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Charles Hatfield “Hand of Fire” signing times update

Charles will be at the Kirby Museum booth at these times:

Thurs 5:00-6:30
Fri 4:00-5:00
Sat 3:30-4:30
Sun 11:30-12:30

That’s booth 5520, along the wall as part of the Golden and Silver Age pavilion.

See you there!

Kirby Museum’s heading to San Diego (booth 5520)

C’mon by and say hi to the Kirby Museum at booth 5520, in the Silver and Golden Age Pavilion diagonally across from Trustee John Morrows’ TwoMorrows Publishing booth at 1310. If you can, please bring your Kirby original art; we’ll have our scanner (as will trustee Tom Kraft of at Bechara Maalouf’s Nostalgic Investments booths (1006 and 4415), as we continue to build our Original Art Digital Archive.

This year, we’re proud to offer “The Auteur Theory of Comics”, a special 8.5″ by 11″ 16 page visual extravaganza by pop historian and graphic artist Arlen Schumer, in return for a donation to the Museum of $10 or more. “The Auteur Theory…” is a print version of the presentation and lecture that Arlen will offer on Friday, July 13th in Room 26AB from 1:30-2:30, and a discussion afterwards with John Morrrow (see above!), Charles Hatfield (author of “Hand Of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby”! More about Charles below!), auteur film theorist Craig Fischer (Appalachian State), and Rand Hoppe (writing this blurb!). Be sure to stay put, because after the Auteur panel, Andrei Molotiu, Mark Badger and some special guests will be on a panel titled “Jack Kirby, Modernism, and Abstraction.” Special thanks to the Comic Arts Conference for supporting these great Kirby panels.

We’re also thrilled to be hosting signing sessions for Charles Hatfield at our booth. We’ll have copies of “Hand Of Fire” available for your donation of $25 or more. The schedule currently stands at: Thursday from 5-6pm, Friday 4-5pm, Saturday 3-4pm, and Sunday Noon-1 (right after The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel).

The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute panel will be hosted, as ever, by Mark Evanier. Mark’s guests this year include Herb Trimpe, Stan Goldberg, Paul Dini, and as mentioned above, Charles Hatfield. That’s on Sunday at 10 am in Room 5AB.

Looking forward to seeing you there, as we continue to build support for our Pop Up Kirby Museum in New York City. We’ll have posters, prints, stickers, and more to exchange for your donations and membership dues.

It’s Independence Day, U.S.A.!

Here’s a scan of a photocopy of Kirby’s pencil art and the first publication of the back cover of the tabloid sized Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles.

Introducing Kirby to Middle Schoolers

Thanks to Hoboken comic shop Traders of Babylon, I had the pleasure today of speaking to a sixth grade class about Jack Kirby.


The Kirby Effect begins

In addition to all the personal blogs the Kirby Museum hosts, I’ve just fired up “The Kirby Effect“, which I’ve designated “The Journal of The Jack Kirby Museum”. I hope the The Kirby Effect will be become a rich offering of papers, articles and media presentations. Consider this post the requisite Call For Papers. I have a few things in the works for the Effect already, but they won’t last, so I look forward to hearing from you.

Jack Kirby in the Wall Street Journal

Thanks to the interest of journalist Bruce Bennett, Jack Kirby and the Kirby Museum were featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal’s New York Culture section this past Wednesday.

Writer Glen David Gold, writer/designer Steven Brower and I talked with Bruce who pulled together a fine piece regarding Kirby’s place in our culture considering the success of adaptations of his work in recent years, as well as the increase in value of his original art. The Museum’s efforts, especially the Pop-Up project, were mentioned, as well.

Thanks to all!

1964 - The Mighty Thor Battles The Incredible Hulk! - page 10 original art

1964 – The Mighty Thor Battles The Incredible Hulk! – page 10 original art

We’ll be at the Asbury Park Comic Con tomorrow!

Yep, Rat Bastard‘s Cliff Galbraith has organized the Asbury Park Comic Con at the rockin’ Asbury Lanes tomorrow.

The Kirby Museum will be there, two blocks from the boardwalk, with our stickers, postcards, t-shirts, books and posters.

Asbury Park Comic Con

Asbury Park Comic Con

So, there’ll be comics, bowling, tater tots, who knows what else?! Come by and say hi!

Wow! Thanks for the donations this past week!

We are not only humbled, but downright impressed with the amount of support we’ve seen surrounding the Avengers opening. Our plan to open a gallery celebrating the life and work of Jack Kirby in New York City has met with some astounding results. Thanks to good folks reblogging us on tumblr, retweeting us on Twitter, and just generally getting the word out, we’ve generated an additional thirteen hundred dollars in donations in the last week! Now, this may seem like a drop in the bucket compared to the 700 million bucks that Avengers has generated worldwide (so far), but this is a big step. And here’s why: Since we officially kicked off our fundraising campaign in September, we’ve raised almost 30% of our goal. It took us over six months to get to the eight thousand dollar mark, and we’ve added $1300 in just a week. However, we need to have thirty thousand in our coffers just to get the doors open (it is expensive in NYC, after all), and the more funds we raise, the more we can do with the space we’ll have, and the longer we may be able to stay open.

1965 - Avengers 16 cover original art

1965 – Avengers 16 cover original art

And it hasn’t just been the money that’s been coming in, either! We’ve experienced a storm of new followers on tumblr and Twitter, new likes on Facebook, a significant increase of daily hits on the Museum’s homepage, and more mentions of Jack’s name in the mainstream media than we’ve ever seen! What’s more, we’re thrilled to see that other comics-related non-profits like The Hero Initiative are also reporting a groundswell of support. So, please, keep getting the word out for us. Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest, all of it. Make sure people know that the characters in this movie they’re enjoying were created by human beings, and aren’t just corporate trademarks. If you can’t donate (hey, times are tough!), just help us get the word out. While Avengers is well on its way to becoming a billion-dollar franchise, it’s also generating all kinds of discussion and interest about creators’ rights in places where there had been none before. That’s a good thing, and we’re honored that so many of you have chosen our cause to donate your hard-earned cash to. Thanks for reading, and thanks again for your help and support!

Calgary’s Contest Winner: Cory Robinson

Congratulations to Cory Robinson, the holder of ticket number JKM-TN52-100!

This weekend – Calgary and New York City!

The Jack Kirby Museum will have tables at both the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and the MoCCA Festival this coming weekend.

If you are going to attend the Calgary show and own Kirby original art, please consider bringing it to the show and allowing us to scan it for our Original Art Digital Archive.

Mike Cecchini and Richard Bensam will be manning the MoCCA Festival table, while I’ll be in Calgary.

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