Tonight's panel was the culmination of four years of hard work from a dedicated group of admirers and fans. They had traveled the world and interviewed the likes of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Guillermo Del Toro, Harrison Ford, Thomas Jane, Michael J. Fox, Frank Darabont and Steve Guttenburg. All of whom consider Struzan the gold standard of movie poster artist for the last three decades. Now this labor of love is finally complete and the resulting 95 minute documentary is ready for the rest of us to enjoy.
Towards the end of the panel, there was a knock at the locked exit door. Seconds later, we realized Jane was crashing the panel to pay his respects to a friend and inspiration. Right away, Jane told the story from The Mist we had just heard. Struzan teased Jane about his long hair ("I'm supposed to do a western.") and you could see they were actual friends. Jane then suggested we all march up the street to the local theater playing the documentary to coincide with Comic-Con.
It was a great panel showcasing one of the unsung heroes of cinema. You might not know his name but you definitely know his work. The documentary is out now through Kino Lorber.