Heroe! magazine Promotion

World’s Greatest Cartoonists create Heroes!, a new comic for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital patients

Liverpool Lions Club have teamed up with some of the world’s best known cartoonists to produce a new comic and picture story magazine, Heroes!, for the patients of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Heroes! Magazine Issue One

The new comic was prominently on display at the recent Liverpool Comic Con, where editor Tim Quinn, formerly of Marvel Comics, persuaded many attending guests and fans to pose with copies.

The iHeroes! Launch at Liverpool Comic Con 2019. Efitor Tim Quinn (right) with attending superheroes!
The iHeroes! Launch at Liverpool Comic Con 2019. Efitor Tim Quinn (right) with attending superheroes!

iHeroes! Launch at Liverpool Comic Con 2019

Heroes! editor Tim Quinn and friends at Liverpool Comic Con 2019
Heroes! editor Tim Quinn and friends at Liverpool Comic Con
Hollywood actor Dean Cain gave the thumbs up to the Liverpool Lions Club's 'HEROES!' comic book creation at Liverpool Comic Con.
Hollywood actor Dean Cain gave the thumbs up to the Liverpool Lions Club’s ‘HEROES!’ comic book creation at Liverpool Comic Con.
What a fantastic idea!" said actress Teri Hatcher on hearing about Liverpool Lions Club's project to create a comic book especially for the patients of Alder Hey Children's Hospital. "This comic should be in every children's hospital round the world." We couldn't agree more. Teri, a former Bond girl, was the star of TV's 'Lois & Clark' Superman series before heading off to Wisteria Avenue to join those 'Desperate Housewives'.
What a fantastic idea!” said actress Teri Hatcher on hearing about Liverpool Lions Club’s project to create a comic book especially for the patients of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. “This comic should be in every children’s hospital round the world.” We couldn’t agree more. Teri, a former Bond girl, was the star of TV’s ‘Lois & Clark’ Superman series before heading off to Wisteria Avenue to join those ‘Desperate Housewives’.
Star of movies and TV series, the one and only Eric Roberts got himself a copy of the Liverpool Lions Club's great new comic book 'HEROES!' this weekend. No wonder he's smiling! Eric is the brother of that 'Pretty Woman' Julia Roberts.
Star of movies and TV series, the one and only Eric Roberts got himself a copy of the Liverpool Lions Club’s great new comic book ‘HEROES!’ this weekend. No wonder he’s smiling! Eric is the brother of that ‘Pretty Woman’ Julia Roberts.
Comic artists Nigel Parkinson and Dave Taylor were also drawn into happily promoting Heroes! at Liverpool Comic Con
Comic artists Nigel Parkinson and Dave Taylor were also drawn into happily promoting Heroes! at Liverpool Comic Con

Drawing in part on previously published material Tim worked on some years ago that sadly had limited distribution, some of the names whose work appear in the comic book include Gordon and Maureen Grey, Russ Leach, Mario Capaldi, Charlie Adlard, Steve Parkhouse, Dicky Howett, George Sears, John Lupton and Nick Miller. The comic also gives children the opportunity to win a library of books!

“The comic is designed to thrill, entertain and instil a love of reading in children of all ages,” Tim enthuses. “as it takes them on adventures through time and space, and takes their mind away from all health worries.

“We are telling brand new stories about the worlds most beloved characters from literature including Aladdin, Snow White, Jack of the Beanstalk, and Cinderella.

Plus, there’s also the chance for readers to join a brand new super-hero team called The FAB 4000!”

Heroes! magazine art - Lionel the Lion
Lionel the Lion
Heroes! magazine art - Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb

Heroes! magazine art - Dinosaur

It is the hope of the Lions and Tim that the comic will be an on-going publication and Tim intends to incorporate celebrity interviews into future issues.

“Once they recover from their medical problems, I will take children from the hospital to interview some of the biggest names in entertainment,” says Tim. “I’m keen to find new writers of tomorrow to create a positive form of journalism for the upcoming generation.”

Heroes! magazine - Twice Upon a Time

HEROES! includes a few sequels to famous Fairy Tales, under the umbrella title “Twice Upon a Time’.

“I’ve always loved the original stories of Snow White, Tom Thumb, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin and the rest,” notes Tim. “But there was one thing I really didn’t like about those tales and that was the final line in each of the stories: ‘And they all lived happily ever after’. I hated that. I thought it was a cop out. Nobody lives happily ever after no matter how hard we try. Life is one great adventure after another. And that’s exactly what I wanted for my Fairy Tale pals. More adventures not domesticity.

Heroes! magazine - Manfred the Dragon
Manfred the Dragon
Heroes! magazine - Jack and the Icemen
Jack and the Icemen
Jack and the Beanstalk

“On my first day at Marvel Comics in New York, long, long ago, I was taken out to lunch by Stan Lee. We chatted on many topics including stupid people in the Marketing/Licensing Department at Marvel and newspaper comic strips back in the UK. But Stan’s eyes lit up when we touched on the subject of Fairy Tales. ‘The best stories ever written,’ he claimed. ‘That’s why they have lasted five or six hundred years!’

“Good point. He also felt it was nuts that there was only one story about each character. ‘That would have been like me finishing my first story about Spider-Man with the line: …and Peter Parker finally realised that with great power came great responsibility and so he lived happily ever after.’ Even better point!

Heroes! magazine  - Sample ArtHeroes! magazine  - The Big Bad WolfHeroes! magazine  -Red Riding Hood

Heroes! magazine  - Wicked Witch“And so, for Heroes!, we’ve taken a look at those ancient tales and found a leap off point to allow those amazing characters to head off into a series of all-new adventures.

“It has been a delight to work on and reclaim some of these heroes from the icy clutches of the Walt Disney Corps and bring them home to their European roots.

So is this ‘Heroes!’ comic book all about fairy tales?

“In a word, no,” says Tim. “It’s Fairy Tales and so much more. We are entering the limitless expanse of childlike imagination. We will be pulling in characters from myths, legends, folk tales, literature and history.

“Expect to see Pegasus the flying horse colliding with Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe and Medusa. Oh, and did I mention the Icemen? Jack of the Beanstalk discovers them at the centre of the Earth. The Heroes! Universe is coming….

“The added touch comes with the involvement of that fabulous organisation the Liverpool Lions Club. Together we are determined to work with a new readership of children to help create a caring generation determined to help make our world a better place. Quite a target, but together we can do it, or at least attempt to do it! Either way, it will be a mighty adventure.”

Fab 4000 Logo 2019Plus, of course, Heroes! includes the latest outing for a new super team, The Fab 4000, “a team like no other and the Liverpool Lions Club and I want you to become members,” says Tim.

“The FAB 4000 prove that you don’t have to be born on planet Krypton or get bitten by a radioactive giraffe to become a super-hero. All you need is super-compassion to care about our world and your fellow Earthlings and you will be welcomed into the team.”

So… if action, adventure, fun, mystery and excitement are your cup of tea, then be sure to grab a copy of HEROES! No. 1!Heroes! Magazine PromotionHEROES! No. 1 is available now here. By buying a copy today you are helping the team behind it to supply future issues to the patients in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital free of charge | Check out the Heroes! Facebook Page here

• If you are local to Waterloo, Liverpool, ‘HEROES!’ is now available direct from Write Blend bookshop in South Road thanks to author and bookshop owner ‘Ballistic’ Bob Stone

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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