Frank Miller teams up with new Golden Apple Comic & Art Foundation – The Hollywood Reporter

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The owners of LA’s famed Golden Apple comic book store have launched a foundation to preserve and safeguard the medium and art form of comics, and they’ve nabbed Frank Miller for his first fundraising event.

The stated goals of the Golden Apple Comic & Art Foundation are “to preserve, safeguard, and enhance private collections to ensure that comic books, books, art, and collectibles are safe for future generations can benefit from it”.

“With the changing landscape of digital comics and NFTs, even using tablets to draw and create them, the original art form is slowly disappearing,” notes Ryan Liebowitz, president of the foundation. “The point is to celebrate and save the comics.”

The impetus for the foundation was a longtime client seeking to donate his extensive collection to his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. The newly created foundation will now catalog and archive the collection and ensure its safe transport. “It’s very popular for people to donate to universities, but the problem is that people in universities don’t specialize in comics,” Liebowitz says.

The plan is to continue this work and expand its reach by collaborating with special collections departments at universities to establish mobile exhibitions and museums. He will also work to create scholarship and convention programs while promoting the restoration and preservation of comics.

The foundation’s first fundraising event is a charity screening (and North American premiere) of Frank Miller: American geniusa documentary centered on the author and the artist whose seminal works include Return of the Dark Knight, Daredevil: Born Again and city ​​of sin.

The event will take place March 25 in Arizona and will feature a Q&A with Miller and the film’s director, Silenn Thomas. It will feature a themed menu based on Miller’s comics and films.

The event is notable for being the first time Miller has made a professional appearance in Arizona and for its connection to the grand reopening and return of popular store Atomic Comics (she was featured in the 2010 film Kick ass) which folded 10 years ago. Atomic will have Miller sign an autograph on March 26.

Liebowitz is on the founding board along with family members Kendra and Sharon Liebowitz, who collectively run the Golden Apple store, along with filmmaker and comic book enthusiast Kevin Smith, writer Marc Andreyko, journalist Heidi MacDonald, the Atomic Comics owner Mike Malve and producer Gary. Prebulous.

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