According to its website, “the Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit more than 50 creators and their families with over $950,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by your contributions! It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.”
As a boy, comics as a medium opened the door to a world of storytelling for me. I’m still a passionate reader of them, and comics continue to fuel my creative journey, helping inform structure in many of the projects I’ve created and written. Professionally, I don’t do much work directly relating to comics, but a lot of my work and many of my friendships and working relationships blur into the industry. The Hero Initiative does important work, having directly helped friends of mine who work in the comics industry, and other freelance writers and artists who are invested in sharing their stories through the medium, as they struggle with challenges, such as being underinsured or dealing with a lack of steady work to help offset emergency expenses.
Please consider donating to this worthwhile and highly reputable non-profit organization, which offers a helping hand to creative individuals who are desperate for basic services, such as helping pay medical bills or recovering from natural disasters while they get back on their feet.
Paul (and Sophia)
P.S. For more information about the Hero Initiative, please visit their website at https://www.heroinitiative.org/home.
If you prefer not to go through the Internet, Jim McLauchlin, president of the Hero Initiative, has requested Sophia and I ask for donations to made by check to “The Hero Initiative” and dropped off at the reception. We’ve arranged to hand over any checks we collect to the organization after the wedding.