Offering heartfelt thanks to supporters of Prototype: Alpha

Prototype: Alpha was a great success. From Monday night’s opening event through our closing on Sunday night, we had at least one thousand visitors who couldn’t get enough of Jack Kirby, his story and his art. During the last few days we could barely keep up with the foot traffic. I’d like to take a moment to thank the people who helped us.

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First and foremost is Eric Ho, the Made In The Lower East Side team, and the 306 backers of miLES’ Storefront Transformer Kickstarter campaign. We wouldn’t have had a place to set up without them!

Tom Kraft provided incredible printouts for display, was a great collaborator on the design and implementation of the installation, made the trip from Boston for two long weekends, shot photos and videos, tweeted, and the list goes on. Thanks, Tom!

Mike Cecchini provided significant support by helping to man the pop-up every day.

Lisa Rigoux-Hoppe helped significantly with the opening event, and manned the pop-up during the weekend.

Arlen Schumer for his wonderful “Ya’akov Kurtzberg – King of Comics” presentation that over-filled the house on Tuesday night, as well his donation of publications to our bookstore.

Pete Friedrich for discussing his “Lower East Side Story” comic series and sharing a portion of sales Thursday night

James Romberger for sharing his thoughts about Jack Kirby on Sunday night.

Special thanks to those who generously donated books and magazines to our bookstore:

We couldn’t have offered such a compelling display of Jack Kirby work without the help of those who allowed us to scan their pieces for our Original Art Digital Archive project.

Other incredibly helpful people include Crosby Romberger, Lisa Kirby, Richard Kyle, Mark Evanier, Lois Dilivio, Glenda Hoppe, Ellen Karl, and Delancey the cat.

“Ya’akov Kurtzberg – King of Comics” by Arlen Schumer Tues. 5 Nov 7PM

This Tuesday, November 5th at 7PM the Jack Kirby Museum welcomes to its Prototype: Alpha on Delancey Street designer-historian Arlen Schumer, who will present his VisuaLecture “Ya’akov Kurtzberg – King of Comics.”

As Schumer describes it – “Ya’akov Kurtzberg: King of Comics” is the story of a first-generation American son of European immigrants who grows up on New York City’s Lower East Side and goes on to co-create Captain America and practically the entire Marvel Comics universe—oh, you might know him better, like many American Jews of his generation, by the name change he chose: Jack Kirby. What Elvis was to rock & roll—what Babe Ruth was to baseball—what Picasso was to Modern Art—Kirby was to comic book art. He created a nearly-endless stream of characters and concepts that now form the foundations of American entertainment empires; developed entire comic book genres, like romance comics; and defined his own graphic vocabulary, much like D.W.Griffith did for film, that has influenced generations of artists, writers and storytellers. But as great as Kirby’s successes were, he himself is also one of the greatest victims of the corporate system that denied a creator ownership of his creations. And therein lies the heart of the Kirby story: his comics, his creations, his credit.

Ya'akov Kurtzberg

Don’t Ask! Just Visit! Prototype: Alpha in NYC November 4th-10th

Yes! It’s happening! Made in the Lower East Side‘s Storefront Transformer Kickstarter Campaign was successfully funded, and the Kirby Museum will exist at 178 Yancy Delancey Street for a week very soon! As it looks now, our hours will be daily from noon till 7pm.

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As of this writing we’ve got these events scheduled:

  • Opening Night Celebration! with a brief presentation by Rand Hoppe – Monday, November 4th @ 7pm
  • “Ya’akov Kurtzberg, King of Comics” by Arlen Schumer - a presentation by Arlen Schumer – Tuesday, November 5th @ 7pm
  • A conversation with James Romberger – Sunday, November 10th @ 5pm

With more in the works! Details about these and our exhibits to follow.


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