San Diego Comic Fest – a convention set up by a number of the original SDCC creators, designed to be a show harking back to the vibes and origins of Comic-Con – has been growing and developing a reputation for being an intimate show that not only showcases incredible creatives from comics, prose and animation but also attracts notable legends from across the board – last year saw Sergio Aragonés, James Robinson and Shannon Wheeler attend the show, 2018 had Karen Berger, Jackie Estrada and William Stout show their faces. The next show is a year where they aim for that high bar the organisers have set for themselves… and, frankly, easily cleared it with their announcement of their 2020 Guest Of Honor.
Bill Sienkiewicz is a true legend of the comics industry, a multi-Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated classically trained artist whose work has entertained and inspired for decades. Known predominately for his incredible renditions of DAREDEVIL ELEKTRA, MOON KNIGHT and the NEW MUTANTS, Bill deserves every ounce of superlative praise he’s ever garnered throughout his career.
Bill’s rich, textured and expressionistic artwork redefined a whole style of comic storytelling and his influence can be felt in mainstream comics today; this doesn’t mean that his best work is behind him. Painting today, Bill has illustrated promo posters for LOGAN, THE GREEN MILE and SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, as well as continuously posting his efforts to his social media, including artwork celebrating recently departed celebrities.
San Diego Comic Fest is incredibly lucky to have Bill attend the show – as well as the opportunity for fans to meet-and-greet in person, no doubt there will be a couple of showcase panels put together to celebrate Bill’s career and techniques. We will be having boots on the ground so, fingers crossed, we’ll do our best to continue our coverage of SDCF panels and uploading any sessions we can get on camera. Bravo to Matt and the entire SDCF team on landing this amazing guest!
Find out more about San Diego Comic Fest – held over the weekend of 5th-8th March 2020 at the Four Points by Sheraton in San Diego – at https://www.sdcomicfest.org/, it’s a show well worth checking out.
San Diego Comic Fest is proud to welcome Bill Sienkiewicz as our 2020 Guest of Honor!
Bill Sienkiewicz (pronounced sin-KEV-itch) is a multi-Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist best known for revamping the style of comic and graphic novel illustration from 1980 onward—most notably with Marvel Comic’s Elektra: Assassin, Moon Knight, and New Mutants (which inspired the FX drama Legion and upcoming 20th Century Fox/Disney feature), and his acclaimed graphic novel Stray Toasters—earning him an international reputation and cult status across media industries.
A classically trained painter, Sienkiewicz’s renderings incorporate abstract and expressionist influences and any combination of oil painting, acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, collage, and mimeograph – previously unheard of in comics. His paintings have graced the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, galleries in New York, Paris, Barcelona, and Tuscany, Spain’s famed La Semana Negra (The Black Week) Festival, and the internationally touring exhibition Marvel: Universe of Super-Heroes.
Sienkiewicz’s retrospective art books include he Eisner-winning Bill Sienkiewicz’s Mutants and Moon Knights and Assassins (IDW), Revolution (Six Foot Press), and The New Mutants: Bill Sienkiewicz Marvel Artist Select Series (IDW). He also illustrated The Island of Dr. Moreau (Beehive), Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix (Kitchen Sink), and Moby Dick (Classics Illustrated).
Sienkiewicz’s commercial and editorial work includes posters for the 2018 Halloween remake, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Netflix’s The Black Godfather, Logan, The Green Mile, Unforgiven, and 2006 Winter Olympics; advertising campaigns for Legion, Nike, MTV and Nissan; CCG game cards Magic: The Gathering and VS System; and magazines such as Playboy, Entertainment Weekly, and Spin. He has also done album covers for Seth MacFarlane, Kevin Smith, RZA/Bobby Digital, Kid Cudi, EPMD, T.I., and Bruce Cockburn.
He has also contributed on-set props and portraiture for Legion, storyboards for The Green Mile, and production and character design for the PBS children’s TV series Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego? The character of Kingpin in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was modeled after Sienkiewicz’s interpretation in Marvel’s Daredevil: Love and War.
He has taught at The Illustration Academy in Kansas City, MO and The Kubert School in Dover, NJ, and spoken at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and ArtCenter in Pasadena, CA.
Sienkiewicz has garnered numerous accolades—most notably 2019 Eisner Awards for the Eisner Hall of Fame and Best Archival Collection for IDW’s Bill Sienkiewicz’s Mutants and Moon Knights and Assassins, 2004 Eisner for DC Comics’ The Sandman: Endless Nights, and 1995 and 1996 Emmy Award nominations for Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego? In the mid-80s, Elektra: Assassin swept the top comic illustration awards in the U.S. and Europe, with a Kirby Award, Yellow Kid Award, and Gran Guigiri Award. He also earned a Spectrum Grand Master Award, Inkpot Award, four Eagle Awards, Alpe d’Huez Award, Haxter Award, Adamson Award, March of Dimes Award for charity work, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, which he attended.