Thanks to long time ANer Greg Boone for bringing this to our attention.
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 50 creators and their families with over $500,000 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.
This is something we could certainly use in the animation industry especially in the US. An organization / program that operates as a safety net for the many artists, indeed the vast number of artists that work outside of the union studios. Even unionized artists could benefit from something like this since many of them lose their medical coverage when they work outside of union shops for a length of time or when they lose their union studio employment. I've pushed for an Independent Animation Union for many years through AN to this effect with no help from our current union which has been hostile to us for a long time. Their outdated and narrow model of operation along with their animosity to the AN Movement has kept them from growing in a direction that could make a huge difference in the lives of the artists in our community.
Fortunately we have the Hero Initiative to look to for inspiration and hope that things can improve for artist when we unify and take matters into our own hands. Kudos to everyone involved with this noble, worthwhile and much needed effort.
Please consider supporting the Hero Initiative. Take a look at the video to get a better understanding of what it does. You can also visit the Forum topic to see what Greg Boone has to say about it and to follow the discussion.