Official Press Release
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - February 27, 2002 - ACTOR (A Commitment To Our Roots),
the non-profit organization dedicated to helping older comic creators in
need, announced today the outstanding results of its latest fund-raisers at
the Orlando MegaCon convention from February 23rd through 25th. ACTOR raised
$50,000 over the weekend, with a major Saturday night auction as the
The auction totaled $45,000 with 183 lots donated by comic artists and
writers, plus special lots donated by Miramax/Dimension Films and CrossGen
Comics. ACTOR President Jim McLauchlin and Kevin Smith, writer and director
of Miramax/Dimension's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," served as
auctioneers. Auction highlights included:
o Jerry Ordway Fawcett Collectors of America painting: $1600
o Frank Cho Wizard Edge cover: $1600
o Charles Vess Rose #3 cover: $1400
o Greg Land/Drew Geraci Sojourn #3 2-page spread: $1150
o CrossGen USS Theodore Roosevelt autographed prints: $1100
o Jim Lee unpublished Fairchild painting: $1000
A full list of auction results will be available on ACTOR's Website at
www.ACTORComicFund.org within one week.
Kevin Smith had the winning bid on the Cho Wizard Edge cover, which featured
Cho's "Brandy" from Liberty Meadows, Fone Bone from Jeff Smith's Bone, and
Smith's own creation, Silent Bob. Smith also auctioned off film-used props
from "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," his latest movie. "Not only did we
raise a bunch of money, but we had a blast doing it," Smith commented. "The
folks who actually coughed up the dough enjoyed the hell out of themselves as
they did it, too."
This marked the second year ACTOR held a major fundraiser at MegaCon.
"MegaCon is proud to host an outstanding live event that benefits such a
great cause," said CrossGen Comics President Mark Alessi, who also owns and
operates MegaCon. "CrossGen was happy to provide both its support, and the
beautiful set of prints autographed by the entire crew of the USS Theodore
Roosevelt, which is currently stationed in the Persian Gulf."
ACTOR Disbursement Committee Co-chairman and CrossGen Senior Artist George
Prez contributed his time by spending two entire days at ACTOR's MegaCon
booth, doing drawings for donations. Prez' efforts netted over $2000 for the
cause. "Many people may marvel at the marathon drawing sessions I contribute
for ACTOR," said Prez. "But when you compare the number of hours I've worked
to line my own pockets in the past 27-plus years, the hours I spend working
for ACTOR are merely the first drops of water in a huge rain barrel's worth
of payback. It's the least I can do to thank those creative pioneers who've
allowed me to make a good living doing what I love to do best, creating
ACTOR Disbursement Committee member John Romita Sr. also did drawings for
donations, and comic model Diana Knight posed for pictures for donations. In
all, ACTOR raised a total of over $50,000 for the weekend. "The entire
MegaCon staff was a tremendous help, and the convention was outstanding,"
concluded ACTOR President Jim McLauchlin. "We're already looking forward to
bigger and better things at MegaCon next year."