Veteran comic writer appears for ‘heroic’ cause

DEARBORN — Veteran comic writer William Messner-Loebs will be at Green Brain Comics, 13210 Michigan Ave., from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday for a book signing to celebrate the release of “Hero Comics: A Hero Initiative Benefit Book.”
Messner-Loebs is a Michigander and a veteran comic writer and artist who perhaps is best known for his run as writer on Wonder Woman. His work also includes a long stint on Flash for DC Comics and a short run on Thor for Marvel Comics.
Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need — including Messner-Loebs, a freelancer who has never had real job security or benefits, and his wife, Nadine.
Messner-Loebs was born with a cancerous tumor on his right arm, which had to be amputated when he was still an infant. In recent years, he has been in a car accident, lost his house and gone through long periods without work.
The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for the essentials of life and an avenue back into paying work.
Wednesday’s signing will be followed immediately by a comic jam, where the public is invited to participate in creating improvised comic pages with other local artists.
For more information call (313) 582-9444 or go to www.greenbrain.biz.

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