When Tom Morehouse displayed his 60″ by 36″ collage “The Power-Packed Marvel Art of Jack Kirby” during the opening event of our Kirby Enthusiasm show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken in 2011, it really made a splash.
Thanks to Tom’s generosity, we struck an edition of twenty 17″ by 22″ prints of the collage last year. While that edition is close to sold out, Tom has always encouraged us to offer an edition of this epic piece closer to its original size. Thanks to Tom Kraft’s new printer, we have.
Debuting at New York Comic Con is an edition of thirty two 24″ by 39″ prints at $100 each. Signed and numbered by the collage artist, embossed by the Kirby Museum.
Tom Morehouse signing and numbering the new edition with help from Rand Hoppe – 3 October 2013. Photo at Maxwell’s by Chris Repella.
We’re thrilled to be participating in Made in the Lower East Side‘s (miLES) Storefront Transformer project, which will turn one empty storefront into seven unique stores for one week at a time later this year. Sure, we’ve been raising money for our own pop-up on the Lower East Side, but as we explored the neighborhood, we met the good folks at miLES. In keeping with their mission to open underused storefronts to new possibilities by creating short-term, multi-use spaces as community hubs, miLES offered us the week of November 4-10 at no charge to try our pop-up Kirby Museum concept. Thus, Prototype: Alpha was born!
Prototype: Alpha is just what we need to be able to test our three month pop-up idea, with minimal risk! Please understand that donations to miLES’ Kickstarter are not direct donations to the Kirby Museum and the funds we have already raised via our Pop-Up Campaign for the Brick & Mortar fund will not be used for Prototype: Alpha. However, most of the revenue we take in during our week WILL in turn be placed in the Brick & Mortar Fund!
We are incredibly excited to be a part of this project, and we have some fun and unique events planned for our week on the Lower East Side. Go check out the miLES’ Kickstarter campaign, for some awesome Jack Kirby rewards we’ve made available to help them and explore some of the other incredible other pop-ups that your donation will help fund. We’ll see you there!
Pioneer Heroes poster
Street Code mini-comic
Street Code poster
The July convention blast continues with 5 days in San Diego – visit us at booth 5520 (up front, just inside the doors of Hall B near the Golden & Silver Age Pavilion. Right near the TwoMorrows Booth #1301).
We’ll have some new prints, t-shirts, and publications. Here’s the new shirt:
Will post here if we have some of these shirts available after the convention.
We’re also going to have 17″ by 22″ prints of Kirby’s spread from Street Code as well as a new 5″ by 7″ Street Code mini-comic.
Mark Badger will be debuting two of his Jack Kirby Tribute books, his self-published “Kirby Abstract”, and, published by the Museum, his adaptation of Act One of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (inspired by, but not using, Kirby’s Julius Caesar costume designs). It’s awesome!
A last minute addition, Charles Hatfield will be signing “Hand of Fire” at our booth again this year. Schedule to be posted asap!
We’ll also have available Erik Larsen‘s Kirby Dragon tribute poster, Arlen Schumer‘s “The Auteur Theory of Comics” and “Kirby Silver“, some “Angel” prints and posters from “Lord of Light/Argo”, stickers, membership premiums and more!
Stay tuned – we may have even more Lord of Light Kirby awesomeness available at the show!
Writer and Kirby Museum volunteer Russell Payne heroically manned a table and gave a Kirby presentation at the Bristol Comic Expo in May.
Thanks again to, Russ, and special thanks to Darrell Till for the videography and photography.
Another quick update to thank Kirby fan extraordinaire Steve Coates, who has supported the Kirby Museum’s appearances at the Calgary Expo for three years now, and powerhouse comic book cartoonist Erik Larsen for making this year’s Calgary Expo a resounding success.
In addition to drawing commissions for his many fans, Erik produced a special Kirby tribute print for the show. We have some signed prints available. Thanks Erik!
Steve, on the other hand, produced slideshows of Kirby covers and spreads, and had them both running during the whole show. Steve also offered buttons, covers and spreads that were “saved” from Kirby comics in the dollar bin. There was also a Kirby tribute panel on Sunday, with Erik, Tim Lasiuta, Michael Cho (a contributor to Jason Garrattley’s Kirby-Vision blog), Kyle Stevens from the nerd rock band Kirby Krackle, and me, Rand.
Hoppe, Larsen & Coates – Calgary 2013
Calgary: Erik Larsen Exclusive
Michael Cho, Tim Lasiuta, Erik Larsen, Rand Hoppe and Kyle Stevens