UNSCREWED! Update! Auctions to benefit exploited comic creators]

Thu, March 1st, 2007 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

UNSCREWED!, the organization created by comics creators, fans, and

retailers to combat illegal and unethical practices by a would-be

publisher, today announced a benefit auction to provide relief to the

artists and writers exploited by that company. Since its inception in

January, UNSCREWED! has grown quickly, amassing support from top name

talents in the comic book industry, as well as many who are just

begining their careers. Full reports of all Unscrewed! activities can be

found at the website: http://www.unscrewedcomic.com

The group was formed in early January of this year in response to the

publisher's unethical business practices. After one writer's story was

brought to light by an online journalist covering the comics business,

several other creators came forward with shockingly similar stories of

uncompensated work and threats of both physical violence and legal

prosecution. UNSCREWED! grew out of a desire to assist the injured

parties and to hold the publisher accountable.

While UNSCREWED! was forming, comics writer Mark Waid stepped forward to

personally finance legal action against the publisher. Tom Stillwell,

writer-publisher of Spinner Rack Comics' HONOR BRIGADE and comics fan

Matt "Doc" Martin provided research and supporting evidence, with the

result that two court judgments have recently been awarded to artists

who filed suit.

With legal redress firmly underway, UNSCREWED! has turned its attention

to the first of their relief efforts, the UNSCREWED! Auctions, with a

starting line-up of 17 items available via eBay, including one-of-a-kind

and rare items from the top names in comics. The first wave of auction

items can be seen at http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZzapow21

UNSCREWED! media representative Danny Donovan had this to say about the

auctions taking place: "It is just amazing to see our community standing

strong in the face of something like this. For the longest time we've

been thought of as a closed off, insular industry, but with UNSCREWED!

we're proving that we're a community. When one person is wronged by the

actions of an unscrupulous individual and [that individual] is left

unchecked, they are able to do it again to someone else. By taking a

stand we place the power back into the hands of those who create."

The first series of UNSCREWED! Auctions includes original art by

acclaimed cartoonist Scott Shaw! of his characters from Captain Carrot

and the Zoo Crew; individual headshots of Captain Carrot, Fastback,

Little Cheese, Pig Iron, Rubber Duck, Yankee Poodle, American Eagle, and

Alley-Kat-Abra. At the New York Comic-Con last weekend, DC Comics

announced a new three-issue miniseries, CAPTAIN CARROT: THE FINAL ARC,

to be drawn by Shaw! from a script by Bongo Comics' Bill Morrison.

Donovan explains, "before DC releases their brand new epic mini series,

you can own a piece of history, drawn and signed by the artist, Scott

Shaw! And if thatâ??s not enough you can also own a piece of

PRE-history," referring to a headshot of beloved animated icon Fred

Flintstone, a character that has been a major part of Shaw's career over

the last three decades. Starting bids for each portrait are set at $25.

Famed writer Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans; Crisis of the Infinite Earths;

creator of Blade) has contributed autographed full comic scripts from

his current series, NIGHTWING, issues #125-127, along with the published

corresponding issues (with art by Dan Jurgens) also signed by Wolfman.

Bidding on this one of a kind piece of comic book memorabilia begins at

$20.

A page of original art from Tom Bedlandâ??s popular and critically

acclaimed, award winning comic, â??TRUE STORY, SWEAR TO GODâ?? has been

donated by the author. This piece is from the original self published

version of the currently being published by IMAGE COMICS. Complete with

autograph by prolific artist/writer Tom Beland, the bidding on this

stunning piece of art begins at $200.

Kurt Busiek has donated an extremely rare deluxe hardcover edition of

his award-winning series MARVELS, which launched artist Alex Ross to

super-stardom. It is an artistâ??s proof and not available anywhere else

but UNSCREWED! Signed by both Busiek and Ross, the book features a

second autograph by Busiek with a special message for UNSCREWED! Bidding

starts at $80.

Busiek has also donated what Donovan describes as "a must have for any

fan of super-heroes," a very rare boxed two-volume hardcover edition of

the JLA/AVENGERS crossover. Volume One contains the complete mini-series

with introductions by Stan Lee and the late Julie Schwartz, along with

character and creator biographies, while Volume Two is a compendium

featuring George PĂ©rez's 21 pages pf pencils from the aborted 1983

crossover; the initial plot for the current mini-series and every

character, place, and incident used in the mini-series carefully

annotated by PĂ©rez and Busiek. As with the MARVELS auction, this item

comes signed by writer Kurt Busiek along with a very special message to

the supporters of UNSCREWED! Bidding begins at $85.

Artist Jamal Igle, of FIRESTORM and NEW WARRIORS fame, has donated a

signed piece of original art from MARVEL ADVENTURES: SPIDER-MAN #14.

Fully penciled and inked, Bidding starts at: $50. "This piece is a must

have for webheads, and a great way to kick off the countdown to

Spider-man 3!" remarks Donovan.

As new items are added to the auction list, notices will be sent to the

media and posted on the UNSCREWED! website.

In addition to the auctions, UNSCREWED! has begun a second relief

effort, the Unscrewed! Anthology, with stories and art from some of the

best and brightest artists and writers in the field. Legendary X-MEN

artist PAUL SMITH contributes a special two page story which joins a

host of stories collected in one volume, with proceeds going to help

creators in need.

For the full story and mission statement of UNSCREWED! please visit

their website at http://www.unscrewedcomic.com.

The website will be bringing webcomics

online in the coming weeks. Parties interested in contributing work to

the site please visit the UNSCREWED! website for submission guidelines.

Donovan closes out with these remarks: "As always I want to thank our

gracious contributors and supporters in this important movement. The

outpouring of submissions, one-of-a-kind items, and overall support is

very much appreciated. Fan, Creator, Retailer alike, we thank you for

that."

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