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!
A self-portrait for John Jennings’ BlacKirby exhibition catalog (where my Black Panther 4-pg feature & OBLAC—aka Marcus Garvey—portrait will appear). And a tip o’ the amulet to Steve Damm for first dubbing me “The Silver Age Sensei”!
INTERVIEWED IN DARK KNIGHT AP ARTICLE ON SALON! Writer Derrik J. Lang of the Associated Press interviewed me for a half-hour last Tuesday, and did an excellent job in maintaining not only the gist of what I talked about, but my very words themselves! I’m proud to be a part of this article! http://www.salon.com/2012/07/26/colo_massacre_casts_ugly_scar_on_batman_mythology/
- 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The Auteur Theory of Comics with Arlen Schumer
In this preview of his provocative presentation, based on his essay of the same name (http://comicbookinterviews.com/2012/03/article-the-auteur-theory-of-comics/), scheduled to be given at this year’s Comicon in San Diego, California, comic book historian and illustrator Schumer puts forth the idea that in the same way a movie director was declared the true author (“auteur” in French) of his films by French film critics in the 1950’s – not the screenwriter as was previously thought – so too should comic book artists who collaborate with writers be declared auteurs of their comic book stories.
I am no fool—but I will always gladly play the fool! That’s me last nite in my mixed-metaphor superhero garb (that’s my customized Superman-meets-Roman Centurion cape) at the ICON Illustrators’ Conference ballroom exhibiting my work for the first time! (Thanx to Joann Miller of Serbin Communications for the fabulous pic—might have to make it my new promotion piece!:)
At the ICON ILLUSTRATORS CONFERENCE this friday nite I’m handing out free 12”x18” posters of this image I did for Kevin Smith’s AMC-TV series COMIC BOOK MEN (which just got renewed for a new season; see my extended scene on the 3/11/12 episode: http://www.amctv.com/comic-book-men/videos/extended-scene-episode-105-golden-age-comics-comic-book-men), in which i turned Smith, cast & crew into superheroes (and a few other pop culture icons)! http://www.theillustrationconference.org/rhodeshow-2012
Come see me at the ICON ILLUSTRATORS CONFERENCE exhibiting my work (for the first time as “Arlen Schumer” and not my old “Dynamic Duo Studio” name) one night only in Providence, R.I. (my old RISD) stomping grounds, this Friday nite, June 15th, 6:30-10pm; look for my 8’-long banner above my table (posted image) and get a free COMIC BOOK MEN poster (image after that)! http://www.theillustrationconference.org/rhodeshow-2012