AN EVENING WITH ARLEN SCHUMER: TWO VISUALECTURES IN ONE NIGHT

The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles presents 

The Centennial of The King of Comics, Jack Kirby and Neal Adams: Fifty Years On

Wednesday, July 26  7pm

Eagle Rock Arts Center, Los Angeles

"Though their drawing styles are on opposite ends of the comic book spectrum—Kirby’s hyper-exaggerated anatomy versus Adams’ photo-realistic figures—Adams' visceral impact on the medium can be considered as great as Kirby’s. Come see Mr. Schumer’s distinctively dynamic dual presentations and see why!”

http://si-la.org/coming-soon-evening-arlen-schumer/

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KIRBY CENTENNIAL VISUALECTURE AT THE 2017 SAN DIEGO COMICON!

Saturday, July 22 @ 2pm Room #29-AB

"Illustrator and comic book historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) marks the centennial of Kirby's birth with a multimedia retrospective about how a first-American generation son of European Jewish immigrants growing up in the Lower East Side of New York City named Ya'akov Kurtzberg became acknowledged by both professionals and fans alike as the single greatest artist and storyteller in the history of comic books, Jack ‘King' Kirby.”

https://www.comic-con.org/cci/saturday

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SILVER AGE AT THE WHITE PLAINS COMIC-CON!

Saturday, May 20th 1:00pm

"Comic book art historian Arlen Schumer’s presentation based on his book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art (Archway Publishing), explores the origins of the superhero traditions, their personification of American ideals and values, and how those attitudes and portrayals changed during the turbulent 1960s, through the works of the eight artists in the book, Carmine Infantino, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Joe Kubert, Gene Colan, Jim Steranko and Neal Adams. You'll not only see where Hollywood's love affair with superhero movies comes from—you'll see comics like you've never seen them before!”

http://www.wpcomiccon.com

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BRAVO TO BATMAN & BILL

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The documentary on HULU last night was the GREATEST documentary film since 2013's brilliant Finding Vivian Maier, which, like the Bill Finger story, is also about one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century who died alone, unmourned and unloved IN that century--UNTIL someone unearths their story and steadfastly, single-handedly goes on a quest of Sisyphean, Odyssean proportions for their lost subject's redress, redemption and resurrection--and ACHIEVES it, for a truly tear-jerking, shatteringly sentimental and heartfelt conclusion. 

When you see and understand the incredibly moving story of Finger's granddaughter Athena Finger getting BOTH her grandfather AND father back via the quest; her father, whose own story, of a son who fights for his father's name with DC Comics, but to no avail, and then, to add injury to insult, dies of AIDS; and the mini-drama of Athena's lawyers, a couple of female Davids going up against DC's Goliath--AND WINNING--you'll agree with my hyperbolic rave.

Bat-kudos to the doc's star, author Marc Tyler Nobleman, alias Persistence Man, for accomplishing the (near-) impossible: getting Finger's name finally up there on the screen with Bob Kane's (who comes across as a clusterfu*k of similar 20th Century pop-charlatans Walter Keane and Stan Lee); to directors Don Argott & Sheena Joyce for putting it all together so beautifully; and to HULU for producing and airing it (shameless plug: they have a 30-day free trial!).

I am proud and humbled to be a small part of such a great work.

Go to Hulu.com & sign up for their FREE 30-day trial, and you can watch it on your phone, computer, or smart TV!

The 25th Anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series VisuaLecture!

Brass City Comic Con 7

Waterbury, CT

Sunday, April 30th @ 1:00pm

"2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the debut of animator Bruce Timm’s groundbreaking BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES! Since its debut in ’92, when Timm’s canny combination of multiple versions of the character’s comic incarnations took the animation, comic book and pop culture worlds by storm, the series has only grown in stature, influencing all superhero animation since, and respected as perhaps the greatest translation of not only Batman, but any comic book character, to any medium. Join comic book art historian and illustrator Arlen Schumer (author/designer, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) for an overview of the 'greatest hits' of the series!"

http://brasscitycomiccon.nation2.com/arlen-schumer

 

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THE FLINTSTONES & NORMAN ROCKWELL...TOGETHER? YES!

The Flintstones: Anatomy of a Pop Culture Classic

An Evening with Arlen Schumer at the Norman Rockwell Museum

Stockbridge, MA
Saturday, April 22 5:30 p.m.

"Enjoy this multimedia look back at the idiosyncratic history of The Flintstones, television’s first prime-time animated program, and one of Hanna-Barbera’s most popular. Pop culture historian/educator Arlen Schumer will share a plethora of information on Fred, Wilma, Barney and the gang, including early concept sketches, rare visual clips, and an analysis of The Flintstones’ storied place in American television history. Arlen Schumer is the author of The Silver Age of Comic Book Art."

http://www.nrm.org/event/flintstones-anatomy-pop-culture-classic-evening-arlen-schumer/

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