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.

Prototype: Alpha panorama

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.

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