Friday, July 20, 2012


On Wednesday July 25th at 6PM, Jim Hanley's Universe hosts LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS: THE ORIGINS OF AMERICAN COMICS authors Christopher Irving and Seth Kushner, plus an assembly of top notch comic book creators who are featured in the book; Chris Claremont (X-Men) Larry Hama (G.I. Joe), Dean Haspiel (TRIP CITY), Kevin Colden (The Crow), Joe Infunari (Marathon), Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante) and  Matt Madden (Mastering Comics).

There will be a panel with all the aforementioned creators as well as a book signing where creators will be signing Leaping as well as their own works.

Jim Hanley's Universe
July 25th at 6PM
4 West 33rd Street
New York, New York 10001

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Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins Of American Comics, a love letter to the comic book industry, tells the  history of comics through 50 creator profiles including; Art Spiegelman, Al Jaffee, Dean Haspiel, Chris Ware, Denny O’Neil, Becky Cloonan, Brian Micahel Bendis, Josh Neufeld, Joe Simon, Jessica Abel, Frank Miller, Gene Colan, Grant Morrison, Harvey Pekar, Jill Thompson, Jimmy Palmiotti, Larry Hama, Michael Kupperman, Mike Allred, Neal Adams, Neil Gaiman, Paul Pope and many more.

The book has been garnering strong reviews:

Publisher’s Weekly posted a nice interview / article and of the book says, “A new book about the comics industry is nearly as epic as the field’s history itself.”
Flavorwire says of Leaping: “You may think you know the men and women behind your favorite superheroes, but of course, there’s yet another man behind Clark Kent — his creator.” featured Leaping Tall Buildings, along with interviews with Kushner and Irving and a gallery of images from the book by Kushner, and noted that “Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics gives the writers and artists who create them a chance to shine.”

Huffington Post featured a gallery of Kushner’s photos and says, “A major part of the book is the art of photographer Seth Kushner, who has captured remarkable images of some of the biggest living names in comics.”

The New York Times calls the book “a great survey of many of the talented men and women behind the characters.”

The Wall Street Journal refers to Leaping as “a collection of brief and beautifully illustrated profiles of comic-book artists.”

Be sure to preview some of the Kushner’s photos from the book at Photo District News’s Photo of the Day gallery, Real Life Comic Book Heroes.

Listen to Seth Kushner (along with Dean Haspiel) on John Siuntres’s Word Balloon Podcast.

Read an interview with Seth Kushner at SciFiPulse.

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