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:

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 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!”

Kirby Museum at New York Comic Con booth 2378

Yep, the Kirby Museum will be at it again, setting up Jack Kirby central at New York Comic Con. We’ll be at booth 2378 in the Small Press area, where we’ll have not only our usual Kirby wonders, but also a few new items premiering, as well!

We’re excited to announce a number of new limited edition Jack Kirby giclees – “The Streets of Heaven”, “Psychedelic Fliers”, “Calpurnia”, “Pioneer Plaque”, and “Football Warriors”. Yes, we still offer the Psychedelic Fliers and Calpurnia as postcards and the Football Warriors as stickers, but, wow, you should see them as prints.

Also some new items containing Kirby-related work that have been donated to us to help raise funds for our Pop Up Museum on the Lower East Side – Dylan Todd‘s King T-shirt, and signed, limited editions of both Tom Morehouse’s incredible “The Power Packed Marvel Art of Jack Kirby” collage, and Arlen Schumer‘s 32 page “Jack Kirby Silver Edition”. A second printing of Arlen’s “The Auteur Theory Of Comics” booklet will be available, too.



All items mentioned above are NYCC exclusives – for now. The only exceptions are Arlen’s “Auteur Theory” for $25 in the US and $30 elsewhere, and Tom Morehouse’s collage for $50/$55. Just click on the Brick & Mortar Fund Donate button on this page, enter the appropriate amount, and tell us what you’d like.

A limited selection of Kirby comics and collections will be for sale, with net proceeds going to our Pop Up.

If you have Jack Kirby Original Art in your collection, please bring it to the show! Museum Trustee and proprietor Tom Kraft will be manning a high-end, large format scanner over at Bechara Maalouf’s Nostalgic Investments booth #410 to add scans to our Original Art Digital Archive.

Of course, we’re always looking for new members, so please considering joining us and supporting our efforts. We’ll have all our membership premiums available at the show, and the lucky thing is, if we run out stock, more is just a ferry boat ride away in Hoboken.

So come by, feed Mother Box with your donations! Join us and help us open our Pop Up!


The Kirby Museum will set up at Asbury Park Comic Convention 2 tomorrow!

That’s right, we had such a great time at Asbury Park Comic Con in the Spring, we had to do it again this Fall!

We’ll have Kirby books, posters, postcards, stickers and more!

Feed the Mother Box with your Brick and Mortar Fund donations!

One more exclamation point!