As our Los Angeles economy recovers from the COVID lockdowns, and consumers are looking to return to their hobbies, two Los Angeles area comic book stores are banding together. They aim to help an amazing comic book charity, THE HERO INITIATIVE, which helps comic book creators in time of need, by donating all proceeds to HERO, from the sale of a very limited exclusive THE HERO INITIATIVE edition of this week’s biggest release comic book, Marvel Comics’ VENOM #35, which also happens to be the 200th issue of VENOM ever, and the last issue of the current series. The book promises to change the status quo of the titular character in comics forever, right before the new movie is released.

Collector’s Paradise, with 3 store locations in Canoga Park, North Hollywood and Pasadena, and The Comic Bug, with 2 locations, in Culver City and Manhattan Beach, have always been about creating communities in their stores. Before COVID, both companies held dozens of signing events with creators every year. Both companies are looking forward to giving their customers many more exciting reasons to visit their stores and meet their favorite creators again. Until that is possible, the next best thing that could be done is to organize a way to help a fantastic charity, and give fans an exciting and limited item that they can only get from these 5 locations.

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 creators with more than $1 million worth of much-needed aid, fueled by their contributions!

The HERO INITIATIVE Exclusive Edition of Venom #35 (200th issue of Venom ever) is limited to 3,000 copies with cover art by not just one, but two of our industry’s GIANTS, Humberto Ramos and Ryan Stegman (with the latter being the artist on most of the current 35 issue run of Venom). Both Collector’s Paradise and The Comic Bug will have the highly collectible issue in all retail locations starting Wednesday, June 16th, and all proceeds from the sale of this amazing book will directly benefit THE HERO INITIATIVE.

The book can also be ordered for pick up or worldwide shipping on Collector’s Paradise’ website, https://comicsandcards.net.

“We have worked with THE HERO INITIATIVE for many years, and their tireless efforts to help creators in need is what drives me to help them time and time again”, said Edward Greenberg, the CEO of Collector’s Paradise. Jun Goeku of The Comic Bug agrees: “Its always incredible to be able to help out creators that have given so much of their imagination to us over the years.”

Collector’s Paradise can be reached at store@comicsandcards.net. They can be found online at https://comicsandcards.net

The Comic Bug can be reached at info@thecomicbug.com and online at http://thecomicbug.com

The Hero Initiative’s website is https://www.heroinitiative.org/

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As our Los Angeles economy recovers from the COVID lockdowns, and consumers are looking to return to their hobbies, two Los Angeles area comic book stores are banding together. They aim to help an amazing comic book charity, THE HERO INITIATIVE, which helps comic book creators in time of...