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GLENDALE — Roger Kupelian, an award-winning Visual Effects Artist, will present his book East of Byzantium: War Gods on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7pm at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium, 222 East Harvard Street.
East of Byzantium: War Gods is a Byzantine-era saga of unparalleled bravery. A fresh new look at the world before the Dark Ages and after the fall of the Rome. It is the real story of exceptional men and women surviving in a world torn apart by war, religious strife, and the lust for world domination. The book reflects Kupelian’s combined appreciation for history and sequential art. He says “I wanted to give the readers a cinematic experience of the story.”
Roger Kupelian has been working in the Digital Effects industry since 1995. He is well versed in many forms of visual media, from the storyboard production to the final shots for major film projects. His film credits include the Academy award winning The Lord of the Rings, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie Wilson’s War, Pirates of The Caribbean, X-Men, The Mummy, and Flags of Our Fathers. His accomplishments include published articles, short stories, and a documentary translated to three different languages and televised internationally. His artwork has been published numerous times and was featured in many of the Lord of the Rings art books (and even as part of a stamp collection for the New Zealand postal service). A Jury Prize was awarded to his war-zone documentary, Dark Forest in the Mountains, which was followed up with a sequel, Hands and A Homeland.
The presentation is in English. Admission is free; seating is limited. Library visitors receive 3 hours FREE parking across the street at The Market Place parking structure with validation at the Loan Desk.
The program is sponsored by the Library, Arts & Culture Department, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) and the Friends of the Glendale Public Library.