Mankind Signing at NYCC


Hi, everyone! I wanted to share some news with all of you:

I’ll be signing copies of my newest comic book story, “The Story of the Ocean,” at New York Comic Con this Friday, October 12th, from 1:30-2:30 pm at the History Channel’s booth, #1664. “The Story of the Ocean” will be published next month in the anthology MANKIND: THE STORY OF ALL OF US, Volume 2. Zenescope Entertainment’s YA imprint Silver Dragon Books has partnered with The History Channel to publish the MANKIND graphic novels, which will be tied-in to the launch of History‚Äôs new television event of the same name.

My newest Young Adult nonfiction book, AMERICAN POP: HIT MAKERS, SUPERSTARS, AND DANCE REVOLUTIONARIES, will be out next month from Lerner Publishing Group’s Twenty-First Century Books imprint. Here’s a “5 Questions For Arie Kaplan” author interview with yours truly, from the Lerner Books site:

See you in the funny papers,



When Titans Clash


And by “clash,” I mean “walk around a convention center, instead of sitting around writing books, like they normally do. “And by “titans,” I mean “people who are in no way affiliated with the titans of Greek myth, or any other sort of titans, for that matter.” In fact, the only part of “When Titans Clash” that’s in any way factual is the “When,” and even that’s open to debate. Let me explain…

Earlier this month, I went to the San Diego Comic Con (version 2012). While I was there, I bumped into fellow authors Marc Tyler Nobleman (Bill the Boy Wonder) and Gerard Jones (Men of Tomorrow). Literally bumped into them. Well, okay, not literally. It wasn’t like, “Oops, I’ve inexplicably lost my sense of balance and collided with these other two human beings in a comically slapstick manner.” No, nothing like that. But my meeting them was completely random and spontaneous and unplanned, so in that way I sorta did “bump into” them, and uh– You know what? Even I’m bored by my long-winded attempt to explain this. So, never mind. Just know that they’re both very talented authors, it was great seeing them, and you should totally run out and buy their books (after you’ve bought my books, of course. Every time you buy one of my books, an angel gets his wings. Or her wings. No male chauvinism in Angelville, or wherever it is angels live. I think they live somewhere in Jersey. Or is that Danny DeVito?).

Me, Gerard Jones, and Marc Tyler Nobleman at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con, being all writerly and authorial and literary and such

Shameless Self-Promotion: Holiday Edition


Happy holidays! I wanted to share a few new developments with you:

* Recently, I wrote a Superman short story for the DC HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2009, which is in stores now; The story is called “Man of Snow,” and it’s penciled by the incredible Nick Runge and inked by the amazing Gabe Eltaeb. Here’s a look at the HOLIDAY SPECIAL cover art, by Dustin Nguyen. Via that link (if you click on “Download Preview”), you can also see the Batman story “Silent Knight,” by Jay Faerber (writer) and Peter Nguyen (artist), followed by the first page of “Man of Snow.” Here’s the link:

* And here’s a recent press release showcasing sample dialogue (written by me) from the upcoming HOUSE M.D. videogame (uh, also written by me), which comes out next month from Legacy Interactive:

* I’m also the script consultant for the Devils Due/Fantasy Prone comic book series UNITED FREE WORLDS, written & created by the supercool Blake Leibel. The first issue I worked on, #6, is out now. Here’s a link to some of the pulse-pounding art pages, drawn by Patrick Blaine:

* And last but not least, I wrote a story for Archie Comics called “MoCCA Madness,” which will appear in ARCHIE DIGEST #260, on sale this Wednesday, December 30th. The story was illustrated by the fantastic Fernando Ruiz, and it ties in to “The Art of Archie Comics” exhibit at MoCCA (the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art) that I co-curated here in NYC. A few pages from the “MoCCA Madness” story are in the exhibit itself. Here’s a recent NEW YORK TIMES article about “The Art of Archie Comics”:

Hope you’re all doing well.

Upcoming Appearances: MoCCA, the Skirball Center, and the 92nd St Y Tribeca


I just wanted to let you know about a few appearances I have coming up. Please click on the links for more information.

On Thursday, May 7, 7PM (this week!), I’ll be the guest speaker at the Cartoonist Roundtable at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art:

On Tuesday, May 12, 7:30 PM, I’ll be in Los Angeles, giving a lecture at the Skirball Cultural Center, talking about the history of Jews in comics and my book, From Krakow to Krypton:

On Friday, May 22nd, 7:30 PM, I’ll be at the 92nd St. Y Tribeca, hosting a Comic Book Shabbat: