Arie Kaplan is an award-winning author, graphic novelist, comedy writer, and lecturer.
Arie has written for such television shows as TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest…, the PBS Kids series Cyberchase, MTV's TRL, and the Cartoon Network series Codename: Kids Next Door. As a staff writer for World's Dumbest, Arie wrote comedy sketches and jokes for a cast that included Gilbert Gottfried, Judy Gold, Chuck Nice, Mike Britt, and Jared Logan. Over the years, Arie has also penned numerous humor articles for MAD Magazine.
He is the author of several graphic novels, including Speed Racer: Chronicles of the Racer (IDW Publishing, 2008), Shadow Guy & Gamma Gal: Heroes Unite (Penguin Young Readers Group/Disney Club Penguin, 2010), and The New Kid From Planet Glorf (Capstone, 2013). As a comics writer, Arie has written comic book stories for DC Comics, Archie Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Bongo Comics, and other publishers. Those stories have featured such iconic characters as Superman, The Simpsons, Ben 10, Archie Andrews, and Shrek.
As a nonfiction author, Arie is perhaps most well known for his book From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books, which was named a Booklist Editors' Choice: Books For Youth Winner in 2009. From Krakow to Krypton was also a 2008 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, a 2009 Sophie Brody Honor Book (awarded by the American Library Association), and a 2009 National "Best Books 2009" Awards Finalist (awarded by USA Book News).
Arie's most recent juvenile nonfiction books are Saturday Night Live: Shaping TV Comedy and American Culture (Lerner Publishing Group, 2014), and Swashbuckling Scoundrels: Pirates in Fact and Fiction (Lerner, 2015). He also authored a six-volume series of YA nonfiction books, called the Shockzone: Games & Gamers series (Lerner, 2014), which explored every aspect of the videogame industry.
Arie wrote three of the stories in the children's short story anthology 5-Minute Avengers Stories, which is out now from Disney Book Group's Marvel Press imprint. He also penned one of the stories in the Spider-Man Storybook Collection, which was published by Marvel Press in May 2016. Recently, he wrote two LEGO Star Wars books for Scholastic. The first one, Face Off, was published in September 2016. The second one, The Official Stormtrooper Training Manual, will be out in January 2017.
In addition to his work as an author, Arie is an in-demand public speaker, and he’s lectured worldwide on various pop culture-related subjects, such as the history of Jews in film, the history of Jews in comic books, and the history of Jews in comedy. Previous lecture venues include the 92nd Street Y (NYC), the Skirball Cultural Center (LA), the Nevele Grand Resort (The Catskills), the Connecticut Historical Society (Hartford), the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival (Krakow, Poland), the Trondheim Jewish Cultural Festival (Trondheim, Norway), and the International Festival of Comics and Games (Łódź, Poland).
When he's not tackling his latest manuscript or on the road on a speaking engagement, Arie works as a screenwriter for videogames, television, and transmedia. He wrote the screenplays for videogames like the House M.D. game (Legacy Games, 2010), Law & Order: Legacies (Telltale Games, 2011), and Disaster Hero (Legacy Games). In addition to crafting the game script, story, and dialogue for the videogame Paranormal State: Poison Spring (Legacy Games, 2013), Arie also wrote the in-game fiction for that project. Because of his work in the comic book industry, he was hired to write a 12-part online comic strip, set in the world of the Fists of Fu MMORPG, for the videogame company Outspark.Please check out his website, www.ariekaplan.com.