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‚The Art of Comic Books: Fine Art at Our Fingertips‘ Webinar

3. März 2021//19:00 - 21:00

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Can’t make it live? Register and get access to the full replay for one week!
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Today, art historians study the great Renaissance masters of the human figure like Michelangelo and Raphael — and 500 years from now, comic book artists will join these ranks, as the great masters of the human figure of our time.

In December 2013, Vanity Fair magazine conducted a poll of 100 art-world luminaries — mainly artists, professors of art, and curators — and asked them to name “the six most important living artists;” not one cartoonist or comic book artist received a single vote. Is it possible to compare the fabled historic works of fine art with the more modern works of comic book art? It’s time to challenge the art world’s status quo and uncover how some of the most talented and creative art pieces of our generation have been created in the medium of comic books.

Join New York Adventure Club as we embark on a fascinating art journey that examines the great artists within the fine art and comic book art worlds, and how similar — or different — their artworks really are.

Led by award-winning comic book-style illustrator and historian Arlen Schumer, this uplifting „visualecture“ filled with stylized images from comic books and broader popular culture will include:

  • A look at classic works of the Italian Renaissance seen through a superheroic prism
  • The influence of comic strips on Modern Art, and conversely, Pop Art and its comic book inspirations
  • An overview of the prolific comic book artists and their groundbreaking illustrations, including Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Joe Kubert, Carmine Infantino, and Gil Kane
  • A discussion around why cartoonists should be considered ‘great artists’ in the same league as fine artists whose works appear in museums and galleries

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Arlen — any and all questions about comic book art are welcomed and encouraged!

Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you’re using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Arlen

Arlen Schumer, MFA is one of the foremost historians of comic book art, named by Comic Book Artist magazine in 1998 as „one of the more articulate and enthusiastic advocates of comic book art in America.“ His coffee table book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, won the Independent Publishers Book Award for best Popular Culture book.

Schumer is also one of comic book art’s most idiosyncratic practitioners, creating award-winning illustrations for the advertising and editorial markets.

“One of the country’s pre-eminent authorities on comics and culture.” —Jon Meyerson, Producer, ABC News’ 20/20

“Nobody speaks about comics with more authority, understanding and love than Arlen does. He is to comics what Pauline Kael was to movies.” —Clem Robins, letterer for DC and Marvel Comics


„Arlene knows his stuff! He is an excellent presenter with a vibrant and inviting style. I thoroughly enjoyed his lecture on a subject that is so dear to me!“ -Guy

„Arlen’s presentation was a tour de force! There’s no one else who and nothing else that blends art history, scholarly analysis, graphic design, and, of course, comic book art and history in such a compelling and entertaining way. If you have even a casual interest in art, comics, pop culture, media — then you certainly will be better for having participated in Arlen’s case for comic art!“ -Ron

„The entire presentation was extremely informative. Arlen’s passion is contagious!“ He is a master at his trait and a master story teller. -Daniel

„It was a really good event. I liked that he kept to time as much as he could – he totes had more to say…but now, he can do others. He’s just a really good, passionate presenter and his imagery is gorgeous“ -Joy

„Another fascinating and engaging talk from Arlen.“ -Lindsay

„Presentation was engaging both visually and content-wise.“ -Jesse


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