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.
I'm delighted to announce that Midnight Media Capture, a web channel producing compelling web events on storytelling and audience development, has signed me on to their events calendar for 2014!
Starting in March, I'll be doing a monthly live interactive web series on the great comic book artists of The Silver Age of Comics, based on my 2003 book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art -- that I'll be bringing back into print with a revised edition to tie-in with it!
Dates and times to be announced! Watch this space!
http://therumpus.net/2013/11/the-new-york-comics-picture-story-symposium-joe-kubert-a-visualecture-by-arlen-schumer/ "The breadth of Schumer's admiration for Kubert's work was contagious. By the end of the night, his unwavering enthusiasm had spread fluidly to everyone in the room. We could only imagine the time and research that went into amassing such a library of knowledge on not only Kubert's work, but the history of comic art. The presentation was expertly planned, well-paced, and eventful—when Schumer stopped halfway through to give us a little intermission, no one moved, so he continued. We were drawn in again and again with each new slide—much like a Kubert page—with every fact delivered just-so for maximum impact." Hope to see you all at Tuesday night's KIRBY presentation at the Kirby Museum on the Lower East Side! http://kirbymuseum.org/131105-schumer-yaakov/
Saturday, November 9th, 2013 @ 2pm Hilton Los Angeles Universal City, CA http://www.ithaca.edu/rhp/serling/2013/saturday/ The 2013 Rod Serling Conference at Ithaca College presents: "Westport in Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone" by Arlen Schumer It is well-established that growing up in Binghamton, New York, greatly influenced the work of Rod Serling—but little is known of the three years Serling spent in Westport, Connecticut, before he moved to Hollywood in 1957. Yet in that brief time, Serling not only came to overnight success as a television playwright, winning three Emmy Awards in a row, but those Westport years would resonate years later in some of the greatest episodes of his magnum opus, The Twilight Zone. Based on the verbal/visual essay here: http://www.arlenschumer.com/twilight-zone/westport-in-the-twilight-zone
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 @ 7pm South Pasadena Public Library 1115 El Centro St. South Pasadena, CA www.si-la.org The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles presents: Comic Book Art History: The First 25 Years! An Evening with Arlen Schumer Fall 2013 marks the 25th Anniversary of the special comics issue of the graphic design trade magazine Print, instigated by graphic designer (by education) and comic book-style illustrator (by profession) Arlen Schumer, who also designed its cover and wrote one of its articles—his first published piece. Since then, Schumer's written and designed other comic book history articles and books (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art won the Independent Publishers' Award for Best Pop Culture Book of 2003), while his illustrating career made him a member of The Society of Illustrators. In this VisuaLecture, he presents an overview of his twin careers as both comic book historian and comic book-style illustrator.
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 @ 7pm The Jack Kirby Museum's Prototype: Alpha 178 Delancey St North, NYC. www.kirbymuseum.org https://www.facebook.com/events/175745385963481/permalink/175888389282514/ YA'AKOV KURTZBERG, KING OF COMICS is the story of a first-generation American son of European immigrants who grows up on New York City's Lower East Side and goes on to co-create Captain America and practically the entire Marvel Comics universe; you might know him better, like many American Jews of his generation, by the name change he chose: JACK KIRBY. What Elvis was to rock & roll—what Babe Ruth was to baseball—what Picasso was to Modern Art—Kirby was to comic book art. He created a nearly endless stream of characters and concepts that now form the foundations of American entertainment empires; developed entire comic book genres, like romance comics; and defined his own graphic vocabulary, much like D.W. Griffith did for film, which has influenced generations of artists, writers and storytellers. But as great as Kirby's successes were, he himself is also one of the greatest victims of the corporate system that denied a creator ownership of his creations. And therein lies the heart of the Kirby story: his comics, his creations, his credit.
JOE KUBERT: A VisuaLecture by Arlen Schumer Monday, October 28th at 7:00pm Ben Katchor's New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium Parsons/The New School 2 West 13th Street New York City http://nycomicssymposium.wordpress.com As we look back 500 years ago on the Renaissance masters of figurative art like Michelangelo and Raphael, so too will future art historians 500 years from now look back on an artistic giant who walked the earth in our time, a graphic artist nonpareil who made pen and brush marks like no one on earth before or after him: the one, the only...Joe Kubert (1926-2012)! Kubert entered the comic book field in the 1940s as a teenager drawing for DC Comics, and then went on to become one of the legendary figures of the medium, whose style is unmistakable and unforgettable, the most expressive pen-and-brush comic book artist of his generation. From his quintessential Hawkman and Sgt. Rock features, to his definitive rendition of Tarzan in the 1970s, to the many graphic novels he created in his later career, this singular stylist is showcased via super-graphic comic book panel and page projections that put the "visual" in "VisuaLecture." The presentation will be partially based on a 6-page verbal/visual essay written & designed for Comic Book Creator #2, the Kubert Memorial Issue, available at: http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1094&zenid=di2m2o5h6l8mmko1us1f3cp0i1
October 15, 2013:
"PBS is airing SUPERHEROES tonite from 8-11 pm! Hit the link for my review. Lotta Neal Adams! And a lotta Arlen Schumer! The doc features enlightening commentary from living luminaries such as Jim Steranko, Neal Adams and Stan Lee, as well as artful insight from historians like Danny Fingeroth and Arlen Schumer. There are also nice moments with actors like Adam West and Lynda Carter. But the real treats are the interviews with since-deceased creators like Carmine Infantino, Jerry Robinson, Joe Simon and Joe Kubert."
