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ACTOR art auction returns Orlando Megacon

Official Press Release

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 1, 2004) - One of the most unique comic art events in the world, the ACTOR Art Auction, returns to Orlando MegaCon and the state-of-the-art Orange County Convention Center from March 5-7, 2004. This year's auction includes rare, original pieces by Guillermo del Toro, Neil Gaiman, George Pérez, Joe Quesada and John Romita Jr. Last year, more than $50,000 was raised during both the silent and live art auctions.

"Comic books have been a part of our media heritage for more than 60 years now,� said ACTOR President and Top Cow Comics Editor-in-Chief Jim McLauchlin. "But only in the last 20 years did creators begin participating in the profits from their work. As fans and professionals in the business, we feel a responsibility for supporting our real-life heroes in their retirement years. They gave us so much enjoyment and inspiration at the height of their creative powers that we want to return the favor at the height of ours."

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ACTOR will be located at booth ##817. In addition to the auction, the following special guests will donate their time at the ACTOR booth this year doing sketches and autographs for donations.

March 5

Angel Medina (Spawn artist): 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Kaare Andrews (Incredible Hulk artist): 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Skottie Young (Spider-Man artist): 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

March. 6

Kaare Andrews (Incredible Hulk artist): 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Terry Dodson (Spider-Man artist): 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Walter Simonson (Thor artist): 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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March 7

Michael Lark (Batman artist): 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Skottie Young (Spider-Man artist): 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Randy Green (Tomb Raider artist): 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

ACTOR exists because many Golden Age or Silver Age creators toiled in comics' earlier days for low pay and with a nonexistent pension plan. Very often, writers would work for a penny a word, or artists for $5 a page with no chance of ownership and no pension. Today, many of these people who laid the groundwork that today's 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 for essentials of life, and entrée back into paying work.

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"No one - especially not the elder statesmen who gave us our dreams - should have to live in fear of poverty, or being kicked out of their homes,� says Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "ACTOR has literally saved people from just that. In only four years, ACTOR has benefited elder creators with over $65,000 in aid. In some cases, ACTOR has paid the rent to keep creators from going homeless. It has paid utility bills to keep the heat on in winter. It has paid for operations that medical insurance didn't cover, keeping people alive. In some cases, it has just bought groceries so that there was food on the table.�

A Commitment To Our Roots (ACTOR) Comic Fund is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. ACTOR creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and entrée back into paying work.

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