Hoboken Library Hails Jack Kirby!

Just  a quick note to thank the Hoboken Public Library for inviting me to offer a presentation about Jack Kirby last month. Matt Latham and his team were a pleasure to work with. The event was well attended, approximately 40 people, including 10 kids!

Would your organization like to sponsor a  talk or presentation about Jack Kirby? Contact us!

Special thanks to Raymond Smith for taking the photos.


Kirby Museum at Bristol International Comic and Animation Expo

Author and Museum member Russell Payne will not only be pitching the Kirby Museum at his table but will also be offering a Jack Kirby talk at the Bristol International Comic and Animation Expo this weekend, 11 & 12 May.

Thank you, Russ!



New website software, a new virtual structure

The Museum’s website software just had to be updated. The gallery application that we were using to display images was not keeping up with the times. Rather than tinker with the setup we had, I made the call to move everything over to an installation of WordPress. The Museum’s blogs were already using WordPress, so what the hey?

kamandicomputersNow, the re-working of the site has brought about some other changes, as well. Our making some image galleries exclusively available to Museum members is going to be put on temporary hold. We’ll have an announcement regarding that kind of Membership perk pretty soon. In the meantime, you are checking out Museum Trustee Tom Kraft’s What If Kirby site, aren’t you?

The other aspect that’s been changed is that I’ve moved all the posts from this “Kirby Museum blog” that relate to Kirby and his work over to the Kirby Effect. After all, the Kirby Effect is the journal of the Museum, and that’s where any new discoveries or articles about Kirby should be posted. We hope to have the work of more guest writers on the Effect. If you’re interested in helping with the Kirby Effect in any way, please contact me. In the meantime, head on over there, wander around, use the search function, or try Google.

So what’s left here? Well, this is the news blog about the Museum itself. I’ll continue to announce convention appearances, membership news, fundraising information, talks and presentations – events related to the non-profit educational organization – here.

The new version of the website is not nearly complete, so if you come back and it looks different, you’ll know I’ve been working on it.

Thanks for all of your support!

Erik Larsen & Jack Kirby Museum at Calgary

We’re thrilled to be at the Calgary Expo this weekend! Erik Larsen will be there, too, as our Special Guest. Erik has generously produced an exclusive 250 plate print, the proceeds of which will benefit the Kirby Museum. So if you’re going to Calgary, be sure to visit booth 1523-1524.

There will also be a Jack Kirby panel on Sunday, April 28th at 2:00pm in Palomino room H, with Erik, Michael Cho, Tim Lasiuta and more!

This Wednesday night “All Hail Jack Kirby, The King of Comics!” in Hoboken, New Jersey

I’ll be offering a presentation and discussion I’ve titled “All Hail Jack Kirby, The King of Comics!” at the Public Library here in Hoboken, NJ this Wednesday night at 6pm.

I’ll have some original materials and art from the Museum’s holdings.

Refreshments will be served!


NYC MoCCAfest 2013 Table B62

Certainly looking forward to seeing everyone at MoCCAFest this weekend in NYC!

We’re at table B62

For more information, go here: http://www.societyillustrators.org/Mocca_Event.aspx?id=8605

The 2013 Convention Season begins! Here’s March…

In the coming weeks, the Kirby Museum will be attending:

The Comic Art Con, in Secaucus, NJ: 24 March. Tom Kraft will be scanning for our digital archive at Nostalgic Investments’ table.

WonderCon, in Anaheim, CA: 29-31 March. Rand Hoppe will be manning a Kirby Museum booth at #825. Tom Kraft will be scanning at Nostalgic Investments’ #412.

We wish we could be setting up at Asbury Park Comic Con, as we have in the past.

What!?? Happy New Year!?? C’mon…!

Just popping up to say that I’m in the midst of reworking the Museum’s website, which is why I haven’t posted in a while. I don’t want to add too much new content here. I have been contributing to the Museum’s Tumblr over at http://kirbymuseum.tumblr.com. The Museum blogs are still rockin’ away – see the list to the left on our home page – thanks to our wonderful volunteer bloggers Richard, Rob, Bob, Jason, and Norris. I’ve got a backlog, and some changes for The Kirby Effect in the works, too.

Thanks for all of your support! 2013 is looking to be a another great year for the Kirby Museum.

– Rand

Changes – And Many Thanks To Harry Mendryk!

It’s been an honor to be hosting Harry Mendryk’s Simon & Kirby blog on the Kirby Museum’s site, so I’m sad to see that after more than six years and almost 700 entries, Harry posted his farewell today.

Thankfully, Harry has agreed to allow the blog to remain online. I know it is already a great resource, and expect it to remain so. If you haven’t visited, do it now!

Thanks again, Harry!

Dusty Miller & Harry Mendryk on Suffolk St.

Dusty Miller & Harry Mendryk on Suffolk St.

“No! It’s Brooklyn!” – tomorrow in Williamsburg…

Yes, the Kirby Museum will have a table at the Comics & Graphics Festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City on Saturday, 10 November.

1947 - Boy Commandos 24 cover

1947 – Boy Commandos 24 cover

You want Kirby books? We’ll have them. You want Kirby posters? We’ll have them, too. What else do you want? Limited Edition prints? Yeah, we’ll have them, and t-shirts, too.

It’s from noon until seven pm with free admission at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.

“Look, Rip! Zat is no bird!” “I wouldn’t say it’s a plane, either!”

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