From Dan Greenfield, editor of the pop culture site, 13th Dimension.com: “Join us for a 13th Dimension tradition! Dig Arlen Schumer’s warm-hearted history of the classic THE SILENT NIGHT OF THE BATMAN!”
An excerpt from my essay on Rod Serling’s Yulepisode, “Night of the Meek”:
“…Serling, like a lot of American Jews who suffer from annual Christmas-envy, loved and celebrated the holiday more as a secular/spiritual American holiday (like Thanksgiving), and mostly for what he called ‘the wondrous magic’ of Christmas…”
SUPER COOL HEROICA: The Pop Comic Book Art of Arlen Schumer
COMIC BOOK ART continues to infiltrate American popular culture on all fronts, with Hollywood green-lighting countless films and television shows based on four-color characters beloved by generations, the art gallery and museum worlds exhibiting comic- inspired work, the academic world teaching and studying comics, conventions like San Diego’s annual Comicon International sprouting up all over the country, and elite publications like The New York Times reviewing “graphic novels.” Yet, for all its growth in the pop cultural marketplace, comic book art’s potential as quality licensed art has barely been tapped.
Arlen Schumer is here to change that via his Pop Comic Book Art. Over the course of his career—he’s a member of The Society of Illustrators—Arlen’s created comic book- styled art for the advertising and editorial markets, garnering industry awards and acclaim. He combines backgrounds in graphic design and advertising illustration with expertise in—and enthusiasm for—the comic book medium, producing distinctive imagery that stands out from the crowd of conventional illustration and photography. Arlen knows that everyone reads comics, understands their vocabulary, and (secretly) loves them. Young and old. All classes and colors. Everyone.
Now Arlen is licensing his vibrant and bold graphics, for the first time, with Marilyn Goldberg’s Museum Masters International, as Classic Comic Art for the 21st Century. “I’ve known and loved Arlen’s work for years,” said Goldberg,” and I’m thrilled to finally bring his distinctive comic style to a world of products—and to the world!”
In this photo, circa mid-’90s, on the floor, leaning against the wall of his “trophy room,” is a framed bootlegged blow-up poster of my Capitol Theater program book illustration from the famed 9/19/78 concert in Passaic, NJ!
The photo is printed on page 218 of Bruce’s book of lyrics, SONGS, 1998:
Let me find YOUR inner superhero, as I found Marietta’s inner Wonder Woman, as a birthday gift for her from her friend (and mine), George Papadimatos! Check out more of my Inner Superheroes at https://arlenschumer.com/illustration/inner-superhero/ and https://arlenschumer.com/illustration/advertising-illustration/
After 3+ years (and $50,000+ in student loans!), I have my MFA degree (Master of Fine Art in Design/Illustration) from Marywood University in Scranton, PA for my 3 thesis books; video (4-1/2 minutes long) of my 25-foot-long Thesis Exhibition, on 7/20/19: https://youtu.be/svOUlVJa7dU.
Or, in this case, IS being struck by the VILLAINS of legalized marijuana who oppose him on all sides! My dp spread illo in the new STONED AGE magazine #3 at stonedagemagazine.com More Dr. C images & merchandise at popcultureman.com