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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:
  2. I was also a guest on COMICS BULLETIN’s “Reboot Comic Book Club” podcast:
  3. And I was interviewed by the geek culture site SCI FI PULSE:

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!


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!

FROM KRAKOW TO KRYPTON is out now from JPS!!


I just wanted to share some news with all of you: My new book, FROM KRAKOW TO KRYPTON: JEWS AND COMIC BOOKS, is out now from JPS!!

FROM KRAKOW TO KRYPTON is a comprehensive volume which showcases the unique contribution Jews have made to this American art form. The book features original interviews with such legendary comics creators as Stan Lee, Joe Kubert, Paul Levitz, Al Jaffee, Jerry Robinson, Art Spiegelman, Judd Winick, Chris Claremont, Trina Robbins, Drew Friedman, Will Eisner, and more. Lavishly illustrated with over 100 full-color drawings and photos, FROM KRAKOW TO KRYPTON boasts a foreword by acclaimed graphic novelists Harvey Pekar and J.T. Waldman.

And I’ll be talking about my book on the Joey Reynolds Show tonight Sept 5th (well technically early tomorrow morning Sept 6th) at some point between 12am and 2am EST. The show is on WOR Radio 710AM.

Meanwhile, here are a couple of links to more info about the book:

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