January 24th—I’m back, baby! It’s been a while, but it’s a new year, new beginnings! This picture was taken by photographer Joan Dooley when I was standing in front of the lecture screen at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles last November 8th, where I had just finished presenting my new VisuaLecture to Michael Dooley’s (Joan’s hubby) Design History class, “Illustration & Comic Art”! Joan yelled “Freeze!” and thus a new profile pic was born: a “Living Lichtenstein” it was dubbed! For more on the lecture: http://www.workbook.com/blog/tag/arlen-schumer-visualecture#page=1
Off to LA for my 2 lectures, THE GRAPHIC DESIGN OF COMIC BOOK ART for AIGA-LA (http://aigalosangeles.org/events/comments/the_graphic_design_of_comic_book_art1), and ILLUSTRATION & COMIC ART for Michael Dooley’s Art Center College of Design (http://teachevil.com/2012/10/30/illustration-comics/)! Hope to see my LA-area peeps there!
HANK WEISINGER—SON OF MORT—AT NYCC! Here’s a great chance to meet the man who, as a boy, acted as a one-man focus group for his father’s Silver Age Superman ideas that infected (pun intended) us all! Hank’ll be at my booth SATURDAY ONLY (
TONIGHT IN NEW YORK CITY I’ll be reading/discussing my AUTEUR THEORY OF COMICS—and projecting it sequentially on the screen—at The NY COMICS & PICTURE-STORY SYMPOSIUM, 7-9pm (with another speaker first) at Parsons/The New School, 66 5th Avenue (at 13th Street), room 818, NYC. Free and open to the public! (pic from my panel at this summer’s San Diego Comicon) http://nycomicssymposium.wordpress.com/
THE MARVELOUS SIXTIES: here’s the next spread from my 16-page AUTEUR THEORY OF COMICS verbal/visual essay, that I’ll be reading/discussing and projecting sequentially on the screen this coming MONDAY nite, September 17th, at The NY COMICS & PICTURE-STORY SYMPOSIUM, 7-9pm (with another speaker first) at Parsons/The New School, 66 5th Avenue (at 13th Street), room 818, NYC. Free and open to the public!
PODCAST TONITE! I’ll be talkin’ ‘bout my 2 verbal/visual essays out now, THE AUTEUR THEORY OF COMICS and MORT WEISINGER/SUPERMAN with host Mike Alonzo—and more! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/grenache/2012/09/14/clobberin-time-2012thursday-night-arlen-again
THE AUTEUR THEORY OF COMICS presentation at The NY COMICS & PICTURE-STORY SYMPOSIUM! Monday, September 17th, 7-9pm (with another speaker first) at Parsons/The New School, 66 5th Avenue (at 13th Street), room 818, NYC. Free and open to the public! http://nycomicssymposium.wordpress.com/about/
San Diego Comicon Report by Rand Hoppe (Director, Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center)
The Kirby Museum had a wonderful time, with Lisa Rigoux-Hoppe in full time booth-volunteer mode, Charles Hatfield setting down daily for signings of his Eisner Award winning Hand Of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby (published by University Press of Mississippi), Rand Hoppe (your correspondent) alternating between scanning Kirby original art for the OADA and general kibitzing, and Arlen Schumer in seemingly non-stop salesmanship of his “The Auteur Theory of Comics” 16 page, full-color booklet (published by the Kirby Museum)!
Speaking of Arlen, a limited number of signed, first editions of “The Auteur Theory of Comics” are still available for $25 US ($30 International), with funds designated to our Brick & Mortar Campaign.
If you’re in the USA, click here to donate $25 and we’ll send you “The Auteur Theory of Comics”.
If you’re not in the USA, click here to donate $30.
Many thanks to Arlen for his generosity and hard work on behalf of Jack Kirby’s legacy and the Kirby Museum.
CLOBBERIN’ TIME PODCAST TONITE/TUESDAY NIGHT: THE RETURN OF ARLEN! Tue, August 21, 2012 9:00PM-11:00 PM EST
Call in to speak with the host MIKE ALONZO: (347) 308-8251
TONIGHT WE PROUDLY WELCOME THE RETURN OF ARLEN SCHUMER (AUTHOR OF “THE SILVER AGE OF COMIC BOOK ART” AND “THE AUTEUR THEORY OF COMICS” AMONGST MANY OTHER THINGS, OF COURSE) TO OUR PROUD LITTLE SHOW! ARLEN HAS AN ARTICLE IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF ALTER EGO MAGAZINE FROM TWOMORROWS (LOVE THAT MAG) ABOUT THE LEGENDARY DC COMICS EDITOR, MORT WEISINGER. AND WE HERE AT CT CANNOT WAIT TO TALK TO HIM ABOUT IT! AS LIFE LONG SUPERMAN FANS, THIS WILL BE A BIG THRILL FOR US! THE WEISINGER ERA IS WAS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AND FORMATIVE IN THE LIFE OF THE MAN OF TOMORROW AND ARLEN REALLY KNOWS HIS STUFF, SO, IT SHOULD BE A SILVER AGE EXTRAVAGANZA OF EPIC PROPORTIONS!!!
Before our podcast, If anyone wants to get a quick look at Arlen’s REQUIEM FOR WEISINGER, his 16-pg verbal/visual essay using the words of Weisinger & the images of Curt Swan, the cover story for the new August issue of Alter Ego, #112, it’s now available in hard copy & PDF form at: http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1031
As we look back 500 years ago on the Renaissance masters of the human figure 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 stylist nonpareil who made pen and brush marks like no one on earth before or after him: the one, the only…Joe Kubert!