If D. W. Griffith is considered the Father of Film for the many cinematic camera and narrative techniques he pioneered in his career, then Will Eisner (1917-2005) should be considered the Father of the Comic Book.
In his 7-page comic book stories of the non-super-powered masked crimefighter The Spirit (1940-52), Eisner displayed the equivalent groundbreaking narrative and verbal/visual techniques unique to comic book art that defined comic book storytelling for generations.
Join New York Adventure Club and award-winning comic book-style illustrator and historian Arlen Schumer as we present a retrospective overview and tribute to Eisner’s immortal comic book character, The Spirit, on the eve of its 80th Anniversary.
“Batman, the most popular superhero in the world (despite not being ‘super’), debuted in the month of May, 1939 — and since then, there have been so many different, yet equally loved, iterations of the character over its 80+ year history. This is the story of Batman, told through the lens of three different media: comics, animation, and television!
“Join New York Adventure Club as we celebrate, analyze, and enjoy three of the greatest versions of Batman, aka the Caped Crusader: the Batman TV series (1966-8), Hall of Fame comic book artist Neal Adams’ legendary Batman run (1968-74), and Warner Bros.’ groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series (1992-5).
“Led by award-winning comic book-style illustrator and historian Arlen Schumer (arlenschumer.com), this trenchant ‘VisuaLecture’ is filled with arresting images (and pertinent video clips) culled from all those Bat-versions!”
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: A VIDEO RETROSPECTIVE webinar via NY Adventure Club next Wednesday, May 6 @ 8pm EST:
Whether you’ve bought his records, seen him live in concert, or caught a glimpse of him on TV, get ready to see Bruce Springsteen’s GREATEST video hits — in chronological order — including rare ones you might have never seen, culled from over 40 years worth of rare and hard-to-find footage!
Though musician Bruce Springsteen has long been acknowledged as one of the greatest live rock & roll performers in history, his rise to prominence during the pre-video 1970s has made it almost impossible to find film and videos of his greatest live performances.
So join New York Adventure Club and Springsteen historian Arlen Schumer (arlenschumer.com/springsteen/)—art director of the first Springsteen fan publication, Thunder Road, and longtime contributor to the current one, Backstreets—for this curated retrospective, interspersed with still images that give historical background to each video and film of Bruce’s best performances from throughout his long and storied career!
THE TWILIGHT ZONE: AHEAD OF ITS TIME webinar via NY Adventure Club next Wednesday, April 29 @ 8pm EST:
“We can feed the stomach with concentrates. We can supply microfilm for reading, recreation, even movies of a sort. We can pump oxygen in, and waste material out. But there’s one thing we can’t simulate, that’s a very basic need: man’s hunger for companionship. The barrier of loneliness. That’s one thing we haven’t licked yet.”
Those are the concluding words of Rod Serling — creator, head writer, narrator, and host of the legendary TV series The Twilight Zone (CBS, 1959-64) — said in the series’ debut episode where an astronaut-in-training hallucinates that he’s totally alone in a deserted American town.
If those words sound uncomfortably close to the quarantining we’re all experiencing now, it’s because Serling (1924-75) was a true visionary, a prescient prophet of the small screen, whose many Twilight Zone episodes dealt with the universal, timeless themes of isolation, loneliness, and solitude.
Join New York Adventure Club and Twilight Zone scholar Arlen Schumer as we embark on a journey through The Twilight Zone–via image and video excerpts–to see how the greatest television series of the 20th Century sheds a prescient light on the global pandemic of the 21st Century.
“Just as art historians look back 500 years ago on the great Renaissance masters of the human figure, 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 but a few. Join comic book art historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) as he compares and contrasts the great artists and artworks from the worlds of fine art and comic books, curating a fascinating journey through art…and comic book art!”
CHRIST IN COMICS Webinar on EASTER SUNDAY @ 8pm EST:
“For Jor-el so loved the earth, he gave his only begotten son, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men!”
Join me & New York Adventure Club as we explore how superheroes in American comic book history have always reflected Christological aspects of heroism and self-sacrifice, whether overtly or un/subconsciously! And MORE!
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