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Steranko to perform at Spain's Festival of Darkness

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Spain's gala Semana Negra festival of the arts has announced the appearance of this year's special Guest of Honor, writer-artist-entertainer Jim Steranko. Sponsored by the Gijon Museum of Modern Art, the event will showcase the largest exhibition of his work ever to be shown in Europe.

From his ground-breaking Marvel comics to his evocative full-colorpaintings and his conceptual film work, the creator's entire career will be commemorated in STERANKO: ARTE NOIR, a 200-page catalog annotated by pop-culture historian J. David Spurlock and exhibit curator Angel de la Calle. Published in bi-lingual format, the volume promises to be the most significant book ever published about Steranko and includes essays by prominent European art critics, plus commentary by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon.

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To highlight the event, Steranko has agreed to return to the theatrical stage--for the first time in 35 years--to recreate one of the escape stunts that brought him early fame as a daredevil magician and influenced many world-class celebrities, including illusionist David Copperfield and comic-book colossus Jack Kirby, whose super escape artist Mister Miracle was inspired by the Steranko performances. Additionally, he will also participate in a discussion of his many media careers, which range from one of the top ten most-influential comic-book artists in the world to vintagerock-and-roll musician to international magazine publisher to cinematic collaborator with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola.

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Originally founded to celebrate Mystery Literature, the festival's title roughly translates to Mystery Week or Festival of Darkness. Extending from July 5-14, the ten-day celebration currently focuses on a wide variety of cultural arts and activities. Italian, French, German, Spanish, American, and Latin-American publications, radio, and TV stations will both cover and participate in the event.

In recent years, the Discovery Channel produced a program on Semana Negra and The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post have also reported on the festival, which will have an attendance of 1,000,000 visitors.

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