Official Press Release
“Crisis at the Comic Bug,” a charity signing featuring writers Geoff Johns
and Marv Wolfman and inker Norm Rapmund, raised $2,177 for ACTOR, A Commitment
To Our Roots this past Saturday, March 25. Fans were lined up down the block,
and some came from over 100 miles away for a chance to meet the creators
behind DC’s legendary titles Crisis on Infinite Earths and its sequel Infinite
Crisis. And in an amazing display of generosity, the Comic Bug donated 100% of the
day’s sales to ACTOR.
This is the third such fundraiser the Manhattan Beach, CA shop has thrown
since it first opened its doors in June 2004, raising a grand total of $6,399 for
Donating 100% of the day’s profits is unheard of for most sensible
businesses. However, store manager Mike Wellman says there is a method behind the
madness. “We feel very fortunate that we’re able to make a comfortable living doing
what we love. If we can put together an event that’s fun for the fans as well
as good for the comic community, that gives us a much better feeling than just
throwing that money in the coffers!”
Infinite Crisis inker Norm Rapmund was hesitant at first about appearing
alongside Wolfman and Johns, but was convinced by The Comic Bug staff who insisted
that the signing needed an artist, comics being a visual medium. “Signing
with superstar writers Geoff and Marv was a blast!” Norm exclaimed, “You guys
know how to make a guy feel special. If you ever have another fundraiser, give
me a call. I’m always glad to help out.”
“People occasionally complain about the comics business,” stated ACTOR
president Jim McLauchlin, “but it never ceases to amaze me what can be done with a
little proactive thinking and hard work. The Comic Bug was thronged with fans
all day long, and they did HUGE business for the day, both from existing
customers and new friends. It just goes to show that opportunity is what you make
of it, and we at ACTOR are very thankful for this opportunity.”
The Comic Bug regularly hosts events and signings at its Manhattan Beach
location. This Wednesday, March 29, the shop has scheduled the creators behind the
indy buzz-book Living In Infamy.
“We’re all in this industry together,” said store owner Jun Goeku. ”
Retailers rely on the creators to manufacture a good product and they rely on us to
get it out to the readers. It’s in all of our best interest to scratch each
The Comic Bug is located at 1015 Aviation Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
For more information, call (310) 372-6704 or visit www.thecomicbug.com.
A Commitment To Our Roots (A.C.T.O.R.) Comic Fund is the first-ever federally
chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book
creators in need. A.C.T.O.R. creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’
creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials
of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to
give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. For more
information, visit www.ACTORComicFund.org or call 310-909-7809.
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