Famed artist Yoshitaka Amano paints for the ACTOR comic fund

[Amano art]LOS ANGELES, Calif. - ACTOR (A Commitment To Our Roots), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping older comic creators in need, is pleased and honored to announce an amazing addition to its next fundraising auction.

Famed Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano, who has recently broken into American Comics with Sandman: The Dream Hunters from DC Comics and Elektra & Wolverine: The Redeemer from Marvel Comics, has donated an original Elektra painting to ACTOR's next charity auction. The auction will take place at the Orlando MegaCon at the Orange County Convention Center from February 22-24, 2002.

The piece is the very first Elektra painting Amano ever did, and to this point has only been seen in Previews as a promotional piece for the Elektra & Wolverine: The Redeemer series. More importantly, Amano, who has a dedicated following both in America and in Japan, is letting go of one of his paintings for the first time in 20 years.

"I have always admired American Comics since the time of 10-cent comics," said Amano. "I used to go to second-hand bookstores in Kanda, the part of Tokyo known for great bookstores and special collections of rare books, in search of good art. I have always had special feelings towards this culture, and all my animation work has been heavily influenced by American Comics, 100%. So it means a lot to be able to contribute to the community I grew up with. I want to expect something good would come out of this not only within this industry, but something influential to outer world. I would like ACTOR to be influential not only in American Comics industry, but also for others."

ACTOR is more than happy, and extremely honored, to accept Mr. Amano's gracious donation. "We were very excited for Mr. Amano to illustrate Redeemer for Marvel," said Marvel Editor-in-Chief and ACTOR board member Joe Quesada. "His reputation as an artist precedes him. Who doesn't know his work from 'Final Fantasy' or 'Gatchaman?' Well, something not everybody knows is that some of Amano's earliest influences came from his love of classic American comics. So it's very fitting, as well as a tremendous honor, for him to chose ACTOR as the worthy cause to which he's donating this striking piece."

Proxy bidding is available for Japanese bidders who are interested in the Amano painting, but unable to attend the auction. Contact Auction Coordinator Tony Panaccio via fax at 813-891-0542 or via e-mail at tony.panaccio@crossgen.com for full information.

The ACTOR MegaCon auction consists of 187 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 World Fantasy Award winner Charles Vess, "Liberty Meadows" creator Frank Cho, award-winning painter Alex Ross, WildStorm Productions Editorial Director Jim Lee, and popular CrossGen artists Butch Guice and Greg Land are all part of the auction.

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.

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 MegaCon

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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