THE ARTIST/CREATOR OF SPIDER-MAN & DR. STRANGE!

Hall of Fame comic book artist, writer and storyteller STEVE DITKO passed away in 2018, after a 7-decade career that spanned multiple genres and publishers, creating (or co-creating) legacy characters like Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, and so many others. Pop culture historian and author/designer Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) presents an overview of Ditko’s career highlights in his new VisuaLecture.
 
Tuesday, April 23 8:00pm Triad Theater 158 W72 NYC
 
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THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE TWILIGHT ZONE VisuaLecture at the TRIAD THEATER in NYC on SATURDAY, MARCH 30th @ 2:30pm:

In advance of CBS' new Twilight Zone TV series on April 1, pop culture historian Arlen Schumer (author/designer, Visions from The Twilight Zone and The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) traces the original series' roots in 20th Century surrealism, and its influence on psychedelia, televison, film, modern art and popular culture, in a unique multimedia presentation that combines the words, images, and music of the legendary television show!
 

 

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SAN DIEGO COMIC FEST SCHEDULE

My complete SAN DIEGO COMIC FEST schedule, March 8-10:
 
1. The 50th Anniversary of Jim Steranko's Captain America: Palm B-3/8@11:30AM

2. MARVELMANIA The 50th Anniversary: Palm A-3/8@1:00PM 

3. DITKO An Arlen Schumer VisuaLecture: Montgomery-3/8@7:00PM 

4. Remembering BATTON LASH: Lunar Cafe-3/9@2:00PM

5. The 60th Anniversary of the Twilight Zone: Montgomery-3/9@7:00PM

6. 50 Years of Neal Adams' Batman: Palm B-3/10@12:00PM
 
 
For more info on each VisuaLecture: https://www.sdcomicfest.org/arlen-schumer/
 
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THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF JIM STERANKO’S CAPTAIN AMERICA VisuaLecture!

Monday, March 4, 7:00pm, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA; free & open to the public:

"2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of writer/artist Jim Steranko’s Captain America trilogy that many still consider the greatest Captain America story ever told, for both its story and its art. The impact of Steranko’s three issues, a tour-de-force of the firebrand’s verbal and visual storytelling skills and talents that branded him the Jimi Hendrix of Comics during Steranko’s similar meteoric rise to fame in the late-‘60s, is in converse proportion to their small number. Join comic book art historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) as he revisits, and revels in, Steranko’s Captain America magnum opus.”

For more info, go to Art Center College of Design

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SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S GREATEST SHOW

A Live Multimedia Presentation by Pop Culture Historian Arlen Schumer

On September 19th, 1978 Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band performed what many fans and critics consider their greatest single show, at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey. Why this particular show? Why does it stand out from not only all the other amazing Darkness on the Edge of Town tour performances but from Bruce's entire performing career? There are many reasons--and that's what Arlen Schumer’s multimedia presentation, Spirit in the Night, is all about.

Schumer, a pop culture historian and writer/designer of coffee table books like The Silver Age of Comic Book Art and Visions from The Twilight Zone, was in the 6th row of the landmark show, and the art director of Thunder Road magazine, the first Springsteen fan publication. He’s written about the show over the years for various books and publications like Backstreets (the Springsteen publication since 1980) and has now put together a multimedia presentation that recreates the legendary concert in words, images, music, and video excerpts from the show itself.

So whether you know (or like) Springsteen’s music, or not—whether you’ve seen him in concert a hundred times, or never—you’ll look, listen and learn about Bruce Springsteen in a way you never have before!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 9:00 PM 

TRIAD THEATER 158 W72 NYC

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My (self-explanatory?) entry (24"x36") for JEWS AND ROCK!

An Art Exhibition and Symposium of Jews and Rock N Roll @ The Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery 603 St John Place Brooklyn, NY 

February 10-March 10

"JEWS AND ROCK go hand in hand. Since the inception of Rock N Roll in the 1950s the Jewish people have influenced and been an active participant in the creation of this music genre. The Art Exhibit will display an array of exceptional paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from around the world. The Symposium will feature panel discussions with graphic artists, authors and selective music talent. Loud bands are being scheduled to perform on select dates. Warning: Bring your own ear plugs!"

ARLEN SCHUMER: THE FREDERATOR INTERVIEW!

Arlen Schumer is the designer and illustrator of our Frederator Fredbot, the robot that’s inspired so many variations. 

You read that right. 

We all hear so much from fans about our “red robot” that I thought the time was right for Arlen to design something for us again, 20 some-odd years after his first. 

So here it is! The 2019 Frederator New Year’s poster. (You can see some of the poster’s development work here: https://fredseibert.frederator.com/…/its-never-too-early-fo…).

Arlen’s not only a fantastic artist/designer, but he’s a prolific pop culture historian with some great books and essays to his name, and a thriving lecture series on some of the famous (and even more unsung heroes) of comic book art. 

How did Arlen Schumer come to Frederator? And how did Arlen come to art, specifically, comic book art? As you can read below, he and I have known each other and worked together for several years, even pre-Frederator.

All this and more, in the first Frederator interview of 2019:

 
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