It’s Steve Ditko’s 84th birthday. Thank you. Your work means a lot to me.
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!
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.
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.
The Kirby Museum will be at New York Comic Con booth 2744 this weekend, starting with VIP night on Thursday.
We’ll be blowing the vuvuzela pretty loudly for our Brick and Mortar Campaign – raising seed money in hopes of opening our Kirby Museum Pop-Up on NYC’s Lower East Side.
We’ll have our scanner, so bring your Kirby originals. Museum Trustee, and What If Kirby site master Tom Kraft will be scanning at Bechara Maalouf’s Nostalgic Collectables at booth 1754 starting Friday, as well.
We’ll also be recording some video at the show, part of our long-in-development documentary project.
Membership premiums, new stickers, T-shirts (our first!), books and more will be available thanks to your donations.
And don’t forget our Kirby Enthusiasm art and music extravaganza on Saturday at Maxwell’s in Hoboken – a short, sweet ferry ride across the Hudson River, a few blocks to walk and you’re there!
We look forward to seeing you!
Happy birthday, Joe!
After the Kirby Enthusiasm art opening in the front room at Maxwell’s on Saturday, the rock show starts in the back room at 7 pm! Weep (featuring Doc Hammer from the Venture Brothers)! WJ & the Sweet Sacrifice! The Boom Tubes (formed for the show featuring members of The Neutron Drivers and Starbolt 9)!
The visual artists participating in the Kirby Enthusiasm show opening this Saturday at Maxwell’s in Hoboken:
Pete Von Sholly
Thank you one and all for participating!
This Saturday at 5pm, legendary rock club Maxwell’s in Hoboken will open its Kirby Enthusiasm art show in its front room. More than 30 visual artists have contributed work paying tribute to “The King of Comics.”
At 7pm, in the back room, the Kirby Enthusiasm rock show will start, with WEEP (featuring the Venture Brothers’ Doc Hammer), WJ & The Sweet Sacrifice and (formed for this occasion) The Boom Tubes!
If you’re at New York Comic Con, Maxwell’s is easy to get to from the Javits Center – take a ferry at 39th Street across the Hudson to Hoboken North and walk a few blocks to 1039 Washington St.
The art is awesome – the music is gonna rock – Kirby Enthusiasm!