The Graphic Design
of Comic Book Art
Wednesday, Nov. 7
7 - 9pm
9415 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
While some may think of comics as the crazy kid sister to graphic design, Arlen Schumer a renowned comics historian, award-winning author, and established illustrator, will set the record straight through this engaging and spirited visual presentation. The art of comics is now grown up, gorgeous, sophisticated and ready to take her place beside her stylishly hip twin, graphic design. You will leave this lecture with a greater understanding of the dynamic relationship between comics and graphic design over the course of history, and in recent years as hybrid illustrator/designers like Chris Ware have amped up the interchange and blurred the lines between these two disciplines. Over the course of this talk, Arlen will also show and discuss his own illustration work; images noted for the way in which they merge classical graphic design with a comic book art sensibility, and which have graced the covers of such prominent publications as New York, The New York Times Magazine, and The Washington Post Magazine. In examining his own creative process and contextualizing it in the history of the crossover between graphic design and comics illustration, Arlen will further the discussion of leading-edge practices in this crossover creative territory. As a pop-cultural historian, Arlen has presented at a variety of venues from Columbia University to both San Diego and New York Comic Cons what he’s branded “VisuaLectures,’” tasty brews of verbal enthusiasm and super-graphic images designed to fire up an audience with the flush of newly acquired inspiring information.
7:00 - 7:30 pm - Meet and greet
7:30 - 8:45 pm - Presentation
8:45 - 9:00 pm - Q&A
$15 for AIGA Members (Contributor + Above).
$45* for Non-Members
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Arlen Schumer was born in Detroit and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey. At summer camp when he was six years old he discovered Superman, and his future path as an illustrator—and comic book historian—was determined. After majoring in graphic design at RISD, Arlen worked as a commercial artist and designer in New York City, designing TV graphics for Late Night with David Letterman (that baseball logo? his), and art directing/copywriting for ad agencies like Euro RSCG and The Ad Store. After working for his childhood idol, the hall of fame comic book artist Neal Adams at his storyboard and animatic art studio, Schumer established himself as the go-to artist for advertising and editorial comics-style illustration. He then expanded upon his commercial work by exploring his passion for the history of comics through pop culture criticism, editing Print magazine’s special comics issue in ‘88. His coffeetable comic book art history book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, won the Independent Book Publishers award for Best Popular Culture Book in 2003. Arlen has since been a prominent figure on the lecture circuit, delivering visual presentations, which he’s branded “VisuaLectures,” to audiences across the U.S., at artistic institutions, museums, and universities including Pratt, Wesleyan, Stanford, Columbia, The Art Directors Club of New York, and both San Diego and New York Comic Cons. A member of The Society of Illustrators, Arlen currently lives in Westport, CT where he continues his illustration and design work, in addition to developing new book ideas, comic book history projects and fresh “VisuaLectures.”
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