#2 – Art & Comic Book Art by Arlen Schumer
I do my site ComicSpectrum because I love comics. Same thing with the 6+ years I spent doing the ComicBookPage podcast. But it’s not just the love of comics, it’s trying to spread the word that there is some seriously good stuff going on in comics, it’s not just a throw away medium for kids. Comics are a unique art-form that deserve to be taken every bit as seriously as any other form of artistic expression.
This panel by Arlen Schumer really spoke to me. Arlen’s multi-media presentation with visuals, music, and his powerful narrative descriptions blew me away, it’s the best all-purpose panel about comics as an art form I’ve ever attended. The man has showmanship down pat. He expressed beautifully what I have felt for many years. If you ever get a chance to hear Arlen talk about comics, do it!
Comparing Degas & Carmine Infantino? I love it! The fact that I collect Pieta homage comic covers and he had a section of the talk touch on the Pieta was a bonus!
Check out Arlen’s site here and also his wonderful book “The Silver Age of Comic Book Art” (I got the original edition of this book many years ago & Arlen is coming out with a newly expanded edition from Archway Publishing at the end of the summer in both HC and e-book formats! I’ll be reviewing it on ComicSpectrum!)
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