LOS ANGELES, Calif., Monday August 6, 2001 – ACTOR (A Commitment To Our Roots), a new non-profit organization, has announced its affiliation with the Wizard World 2001 Convention in Chicago and announced its second major fund-raising auction. Wizard World will be held at the Rosemont Convention Center in Chicago from August 17-19, 2001, and a high profile auction raising funds for ACTOR will take place on Saturday August 18th at 6pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The ACTOR auction consists of over 100 lots, approximately 90% of which are original art as well as signed manuscripts from comic artists and writers. ACTOR President Jim McLauchlin and CrossGen Comics Senior Writer Mark Waid will host the auction, with help from an ACTOR patron.
Kevin Smith, the renowned director of “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy,” whose new film “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” is set to be released by Mirimax/Dimension Films August 22, will be on hand to guest-auction actual film-used props and costume pieces from his new film.
“We honor those who helped create the American comic book art form by remembering them,” Smith said. “However, ACTOR goes one better by offering said creators financial support in their golden years. It’s a noble cause any comic book fan worth his or her salt should get behind.”
The auction will also feature a “Day at Marvel Comics” hosted by Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, and a “Day at Image Comics” hosted by Publisher Jim Valentino. On the artistic end, the auction will showcase a “Bluntman and Chronic” Wizard cover by Michael Avon Oeming, a Jack Kirby/Wally Wood original “Sky Masters” strip, a “jam” piece by Adam, Andy and Joe Kubert, and a stunning JLA/Avengers original from George Perez.
Dedicated to helping veteran writers and artists of the comic book industry, the ACTOR organization is made up of high-ranking officials from Chaos! Comics, CrossGen Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Marvel Comics and Wizard Entertainment.
“The first auction we had at the Orlando MegaCon in March was great” said Jim McLauchlin. “So great, in fact, that we immediately added a second. The plan going forward is to do two major auctions a year, at the Orlando MegaCon and Wizard World Chicago. The staff at each of these conventions are outstanding, and the ultimate pleasure to work with. And they put on great shows.”
ACTOR (A Commitment to Our Roots) is dedicated to providing relief and support to many of the talented creators who helped found the comic book industry. Many Golden Age or Silver Age creators toiled in comics‚ earlier days for low pay and with a nonexistent pension plan. Today, many of these people who laid the groundwork that today comic industry works on may be in financial need. Be it due to age, health or just low salaries with no retirement plan, they may need a hand. ACTOR provides a safety net for former comic creators in need. ACTOR is dedicated to helping creators with emergency medical aid, financial support, and entrance back into paying work.
ACTOR paperwork, making it an official non-profit organization, was approved by the federal government in February, 2001.
ACTOR is served by two boards of directors, Jim McLauchlin of Wizard Entertainment, Mark Alessi of CrossGen Comics, Brian Pulido of Chaos! Comics, Pat McCallum of Wizard Entertainment, Joe Quesada of Marvel Comics, Michael Richardson of Dark Horse Comics and Jim Valentino of Image Comicscomprise the Executive/Fund Raising Board which administers the fund operations and raises money. Dick Giordano, Joe Kubert, Dennis O’Neil, George Perez, John Romita Sr., and Roy Thomas make up a peer group Fund Disbursement Board that will hear petitions and disburse funds to worthy applicants. Perez and Thomas are the Co-chairs of that board.