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Saint Barnabas Charity Comic Book Event Coming Essex Area

May 11, 2014 at 12:19 AM

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Saint Barnabas Medical Center will host Superheroes for Hospice, a charity comic book sale, on Saturday May 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Barnabas Health Corporate Office at 95 Old Short Hills Road in West Orange, NJ, directly across from Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

The event will feature thousands of comics, graphic novels and action figures available for purchase; and appearances by a variety of comic book writers, sketch artists and caricaturists, including Paul Castiglia, writer and editor for Archie Comics, Joe Caramanga, writer for Marvel Comics, Shane Moore, comic book writer and artist, and Collin Cullins, comic book producer and original artist of Blue Devil. Fans can meet these creators and get autographs and sketches.

All proceeds will benefit patients and families served by Barnabas Health Hospice Palliative Care Center. Established in 1981, the Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center provides comprehensive care for patients with advanced illness, and their families, throughout ten counties in the State of New Jersey.

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Superheroes for Hospice was set up in 2008 by Spiro Ballas, Volunteer Coordinator at St. Barnabas Medical Center, as way of giving back to hospice care patients outside of his work duties.

Ballas said the event has only grown since its inception, “There’s something for everyone at the events now. We have everything from Archie Comics to Zenescope Comics.”

Donations of comic books, action figures or other comic book related memorabilia to Superheroes for Hospice can be mailed or dropped off at the following address:

Spiro Ballas, Senior Volunteer Coordinator

Superheroes for Hospice

Barnabas Health Hospice Palliative Care Center

95 Old Short Hills Road

West Orange, NJ 07052

Donated comics and memorabilia will be tax deductible and appraised based on the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. For individuals who live in northern or central NJ, memorabilia pickups can be arranged. Contact Spiro Ballas by phone at 973-322-4866 or by email at

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