September 20, 2011

Hero Comics 2011 - Neil Gaiman

Ralph Reese
I think we all know that the comic book industry hasn’t been too kind with creators in past decades. As a result, many comic book creators have struggled to obtain that which is a given in any traditional line of work, such as medical insurance. “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”.
Every year, Hero Initiative puts together a comic book anthology that features the work of some the most prestigious writers and artists of the industry. Hero Comics 2011 reunites the original Sandman creative team for the first time in over 20 years: Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith & Mike Dringenberg. This dream team (no pun intended) come up with “My Last Landlady” a very poetic story fueled by the impressionistic art of two professionals that are way above your average penciler. It’s a mixture of horror and sadness, conformism and ordinary life; in only a handful of pages Gaiman, Keith & Dringenberg create a broody tale that deserves our attention.

In subsequent pages, and sort of like a “behind the scenes”, Sam Kieth illustrates the process of reuniting with Gaiman and Dringenberg to work together. Copying paragraphs from e-mails, Kieth creates a visual journey jam-packed with symbolism and experimentation. It’s such a delight to read the crazy emails these talented people send to each other. It truly complements “My Last Landlady”.
Kieth & Dringenberg

We also have a fantastic page by legendary artist Ralph Reese, famous for his marvelous works in titles like Creepy (I’ve always been a huge fan of his work and I think he was one of the best artists in the 70s). John Layman and Rob Guillory share their most beloved creation, Chew, in a very funny story about experimental drugs. And also from Image, comes Elephantmen by Richard Starkings and Doug Braithwaite; this is a short story about the way that society deals with elders.
Doug Braithwaite

For 3.99, this is a real bargain. Besides getting an awesome comic, you’re also helping creators in need. I’m glad to help and to be a part of this. For more information visit and make sure to donate a few bucks.
cover / portada

Todos sabemos que la industria del cómic no ha sido del todo amable con los creadores de décadas pasadas. En consecuencia, muchos de estos autores han tenido que luchar para obtener beneficios que son garantizados en trabajos más tradicionales, como seguros médicos. La Hero Initiative es la primera organización sin fines de lucro dedicada estrictamente a ayudar a los creadores de cómics que así lo necesiten. Hero ofrece apoyo económico para ayuda médica de emergencia, o para necesidades básicas. Es una oportunidad de devolver algo a aquello que tanto entretenimiento nos han dado.

Todos los años, Hero Initiative reúne a diversos autores para una antología que incluye a algunos de los más prestigiosos escritores y artistas de la industria. Hero Comics 2011 reúne al equipo creativo original de Sandman por primera vez en 20 años: Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith & Mike Dringenberg. Este equipo de ensueño, realiza “My Last Landlady” una poética historia reforzada por el arte impresionista de dos profesionales de primera línea. Es una mezcla de horror y tristeza, conformismo y vida ordinaria.

A modo de un "detrás de cámaras", Sam Kieth ilustra el proceso de reunirse con Gaiman y Dringenberg. Copia párrafos de los e-mails y crea una viaje visual cargado de simbolismo y experimentación. Es una delicia leer la alocada correspondencia de estos talentosos autores. Un gran complemento para “My Last Landlady”.

También hay una fantástica página del legendario artista Ralph Reese, famoso por su maravilloso trabajo en títulos como Creepy (siempre he sido un admirador de su obra, y lo considero uno de los mejores dibujantes de los 70). John Layman y Rob Guillory comparten su más querida creación, Chew, en una divertida historia sobre drogas experimentales. Y también de Image llega Elephantmen de Richard Starkings y Doug Braithwaite; en una corta historia sobre cómo la sociedad trata a los ancianos.
My layouts / mis bocetos

Por 3.99, esto es una verdadera ganga. Además de conseguir un cómic estupendo, también ayudas a los creadores que lo necesitan. Me alegra contribuir y formar parte de esto. Para más información visiten y asegúrense de donar unos cuantos dólares.


  1. You have to keep in mind that the print media is going the same way the telegraph did with the advent of the telephone.
    You see the signs everywhere: newspapers and magazines closing their doors, bookstores closing and also the libraries...Kindle is the new fangled gadget and it lets you read anything you want from thousands of book tittles.
    It is a sad reality but we have to deal with it.

  2. More than sad I'd say it's depressing. But I think print media won't disappear. In the same way that the radio didn't disappear or that cinema wasn't replaced by TV, books and comics will still be here. Hopefully I'm not wrong this time.