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!"




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."



Three San Diego Comic Fest Min-Reviews

"San Diego Comic Fest ’17: Arlen Schumer Pays Tribute to Jack Kirby and Denounces Stan Lee” by Nicholas Eskey for THE BEAT, The News Blog of Comics Culture, February 19:

"Artist, illustrator, writer, and in a way, Jack Kirby historian, are a few of the titles that Arlen Schumer would claim for himself. The man of many talents is hard at work at this year’s San Diego Comic Fest, giving four ‘ VisuaLectures' throughout the convention weekend. Since SDCF is paying special tribute to the 100th birthday of the famous comic artist and writer Jack Kirby this year, it’s only fitting that one of Schumer’s lectures entirely revolves around Mr. Kirby…."


Rob Salkowitz - February 21

"A good critic points you to the subtle details of a work that contribute to its impact and makes you appreciate its greatness on an intellectual level, not just by instinct. I had that experience multiple times this weekend at SD Comic Fest! listening to Arlen Schumer expound on the work of Neal Adams, the masters of Silver Age comic art, and the people who brought Batman: The Animated Series to the screen. Great, learned criticism delivered with verve, passion and visual flair. Bravo Arlen!"


Jim Thompson - February 20

"Yesterday, Christmas arrived early, as I got treated to Arlen Schumer's new Neal Adams presentation/lecture at the San Diego Comic Fest. Anyone who has never personally witnessed Arlen in action needs to watch this group for the next time he's scheduled to give the Adams lecture and then go there. Doesn't matter where - just go. The highest complement I can give is that no matter how much you love Adams' art, no matter how big a fan you are, you will love it more - you will be an even bigger fan - once Arlen is through with you. I sat in the packed room and nodded, or whispered "oh yeah", with each slide. By the end I was ready to declare my commitment to Adams as the greatest comic artist to ever walk the Earth. But be warned, Arlen did the same thing to me the day before with his Jack Kirby lecture."


From their press release: "Comic Historian Arlen Schumer will be appearing as a guest at San Diego Comic Fest. West Coast appearances from Arlen are rare to make sure you swing by to see him. He will be bringing his visually immersive comic history lectures including: The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, The Centennial of Jack Kirby, The 50 Year Comic Career of Neal Adams and the 25th Anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series. He will also be selling copies of his book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art. So make sure you grab a copy.”

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That is, my painted interpretation of Paul McCartney's surreal (as in Magritte's "Empire of Light") lyrics! A beautifully-printed 24"x30" poster on archival stock for $50; e-mail my printer at: billed via PayPal or credit card!



Playwright & Director Lenny Schwartz’s play is a science fiction time travel love story of sorts that involves a guy named Ben, who has been having visions of a girl named Zoe his entire life. Yet, she doesn't seem to exist. He assumes he is crazy...until clues start to surface that she may indeed exist! At The Arctic Playhouse in West Warwick, RI, on11/3, 11/4, 11/5,11/10, 11/11 and 11/12; all shows 8:00 pm.

For a 24" x 36" poster for $65, e-mail your contact info to my printer at:">; PayPal & credit cards accepted!


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At the JEWISH COMICS: ART & DERIVATION exhibition, opening at 12 noon on Sunday, September 25th at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in Greenvale, NY (, I’ll be exhibiting my Capt. Israel art (sized to 28” x 36") and participating in the panel discussion, "Jews, the Comics & Art: Past & Present” that begins at 1:00 pm!
FYI, video of my “Jews & Comics” VisuaLecture at New York City’s 92st Y on 9/24/15:
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The Kubert School - Inaugural Founder's Day

Honored to be invited to speak at a private event at The Kubert School, its Inaugural Founder's Day to celebrate the history & legacy of JOE KUBERT on Friday, September 16th! Kubert entered the comic book field in the 1940s as a teenager, and went on to become one of the legendary figures of the medium, whose style is unmistakable and unforgettable, the most expressive pen-and-brush comic book artist of his generation. Can't wait to present that to The Kubert School's students & faculty!

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