Jim Steranko comes to Canada for the first time since 1978
by Caleb Workman
The Lance – News Editor
Nerds, geeks and fans alike joined to meet creators, actors and facilitators of some of their favorite heroes and universes at Windsor’s fourth Christmas Comic Con.
The event took place at the Caboto Club Nov. 29, hosting some of the biggest names in the nerd kingdom such as Hall of Fame author and illustrator Jim Steranko and TV show host and personality Kenny Hotz from “Kenny vs. Spenny.”
With the open booths set up, fans could meet and great with these two among many more local and international stars. Also present at the Con were “Power Rangers: Dino Thunder” actors Blue Ranger, Kevin Duhaney, and White Ranger, Jeff Parazzo.
“I’ve always been impressed by Canadian fandom because for one reason or another, I’m not sure if it’s in the water or if it’s so damn cold up here you have nothing else to do than read comics and watch movies, but Canadian fandom is a very, very savvy group,” said Steranko who was a big influence on the Marvel’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Captain America” and “X-Men” titles. “One of the last times I was in Canada, there was a colossal show featuring my work with over 100 pieces in Winnipeg. My relationship with Canada and Canadian fandom has been very extensive.”
Steranko said the Winnipeg show was so successful the mayor of Winnipeg gave him the keys to the city, which he said brought his love and relationship with Canada to a huge level.
“The turnout is terrific today and I have an awesome relationship with Canadians in general,” said Steranko. “I’ve met and made a lot of friends here today and I look forward to maintaining the relationships.”
Steranko said when he was a little kid, his favorite comic book character was Captain America and coincidently, 20 years later, he got to create a story based around his favourite hero. He said to this day Captain America is still his favorite.
Steranko said there has been a lot of success with comic books and the stake hold they have in TV and movies and although a lot of the time they miss the mark with respect to the original characters, there is still a lot of good to come from it.
Steranko said he will be back in Canada as long as they keep inviting him.
Meanwhile, Windsor-born artist and writer, Tony Gray said not only is the Con getting bigger and bigger every year, people around the world are starting to notice how many writers and illustrators there are from the area who write for big names like Marvel and DC Comics.
“It doesn’t make sense to not have a con here with all the talent we have locally,” said Gray. “There’s no other area that I can think of with this type of population with this much success. Forget automobiles, Hiram Walker and the casino – this is the new industry of Windsor and it’s starting to show.”
Gray, creator of “The Incredible Conduit,” is currently working with Kenny Hotz on a book and he said it’s dirty, weird and he has to wash his hands every time he gets done a page, but it’s going to be awesome and a lot of people are going to love it when it becomes available early next year.