The Hero Initiative (formerly known as A.C.T.OR.) is a unique non-profit organization, aimed at helping artists, writers and publishers in the comic book industry. The idea came to a group of comic book publishers, who wanted to create a financial safety net for comic book creators. The idea sprung from similar industry based charities that aided those in particular professions, such as plumbers. In March of 2001, the Hero Initiative arose as an official charity.
Since then, the charity has granted over half a million to over 50 comic book illustrators and writers, including such influential creators as Gene Colan, the artist of Iron Man, Batman and Daredevil.
The Hero Initiative provides emergency assistance to veteran comic creators who might need help paying for emergency medical care, day-to-day bills or essential things for living. The Hero Initiative also seeks paying work for these creators.
According to the website, “it’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.”
In order to qualify for assistance, an applicant must have been working in the comic book industry for ten or more years since 1934. The applicant must also prove to the Hero Disbursement Committee that there is significant need for aid. The Hero Initiative makes a point to keep all those who seek or receive aid confidential, unless the recipient chooses to disclose that they are or have received aid.
Are you interested in getting involved? There are a great number of ways that you can help out, either by becoming a member, volunteering at your local fundraising event or just donating a few dollars.
Learn more here: http://www.heroinitiative.org/
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