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Are You Arie Kaplan? The Comic Book Writer?

7/12/19

I know, I know, you want me to tell you an anecdote from my writing career, like I did last time. And I shall! But first, here are some announcements:

I wrote a Tales from Wild Space backup story that appears in Star Wars Adventures #23, which is out now from IDW Publishing. The story, titled “Majordomo, Major Problems,” is about Jabba the Hutt’s majordomo, butler, and consigliere Bib Fortuna. Specifically, it’s about how overworked and overwhelmed Bib starts to feel after tending to Jabba’s every whim on a daily basis. I should also mention that “Majordomo” is illustrated by Drew Moss, who is a phenomenal artist.

But don’t take my word for it; just check out this variant cover by Drew Moss, depicting a scene from the story.

Here’s a glowing review from the Jedi News site. The reviewer observed that there were parallels between Bib taking care of Jabba and a parent taking care of a child. Was “Majordomo” – at least partially – inspired by my life as a parent? What do you think? (Yes. Yes it was.)  

And if you’ll be at San Diego Comic Con next week, you should know that I’ll be signing copies of Star Wars Adventures #23 at at SDCC from 2-3pm on Fri July 19th, at the IDW booth #2729. You can see the full schedule of IDW’s signings here

Elsewhere at San Diego Comic Con, I’ll be appearing on a panel discussion celebrating E.C. Comics’s 75th anniversary. The panel will be happening at 6:30pm on Friday July 19th. The other panelists will be Grant Geissman (The Wonderful, Horrible EC Comics Book) and Dr. Travis Langley (The Joker Psychology: Evil Clowns and the Women Who Love Them), and the moderator will be Danny Fingeroth (A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee). Danny is the Walter White to my Jesse Pinkman, the Galactus to my Silver Surfer, the Eddie Murphy to my Arsenio Hall. Together, we’ll look back on the lasting impact E.C. has had on comics and on popular culture in general.

This panel should be quite a bit of fun. E.C. holds a very special place in my heart, especially since I’ve served as a writer for two E.C. titles, MAD Magazine and Tales from the Crypt.

In non-San Diego Comic Con-related news, I recently wrote the children’s book Hungry Shark: The Official Shark-Tastic Guide. It’s a guide to all of the wild and wacky sharks in the Hungry Shark video game franchise. Here’s an interview for the website SciFi Pulse about both the Hungry Shark book and my Star Wars Adventures story.

And now for the moment you’ve quite possibly been waiting for: a story from my writing career:

In the year 2011, I was a guest speaker at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland. It was my second year in a row appearing at the festival, and I gave a series of talks on comic book history, animation history, and various other topics. A camera crew from the festival followed me around a little bit, asking me questions and using the resulting footage to help promote the festival.

At one point, a little old man saw me being interviewed by the camera crew and tapped me on the shoulder. It turned out he was a tourist from England, visiting the festival. “Excuse me,” he began, “Are you Arie Kaplan, the comic book writer?” “That’s right,” I nodded. “Well,” he sniffed imperiously, “Some of us speak proper English.” Then he just turned away like it was nothing, and began talking to the camera crew.

I was really annoyed by his sense of entitlement and tried tapping HIM on the shoulder. “Excuse me, did you really just say that to me?” I asked him a little too loudly. But he ignored me and just kept yammering on about – oh I don’t know, I’m gonna say “the metric system” – and I gave up and went on my way. I guess in the end, he really showed me, the guy who was born in the wrong country, the guy what can’t tawk right. Who the hell do I think I am, anyway, speaking English without a British accent?

Oh well.

San Diego Comic Con signing

7/22/08

Hi everyone,

For those of you who’ll be at the San Diego Comic Con this week, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be signing copies of the miniseries I recently wrote, SPEED RACER: CHRONICLES OF THE RACER, at the IDW Publishing booth (#1705) on Thursday July 24th from 4-5pm. Robby Musso, artist of SPEED RACER: COTR, will also be there. Feel free to stop by!

In other news, I wrote the biting showbiz satire “Jumping the Shark” which is the cover story in the sixth issue of the Papercutz horror title TALES FROM THE CRYPT, on sale now. In “Jumping the Shark,” a reality TV producer, fond of dreaming up horrible ways to torture the show’s contestants, doesn’t stop pitching shows, even after he dies! It features interior art by Mr. Exes, and cover art by Steve Mannion. Here’s a link to the official promo copy about the issue, and the cover art:
http://www.papercutz.com/crypt/cryptcomic6.html

And you can read a really great review of my upcoming book FROM KRAKOW TO KRYPTON: JEWS AND COMIC BOOKS in the current issue of DIAMOND
PREVIEWS. I’ll have a couple of advance copies of FROM KRAKOW TO KRYPTON on hand at Comic Con. Here’s an online version of the review:
http://previewsworld.com/public/default.asp?t=1&m=1&c=6&s=221&ai=71150&ssd=

BTW, I just wrote these two pieces for the PRISONER blog at AMCtv.com (about the 1960s TV show THE PRISONER). Anyway, the first is a series summary (my bio can be seen at the very end), and the second is a trivia quiz. Here are links to both of them:

http://blogs.amctv.com/the-prisoner/2008/06/original-series-synopsis.php

http://blogs.amctv.com/the-prisoner/2008/06/the-prisoner-trivia-quiz.php

Please contact me if you want to use this for any reason. arie@ariekaplan.com