By Seth Kushner

To celebrate the release of the book, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins Of American Comics, exclusive, limited edition art prints were commissioned to be drawn by three of the book subjects: Becky Cloonan (DEMO, Conan), Dean Haspiel (HBO’s Bored to Death, Billy Dogma) and Peter Kuper (Spy vs. Spy, Stop Forgetting To Remember). The limited edition prints will be available in editions of 40 and will be sold for $15 each. Proceeds will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and will debut at the launch event on April 14.

We’ll be previewing one print at a time this week. The piece above is by cartoonist Dean Haspiel.

Emmy award winning artist, Dean Haspiel, created the Eisner Award nominated, “Billy Dogma,” and illustrated for HBO’s “Bored To Death.” Dino has drawn many  superhero and semi-autobiographical comic books and graphic novels for major publishers, including collaborations with Jonathan Lethem, Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, Inverna Lockpez, and Tim Hall. Dino also won the 6th Anniversary Literary Death Match in NYC with his “brute charisma” and curates cool multimedia projects at TripCity.net, a Brooklyn-filtered literary arts salon.​

There will be two events upcoming:

First event: Leaping Tall Buildings Launch event @ powerHouse Arena, 4/14

To celebrate the release of Leaping Tall Buildings, powerHouse Books and the authors will host the launch event April 14th at The powerHouse Arena in DUMBO Brooklyn at 37 Main Street.

LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS:
THE ORIGINS OF AMERICAN COMICS
Photographs by Seth Kushner
Text and interviews by Christopher Irving

The book launch festivities, free and open to the public, start at 3:00 PM with a series of panels and an exhibition of Seth Kushner’s inimitable photographic portraits of comic book luminaries.

PANEL SCHEDULE:

3:00-3:45 PM: Autobiography in Comics
Panel guests will include comics legend Irwin Hasen (Green Lantern), Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage), Molly Crabapple (Dr. Sketchy’s), and Raina Telgemeier (Smile).

4:00-4:45 PM: From Comic Books to Film
Panel guests will include Chris Claremont (X-Men writer), Paul Levitz (former DC Comics President and Legion of Superheroes writer), and writer Denny O’Neil (Batman).

5:00-5:45 PM: Behind the Pictures
Co-authors Christopher Irving and Seth Kushner discuss the trials, tribulations, and adventures had in interviewing and photographing the stars of Leaping Tall Buildings.

6:00 to 8:00 PM: Reception
powerHouse Books will host an evening reception, with copies of Leaping Tall Buildings on hand for purchase and signing by the authors and featured creators in attendance. Ron Scalzo (Q*Ball, Hooper, Bald Freak Music) will be DJ master for the evening. Drinks will be served.

Second event: Leaping Tall Buildings, Seth Kushner: Photography & Comix @ BookCourt, 4/17

LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS:
Seth Kushner: Photography & Comix

Tue Apr 17, 7:00PM

Audience Q&A, Book Signing & Panel Discussion
BookCourt
163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
info@bookcourt.com

Seth Kushner (The Brooklynites) has taken his skills as a photographer and his passion for comic books and turned them into two unique projects. In Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, Kushner created distinctive environmental portraits of over 75 top comics creators, a selection of which will be presented and discussed. Kushner’s other long-term project, CulturePOP Photocomix, allows him to profile fascinating subjects such as Emmy Award winning comix creator Dean Haspiel, author Tim Hall, and Bravo’s “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” reality show star/bootleg toy designer, Sucklord, who will all be reading from their CulturePOP profiles while the images are projected

Performer Bio(s):
Tim Hall has collaborated with some of the finest comic artists working today, including Dean Haspiel, Josh Neufeld, Jennifer Hayden, Chris Sinderson, Derek Marks, Nick Bertozzi, and Sam Henderson. He is the author of two novels and three collections of stories. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Emmy award winning artist, Dean Haspiel, created the Eisner Award nominated, “Billy Dogma,” and illustrated for HBO’s “Bored To Death.” Dino has drawn many superhero and semi-autobiographical comic books and graphic novels for major publishers, including collaborations with Jonathan Lethem, Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, Inverna Lockpez, and Tim Hall. Dino also won the 6th Anniversary Literary Death Match in NYC with his “brute charisma” and curates cool multimedia projects at TripCity.net, a Brooklyn-filtered literary arts salon.​

Seth Kushner’s photography has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, L’Uomo Vogue, The New Yorker and others. He is a three time winner Photo District News magazine’s Annual in 2002, 2006 and 2012. Seth’s first book, The Brooklynites, (with Anthony LaSala) was published by powerHouse Books in 2007. Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics (with Chris Irving) is his second book. Seth’s profile series CulturePOP Photocomix can be seen at TripCity.net, along with his comix neurotica, SCHMUCK. Seth resides in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son and way too many cameras and comics.

Sucklord is the creator of SUCKADELIC ENTERPRISES, an evil arts organization based in Chinatown NYC. Specializing in bootleg action figures, illicit remix records, and low-budget sci-fi movies. Sucklord seamlessly blends geeky nerd obsessions with street-level hipster cool. A master of media manipulation, The Sucklord is both an entrepreneur and an artist. Sucklord has been in designer toy world business since 2004 and revels in his self-proclaimed “art world outsider” status.Sucklord was featured on Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Some are mild mannered geeks, others mad geniuses or street-smart city dwellers driven to action. These are the men and women behind the masks and tights of America’s most beloved superheroes. But these aren’t the stories of the heroes’ hidden alter egos or secret identities…these are the stories of their creators! Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics gives you the truth about the history of the American comic book—straight from the revolutionary artists and writers behind them. Leaping Tall Buildings assembles writer Christopher Irving’s interview-based essays and photographer Seth Kushner’s portraits of comic book creators into a narrative thread. The pair successfully started the project as the Graphic NYC website, www.nycgraphicnovelists.com, in December 2008.

Christopher Irving is a pop culture historian with a concentration in the American comic book. A veteran of comics history and journalism magazines like Comics Buyers Guide and multiple Eisner Award-winning Comic Book Artist (where he served as Associate Editor), Irving combines new journalism with comics history to create personality essays on comic book creators. Leaping Tall Buildings is Irving’s fifth book on comic books. Irving currently edits digital comics magazine The Drawn Word. www.thedrawnword.com

 

Seth Kushner’s portrait photography has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, L’Uomo Vogue, The New Yorker and others. He was chosen by Photo District News magazine as a three-time winner of their Photo Annual Competition. Seth’s first book, The Brooklynites, (with Anthony LaSala) was published by powerHouse Books in 2007. Currently, Seth is profiling real-life characters in CulturePOP Photocomix, and writing his serialized “comix neurotica”, SCHMUCK on TripCity.net. Seth resides in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York with his wife, son and way too many cameras and comics. www.SethKushner.com

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