Mission and Purpose

Berkeley HEROES name is an acronym for: Higher Education Reading Organization for Employees and Sidekicks, created in January 2015 by employees of UC Berkeley. The mission of Berkeley HEROES is to promote literacy, storytelling, and the value of pop culture/modern mythology through the medium of graphic and comic arts.


  • Provide a networking opportunity for UC Berkeley employees (and personal affiliates of UC Berkeley employees) who share an interest in the medium of comic books and graphic novels.
  • Provide a space for open discussion about monthly graphic novel selections and related pop culture.  
  • Promote awareness and appreciation of graphic arts and American pop culture through community service and events to the larger UC Berkeley campus and local community.


  • Space will be reserved each third Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Stand-Up Comics (10020 San Pablo Avenue) in El Cerrito, CA. 
  • Due to popular demand, we are now meeting on campus every third Friday of the month from 12pm to 1:30pm in 127 Sproul. Alternate locations will be announced on this website and the listserve.
  • Stand-Up Comics will provide a 25% discount for any monthly selection ordered for Berkeley HEROES.

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday evening at Stand Up Comics, August 16, 2017 & Friday noon at 127 Sproul Hall, August 18, 2017 - HISTORICAL or NON-FICTION: Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story (Peter Bagge: DRAWN & QUARTERLY)
  • Wednesday evening at Stand Up Comics, September 20, 2017 & Friday noon at 127 Sproul Hall, September 15, 2017 – LATIN(X) NARRATIVES: Zorro Volume 1: Trail of the Fox (Matt Wagner/Francesco Francavilla: DYNAMITE)
  • Wednesday evening at Stand Up Comics, October 18, 2017 & Friday noon at 127 Sproul Hall, October 20, 2017 - SUPERNATURAL/FANTASY: Monstress Volume 1: Awakening (Marjorie Liu/Sana Takeda: IMAGE)
  • Wednesday evening at Stand Up Comics, November 15, 2017 & Friday noon at 127 Sproul Hall, November 17, 2017 - EUROPEAN COMICS: V For Vendetta (Alan Moore/David Lloyd: DC/VERTIGO)

  • Wednesday evening at Stand Up Comics, December 13, 2017 & Friday noon at 127 Sproul Hall, December 15, 2017 - BERKELEY ALUMNI: American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang: FIRST SECOND BOOKS)