An interview by Peter DeKuster on The Hero's Journey 9/17/2018
The Dodgers aren’t the only ones playing doubleheaders in LA; I’ll be presenting TWO VisuaLectures in ONE night on Tuesday, July 24, for The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles: “The Origin of Jack Kirby’s Black Panther” and “1968: The Year in Comics”!
“Welcome to the inaugural academic conference sponsored by the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music. Convened on the beautiful campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, the conference will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 classic album Darkness on the Edge of Town.
“Pre-conference activities will commence on Thursday, April 12th, and conclude on the afternoon of Sunday, April 15th. The conference will welcome an international roster of participants, as well as a host of keynote speakers and musical acts celebrating the life and times of the Jersey Shore and popular music.”
“2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's Darkness On The Edge of Town, acknowledged as one of his greatest albums--and September 19th, 2018 will mark the 40th Anniversary of what many consider his and The E Street Band's greatest single show: the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
“Why this particular show? Why does it stand out from not only all the other amazing Darkness tour performances, but from Bruce's entire performing career? There are many reasons--and that's what my presentation will be all about.
"I was in the 6th row of the landmark show, 20 years old at the time, and the art director of Thunder Road magazine, the first Springsteen fan publication. My photographer friend took color photographs of the concert, the only color images from the show that exist. I've written about the show over the years, and, in honor of the show's 40th Anniversary, have put together a multi-media lecture presentation that recreates the concert in words, images and music.”
For more information and to register: https://www.monmouth.edu/brucesymposium
Saturday, December 2 @ 2pm
Resort World Casino, New York
Did Rod Serling, creator and head writer of the legendary TV series The Twilight Zone, read EC Comics? According to Serling’s widow, 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 too, like the (in-)famous 1950’s EC horror and science-fiction titles with their shocking twist endings that so many Twilight Zone episodes resemble? Illustrator, comic book historian and Twilight Zone scholar Arlen Schumer (author/designer of the coffee table books The Silver Age of Comic Book Art and Visions from The Twilight Zone) will answer that question with his tantalizing VisuaLecture, “submitted for your approval.”