June is the twentieth anniversary of the passing of memorable Marvel editor/writer Mark Gruenwald, and his widow Catherine Schuler is inviting "fans, friends and family" to a public celebration of his life and career. Scheduled to be held June 14 at New York's Space Ibiza, the "20th Anniversary Tribute to Mark Gruenwald" is framed as a way to "pay tribute and celebrate as only a Mark-inspired event can."
Mark Gruenwald is known both for being a Marvel editor, as well as writing numerous titles including Captain America, Squadron Supreme and Quasar. The Wisconsin native joined Marvel as an assistant editor in 1978, ultimately becoming the company's Executive Editor in 1987 - a position he held until his death in 1996.
"Catherine Schuller his widow invites fans, friends and family to join in the festivities of all the things Mark loved, from Jugglers, Aerialists, Music, Fashion and Art, to his favorite national holiday, Flag Day, which happens to fall right around his actual birthday day," reads the invitation. "He celebrated both at his legendary Pawling home each year where he put attendees through Gru/Cap Adventures."
Space Ibizi will be offering a red/white/blue "Gru-tini cocktail" as part of the event.
Gruenwald's family will be offering attendees a chance to bring their comic books to get stamped with a "Mark Gruenwald" signature stamp which will use ink containing the editor/writer' ashes. After his passing in 1996, some of his ashes were mixed with the ink used to print the first printing of his Squadron Supreme collection, per his request.
In addition to that, there will be a silent auction for original art and collectibles to benefit the Mark Gruenwald Scholarship for the Arts at the University of Wisconsin.
Attendees are encourage to "come dressed in your best suit or your favorite Mark Gruenwald character."
For tickets and more information, visit the event's EventBrite page.