The Schedule


12:00 PM Arlen Schumer's Art and Comic Book Art

Just as art historians look back 500 years ago on the great Renaissance masters of the human figure like Michelangelo and Raphael, so too will art historians 500 years from now look back on the great masters of the human figure of our time, our great comic book artists like Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Joe Kubert, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane—to name a few. Yet in fine art circles, it is still considered "blasphemous" to compare/contrast the two sets of artists. Join comic book historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art: as he does just that, with his provocative, perceptive presentation, curating a fascinating journey through art...and comic book art. 


1:00 PM  Wallace Wood

Jim Steranko, Larry Hama, and J. David Spurlock discuss the incomperable Wallace Wood, who's work for EC, Marvel, DC, Mad, and his own projects, set a new standard of excellence in graphic story telling and humor comics. 


2:00 PM  Denis Kitchen On The Genius of Harvey Kurtzman

Harvey Kurtzman was an American cartoonist and editor of comic books and magazines. His large body of work includes writing and editing the parodic comic book Mad from 1952 until 1956, and the sexy and satirical Little Annie Fanny strips in Playboy from 1962 until 1988. His work is noted for its satire and parody of popular culture, social critique, and an obsessive attention to detail.  Kurtzman is regularly cited as one of the defining creators of the Golden Age of American comic books.[106] The New York Times described Kurtzman as "one of the most important figures in postwar America" over Mad '​s influence on popular culture. Denis Kitchen will be joined by Jay Lynch and John Holmstrom.

3:00 PM  Marvel In The 80s

Ann Nocenti, Jim Salicrup, Bob Wiacek, and Peter Sanderson take us back to the days of blowing up the Baxter Building, big hair, Epic Stars, Secret Wars, Long Shot, and the Perelman aquisition. More speakers to be announced.

4:00 PM  John Van Hamersveld : Album Covers and Posters That Rocked The World

From his early days at Surfer Magazine to creating legendary album covers for the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour and the Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street, John Van Hamersveld's story is the the story of American pop art, graphic design, typography, and rock'n roll.  The man who designed the iconic Endless Summer poster, and the album covers for Kiss Hotter Than Hell, Blondie Eat To The Beat, The Grateful Dead  Skeletons in the Closet, Beach Boys Wild Honey, Steve Miller The Joker, Jefferson Airplane Crown of Creation, and the new Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt. A conversation with Cliff Galbraith.

5:00 PM     Don McGregor and Rich Buckler
Their run on Black Panther was one of the greatest in 70s comics. 
-more to come


12:00 PM TBA

1:00 PM 1:00 PM The Life and Art of Rick Griffin

J. David Spurlock and  John Van Hamersveld discuss artist Rick Griffin and his contribution to the psychedelic art movement, album covers, surf art, and underground comix.

2:00 PM  A Conversation With Neal Adams 

Living comics legend Neal Adams in conversation with's Dan Greenfield.

3:00 pm End of programming.  Room will be used for Cosplay contest from 4 pm to 5:30 pm.