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ACTOR auction at MegaCon 2002 adds items straight from the Persian Gulf

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 Roosevelt crew.

"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.

About ACTOR.

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

About MegaConMegaCon 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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