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Spider-Man Editors Panel at MoCCA in NYC

Editor-man, editor-man, does whatever an editor can ... which in the case of Axel Alonso, Tom Brevoort, Danny Fingeroth, Jim Salicrup and Steve Wacker means shepherding the adventures of the amazing Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man and other Marvel Comics titles. At one time or another in the past three decades, each of these stalwarts has borne responsibility for Marvel's iconic, flagship character. And to paraphrase what the original Spider-Man editor, Stan Lee, wrote lo those many years ago, with great responsibility there must also come ... great power!

Or maybe not. But the interested and the intrepid can find out for themselves at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art's Spider-Man editors' roundtable, "Spider-Man: 25 Years of Amazing," on Thursday, February 11, at 7 p.m. MoCCA is at 594 Broadway, in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood. Admission is $5, or free for MoCCA members.

The panel, moderated by Fred Van Lente — himself a comics writer whose work includes two Marvel Zombies miniseries — coincides with an exhibition of original art from the entire issue of The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2, #50 (April 2003), the 491st issue of the series that began in 1963 (and which a few issues later went back to its volume-one numbering). It was written by J. Michael Straczynski, creator of the TV series Babylon 5, and drawn by penciler John Romita Jr., (son of the character's second signature artist, John Romita Sr., who'd succeeded co-creator Steve Ditko in the mid-1960s "Silver Age of Comic Books") and Scott Hanna, an inker on countless Marvel and DC comics since 1990.

Fingeroth, who additionally is the senior vice president of education at MoCCA, edited the Spider-Man line in 1983 and 1984, and was group editor for those titles from 1990 to 1995. He wrote the spin-off series Web of Spider-Man as well as several Spider-Man miniseries. A consultant on the FoxKids Spider-Man animated series and on James Cameron's early version of what would become the 2002 movie Spider-Man , he is the author of Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and our Society; Disguised As Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero; and The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels

Salicrup, a MoCCA trustee, edited the Spider-Man titles in the late 1980s and early 1990s, overseeing such milestones as the wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. Currently editor-in-chief of the comics company Papercutz, he had also written the young-readers' title Spidey Super-Stories for many years, as well as a child-abuse prevention comic starring Spider-Man.

Brevoort rose through the ranks from intern in 1989 to become Marvel's executive editor in 2007, and in that capacity helps oversee the Spider-Man line. Alonso, a former Amazing Spider-Man editor,is vice president/executive editor of Marvel.  Wacker is a Marvel senior editor, and the current editor of Amazing Spider-Man.

The panel chat will be followed by an audience Q&A. MoCCA Thursdays are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.



 Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401
New York, NY 10012


Threefifty Duo Performance Launches Music at First

A performance by New York City-based Threefifty Duo (guitarists Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick) will kick off the inaugural season of Music at First on February 19th, 2010, at 7:30pm. Threefifty Duo has been described as a "classical guitar duo with
a rock edge."  After years of writing and performing together and with a second album under Threefifty's belt, the duo’s stylistic tendencies have expanded beyond their initial categorization, with genre blurred by an intensely personal sound. Parnell and  Schulick weave their contemporary rock sensibilities into the rich fabric of classical guitar.
Music at First is a new music series to be held at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn from February through May, 2010.

This series, curated by Wil Smith (New York composer who is also organist at First Presbyterian), occurs monthly, featuring one performer or ensemble per evening. Each concert will last about an hour and half each. Smith describes the new series, Music at First, as “a diverse mix of New York City's best new music ensembles and performers, accessible to a wide audience of both community members and seasoned new music listeners.”

Future performances include:

March 26 - pianist Kathleen Supové
April 16- cellist/vocalist Jody Redhage and Fire in July
May 28 - flute/percussionist duo Conor Nelson and Ayano Kataoka

There is a $10 suggested donation which will be collected at the door.
For more on Threefifty Duo, visit

Music at First
First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn
124 Henry Street
New York, NY 10002

Man in the Mirror: Michael Jackson and Viva l’Italia Exhibit

On January 27th, from 7 to 9pm, PowerHouse Arena will host a book launch party for paparazzo Ron Galella’s new books Man in the Mirror and Viva l’Italia. Man in the Mirror is a tribute to the life and memory of Michael Jackson that features shots ranging from his early days in the Jackson 5 up to the weeks before his untimely death.

In Viva l'Italia Galella presents portraits of Italy's most famous sons and daughters. In honor of the exhibitions starring subject, the Arena will exclusively be playing the King of Pop all night. 

The venue is also hosting Galella’s Man in the Mirror exhibition from Jan. 8th – Feb. 14, 2010. The event will feature from both Man in the Mirror and Viva l’Italia.

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, was a superstar of unprecedented and epic proportions, and is still the best-selling recording artist of all time. An icon raised in the spotlight, but ever reclusive and terribly shy, Jackson was the ideal subject for paparazzo Galella.

Galella shot Michael throughout his whole life. Finding intimate moments with the legend offstage, he captured candid, unguarded portraits of the man behind the mask and a lifetime of style and glamor.

Over the years Galella also captured Michael in the company of fellow celebrities including:
Muhammad Ali, Diana Ross, Chuck Berry, Brooke Shields, Jane Fonda, Liberace, Quincy Jones, Barry Manilow, Emmanuel Lewis, Don King, Liza Minnelli, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Sophia Loren, Sylvester Stallone, Ted Kennedy, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, Donald Trump, Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, and Marcel Marceau.

He displayed the personal side of Michael in images of him with his children, his sister Janet and the rest of the Jackson family, and even his pet chimpanzee, Bubbles. In a tribute to the life and memor
y of Michael Jackson, Galella has compiled a body of images of the King of Pop in Man in the Mirror: Michael Jackson.

In Viva l'Italia, Galella sets out to find his own Italian roots, and in so doing, takes us on a viaggio as he combs his vast archive for images of Italian and Italian-American actors, artists, and fashion designers, along with a wide range of other cultural icons. Galella's tour begins in Rome's famed Cinecittà where Federico Fellini relaxes between takes on a film set. It was Fellini who proclaimed, "paparazzi are bandits of images," coining the word with his character Signor Paparazzo in La Dolce Vita.

As he continues on, Galella presents us with portraits of Italy's most famous sons and daughters, including
Virni Lisi, Isabella Rossellini, Silvana Mangano, Marlon Brando, Monica Bellucci, Carla Bruni, and Sophia Loren.

Never one to shy away from bad boys, he even includes the "Dapper Don," John Gotti, emerging from federal court in Manhattan. Gale
lla's photography is complimented by quotes he has amassed over a half-century of travel and celebrity encounters.

For more information visit
Man in the Mirror: Michael Jackson and Viva l’Italia Launch Party and Exhibition Opening
January 27, 2010
Man in the Mirror: Michael Jackson and Viva l’Italia Exhibit
January 8 – February 14, 2010

powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Golden Globes Sunday — Read Nominee Interviews

The  Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents its annual Golden Globe Awards this Sunday, January 17, in a live NBC telecast starting at 8 p.m. ET. And, true to the journalists' group international basis, the HFPA joins a host of others in donating aid to the victims of this week's devastating earthquake in Haiti, giving $100,000 on January 14 to Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti relief fund.

The organization already this year has presented $1,249,000 in financial grants to 29 film schools and non-profit organizations, including the American Film Institute, the American Cinematheque, the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, the Independent Feature Project, the Museum of African American Cinema, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Outfest, and such schools as Columbia University, Loyola Marymount University, and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

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