Arlen Schumer is an award-winning comic book-style illustrator for the advertising and editorial markets; an author/designer of coffeetable art books, including The Silver Age of Comic Book Art (Collectors Press), which won the Independent Book Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book of 2003; and a recognized expert on American popular culture—especially the legendary television series The Twilight Zone and the music of Bruce Springsteen—presenting his VisuaLectures on these and other subjects at universities and cultural institutions across the country since 1988. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter, see his videos on YouTube.
Come to ComiCONN Aug 15-17, 2014 and see me lecture 3 times in 3 days! Tix @ http://www.comiconn.com
"The Silver Age of Comic Book Art Returns" Friday, August 15, 2014, 5:00pm
Ten years ago, comic book historian Arlen Schumer's book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, won the Independent Publishers' Award for Best Book about Popular Culture—but then went out of print shortly after. Now back in a revised, expanded hardcover—and ebook—edition, Schumer's presentation explores the origins of the superhero traditions and their personification of American ideals and values, and how these attitudes and portrayals changed during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. You'll not only see where Hollywood's love affair with superhero movies comes from—but because Schumer projects comic book panels and pages in a way that graphically communicates the sequential nature of comic book art itself, you'll "see" comics like you've never seen them before!
"Bill Finger: The Man Who Made Batman, Batman" Saturday, August 16, 2014, 12:45pm
On the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Batman's debut, comic book historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) examines the origins of the character, concentrating specifically on the contributions of artist Bob Kane's writer/partner, Bill Finger, whose graphic recommendations and other concepts and ideas gave Batman his initial look and mystique, qualities intact in the character to this day. In his presentation, Schumer recreates, step by step, the never-seen, unpublished first sketch Kane showed Finger before bringing it to DC Comics, based on Kane's and Finger's own recollections.
"Art & Comic Book Art" Sunday, August 17, 2014, 1:45pm
Just as art historians look back 500 years ago on the great Renaissance masters of the human figure like Michelangelo and Raphael, 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 a few. Yet in fine art circles, it is still considered argumentally blasphemous to compare/contrast the two sets of artists. Join comic book historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) as he does just that, with his provocative, perceptive presentation, based on his verbal/visual essay in the Fall 2014 hardcover comix anthology, A-1.
From the program book: "As art historians look back on the great Renaissance masters of the human figure like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, so too will art historians 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 and Carmine Infantino (to name a few); yet in fine art and academic circles, it is still considered argumentally blasphemous to compare/contrast the two groups of artists and their various styles. So join comic book art historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) as he does just that with his latest, most provocative presentation, curating a fascinating journey through art and comic book art—based on his verbal/visual essay for the upcoming Fall '14 hardcover comix anthology A-1, edited by Dave Elliott, who'll join Schumer for a lively Q&A with the audience."
Comic-Con International: San Diego, Saturday, July 26, 2014 10 AM, Rm. 29-A.
I’m lecturing three times for my friends Bill Field and Sam Cannon, who're heading up the Texas Comic Arts & Cultures Conference, on Batman & Bill Finger, The Silver Age, and "Comic Books & The Twilight Zone"! www.texascomicon.com
It's dedicated to THE SILVER AGE OF COMIC BOOK ART, my comic book art history book that was originally published in 2003—it won the Independent Book Publishers Award for Best Pop Culture Book of that year—and is due to be republished later this summer/fall, in a revised (as in all the typography) hardcover (with a few surprises for those who have the original hardcover; for those who have the original softcover, you'll now be getting the 16 extra pages only in the hardcover!) and digital/e-book editions (the colorful images literally leap off the screen)!
Become a member here and you'll be the first to know when the book's available for sale—and those who leave their name in the comments section of this pinned post will reserve one of 200 signed & drawn-in hardcovers!
Of course, this group will be mainly a forum for discussing all things Silver Age (and as members of my other Facebook group, Neal Adams Almanack: https://www.facebook.com/groups/326921490741151/ are aware, it's Show & Tell here as well: there will be no posting of an image here without a verbal comment, and vice-versa). Let the Silver Age activity begin!
Join at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1439974386262060/
Thanx to Peter Shevenell for this great interview at Special Edition NYC!
THE SILVER AGE OF COMIC BOOK ART Live at SPECIAL EDITION NYC Saturday 6/14/2014 at 5:30pm!
"In this live presentation of comic book superheroes' personification of American ideals and values, and how they changed during the turbulent 1960s, based on comic book art historian Arlen Schumer's award-winning book—back in print in a revised edition (in print and digital)—the works of eight legendary comic book artists are shown: Infantino, Ditko, Kirby, Kane, Colan, Kubert, Steranko and Adams. You'll see where Hollywood's superhero movies come from—and you'll 'see' comics like you've never seen them before!"
Here's the lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btOD6uWuFOM
THE SILVER AGE OF COMIC BOOK ART Gallery talk at Art on A Gallery in NYC Thursday 6/5/2014 at 6pm EST!
Based on my comic book art history book—currently out of print, but due to be republished this summer in both revised hardcover and digital/e-book editions—I explore the origins of the superhero traditions and their personification of American ideals and values, and how these attitudes and portrayals changed during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. You'll not only see where Hollywood's love affair with superhero movies comes from—you'll "see" comics like you've never seen them before!
"There's a song by some dude with a line about learning 'more from a three-minute record than we ever learned in school.' Well, this tour de force has just got to be the comic book art equivalent of that sentiment. Arlen manages the feat of tying up all the different strands of the Silver Age into a beautiful, cohesive whole in a scholarly and never less than entertaining style where his passion for the subject shines through and is nothing short of contagious. As soon as the incense had cleared I was left smiling and feeling absolutely vindicated that my stubborn but heartfelt enthusiasm for comics since an early age now made perfect sense. A must see." —Ferdinando Fontana, June 7, 2014
Live-streamed video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLAnts1dprA
GOOGLE HANGOUT ON THE SILVER AGE OF COMIC BOOK ART Wednesday 6/4/2014 at 8pm EST!
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O728q884nXo
The role Superman has played in my life, art and career, from childhood sketches to adult illustrations and comic art history works, at 6:00pm May 29, 2014 at Art on A Gallery, 24 Avenue A, NYC—with LIVE-STREAMED VIDEO at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpHGWUVddNg
The role Superman has played in my life, art and career, from childhood sketches to adult illustrations and comic art history works—on my Wednesday night GOOGLE HANGOUT May 28, 2014 at 8pm EST—thanx to my friends at Midnight Media Capture (www.midnightmediacapture.com)!
Here's the YouTube link: http://youtu.be/mApvvCJtYzc
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