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
Jack Kirby’s granddaughter Jillian, daughter of Neal and Connie Kirby, has fired up her Kirby4Heroes campaign again this year to honor what would have been her grandfather’s 96th birthday. Here’s Jillian’s video:
Jillian has recruited comic book stores around the country to donate some of the proceeds from their 28 August sales to The Hero Initiative. Meanwhile, The Hero initiative has recruited more than 40 artists to “Wake Up and Draw” a birthday card to Jack next Wednesday. The art will be viewable at ComicArtFans.com and will be auctioned off to support the charity at a later date.
Jillian says, “I started the Kirby4Heroes campaign as a way to connect with my grandfather, who died the year before I was born. I’ve grown so much closer to him through my endeavors in this area. I have to admit I’m astounded by him as an artist, family member, and just as a kind human being. Raising funds for those in the comic book industry in need of financial and medical assistance is a cause my grandfather Jack would have championed. He never turned his back on a person in need.”
Kirby4Heroes has a Facebook page, and a website.
I’d like to pass along an appreciation to Rob Steibel for his herculean effort of more than 1400 almost daily posts on his Kirby Dynamics blog on kirbymuseum.org for the past three years or so. Say what you will about his style or tactics, Rob is, without a doubt, as big a Jack Kirby advocate as they come.
KING T-shirt designed by Dylan Todd
You can order them here.
We will be going back to press on the Galactic Head shirts. Watch this space!
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!
We’ll be set up at Florida Supercon in Miami starting the Fourth of July! Come by booth 936 where we’ll have Kirby prints, posters and stickers!
1972 – Pioneer Plaque
We’ll also have our scanner, so please bring your Kirby original art to be scanned for our Original Art Digital Archive!
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.