The Flintstones: Anatomy of a Pop Culture Classic
An Evening with Arlen Schumer at the Norman Rockwell Museum
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."
"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: http://www.comicsbeat.com/san-diego-comic-fest-17-arlen-schumer-pays-tribute-to-jack-kirby-and-denounces-stan-lee/
"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.” http://www.sdcomicfest.org/arlen-schumer/