12-Inch Sideshow SUPERMAN (Christopher Reeve)

This is a figure many, many people have been waiting for. Christopher Reeve’s turn as SUPERMAN has now been further immortalised as a brilliant 12-inch figure from Sideshow. The head sculpt bears an incredible resemblance to the late, great actor and the costume detailing is flawless, looking all the better against a Fortress of Solitude action figure stage.

If that weren’t enough, though, check this out:

Hot Toys Limited will be donating a portion of this collectible figure’s sales to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The Reeve Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. Hot Toy’s hopes to contribute to the foundation and the injured through the enjoyment of collectible figures.”

For more about the organization, please visit: http://www.christopherreeve.org If you’re going to buy one high-end figure this year, you couldn’t make a better choice.

The Superman 12 inch Figure features:

* Authentic and detailed, hand-painted likeness of Christopher Reeve as Superman in the Superman movie
* Realistic facial expression with detailed wrinkles and texture
* Detailed hair sculpture
* Stands approximately 30 cm tall
* Newly sculpted muscular body with over 30 points of articulation with extra muscular upper body, neck and chest
* Three (3) pairs of interchangeable palms including:
* One (1) pair of relaxed palms
* One (1) pair of fists
* One (1) pair of palms for fighting
* One (1) set of Superman costume including one-piece blue costume with Superman logo in chest, yellow belt, red shorts and red cape
* One (1) pair of red boots
* Fortress of Solitude themed figure stage
* Figure stand with Superman nameplate and movie logo

Montreal’s CHARITY COMIC CON

Living in Montreal or headed there soon?

Well, then you might want to check out the Montreal Super-Mega Charity Comic Con! It’s a brand new convention and boasts some great talent and great deals!

CAPTAIN CANUCK creator Richard Comely will be in attendance, along with Fantastic Four’s Rebecca Staab, The Crow’s Sophia Shinas, Star Trek’s Brenda Bakke and Cinemax’s Lingerie’s Jennifer Korbin! All will be signing and posing for pictures with guests in this new show! Plus, you’ll find a ton of retailers from whom you can snag the latest and/or greatest in figures and comics.

But best of all?
The goal of the Montreal Super-Mega Charity Comic Con is to help others less fortunate: 50% of all admission ticket sales will be donated to the Pediatric Oncology Department of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

50% OF TICKET SALES GO TO CHARITY! A full half! Working for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, the convention is a special one in its willingness to reach out and help others. Be there! It all goes down November 13th and 14th right here:

6700 TRANS CANADA HWY
POINTE CLAIRE
QUEBEC
H9R 1C2

Tickets are $10 or $18.99 for a 2-day pass and you can order them or just check out the site at CharityComicCon.com! See you there!

BUT! If you can’t make it, you can still donate to the charity by visiting their website!

JK ROWLING Gives Back

J.K. Rowling has already done great things for the literary world by creating books that got young people (and not-so-young people!) reading in the millions and, of course, for film audiences everywhere with the adaptation of her epic fantasy tale. Now, though, she has given even more, helping out with a number of charities and showing the difference that generosity can make.

The Guardian reports…

The author JK Rowling has donated £10m to set up a clinic to research treatments for multiple sclerosis, the degenerative disease that killed her mother at the age of 45, it was announced today.

The Anna Rowling regenerative neurology clinic, which will be based at the University of Edinburgh , will carry out research into a range of degenerative neurological conditions and diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntingdon’s and motor neurone disease.

The Harry Potter author has championed research into multiple sclerosis. In 2006, it emerged that she had given a “major” but undisclosed gift to Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland towards setting up the university’s centre for multiple sclerosis research.

She had served as the patron of the society, but resigned last year after an internal battle over the charity’s reorganisation.

The university said the £10m was the largest direct donation Rowling had made to a charitable cause, and the biggest single gift the university had ever received.

“I have supported research into the cause and treatment of multiple sclerosis for many years now – but when I first saw the proposal for this clinic, I knew that I had found a project more exciting, more innovative, and, I believe, more likely to succeed in unravelling the mysteries of MS than any other I had read about or been asked to fund,” the author said.

“I have just turned 45, the age at which my mother, Anne, died of complications related to her MS.

“I know that she would rather have had her name on this clinic than on any statue, flower garden or commemorative plaque, so this donation is on her behalf, too, and in gratitude for everything she gave me in her far too short life.”

Unlike laboratory-based research centres, the new clinic will work with MS sufferers and help develop test new treatments that could eventually slow, stop and eventually reverse degenerative diseases.

It will be based in a purpose-built unit within the BioQuarter medical research campus, in south-east Edinburgh.

Staff will work closely with other university and NHS research units specialising in regenerative and neurological diseases.

Rowling’s £10m gift is being included in the university’s campaign to raise £350m towards research, increasing scholarships and bursaries and conserving its historic buildings.

Prof Sir Timothy O’Shea, the university’s principal, said: “This exceptionally generous donation will provide great help in the worldwide effort to improve treatments for multiple sclerosis.

“Work at the clinic will build on the already existing important research strengths in neuro-degenerative disorders at the university, which benefit very considerably from our close partnership with NHS Lothian.”

Rowling, whose personal wealth was estimated at £519m earlier this year thanks to the bestselling Harry Potter novels and films, has a long track record of charitable donations. She has also given £1m to the Labour party.

She had previously set up another trust – the Volant Trust, commemorating her mother’s maiden name – which has an annual budget of £5.1m to support women and young people at risk of social exclusion.

Moomins + Bjork = The Comet Song for Charity!

The flood in Pakistan is a heart-breaking tragedy in a land that is too often fraught with strife and danger. There are a number of charities out there offering help and singer Bjork is going to be contributing in her own way. Here’s the information from Bjork.com

we have a premiére today of the video to the Comet Song. The song is in the new moomin movie.
the video can be seen here

the movie the moomins and the comet chase is out in August 2010.

the song will hit iTunes on August 24th 2010
björk and her record company partners are going to give all the funds generated
by the track to UNICEF Pakistan childrens charities

Edward Norton’s New Twitter Campaign!

According to a piece posted over at Digital Spy, Edward Norton once said “I haven’t personally really engaged in a lot of this new kind of social networking stuff like Twitter or Facebook or MySpace. I mean, the notion of people following what I am doing every day is like torture for me.”

But all of a sudden, all that’s changed! Over on Twitter, Norton can now be found right here, as Edwardnorton. Why the change of heart? It’s simple. He’s got a cause!

Norton has teamed up the Kenyan Maasai Warriors and a number of other activists to raise money for Wilderness Conservation in Africa. The efforts will culminate in Norton and a team running the New York Marathon for sponsortship.

It’s a great cause and he’s been raising a ton of money with giveaways and contests as he gets sponsors for runners and his own team. Prizes so far have ranged from movie posters to running shoes to Blackberries pre-loaded with personalized videos from Norton himself. It’s a great way not only to interact with one of our day’s most celebrated actors, but also to give to a good cause.

The Hero Initiative

Comic book fans might not realize that the artists and writers they love aren’t always making the kind of money or living the kind of life their talent might deserve. It’s a tough industry out there and even some of the best and brightest creators need more help than their comic sales can provide.

That’s where the Hero Initiative comes in:

The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit over 40 creators and their families with over $400,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by your contributions! It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

But it’s not just about donating: fans get to spend money on things they love and know that it’s going to the best possible cause through Hero Initiative events, auctions and online sales. If you love comics, this is truly a great way to give something back to the people who have helped create and, in a way, become your heroes.