?) Shepard Fairley-inspired cover have been printed, with 50 copies hand-numbered and signed by Licensable BearTM creator Nat Gertler. The numbered copies are currently available via Hero's eBay store.
"I'd like to take credit as President Barack Obama's creator in comics as well," said Gertler. "Four score and seven weeks ago (well, actually in the year score-zero-seven), it was Licensable Bear #4 that had Obama's first comic appearance. If only I'd trademarked him!"
Detail-oriented collectors will want to note that this limited edition is getting more limited by the minute. "My seven-month-old baby got hold of one of these copies and chewed and/or gummed it up pretty good," noted Hero Initiative President Jim McLauchlin. "We're now down to a limited edition of 49. And I can attest that Licensable Bear #4 makes for a tasty baby snack; less the staples, of course."
Staples and paper were provided by USA printer Ka-blam.com, whose comics print-on-demand service makes low runs such as these 50-wait, 49!-economically practical. "More money for me to waste on Peanuts books," noted Gertler.
Copies are available at $25 per, with copies #1, #44 (the number of Obama's presidency) and #50 being placed for auction via eBay. "I even circled #50 on that copy," Gertler said. "It's all part of my commitment to quality customer service.
The Limited Hero Initiative Edition Licensable BearTM #4 can be purchased and auctions found at:
About The Hero Initiative
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 yesterday's 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.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
About About Comics
For over a decade, About Comics has been publishing things that ought to be published, ranging from obscure Charles Schulz work to 24 hour comics to superfolk adventures by popular creators. Now, in addition to publishing works like The Weasel Patrol, they also package comics for other publishers and provide comics creation and production services for those who need them. Head to www.AboutComics.com for more information.