Date(s) & Time(s)::
Daily from May 17, 2014 until May 18, 2014
Location: Grand Wayne Center
The Appleseed Comics & Art Convention is building up for its 2014 event and has recently bolstered its guest list with comic book legend Jim Steranko. The event will be held May 17 and 18 in Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Center. In years past, Fort Wayne comic book conventions have hosted hundreds of comic book artists and writers, and the 2014 Appleseed show has a guest list that will reach over one hundred creators.
The addition of Steranko marks the next major move that convention has made to build and excite the Midwest comics community. As an author, illustrator, musician, art director, magician, designer, escape artist, filmmaker, pop-culture lecturer, and publisher, Steranko has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts. The more than 150 innovations he created as artist-writer on Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D., CAPTAIN AMERICA, and X-MEN revolutionized the comics form and, as an illustrator, he painted a multitude of book covers, including 30 SHADOW paperbacks.
The Eisner Award Hall of Fame winner has shown his work at more than 300 exhibitions worldwide, including the Louvre in Paris and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. His two volumes of THE HISTORY OF COMICS have sold more than 100,000 copies, and as editor-publisher of the international entertainment magazine PREVUE, he conducted hundreds of star interviews and penned more than three million words. As a filmmaker, he has collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola on some of their most popular movies, including RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (he designed Indiana Jones) and BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA.
Steranko has been cited by Michael Chabon as an inspiration for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY; by Jack Kirby as the source for Mister Miracle; and, by WIZARD magazine as one of the Top Five Most Influential Comicbook Artists of All Time. Recent projects include The Discovery Channel's Comic Book SUPERHEROES UNMASKED documentary, writing an episode of Cartoon Network's Justice League series, and STARZ network's COMICBOOKS UNBOUND.
“This is a really great opportunity for us and for the fans,” says Zack Kruse, the founder and organizer of Appleseed. “Whether someone has been reading comics their entire life, or never read them at all, they have been impacted by the work of Jim Steranko. Having a guest of his caliber is important for the show and the region.”
Steranko joins an already strong guest for Appleseed that includes creators like Peter Bagge (HATE, Neat Stuff); Tom Scioli (Captain America: Hail Hydra, Godland, American Barbarian); Mike Norton (Battlepug, Revival, Young Justice); Dave Wachter (Godzilla, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guns of Shadow Valley); Hilary Barta (American Splendor, The Simpsons, Plastic Man); Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts, Manhattan Projects, Bedlam); Ed Piskor (Wizzywig, American Splendor, The Beats); and Action Lab Entertainment (Princeless, Ghost Town, Fracture, Vamplets).
“Comics are my passion,” Kruse continues. “This convention was born out of not just a love for the medium but for the community that has arisen from it. I want people to come out and experience what I love about comics, and if they leave here feeling even a little bit of the excitement I have, then the show is a success.”
"The Appleseed Con will be a milestone show for me," Steranko says, "because it's my first appearance in Indiana, and a major opportunity to meet a new cross-section of fans and friends. I'm hoping that everyone who has invested a part of their life in the entertainment spectrum of film, animation, comics, and electronic gaming will stop by, so we can share our experiences, our interests, and our visions. Under Zack Kruse's guidance, Appleseed is shaping up to be a rockin' show—one not to be missed."
More information regarding the convention, guest list and ticket pre-orders may be found at http://www.AppleseedCon.com.
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