LEGENDARY COMIC WRITER and EDITOR DENNIS O’NEIL TO BE HONORED BY JIMMY CARTER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

Dennis O’Neil, the man who “helped comics grow up,” will be recognized for his lifetime of achievements in pursuing causes of peace and justice by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library […]

Dennis O’Neil, the man who “helped comics grow up,” will be recognized for his lifetime of achievements in pursuing causes of peace and justice by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta as part of a weekend program celebrating comic books December 7-8.
 
O’Neil is the centerpiece in the Library’s “Comic Books and Social Justice” weekend. Events will include:
 
Friday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
Dennis O’Neil and Beyond: Bringing Change Through Comics
Dennis O’Neil’s comic scripts of the early 1970s took the major issues of the day—racism, poverty, drug addiction and more—and brought them front and center into comics. O’Neil is joined by Christopher Priest (Black PantherDeathstroke), Christopher Herndon (Star Trek), Kyle Puttkammer (Hero Cats) and more to discuss how comics have changed our lives and will continue to do so.
 
Saturday, Dec. 8, 11:00 a.m.
Family Day: Comics Chat and Marketplace
Christopher Herndon, Paul Jenkins, Christopher Priest, Kyle Puttkammer, Darren Vincenzo, and other comic creators will talk about their work, what propelled them into their career choice, and how they use their talents to fight for justice, following in the footsteps of Dennis O’Neil.
Select books and merchandise will be available for sale from Galactic Quest Comics, and a limited autograph signing with the creators will take place.
 
Saturday, Dec. 8, 1:00 p.m.
Dennis O’Neil on Batman and More
Dennis O’Neil talks about his life and times: How he entered the comics biz, and later brought Batman back to his gothic roots. O’Neil will explain his tenures at both Marvel and DC Comics, and what he’s seen over the arc of a legendary career.
 
“We are looking forward to partnering with The Hero Initiative to celebrate Denny and his legacy as an advocate for social justice with a weekend full of exciting events,” said Dr. Meredith Evans, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. 
 

 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 $1 million 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.
 
For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.
 
TheJimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is part of the National Archives and Records Administration and is dedicated to providing research information and educational materials about the life, career  and presidency of Jimmy Carter.
 
For more information, please visit us at www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov  

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