Official Press Release
LOS ANGELES, Calif., – JANUARY 14, 2002 – ACTOR (A Commitment To Our Roots),
a non-profit organization dedicated to helping older comic creators in need,
has teamed up with CrossGeneration Comics to bring items to its next charity
auction from halfway around the world.
CrossGen sent a pair of massive art prints to the USS Theodore Roosevelt,
currently stationed in the Persian Gulf as Part of Operation: Enduring
Freedom. The entire crew of the ship has autographed the prints and sent them
back. The pair will be auctioned separately at ACTOR’s next charity auction
at the Orlando MegaCon at the Orange County Convention Center from February
22-24, 2002. Proceeds for these two prints will be split between ACTOR and
the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, the charity of choice of the Theodore
“We are very happy that the sailors on board the USS Roosevelt, who are
risking their lives to protect our freedom, found some time to sign these
posters for these two great causes,” said CrossGen Director of Corporate
Communications, Ian M. Feller. “Only two of these signed poster sets will
exist. One will hang in the CrossGen offices, the other will be auctioned at
MegaCon. Talk about owning a piece of history!”
The ACTOR auction consists of over 100 lots, including a treasure trove of
original art and signed manuscripts from comic artists and writers. Kevin
Smith, writer and director of such hit films as “Clerks” and “Jay and Silent
Bob Strike Back,” will serve as guest auctioneer. Comic art lots from
CrossGen Comics Senior Artist George Pérez have already been donated, as have
donations from Uncanny X-Men artist Ian Churchill, World Fantasy Award winner
Charles Vess, “Liberty Meadows” creator Frank Cho, award-winning painter Alex
Ross, comics legend Carmine Infantino, WildStorm Productions Editorial
Director Jim Lee, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, and popular
CrossGen artists Butch Guice and Greg Land.
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’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, and entrance back into paying work.
ACTOR’s 501 (c) (3) 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 Comics comprise
the Executive/Fund Raising Board which administers the fund’s operations and
raises money. Dick Giordano, Joe Kubert, Dennis O’Neil, George Pérez, 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.
For more information or to send donations to ACTOR please contact:
ACTOR (A Commitment To Our Roots)
11301 Olympic Blvd, #587
Los Angeles, CA 90064 Tel: 310 268 1530
MegaCon is the Southeast’s premier comics, gaming, anime and multi-media
event, featuring over 100,000 square feet of exhibit space. Among the
hundreds of comic book creators on hand to meet fans and sign autographs
include: Sergio Aragonés, Brian Michael Bendis, Carmine Infantino, Mike Avon
Oeming, George Pérez, David Mack, Greg Rucka, Barry Windsor-Smith, Bernie
Wrightson, Greg Land, Joseph Michael Linsner, Nick Cardy, George Tuska,
Martin Nodell and Harry Lampert.
For more information or to order MegaCon tickets, go to www.megaconvention.com
For continuing updates and to view new art donated to the Orlando MegaCon
auction, go to www.ACTORComicFund.org
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