-- Dan Greenfield http://13thdimension.com/pbs-superheroes-is-an-utter-delight/
WHO CELEBRATES A 54th ANNIVERSARY??? If you think Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone is the greatest TV series of all time, YOU do! On October 2nd, 1959, Serling's magnum opus debuted--and I'll be screening "Where is Everybody," only the greatest pilot episode of any TV series ever, this October 2nd during my multimedia presentation in Binghamton, NY (the 4th event below)--Serling's hometown--one of four TZ 54th Anniversary presentation/events that week!
For fifty-four years, you've watched The Twilight Zone. Now see it for the first time! LIVE MULTIMEDIA SHOWS, TRIVIA CONTESTS, VIP EVENTS and more.
September 29th, through October 2nd, 2013 Various locations in Binghamton, NY Rod Serling's hometown!
The Bundy Museum of History and Art and Sight, Sound & Mind Productions present The 54th Anniversary of THE TWILIGHT ZONE (1959 - 2013)
Created by Arlen Schumer, Author & designer of the acclaimed VISIONS OF THE TWILIGHT ZONE.
1. TWILIGHT ZONE TRIVIA CONTEST Sun. Sept. 29th, 7:30PM
Think you know your Twilight Zone? Think you know the answers to 54 trivia questions from Arlen Schumer’s 54 favorite episodes, chosen to commemorate The Twilgiht Zone’s 54th Anniversary? Test your knowledge! Win valuable, collectable prizes!
Nip's Park Ave. Saloon 135 Park Ave, Binghamton, NY FREE ADMISSION
2. COMIC BOOKS AND THE TWILIGHT ZONE Tues. Oct. 1st, 7:00PM; Meet & Greet at 6:00 PM
According to Rod Serling’s widow, Carol, Rod was “...an admirer of fantasy and horror tales...his library was full of books by Poe and Lovecraft, Shelley and James, and work by their ‘great-grandchildren,’ published in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Galaxy and If.” But did Rod’s library include comic books, like the 1950’s E.C. science-fiction stories with twist endings that so many Twilight Zone episodes resemble?
Fat Cat Comics and Games 278 Main Street, Johnson City, NY http://www.fatcatcomics.net/ FREE ADMISSION
3. WESTPORT IN ROD SERLING'S TWILIGHT ZONE Wed. Oct. 2nd, 5:00 - 6:30PM;
It is well established that growing up in Binghamton, New York greatly influenced Rod Serling the rest of his life, but little is known of the three years he spent in Westport, Connecticut before moving to Hollywood. Yet in that brief time, Serling not only came to overnight success as a television playwright, winning three Emmy Awards in a row, but those Westport years would resonate years later in episodes of his magnum opus, The Twilight Zone.
Join renowned Twilight Zone scholar Arlen Schumer in a special sneak preview of the presentation he'll be giving at the Rod Serling Conference in Los Angeles – one night only at the Bundy Museum in Binghamton, NY. Seating is extremely limited for this special event.
Take advantage of The Bundy Museum's Membership Drive! Purchase a Bundy Museum membership during the 54th Anniversary Twilight Zone Celebration, and enjoy your membership benefits all year long as well as FREE ADMISSION to the October 2nd events, plus a free copy of Arlen Schumer's book Visions from the Twilight Zone as a special membership premium for this event only!
The Bundy Museum of History and Art 127-129 Main Street, Binghamton, NY For more information and ticket prices, visit http://www.bundymuseum.org/
4. THE TWILIGHT ZONE 54TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE MULTIMEDIA SHOW Wed. Oct. 2nd, 8:00PM
Picture, if you will, The Twilight Zone, a television series that functioned as an artistic meeting point between early 20th Century surrealism and 1960s psychedelia, modern art and popular culture. Arlen Schumer supports this theory with a unique multimedia show using The Twilight Zone’s own words, images and music, that goes from high art to low art and back again. The Twilight Zone's pilot episode that aired on October 2, 1959, "Where is Everybody?" will be screened as well. For 54 years you’ve watched The Twilight Zone. Now see it for the first time.
American Legion Post 80 76 Main Street, Binghamton, NY
Adult suggested donation: $8.00 Advance, $10.00 At The Door Students/Seniors suggested donation: $6.00 Advance, $8.00 At The Door
Presented by The Bundy Museum of History and Art and Sight, Sound and Mind Productions
For more information, visit http://www.bundymuseum.org/ and http://www.twilightzoneclub.com/
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