Guest lecturer Arlen Schumer expands his lecture at April 20 event
to pay tribute to recently passed Carmine Infantino
West Orange, NJ – “I have to include Carmine Infantino, too,” wrote comic book historian, Arlen Schumer in an email to Spiro Ballas, soon after hearing the news of Infantino’s death (April 4, 2013). Schumer was to focus on the work of Joe Kubert for his lecture at event organizer Ballas’ Superheroes For Hospice Charity Comic Book Sale, taking place this Saturday, April 20, 2013. Now Schumer will expand his talk to account the contributions of both departed legends. Schumer will present what he refers to as a ‘VisuaLecture Eulogy’, where he will analyze the legacy of these two men by focusing on the characters that they made famous, as well as detailing their respective distinct styles.
Of Infantino, Schumer says, “He earned the title of ‘the Premiere DC Artist of the Silver Age’ with his absolutely modern delineation of the first true Silver Age hero, super-speedster The Flash, in 1956,” adding, “His two-dimensional depictions of speed and motion—among many graphic innovations Infantino displayed during his eleven-year run on the strip—remain benchmarks in the medium.” Schumer’s talk will also cover Infantino’s other contributions during his long and illustrious career, including his striking cover designs for Batman and a myriad of DC titles, his stint as Art Director beginning in 1967, followed by his roles as Editorial Director, Publisher and finally President of DC Comics. As Schumer notes, “Infantino set the style for the company and led it into one of its most fertile, creative periods ever.”
AS for Joe Kubert, Schumer will tell of his origins entering the comic book field in the 1940s as a teenager drawing for DC Comics, and rising to become one of the giants of the medium. Kubert is “an artist whose style is unmistakable–and unforgettable, the most expressive pen-and-brush comic book artist of his generation,” Schumer noted. Schumer’s lecture traces Kubert through all the genres he tackled – be it the jungle action of Tarzan, the sci-fi tinged adventure of Hawkman or the gritty battlefield drama of Sgt. Rock. For Schumer, “Kubert will forever be Tarzan’s greatest, most definitive artist; never before has the exact style of an artist–the savage brush strokes and organic, sinewy pen lines that only Kubert has ever made–been so perfectly, beautifully matched to the exact character and that character’s milieu.” Kubert’s influence in the medium stretches beyond the graphic images he created to entertain; in the early 60’s he founded the art school that bears his name, The Kubert School (Dover, NJ), directly teaching many of today’s visual storytellers.
Schumer is a member of The Society of Illustrators and creates comic book-style illustrations for advertising and editorial usage. His book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art won the Independent Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book of 2003. Learn more by visiting www.arlenschumer.com
Schumer’s 2:30 p.m. talk is one of 5 that will be presented as part of the Get Into Comics lecture series, which is hosted by Superheroes For Hospice in conjunction with their charity comic book sale. The other lecture titles and presenters are:
- Perfecting the Comic Book Script; 11:30 a.m.
Don E. Smith, Jr., Book Author and Comics Writer
- Get Started: Selling Your Comic Art at Conventions; 12:30 p.m.
Mindy Indy, Cartoonist and Animator
- Realism VS Cartooning: The War Between Comic Art Styles; 1:30 p.m.
Paris Cullins, Legendary Comics Artist
- Digital Comics: Changing Our Medium…For the Better?; 3:30 p.m.
Christian Rubiano, Comics Writer and Creator
For more information about session topics, please visit barnabashealthhospice.org/comic.
Registration is required to attend one or more of the Get Into Comics lecture series presentations.
Please RSVP to Spiro Ballas, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the entertaining and informative lectures, this Saturday’s Superheroes For Hospice event will feature thousands of comic books and graphic novels for sale, including books for children and adults and new to Superheroes For Hospice, a dealer of high-end Silver Age titles. Joining the fun will be “roaming costumed characters” (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) from East Coast Avengers Cosplayers; and appearances by sketch artists and other comic book professionals including Paul Castiglia, Editor and Writer known for Archie’s Weird Mysteries, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Sonic the Hedgehog; and David G. Hardy, noted illustrator of classic movie and pop culture stars. Attendees will also be able to “zombify” themselves thanks to artists Ken Branch and Dan Nakrosis, collectively known as “DK Zombify!
Active since 2009, the charity has raised more than $38,000 to date for Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center (BHHPCC) by selling comics, books, toys and related items. Proceeds have helped assist individuals and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses. Conceived by BHHPCC Volunteer Coordinator Spiro Ballas, the event has attracted top industry talent who often appear to sign autographs and give entertaining lectures about the art form.
The free event will take place on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. It will be held at the Barnabas Health Corporate Office, located at 95 Old Short Hills Road in West Orange (directly across the street from Saint Barnabas Medical Center, next door to the Atkins Kent building). Admission is free. For more information or to make a comic book donation to Superheroes for Hospice, please contact Spiro Ballas at email@example.com or 973-322-4866.
About Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center
The health care team at Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center has been privileged to serve more than 52,000 patients and their families during one of the most personal times of their lives. Specially trained experts in end-of-life care are honored to provide comprehensive and compassionate medical, emotional and spiritual care at a time when it is needed most. Our programs, which serve infants, children, adults and the elderly, honor the individual choices and values of each patient and family, while offering full access to the broad array of services provided by Barnabas Health. For more information, please visit www.barnabashealthhospice.org.