Official Press Release
LOS ANGELES (March 8, 2006) — A Commitment To Our Roots (A.C.T.O.R.), a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for comic book creators in need, has announced that they will be producing a trade paperback comic with the proceeds benefiting A.C.T.O.R.
Jim McLauchlin, president of A.C.T.O.R., announced that the benefit book would feature stories and pin ups donated by the industry’s top talent. The book is scheduled to run 150 pages, with a full color cover and black & white interior. “It wouldn’t surprise me if the book runs beyond the 150 pages due to the overwhelming response we’ve been receiving from creators wanting to know how to contribute,” McLauchlin noted. McLauchlin also stated that while the book is in the early stages, it will premiere at the Baltimore Comic Convention in September.
The book will be solicited by A.C.T.O.R., but will be produced in conjunction with Century Comics. Charlie Novinskie, who will be editing the benefit book, stated, “Century Comics was the perfect fit for the project. Century Comics has been working with a number of top talent from across the spectrum of comics from Golden and Silver Age greats Jack Katz and Dick Ayers to many creators of today like Jimmy Gownley and J. C. Vaughn. Century pitching in to help A.C.T.O.R. in this endeavor is the perfect way for Century to give back to creators in need.” McLauchlin was quick to point out, “Novinskie should know, he is not only the president of Century Comics, but also a board member and secretary for the Disbursement Committee of A.C.T.O.R.”
The benefit book will be solicited through Diamond Comic Distributors at a later date, as well as being released at the Baltimore Comic Convention to be held this September 9 & 10. Marc Nathan, convention organizer, wanted to be more involved with A.C.T.O.R., “Last year we provided a booth and thanks to creators like Darlin’ Dick Ayers, Jazzy John Romita Sr. and Terrific Tom Raney, A.C.T.O.R. raised over $12,000 at the show. This year we want to really give them a big push and suggested that the benefit book be a part of the convention.”
More details concerning the benefit book will be provided as they become available. Any creator wishing to contribute to the benefit book may contact Novinskie at charlienovinskie@CenturyComics.com
For more information on A.C.T.O.R., please visit www.actorcomicfund.org.
Information on the 2006 Baltimore Comic Con is available at: www.comicon.com/Baltimore.
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