My (self-explanatory?) entry (24"x36") for JEWS AND ROCK!

An Art Exhibition and Symposium of Jews and Rock N Roll @ The Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery 603 St John Place Brooklyn, NY 

February 10-March 10

"JEWS AND ROCK go hand in hand. Since the inception of Rock N Roll in the 1950s the Jewish people have influenced and been an active participant in the creation of this music genre. The Art Exhibit will display an array of exceptional paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from around the world. The Symposium will feature panel discussions with graphic artists, authors and selective music talent. Loud bands are being scheduled to perform on select dates. Warning: Bring your own ear plugs!"

ARLEN SCHUMER: THE FREDERATOR INTERVIEW!

Arlen Schumer is the designer and illustrator of our Frederator Fredbot, the robot that’s inspired so many variations. 

You read that right. 

We all hear so much from fans about our “red robot” that I thought the time was right for Arlen to design something for us again, 20 some-odd years after his first. 

So here it is! The 2019 Frederator New Year’s poster. (You can see some of the poster’s development work here: https://fredseibert.frederator.com/…/its-never-too-early-fo…).

Arlen’s not only a fantastic artist/designer, but he’s a prolific pop culture historian with some great books and essays to his name, and a thriving lecture series on some of the famous (and even more unsung heroes) of comic book art. 

How did Arlen Schumer come to Frederator? And how did Arlen come to art, specifically, comic book art? As you can read below, he and I have known each other and worked together for several years, even pre-Frederator.

All this and more, in the first Frederator interview of 2019:

 
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FIRST & LAST NEW YORK-AREA PRESENTATION OF 1968: THE YEAR IN COMIC BOOKS!

Saturday, December 1 at 11:00 AM at WINTERCON, Resort Worlds Casino, Jamaica, NY
 
"The year 1968 is known as one of the most tumultuous years for America in the 1960s, if not in all its history—political and cultural upheaval, the Vietnam War and its protests and demonstrations, the horrific assassinations of King and Kennedy—but in the arts, it was a creative watershed: The Beatles charted their greatest single with “Hey Jude”; in film, director Stanley Kubrick released his timeless masterpiece, 2001: a Space Odyssey; and in the field of comic books, 1968 has to be considered one of its greatest years, because so many Hall-of-Fame artists created some of their best-known, most seminal works of their entire careers, featuring their most iconic characters. My VisuaLecture will detail those creators and their creations in that most impactful year of 1968.”
 
1968 lecture

LOS ANGELES DOUBLEHEADER!

The Dodgers aren’t the only ones playing doubleheaders in LA; I’ll be presenting TWO VisuaLectures in ONE night on Tuesday, July 24, for The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles“The Origin of Jack Kirby’s Black Panther” and “1968: The Year in Comics”!

 
"The year 1968 is known as one of the most tumultuous years for America in the 1960s, if not in all its history—political and cultural upheaval, the Vietnam War and its protests and demonstrations, the horrific assassinations of King and Kennedy—but in the arts, it was a creative watershed: The Beatles charted their greatest single with “Hey Jude”; in film, director Stanley Kubrick released his timeless masterpiece, 2001: a Space Odyssey; and in the field of comic books, 1968 has to be considered one of its greatest years, because so many Hall-of-Fame artists created some of their best-known, most seminal works of their entire careers, featuring their most iconic characters. My VisuaLecture will detail those creators and their creations in that most impactful year of 1968.”
 
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KIRBY’S BLACK PANTHER COMES TO KIRBY’S COMICON

 
On Sunday, July 22 @ 4:00pm in Room 32AB, I’ll be presenting my new VisuaLecture on “The Origin of Jack Kirby’s Black Panther
 
“...illustrator and comic book historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) shows and tells the fascinating comic book origins and background of the Marvel Comics character, now a cinematic superstar, and how these are—and are not—reflected in the smash 2018 film.”
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THE ORIGIN OF JACK KIRBY’S BLACK PANTHER!

Arlen Schumer’s NEW VisuaLecture 
The Galleria at White Plains, New York
Saturday, May 12 @ 2pm
 
"Marvel Studios released their long-awaited and much-anticipated Black Panther film in February 2018, a cinematic version of the Marvel Comics superhero that artist/storyteller Jack Kirby created back in 1965 as The Coal Tiger, a black superhero without a full-face mask—or mask of any sort—that The Black Panther would eventually wear when he debuted in print in ’66. The circumstances surrounding this drastic change, along with details and insight into the character’s fascinating origin and background that Kirby gave him, and how these are—and are not—reflected in the movie, will be discussed and shown by comic book art historian and illustrator Arlen Schumer (who’ll also be signing copies of his hardcover art history book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art)."
 
 
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