Comic book charity effort will benefit Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center

EATONTOWN, NJ--September, 2010 - The Monmouth Mall will be “invaded” by spandex-clad heroes, monsters, funny-talking animals, space men and an assortment of other colorful comic book characters on Saturday, September 11  as “Superheroes for Hospice”  takes over the shopping center.

The effort, which will benefit the Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center of West Orange, features appearances by a host of notable writers and artists who will be signing autographs. The free event is designed to offer comic book fans a chance to enjoy their hobby in a casual setting.  There will be comic books of all genres and from several decades available for sale.

Special guests include Marvel and DC Comics artist Paris Cullins; Howard Bender, caricaturist and comic book artist for Marvel, DC, and Archie; Mark Voger, caricaturist, writer-cartoonist and author of the book "Hero Gets Girl! The Life and Art of Kurt Schaffenberger;" Glenn Whitmore, colorist for DC and Archie Comics, Jeff Shultz, artist of Archie Comics, Paul Castiglia, Archie editor-writer and co-creator of Mecha Manga Bible Heroes; Thomas Hall, writer and co-creator of Robot 13, KING and Mecha Manga Bible Heroes; and Ken Branch, comic book artist for Marvel, DC and Valiant as well as a trading card artist for Topps and sketch card artist.

superhero_hospice"Projects like 'Superheroes For Hospice' are like a superhero’s alter ego, not flashy, but still an important part of the story," says Spiro Ballas, SBHPCC’s Senior Volunteer Coordinator. "Fundraising enables us to provide care to those without insurance as well as additional support such as extra home health aide time. It's also just a fun event. People can meet comic book artists and writers and pick up something new for their collections, all for a good cause."


The event takes place from 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday, September 11th at the Monmouth Mall, located at 180 Route 35 South in Eatontown, New Jersey.

Established in 1981, the Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center (SBHPCC), located at 95 Old Short Hills Road in West Orange, provides comprehensive care for patients with advanced illness, and their families, throughout ten counties in the State of New Jersey.

The Saint SBHPCC supports inpatient units at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ, as well as Van Dyke Hospice at Community Medical Center in Toms River. It also provides home care and services for individuals in long-term care and assisted living facilities.

Ballas founded Superheroes for Hospice in December 2008. After three successful shows within the SBHPCC building, the Livingston Mall event is the first Superheroes for Hospice convention to be held in a larger venue. To date, nearly 100,000 comic books have been donated to the project. Comic books are still being collected for this and future shows.

For more information about Superheroes for Hospice, the upcoming show, or to make a comic book donation, contact Spiro Ballas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 973-322-4866. Details are also available at