Happy Holidays from the Jack Kirby Museum!

As 2011 draws to a close, the Kirby Museum wishes Happy Holidays to all of our patrons and supporters.

And as you finish shopping and wrap your presents, we hope you’ll consider giving one more gift – a donation to our Brick & Mortar Fund.

We know this can be a lot to ask for in any year, and especially so when times are tough. But we’re asking for a very good reason – to make the Kirby Museum even better in 2012.

Please let me explain . . .

1975 - The Seal Men's War on Christmas final panel
1975 – The Seal Men’s War on Christmas final panel

2011 was a great year for the Kirby Museum. We are very excited about our plans for the Pop-Up Kirby Museum on New York City’s Lower East Side! We have garnered a lot of support and hope to meet our fund-raising goal in the coming months. Having an actual brick-and-mortar Kirby Museum for a little while in New York City will help bring Jack Kirby the attention he deserves. (We even have some other exhibit projects in their infancy.) We’ve set up a Brick & Mortar Fund to help us attain this incredible goal. All revenue we receive other than membership dues are going into this fund.

If you become a Museum member, your dues will go towards our appearances at conventions, our archival projects and publishing efforts:

+ We’re also happy to have attended comic book conventions and festivals this past year. Being able to present the Museum’s efforts and engage in membership outreach, as we did in Calgary, San Diego, New York and Brooklyn this year, is only possible through the support of Museum members. We hope that we’ll be able to do so at even more such gatherings in 2012!

+ The Original Art Digital Archive, where we scan Kirby original art and maintain a digital archive, has grown to include almost 1800 pieces. We are also developing a project involving Jack’s pencil art photocopies.

+ There are also some publishing projects in the works – we hope we can announce them soon. This includes exciting limited edition art prints and books.

Your tax-deductible, end-of-year Brick & Mortar Fund contribution or membership dues will be vital to growing the Kirby Museum as we move towards Kirby’s Centenary! We’re aiming to make 2017 a celebration of Kirby the likes that have never been done before.

Thank you for your support of Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center, and I look forward to the New Year.

Rand Hoppe

Remember, donations to the Kirby Museum are tax deductible. There are two ways you can still be eligible for the 2011 tax year:

One is to click the “donate” button to the right, or the “Membership” menu in the upper right.

OR – You can mail a check to us that is dated on or before December 31. Please send it to:

Jack Kirby Museum
P.O. Box 5236
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Happy Holidays – and thank you!

1942 - Santa Fronts For The Mob final panels
1942 – Santa Fronts For The Mob final panels

Rest In Peace, Joe Simon (1913-2011)

Sad to learn of Joe Simon’s passing today. By all accounts, he lived a great life, surrounded by family and friends, making comics and graphic art.

His recent autobiography, “My Life In Comics,” is a treasure.

Thanks, Joe, for everything. You’ll be missed, remembered and celebrated.

Previously Convention-only Membership Premiums now available here

Yep, just as we’ve been offering at our convention tables for the past year (or more?), you can now join the Kirby Museum and choose to receive either the TwoMorrows Deities portfolio or the Fumetto Fighting American silkscreen. These are our top-level premiums, you’ll receive them by sending us $60 for your annual membership.

Your membership dues supports all of the ongoing efforts of the Kirby Museum – but we’re not using your dues for our Brick and Mortar Campaign. So if you’d like to help us set up shop on NYC’s Lower East Side for a while, please make a donation specifically for that purpose, too!

Tomorrow! Kirby Museum at the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival!

Yep, we’ll be set up at the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival again this year. We had a fine time last December, so here we go again! If you’re going to be there, be sure to visit us on the Lower Level! We’ll have some small run prints from the Kirby Enthusiasm show by artists like Ryan Inzana, Mark Frauenfelder and R. Sikoryak, as well as stickers, some of our new t-shirts and, of course, our membership premium posters and prints.

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Many thanks to all those of you who have supported our effort towards opening a Pop-Up Kirby Museum on the Lower East Side. So far, we have raised almost $4,000!

