Three Upcoming Comic Book Programs at the Skirball
April 14, 2009

For those readers local to Los Angeles there are three new Comic Book/Super Hero themed programs that relate to their latest  exhibition "ZAP! POW! BAM!":


Overnight program begins Saturday, April 18, 6:00 p.m. and ends Sunday, April 19, 9:00 a.m.

Ages 7 and up

Children must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a child

$65 Adult or Child; $45 Skirball Member Adult or Child

Limited space, Advance registration required

Calling all super heroes! Grab your capes, masks, and sleeping bags, and join us for the Skirball’s debut overnight family getaway at the Skirball, offering kids and grown-ups an exclusive, up-close-and-personal look at the exhibition ZAP! POW! BAM! after dark. Participate in fun-filled activities, enjoy a scrumptious dinner, and fall asleep to bedtime stories celebrating the triumph of good over evil. Wake up the next morning to a continental breakfast—and kickstart your day with more comic book action! php?option=com_ccevents&scope= prgm&task=detail&oid=523& ccmenu=d2hhdhnfb24


Reading the Graphic Novel

Saturdays, April 25, May 30, and June 27, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (3 sessions)

$75 General; $60 Skirball Members; $30 Students

Read and discuss three quintessential graphic novels—Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, Watchmen, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns—that will introduce participants to this form of storytelling, which integrates text and comic art. All classics of the genre, the works chosen are among the most beloved and influential graphic novels of all time. In each session, students will examine both the narrative and the illustrations. php?option=com_ccevents&scope= prgm&task=detail&oid=534& ccmenu=d2hhdhnfb24


From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books

Arie Kaplan

Tuesday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.

$10 General; $8 Skirball Members; $6 Students

Immigrant Jews were involved in the creation of the first comic book, Superheroes, and graphic novel, and also helped to develop the underground comics (or “Comix”) movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. In this funny and revealing lecture, complete with film and video clips, comic book and MAD Magazine writer and cartoonist Arie Kaplan tells the stories of these Jewish comics pioneers and demonstrates how they brought a uniquely Jewish perspective to their work and to the comics industry as a whole. php?option=com_ccevents&scope= prgm&task=detail&oid=525& ccmenu=d2hhdhnfb24


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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