Tampa Bay Comic Con just released news that Jim Steranko will be an honored guest at the next convention in March 2012.
Steranko is a famed creator on Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and his works during the Silver Age of comics. He won the acclaimed Shazam award in 1970 and was inducted into the comic book Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1996.
The convention is slated for March 3-4, 2012, For more details, check out the Tampa Bay Comic Con website.
Here’s the profile posted by Tampa Comic Con:
As an illustrator, musician, art director, magician, fire-eater, designer, escape artist, filmmaker, pop-culture lecturer, and publisher, Steranko has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts. The more than 100 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, record jackets, and movie posters, including 30 Shadow paperbacks. He has shown his work at more than 200 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. Steranko has been cited by Michael Chabon as an inspiration for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Jack Kirby as inspiration for Mister Miracle, and, by WIZARD as one of the Top Five Most Influential Comicbook Artists of All Time.
Recent projects include Domino Lady: The Complete Collection (Vanguard), The Discovery Channel’s Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked documentary, the 2007 Steranko Calendar-Portfolio (Vanguard), STARZ network’s Comicbooks Unbound, the 2010 Steranko exhibit at the Geppi Museum in Baltimore, recent covers for Image comics, Radical Publishing, The Spider, and writing an episode of Cartoon Network’s Justice League series.
In addition to supporting his upcoming Vanguard art book, the Tampa Bay appearance of this Eisner Award Hall of Fame talent is in support of the Steranko: Spirit of America print, created to benefit an Art Scholarship Fund for victims of anti-American terrorism. Meet this living legend at Vanguard booth.