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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FIRST & LAST NEW YORK-AREA PRESENTATION OF 1968: THE YEAR IN COMIC BOOKS!

Saturday, December 1 at 11:00 AM at WINTERCON, Resort Worlds Casino, Jamaica, NY
 
"The year 1968 is known as one of the most tumultuous years for America in the 1960s, if not in all its history—political and cultural upheaval, the Vietnam War and its protests and demonstrations, the horrific assassinations of King and Kennedy—but in the arts, it was a creative watershed: The Beatles charted their greatest single with “Hey Jude”; in film, director Stanley Kubrick released his timeless masterpiece, 2001: a Space Odyssey; and in the field of comic books, 1968 has to be considered one of its greatest years, because so many Hall-of-Fame artists created some of their best-known, most seminal works of their entire careers, featuring their most iconic characters. My VisuaLecture will detail those creators and their creations in that most impactful year of 1968.”
 
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LOS ANGELES DOUBLEHEADER!

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”!

 
"The year 1968 is known as one of the most tumultuous years for America in the 1960s, if not in all its history—political and cultural upheaval, the Vietnam War and its protests and demonstrations, the horrific assassinations of King and Kennedy—but in the arts, it was a creative watershed: The Beatles charted their greatest single with “Hey Jude”; in film, director Stanley Kubrick released his timeless masterpiece, 2001: a Space Odyssey; and in the field of comic books, 1968 has to be considered one of its greatest years, because so many Hall-of-Fame artists created some of their best-known, most seminal works of their entire careers, featuring their most iconic characters. My VisuaLecture will detail those creators and their creations in that most impactful year of 1968.”
 
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KIRBY’S BLACK PANTHER COMES TO KIRBY’S COMICON

 
On Sunday, July 22 @ 4:00pm in Room 32AB, I’ll be presenting my new VisuaLecture on “The Origin of Jack Kirby’s Black Panther
 
“...illustrator and comic book historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) shows and tells the fascinating comic book origins and background of the Marvel Comics character, now a cinematic superstar, and how these are—and are not—reflected in the smash 2018 film.”
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