Arlen Schumer
Fine Arts, Writing, Creative Direction, Westport Connecticut United States
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Contact details
1835 post road east #9
westport, CT 06880
Tel: 203 298-0374
Brief Summary
Arlen Schumer has been creating award-winning comic book-styled illustrations for the
advertising and editorial markets for over 25 years (, and is one of the
foremost historians of comic book art—Comic Book Artist magazine named him "one of the
more articulate and enthusiastic advocates of comic book art in America,” and his coffeetable
art book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art won the Independent Book Publishers award for
Best Popular Culture Book of 2003. His other books are Visions from The Twilight Zone
(Chronicle Books, 1991) and The Neal Adams Sketchbook (Vanguard, 1999), and he has
lectured on American Popular Culture at universities and cultural institutions since 1988.
Unilever, Hewlett-Packard, ABC-TV, Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Whiteglove Healthcare, Online Media, Marketing & Advertising magazine.
Professional Experience
Professional Profile
Over 25 years experience in art direction, copywriting and graphic design, as well as running own illustration studio.
Have also written articles for the trade, and lectured and performed multimedia slide shows on art and popular culture
at universities and cultural institutions around the country.
Experience and Accomplishments
2004-2005 Creative Director, Charlex, New York, NY
Oversaw animatic test commercial production; interfaced with artists, computer editors and ad agencies.
2003 Wrote, edited and designed The Silver Age of Comic Book Art
Published by Collectors Press, Portland, Oregon (
Coffeetable book about eight legendary comic book artists and how their work in the 1960s (“The Silver
Age”) reflected not only the changes within the medium, but in American society as well. Winner of The
Independent Book Publishers Award for Best Pop Culture Book of 2003.
2000-2002 Art Director/Copywriter, The Ad Store, New York, NY
Art directing, designing, and copywriting on a variety of accounts, including Reynolds, Alitalia and, a website showing short films.
1997-2000 Art Director/Copywriter, Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer, New York, NY
Wrote and art directed a series of 30-second TV spots for MCI accounts. Responsibilities included casting,
choosing directors, working with production houses, overseeing off- and online editing, and music
production. Art directed collateral print.
1991 Conceived, edited and designed Visions From The Twilight Zone
Published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco
Coffeetable book that combined images from the classic TV series designed as black and white art
photography, with lines of dialogue and narration designed as poetry.
1984-present Illustrator (
Producing comic book-styled art for the editorial and advertising illustration markets; clients have included
national and international agencies, and national consumer magazines.
1986-1988 Illustrator, Continuity Associates, New York, NY
Illustrated comps, storyboards, and animatics for the advertising industry.
1983-1986 Art Director, Dancer, Fitzgerald, Sample, New York, NY
Created print ads for Nabisco’s Almost Home Cookies account, storyboarded numerous TV accounts,
including Wendy's and Mounds/Almond Joy.
1982-1983 Designer, NBC Television, New York, NY
Designed graphics for Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live; received Emmy Award for
Best Television Graphics in 1983.
1980-1982 Designer, WNET Thirteen, New York, NY
Designed television graphics, show openings, and animated station ID’s.
Educational Background 1976-1980 BFA-Graphic Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Awards and Recognition
Wrote & designed The Silver Age of Comic Book Art (Collectors Press), winner of the Independent Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book of 2003.

American illustration #17, 1998


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