Saturday, September 14th from 11am to 8pm

Justin Ponsor (“JPo”) was a world-class comic book colorist, and a friend to the Team here at Emerald City. He passed away in May after a two-year public battle with cancer.

“As anyone who ever met Justin Ponsor knew, he was never just a colleague or colorist or creative partner … he was family,” said Marvel Comics’ Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski in remembering Justin. “He embraced life with the biggest of hearts, the widest of smiles & the deepest of laughs. He made comics a better place. JPo’s loss will be felt forever.”

Justin was also a huge fan of tabletop gaming – especially the “Vs. System” 2 Player Card Game!
His friends and fellow players have created this celebration of Justin Ponsor’s life, work, and play in the form of a charity event, with proceeds going to THE HERO INITIATIVE!

The Hero Initiative – “Helping comic creators in need”
The Hero Initiative is the first federally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators, writers and artists in need. Founded in late 2000 by a consortium of comic book and trade publishers, including Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Wizard Entertainment, CrossGen Comics and Dynamic Forces Inc., the 501(c)(3) charity aims to assist comic creators with health, medical, and quality-of-life assistance.

This event will raise money for The Hero Initiative through raffles, auctions, and a Vs. System 2PCG tournament!

Various people and organizations are donating items to this event! Contributors include:

  • David Marquez (comic book artist who worked with Justin Ponsor on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) – signed comic AND a sketch!
  • Upper Deck Entertainment (publisher of the Vs. System 2PCG)
  • CMON (“Cool Mini Or Not,” publisher of board & tabletop games)
  • CoolStuffInc (online tabletop gaming store)
  • Tampa Bay Rays – autographed baseball and prize pack!

More details to be announced soon!

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