On Sunday, June 16th I delivered a visual comic lecture entitled “Israel Pride In American Comics” at Wizard World Philadelphia 2019. This is my third time presenting at the annual comic and pop culture convention, which took place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Major themes in the lecture focussed on Israel Pride through American comic creators and how they portrayed Israel to the general comic reading public in America. This includes discussing World War II in Comics both during the historical event as well as in the 1970’s, and how the focus shifted to include the Holocaust. The lecture also touched on American Comics portrayal of Terrorism in general and the Israel-Palestinian conflict from 1970’s to current. The third aspect included a look at Israel Super Heroes published by Marvel, DC and Independent comic book creators like Al Wiesner’s Shaloman.
The video includes some highlights of the 40 minute lecture.
Aaron Herman at the Jewish Week covered the POW!!! Jewish Art and Influence opening on April 26, 2018. The art exhibition is hosted by the Jewish Art Salon and Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery in Crown Heights.
Joshua H. Stulman (Israeli Defense Comics) co-curated the comic art exhibition along with Joel Silverstein and Goldie Gross.
The exhibition features over 30 artists from the history of comics including Bob Kane (Batman creator) Jack Kirby (Captain America and Marvel Super-Heroes Creator) Mart Nodell (Green Lantern creator) as well as comic influenced Fine Art by Archie Rand and others.
The Pow!!! Jewish Comic Art and Influence Exhibition featured the debut of a NEW Jack Kirby piece created by Joshua H. Stulman called American Patriots based on Kirby’s pencils for the Captain America 50th Anniversary Lithograph from 1991.
The exhibition will be on display during Jewish Comic Con April 29, 2018 through the end of May.
Al Wiesner’s Shaloman Artwork on Display at UJA- Federation of New York
The UJA-Federation of New York is hosting JOMIX: Jewish Comic, Art and Derivation curated by Joel Silverstein and Richard McBee. The exhibition includes comic book art or comic inspired artwork from over twenty artists. On loan for the duration of the exhibition is the original colored cover artwork to Saga of Shaloman # 06 by Al Wiesner.
From the JOMIX Press Release: “From the invention of Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, to the graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman, Jewish artists and writers have served an essential and indispensable role in the comics and graphic novel industry. This exhibition boasts a roster of cutting edge creators, reinvestigating traditional genres like superhero, political satire, romance, horror, science fiction and confessionals through a Jewish lens. Join us for a look at how these contemporary Jewish artists use the comics medium as a way to express and address their own Jewish identity and cultural experience while also examining the complex relationship of art, identity and culture within the Jewish community at large.”
EXHIBITION DATES: March 01- May 08, 2015.
LOCATION: 130 East 59th Street, Seventh-Floor Gallery, New York City
Explore the secret Jewish origin of the comic book industry, its themes and myths.
An Illustrated Presentation by Joshua H. Stulman, Publisher of Israeli Defense Comics
Joshua H. Stulman has been fascinated with superhero comics since the age of six when his father purchased Shaloman # 01 for him.Since then he has immersed himself in the history of comics beginning with the early adventures of Superman, Batman, and Captain America. Stulman’s comic book collection now numbers in the thousands and is a continuing source of artistic inspiration to him.
In 2007, in the aftermath of the Second Lebanese War, Stulman created the superhero Magen, the shield of Israel. Stulman returned to the character twice before finally publishing the first issue of Israeli Defense Comics in the spring of 2012. The second issue of IDC features the Golem story re-imagined in modern time.
$5 at the door for members, $10 for non-members
Wine and cheese served.
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