ACTOR (A Commitment To Our Roots) is the Federally-chartered charity created with the goal of assisting comic book industry veterans, particularly those many older creators who toiled without benefits such as health insurance over the years. It's a great organization, and I urge you to consider donating to it.
One of their means of fundraising this year is the creation of ACTOR Comics Presents, a 152-page anthology featuring stories from a variety of writers and artists.
Charlie Novinskie, my good friend and ACTOR Secretary, told me of his reaction when Stan Lee asked if he could contribute a story. Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn) illustrated it.
Dave Sim (Cerebus), "Death of Superman" illustrator Dan Jurgens, Michael Avon Oeming (Powers), Ron Marz (Samurai: Heaven and Earth), Mark Waid (Legion of Superheroes) and many others are featured.
And "many others" includes yours truly. I teamed with my Antiques - The Comic Strip collaborators Brendon and Brian Fraim for a five-pager, "I Know Everything," about a wife who thinks she's found out about her husband's affair.
The top cover is the limited edition that will be available at the Baltimore Comic-Con, September 9-10, 2006. The standard edition will debut at the show and then be available in comic shops on Wednesday, September 13.