One Book One Bloomington Celebrates the Golden Age of Comics with Talk by Michael Uslan

News Release Date: 
Apr 19 2010
For Immediate Release

Contact: Margaret Harter
Community Relations Coordinator
812-349-3057; fax 812-349-3051
email: mharter [at] mcpl [dot] info

Bloomington, IN--As part of One Book One Bloomington and Beyond, Michael Uslan, movie producer and comic book collector, writer, and expert, will speak at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 9, in the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium on Kirkwood. He will discuss the Golden Age of Comic Books, from the late 1930s through the late 1940s. During this time, modern comics were first published and enjoyed a surge of popularity, the archetype of the superhero was created, and many of the famous superheroes debuted, including Superman (1938). The talk is free and the public is invited.

Michael Uslan is the executive producer of the Batman films. He also has written a number of comic books and books that chronicle the history of comics including America at War: A History of War Comics; Mysteries in Space: A History of Science Fiction Comics;  and The Pow! Zap! Wham! Comic Book Trivia Quiz Book.  Additional writing credits include the Batman graphic novel, Detective 27, and the historic comic book project, Just Imagine, with Stan Lee. In 2001, Uslan donated approximately 30,000 comic books to the Lilly Library. He is a graduate of Indiana University.

Uslan's talk is presented as part of the celebration of this year's One Book Community Read: Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, whose protagonists are at the epicenter of the 1940s Golden Age of Comics. Since 2002, One Book One Bloomington and Beyond (OBOB) has promoted the discussion of a single book and the issues therein to encourage literary reading and to build community by encouraging conversation and the sharing of ideas by members of the community. Each fall the community votes on the next year's selection. One Book One Bloomington is a partnership of the City of Bloomington, Parks and Recreation; Indiana University Libraries; Monroe County Community School Corporation; and Monroe County Public Library.

For more information contact Susan Yoon, Exec. Director of Development, IU Libraries, 855-4182.