‘Christ in Comics’ Webinar by Comic Book Art Historian Arlen Schumer
“For Jor-el so loved the world he gave his only begotten son, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men!”
Ever since superheroes first burst upon the American scene in the late 1930s, they have always used their mighty superpowers to defend the causes of “truth, justice, and the American way,” to quote the famous motto of the first superhero, Superman. But there is something more…something embedded in the superhero mythos that goes deeper than their surface feats of derring-do.
Join New York Adventure Club as we explore how superheroes in American comic book history have always reflected Christological aspects of heroism and self-sacrifice, whether overtly or unconsciously.
Led by award-winning comic book-style illustrator and historian Arlen Schumer, this uplifting “visualecture” filled with stylized images and original art will include:
- An overview of the pioneering comic book artists and how their religious backgrounds influenced their superhero character mythos
- A discussion around the morals of early superheroes — for all of their mighty displays of super-strength, heightened senses, and supernatural abilities, their greatest super-power was the power of love: the love every superhero has for the people they’re protecting from harm or rescuing from the forces of evil
- Countless examples of sacrifice from comic book superheroes throughout history, and why they always risked their lives for their friends, families, or mankind itself — “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” from John 15:13 is one of the most memorable passages in The New Testament
- Appearances of Christ in comics, from Picture Stories from The Bible, to the Christian tracts of Jack Chick, to the gospel according to peanuts
Stick around after the webinar for a Q&A with Arlen, who will be ready to answer any-and-all questions about comic book art!
See you there, virtually! $10.
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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
“Arlen is profoundly informative, engaging, and clear.” -Joel
“Arlen knew his stuff and was able to explain to common folks. Great comparisons of art in the presentation. Linked to current trends or popular movies of which most people would have a connection. Presented at a level that wasn’t too geeky.” -Brent
“Extremely knowledgeable presenter; amazing visuals, great pacing!” -Jesse
“Arlen was super knowledgable, and did a really good job relating the information to current day comic book movies and characters. It really was a great job by all.” -Joseph
“Really engaging speaker with polished presentation and command of the subject” -AlBuy tickets/get more info now