Official Press Release
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 26, 2005) – George Pérez, a comic book legend in his own right, beat his old convention record of monies raised for A.C.T.O.R. Pérez spent over nine hours at the A.C.T.O.R. booth and raised over $5000.
Pérez, who has been a supporter and board member of A.C.T.O.R. since its inception in 1999, raised money by doing autograph signings, sketches and two lunch/sketch auctions. The money raised will be split between A.C.T.O.R. and a grant direct from Pérez to Bill Mantlo's guardian to supplement his continued care needs. Mantlo is the popular and prolific Marvel Comics writer of the 1970s and 1980s. A friend of Pérez's, Mantlo suffered a brain injury after being struck by a car thirteen years ago.
Mantlo currently resides in a nursing home and outside of immediate family, he currently has little, or no, contact with the 'outside world' on any regular basis. All cards and letters can be sent to Bill Mantlo, c/o Michael Mantlo, 425 Riverside Drive, Apt 12-E, New York, NY 10025.
A Commitment To Our Roots (A.C.T.O.R.) 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 310-286-0758 x440.