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Superheroes for Hospice Charity Comic Book Sale Being Held Nov. 7

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Thousands of comic books (many of which will be discounted) and hundreds of graphic novels will be featured as part of the free Superheroes for Hospice Charity Comic Book Sale, which is being held on Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Barnabas Health Corporate Office, which is located at 95 Old Short Hills Road in West Orange (directly across the street from Saint Barnabas Medical Center, next door to the Atkins Kent building). The event will raise funds for the Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center, which according to Barnabas has served more than 52,000 patients and their families during one of the most personal times of their lives. For more information or to make a comic book donation to Superheroes for Hospice, send an email to sballas@barnabashealth.org or call 973-322-4866.

Back by popular demand, Mark’s T Shirts, with his discounted Marvel t-shirts, will be available. There will also be appearances by 20 sketch artists and comic book professionals including the following:

  • Neil Vokes – Journeyman artist: Superman, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Vampirella, Flesh & Blood, etc.
  • Paul Castiglia – Veteran comics writer-editor who has worked for Archie, DC, Dark Horse, etc.
  • Paris Cullins – DC and Marvel Comics artist: Blue Beetle, Blue Devil, Hyperkind; animator
  • Darrell Goza – Penciller and inker for DC, Continuity, Blackthorne, Kiss Me Comix, etc.
  • Thomas Hall – Writer/co-creator of the award-winning Robot 13 and KING!
  • Vincent Delvecchio Jr. – Multimedia artist, the “Hello-Kitty” Guy
  • Marc Heyhoe – Creator of Littleblokes
  • David E. McClain – Writer-artist of The Artifyce Connection
  • Tom Schloendorn – Inker on Trailer Park of Terror,  the Nowhere Man Connection
  • And 11 others…                                          

According to Barnabas, as comic book fans have come to learn, Superheroes for Hospice is a “great place to ‘fill holes’ in any comic collection.” 

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Knowing that the proceeds support Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center (BHHPCC), should make enjoying the comics-hobby better than ever, according to a Barnabas representative.

Active since 2009, to-date, the charity has raised over $120,000 for the non-profit agency by selling comics, books, toys and related items. Proceeds have helped assist individuals and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses. Conceived by BHHPCC Volunteer Coordinator Spiro Ballas, the event has attracted area industry talent who often appear to sign autographs and give showcase their work.

“To every customer who has ever come to our event, to every comics creator and vendor who has appeared at the event, to all those who have volunteered, everyone who’s promoted us and everyone who has donated – thank you,” said Ballas. “I am ecstatic about the success of this effort and it is only because of all who have directly participated and engaged in this worthwhile cause that we have succeeded.”

Superheroes for Hospice is an on-going, comic book-themed, fundraising project for Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center. According to Barnabas, specially trained experts in end-of-life care provide comprehensive and compassionate medical, emotional and spiritual care at a time when it is needed most. The programs, which serve infants, children, adults and the elderly, “honor the individual choices and values of each patient and family,” while offering full access to the broad array of services provided by Barnabas Health.

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