Kirby Is King by Norris Burroughs

Norris Burroughs wrote, performed, and recorded “Kirby Is King” to support the Kirby Enthusiasm Art Show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ. Norris also provided most of the comic book scans that Gus Lambert used to make the video. Gus also used images from the Kirby Museum’s archives.

Burroughs and Lambert both have pieces in Kirby Enthusiasm art show. Norris also writes the Kirby Kinetics blog for the Museum.

Kirby Enthusiasm – Hoboken’s Artists’ Studio Tour!

The show at Maxwell’s will be open during Hoboken’s Artist Studio Tour this weekend.

2011 - Maxwell's
2011 – Maxwell’s

Saturday and Sunday from noon until 6 pm the whole “convention table” will be set up at Maxwell’s – posters, postcards, stickers, prints, portfolios, books. I’ll probably project some Kirby video, as well.


2011 - Jack Kirby Ringer T
2011 – Jack Kirby Ringer T

And yes, we have Kirby Museum T-shirts available for a $25 donation (please add $5 shipping and handling if you’d like one shipped to you. Just paypal noting the adult size in memo field…)

Also, if you’re so inclined, I’ll be available via Skype while manning the Studio Tour – the Skype ID is kirbymuseum.

If you’d like to come by for a drink or some food, Maxwell’s bar and restaurant will open at 5pm, we’ll be there.


2011 - Kirby Enthusiasm postcard
2011 – Kirby Enthusiasm postcard


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Happy Birthday to Steve Ditko

It’s Steve Ditko’s 84th birthday. Thank you. Your work means a lot to me.

Long-delayed NYCC & art opening wrap up with many, many thanks.

New York Comic Con and the Kirby Enthusiasm opening a few weeks ago were great fun. Successes, even! I, herewith, offer many thanks to many of you!

2011 - Lisa Rigoux-Hoppe and Richard Bensam at NYCC
2011 – Lisa Rigoux-Hoppe and Richard Bensam at NYCC

Thanks to Mike Cecchini (the Museum’s Volunteer Assistant Director), Lisa Rigoux-Hoppe and Richard Bensam, the NYCC booth was well manned, with many Kirby fans stopping by. Some to just chat, others to donate to our Brick & Mortar Fund and receiving stickers, postcards and books – with most enjoying the process of feeding our Mother Box with the subsequent “Ping! Ping! Ping!” – and others to become members of the Museum and receiving posters, prints or portfolios. Tom Kraft was scanning Kirby art for our OADA at Bechara Maalouf’s Nostalgic Investments booth. John Morrow/TwoMorrows was nearby around the corner, as was Andrew Cooke with the Will Eisner documentary and Cliff Galbraith/Rat Bastard. We thank you all, and for those of you for whom we have addresses, be on the lookout for some email. This NYCC may very well have been the Kirby Museum’s best convention to date. I know none of you were wondering, but, yes, the vuvuzela was used, and to good advantage.

2011 - Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ Kirby Enthusiasm opening event main wall
2011 – Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ Kirby Enthusiasm opening event main wall

Thanks to Karl Heitmueller, Jr. and Maxwell’s, the Kirby Enthusiasm opening Saturday evening was a blast. Kirby people took over the place for a while, with artists and friends enjoying the company, the art, the food, and the drink. Thanks to the bands, The Boom Tubes, WJ & The Sweet Sacrifice and Weep, who rocked out in the back room later on. The art will be up until early January, so be sure to stop by Maxwell’s if you’re in the NYC area during that time. I’ll post more about that in another entry soon.

Thanks to the support of our members, we also recorded some video at NYCC and Maxwell’s – interviews were shot with Charles Kochman, Mike Gartland, R. Sikoryak, Tom Morehouse, Frank Espinosa, Adam McGovern, as well as some of those folks mentioned above. We also recorded the Joe Simon and the Auteur Theory panels. The footage is currently being analyzed and edited, and thanks to the interview subjects, is available to be used for our documentary, fund raising and other purposes. Many, many thanks to Ben Tudhope, Andrew Cooke and Malcolm Alston.

All images in this post from work by Ben Tudhope.

Photos of the Kirby Enthusiasm show at Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ

I’m presenting these snapshots of the show knowing that they’re not very good photos. Click to view larger versions and descriptions.