COMIC BOOKS & THE TWILIGHT ZONE VisuaLecture at New York Wintercon!

Saturday, December 2 @ 2pm

Resort World Casino, New York

Did Rod Serling, creator and head writer of the legendary TV series The Twilight Zone, read EC Comics? According to Serling’s widow, Rod was “ admirer of fantasy and horror tales...his library was full of books by Poe and Lovecraft, Shelley and James, and work by their ‘great-grandchildren,’ published in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Galaxy and If.” But did Rod’s library include comic books too, like the (in-)famous 1950’s EC horror and science-fiction titles with their shocking twist endings that so many Twilight Zone episodes resemble? Illustrator, comic book historian and Twilight Zone scholar Arlen Schumer (author/designer of the coffee table books The Silver Age of Comic Book Art and Visions from The Twilight Zone) will answer that question with his tantalizing VisuaLecture, “submitted for your approval.”

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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!”



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.”

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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!”

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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.

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