A special message from John Romita Jr.:
On Friday May 4, 2012 at 11am, in at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada, legendary Marvel artist John Romita Jr. will attempt to break his own Guinness World Record for most continuous cartooning to support Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada – a non-profit that provides support and services for families of children diagnosed with cancer. Romita will try to continuously sketch characters and sign comics for 50 hours straight!
In 2002, in New York City, Romita set the previous world’s record for most continuous cartooning at 48 hours to raise money for his niece Jordan Alyssa Atherton, who at age 2, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which then spread down her spinal column. Jordan is now 12 years-old, and free from cancer, but is still in need of special medical attention including specialized instruction and constant care.
By continuously drawing from Friday May 4 to Sunday, May 6, Romita is hoping to secure Jordan’s lifetime medical and personal needs and assist other children and their families who suffer from cancer and it’s residual effects.
So if you can make it out to the Hard Rock Cafe at 3771 S. Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 4, it’s a $50 donation for a head/shoulder sketch and $25 for as many as 25 signatures on your favorite John Romita Jr. drawn books!
Get out there and support a great cause and a great artist.
Check out heroesforjordan.org for more info!
Read on for the full press release:
LEGENDARY MARVEL COMICS ARTIST JOHN ROMITA JR ATTEMPTS TO BREAK GUINNESS
Longest Personal Signing & Drawing Appearance Record Attempt to Raise Funds for Heroes For Jordan Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada
Presented by Marvel, Comic Oasis, Desert Wind Comics, UA Showcase 8
Hosted by Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip
Guinness World Record Attempt “Longest Personal Signing & Drawing Appearance”
Current record of 48 continuous hours set in 2002 by John Romita Jr.
John Romita Jr. (Legendary Marvel Comics Artist for over 35
Press Conference Appearance by:
Stan Lee (Marvel Comics Legend and Co-Creator of some of Marvel’s most recognizable characters including The AvengersT, Spider-ManT, Iron ManT, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, X-MeT, Thor)
Thursday, May 3, 2012
4:30 p.m. – Press check-in
5:00 p.m. – Press Conference
Friday, May 4, 2012
12noon – World Record Attempt Begins
Hard Rock Cafe
3771 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas Strip in the Showcase Mall
John Romita Jr. Attempts to Break His Guinness World Record of Longest Personal Signing & Drawing Appearance during opening weekend of Marvel’s The Avengers motion picture.
To secure Jordan’s (Heroes For Jordan) lifetime medical and personal needs and assist other children suffering from cancer and life-threatening diseases, John Romita Jr. has teamed with the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada to raise much needed funds for Jordan and for other children diagnosed with cancer. 10 years after he set the original record, John Romita Jr., will attempt to break his own world record with 50 hours of longest personal signing & drawing appearance.
The public is invited to attend the World Record Attempt and encouraged to make a contribution to the Heroes For Jordan/Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. Marvel character sketches and autographs by John Romita Jr. will be available for specified donations on a first-come, first-served basis.
About John Romita Jr.
For 35 years, famed Marvel Comics artist, John Romita Jr. has illustrated practically every character in the Marvel Comics Universe. Born in New York City, Romita Jr. got his start under the guidance of his father, comics legend John Romita Sr., co-creator of numerous Marvel Comics characters.
Romita Jr. began his career at Marvel UK and made his American debut doing a short story in 1977’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Annual #11. He has since gone on to become one of Marvel’s preeminent artists on everything from IRON MAN with writer David Michelinie to UNCANNY X-MEN with author Chris Claremont to DAREDEVIL. He had his first regular run working on the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN series in the early 1980s and with writer Roger Stern he co-created the character Hobgoblin.
In the past two decades, Romita Jr. has worked on countless Marvel Comics titles including The Punisher War Zone, The Hulk, The Mighty Thor, Wolverine, The Black Panther, and many others.
In 2004, Romita Jr.’s creator-owned project The Gray Area was published by Image Comics and in 2008 he collaborated with Mark Millar, for a creator-owned series, KICK-ASS, published by Icon imprint. In 2010, the comic book was turned into a major motion picture distributed by Lionsgate starring Nicholas Cage, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Romita Jr., one of the film’s producers, made his directorial debut by directing an animated flashback sequence in the film. A sequel to the film, which has become a fan favorite, is set to begin filming in mid-2012.
Romita Jr. just recently finished a run on the popular AVENGERS comic book franchise and is currently working on the highly anticipated Marvel Comics epic 12-issue series AVENGERS VS. X-MEN.