MoCCA Adds Levitz, Uslan to Advisory Board

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Former DC Comics president and publisher Paul Levitz and Batman movie producer Michael Uslan have joined the board of advisors for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art.

MoCCA’s board of advisers assists the museum in tasks such as fundraising, growing the permanent collection and curatorial assistance.

Levitz entered the comics industry in 1971 as editor/publisher of The Comic Reader, the first mass-circulation fanzine devoted to comics news. He received Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Award in 2002 and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award in 2008. Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. He is primarily known for his work for DC Comics, where he has written most of their classic characters including the Justice Society, Superman in both comics and the newspaper strip, and an acclaimed run on The Legion of Super-Heroes, a series he’s recently returned to write. His most-recent book, 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Myth-Making, has received Diamond’s Gem Award for Best Trade Book, and has been nominated for two Eisner Awards and an Eagle Award. Levitz also teaches writing at Manhattanville College, and will be teaching courses in Pace University’s M.S. in publishing program and Columbia University’s American studies program.

Uslan is a film producer with numerous award-winning projects to his credit. He is executive producer of all of the Batman features from the 1989 Tim Burton version to next year’s The Dark Knight Rises and won an Emmy Award for the animated TV series Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? He also produced the 2008 big-screen adaptation of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. He has been a speaker at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Smithsonian Institution, and taught the world’s first accredited college course on comic books.

It is the mission of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art as well as to detail and discuss the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of the world’s most popular art form.