My art show that just opened at The Rosewood Arts Centre in Kettering, Ohio (www.rosewood.ketteringoh.org), where I’ll be lecturing (twice) & book signing Silver Age this weekend, both there and at the nearby Gem City Comic Con (2 lectures there) in Dayton (www.gemcitycomiccon.com), March 27-9!
What’s interesting is that one of my lectures is “Art & Comic Book Art,” which discusses the relationship between the 2 art worlds, and here I am lecturing at both an art gallery and a comic convention! Here’s the lecture description:
Just as art historians look back 500 years ago on the great Renaissance masters of the human figure like Michelangelo and Raphael, so too will art historians 500 years from now look back on the great masters of the human figure of our time, our great comic book artists like Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Joe Kubert, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane—to name a few. Yet in fine art circles, it is still considered "blasphemous" to compare/contrast the two sets of artists. Join comic book historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art: www.arlenschumer.com) as he does just that, with his provocative, perceptive presentation, comparing and contrasting the great artists and great artworks from the worlds of fine art and comic books, curating a fascinating journey through art...and comic book art!
“Art & Comic Book Art” is based on an 11-page verbal/visual essay slated to be in the hardcover British comix anthology A-1 (edited by Dave Elliott) coming out later this year; the opening spread’s attached. It’s currently being serialized in 3 weekly installments on the pop culture site 13th Dimension: http://13thdimension.com/art-comic-book-art-by-arlen-schumer/
I debuted the lecture on “Art & Comic Book Art” at last year’s San Diego Comicon watch it on YouTube here.