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Monsters (And Not The “Elmo” Kind)

1/6/17

I was recently interviewed by reporter AJ Frost for the geek culture site The Beat. We talked about my recent children’s book projects for Scholastic and Disney Book Group. We also talked about the series of lectures that I’ll be doing throughout 2017 at the NYC performance space QED Astoria.

I’ll be kicking off that lecture series with a talk titled “THE MONSTER MAKERS: UNIVERSAL PICTURES, CARL LAEMMLE JR., AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD HORROR MOVIES.” It’s happening on Saturday January 7th 2017 at 2pm.

This first wave of monster movies (1931’s Frankenstein, 1933’s Invisible Man, 1941’s The Wolfman, etc) didn’t just inspire future generations of horror filmmakers. It inspired ALL purveyors of fantastic cinema, including Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson, Joss Whedon, Clive Barker, and Robert Rodriguez. Not to be coy, but I can’t really tell you WHY or HOW it influenced them. Because then you wouldn’t come and see the lecture.

During my “MONSTER MAKERS” lecture, I’ll talk about people like Boris Karloff, Gloria Stuart, Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, James Whale, Curt Siodmak, and Jack Pierce. By the time I’ve finished the lecture, you’ll understand why those people are important, why you should care about them, and how they shaped modern pop culture.

You’ll also understand what all of this has to do with the creation of the first wave of comic book superheroes, and how these horror movies were informed by then-recent events in world history.

And I just might explain how the story of these early horror filmmakers ties in to the narrative of my award-winning nonfiction book From Krakow To Krypton: Jews And Comic Books.

 

Jewish Comic Con 2016

11/21/16

jewishcomiccon-small-logoRecently, I was one of the programming consultants for the Jewish Comic Con, which was held on Sunday November 13, 2016, at Congregation Kol Israel in Brooklyn, NY. The event was the brainchild of Congregation Kol Israel president Fred Polaniecki and comic book writer Fabrice Sapolsky. I co-moderated most of the panels at Jewish Comic Con (alongside fellow co-moderator Danny Fingeroth), and there was quite a bit of press coverage for this event. Articles about Jewish Comic Con were written up in The Wall Street Journal, The Jewish Week, Bleeding Cool, and more. AJ Frost, a blogger for comics site The Beat, interviewed me about Jewish Comic Con, my work as a guest lecturer and public speaker, and my recent projects as an author/comic book writer.

 

Where You Can See, Hear, Read About (Or Otherwise Experience) Me

4/9/16

Hello and welcome to the newest installment of “Arie’s Self-Promote-y Goodness” (until I can actually come up with, you know, a REAL title). Want proof that I’m an actual living, breathing human being you can interact with IRL? Well, you’re in luck…

On Sunday, April 10th, 2016, I’ll be lecturing on the history of Jews in comic books as part of the 5th Annual Jewish University For A Day event. This event is a joint program of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Stony Brook University Hillel. From 11:45am to 12:15pm on Sunday, I’ll be signing copies of my award-winning nonfiction book FROM KRAKOW TO KRYPTON: JEWS AND COMIC BOOKS. And I’ll be lecturing twice, first from 2:45pm to 4:00pm, and then from 4:15pm to 5:30pm. I believe that on the event schedule, both lectures are titled “From Krakow to Krypton: A History of Jews, Superheroes and Comics.”

Also, I’ve been doing a few new press interviews to promote my new (and upcoming) projects. Here are three of those interviews:

  1. I was a guest on the latest episode of the COMICSVERSE podcast: http://comicsverse.com/arie-kaplan-podcast/
  2. I was also a guest on COMICS BULLETIN’s “Reboot Comic Book Club” podcast: http://comicsbulletin.com/podcast-arie-kaplan-reads-howard-duck-rcbc/
  3. And I was interviewed by the geek culture site SCI FI PULSE: http://scifipulse.net/interview-arie-kaplan/

In all three of those interviews, I talk about the two LEGO STAR WARS books I’m currently writing for Scholastic (one of which, FACE OFF, is available for pre-order on Amazon). I also talk about the three stories I wrote for the 5-MINUTE AVENGERS STORIES collection (which is out now from Disney Book Group’s Marvel Press imprint) and the story I wrote for the SPIDER-MAN STORYBOOK COLLECTION (which will be published by Marvel Press in May of 2016). Pirates are a recurring theme in these interviews, since they were all conducted shortly after my latest nonfiction book, SWASHBUCKLING SCOUNDRELS: PIRATES IN FACT AND FICTION, was published by Lerner Publishing Group. And in all three interviews, I discuss some of the recent projects I’ve worked on for TruTV, Dark Horse Comics, Bongo Comics, Legacy Games, and more.

Arie Kaplan Speaks! Nation Stunned As Writer Talks About Self!

11/14/15

Not long ago (on October 26th, 2015, to be precise), I gave a talk at Wichita State University in Kansas. My WSU lecture was called “Superheroes, Stand-up, and Sci-Fi: An Animated Life,” and in it, I spoke about my writing career. Just before the lecture, I was interviewed by author and WSU professor Darren DeFrain at the campus’s Media Resource Center for the university’s television station (WSUTV). Both events were great fun, and in both of them, I attempted the difficult feat of talking about my life as a writer while trying NOT to sound like a pompous windbag. Was I successful? Check out the video below – which combines footage from both events – and find out!