MONTCLAIR, NJ - Mark Gruenwald, late writer of Captain America comics, will have his legacy honored in a unique way on August 7.
His widow, Catherine Schuller, will be coming to Montclair on August 7 to do an appearance at East Side Mags and display a unique signing of a commemorative piece with his remains stirred into the autograph stamp.
Schuller is no stranger to Montclair. The former supermodel, turned fashion pioneer for plus size women, has hosted Montclair Fashion Night and spent considerable time during several guest appearances at Atelier.
Schuller said that her late husband Gruenwald had been the longest running writer of the Captain America series until his sudden death 20 years ago.
She said, "Twenty years ago as executor of his will I was instructed by him to have him cremated and his ashes put into a comic book."
She then had part of his remains stirred into the ink of the graphic novel Squadron Supreme. She added that technological advances have made it possible for her to now use the other portion of his ashes in a special way by mixing them into a commemorative autograph.
Schuller explained, "I'm using his ashes in a unique way called the Ashograph."
She continued saying that at the August 7 appearance, she will display, "...an autograph of Mark's stamped on the back of a commemorative piece with the ink having the ash/cremains mixed in it."
She explained, "What I'm doing on August 7th at East Side Mags is the other commemorative piece created for a June 14 tribute (illustrated by Ed Steckley) which I'm stamping with the ashograph and selling for $50 [with] proceeds.. going to the University of Wisconsin Mark Gruenwald Scholarship for the Arts."
Schuller says that she has a second project to also honor his legacy, which she will discuss during the August 7 signing. Schuller currently has commissioned a painting by Benegas being auctioned beginning August 12 in conjunction with Charity Buzz.
She says of the project, "I am stamping the back of the pre illustrated sketch that was created prior to actual painting being completed."
That pre sketch with the ashograph will be the "set" that the lucky winner will receive when the painting gets sold. Proceeds from the auction will go to the University of Wisconsin Mark Gruenwald Scholarship for the Arts.
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