A Conversation with James Romberger – Sunday 5pm

James Romberger, Eisner-nominated cartoonist,  will take the floor at our Prototype: Alpha Sunday at 5pm.

He will discuss his career, Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, and anything else that comes to mind with the Museum’s Rand Hoppe.

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“Lower East Side Story” – A Reading and Conversation with Pete Friedrich Thurs. 7pm

Jack Kirby’s most repeated encouragement to aspiring cartoonists was to “tell your own stories” – and in that spirit the Kirby Museum’s Prototype: Alpha is proud to present an evening with Pete Friedrich, creator of “Lower East Side Story” Thursday night at 7pm.

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“Ya’akov Kurtzberg – King of Comics” by Arlen Schumer Tues. 5 Nov 7PM

This Tuesday, November 5th at 7PM the Jack Kirby Museum welcomes to its Prototype: Alpha on Delancey Street designer-historian Arlen Schumer, who will present his VisuaLecture “Ya’akov Kurtzberg – King of Comics.”

As Schumer describes it – “Ya’akov Kurtzberg: King of Comics” is the story of a first-generation American son of European immigrants who grows up on New York City’s Lower East Side and goes on to co-create Captain America and practically the entire Marvel Comics universe—oh, you might know him better, like many American Jews of his generation, by the name change he chose: Jack Kirby. What Elvis was to rock & roll—what Babe Ruth was to baseball—what Picasso was to Modern Art—Kirby was to comic book art. He created a nearly-endless stream of characters and concepts that now form the foundations of American entertainment empires; developed entire comic book genres, like romance comics; and defined his own graphic vocabulary, much like D.W.Griffith did for film, that has influenced generations of artists, writers and storytellers. But as great as Kirby’s successes were, he himself is also one of the greatest victims of the corporate system that denied a creator ownership of his creations. And therein lies the heart of the Kirby story: his comics, his creations, his credit.

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Don’t Ask! Just Visit! Prototype: Alpha in NYC November 4th-10th

Yes! It’s happening! Made in the Lower East Side‘s Storefront Transformer Kickstarter Campaign was successfully funded, and the Kirby Museum will exist at 178 Yancy Delancey Street for a week very soon! As it looks now, our hours will be daily from noon till 7pm.

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As of this writing we’ve got these events scheduled:

  • Opening Night Celebration! with a brief presentation by Rand Hoppe – Monday, November 4th @ 7pm
  • “Ya’akov Kurtzberg, King of Comics” by Arlen Schumer – a presentation by Arlen Schumer – Tuesday, November 5th @ 7pm
  • A conversation with James Romberger – Sunday, November 10th @ 5pm

With more in the works! Details about these and our exhibits to follow.


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New huge edition of Tom Morehouse’s epic collage debuts at NYCC!

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. Photo by Chris Repella.

Tom Morehouse signing and numbering the new edition with help from Rand Hoppe – 3 October 2013. Photo at Maxwell’s by Chris Repella.

Prototype: Alpha this November in NYC!

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! 

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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!

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