Wednesday, August 28th would be Jack Kirby’s 102nd Birthday
Are you in NYC? Please join the Jack Kirby Museum at 6:30pm Wednesday August 28th on Delancey Street just east of the corner of Essex St. (near Richie’s and Fabco Shoes) Lower East Side for a walking tour including a visit to Jack’s birthplace, a guerrilla street theater reading of his autobiographical story Street Code near where he grew up, trivia questions (with prizes), and ending with a mixer at a local haunt (TBD!)
This is a free, non-ticketed event. Donations welcome! Show up and celebrate with us!
Heroes Con starts tomorrow! The Kirby Museum will be set up at booth 1322 to 1421 with displays from our “A Jack Kirby Odyssey” exhibit we held in May including enlarged pencil copies of several complete 2001: A Space Odyssey issues. We will have our scanner to scan and archive Kirby art for the Kirby Digital Archive. If you have original art or photos of Jack, please bring them, we would love to add them for the archive.
We will also host a landmark 3-part panel at Heroes Con on Saturday called KING-SIZED KIRBY ANNUAL # 101, moderated by RAND HOPPE AND TOM KRAFT:
1: KIRBY 101—That’s right! An introduction to Jack Kirby – with no prerequisites! Essential for novices and devotees alike!
2: A celebration of the influence of Kirby with Michael Royer and Ed Piskor and John Morrow
3: Finally, a discussion and tour of the Kirby Museum
Attend the event at 3:00 pm in room 209. Don’t miss this!
We’d like to thank everyone who came out to our Jack Kirby: 100 Years celebration of Kirby’s centenary in New York City last month. The event, which ran from August 27 through August 30, was our humble attempt to pay tribute to the scope and breadth of Kirby’s career, and to allow fans a place to celebrate together.
For Kirby’s birthday on the 28th, we served cake and refreshments to attendees, and presented Kirby Museum director Randolph Hoppe’s biographical talk/visual presentation on Kirby’s life. All profits from that day’s fundraising efforts were donated to The Hero Initiative, in honor of Jillian Kirby’s ongoing Kirby4Heroes campaign.
We were overwhelmed by the support we received both from attendees, and our hosts, the One Art Space gallery in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, who were gracious, helpful, and generous with not only the wonderful gallery space they provided for us, but with their time and personal attention to our needs.
Just a few weeks ago, the Kirby Museum’s co-production with IDW – with thanks to the Kirby Estate, DC Comics, and Mike Royer – a book titled “Jack Kirby: Pencils and Inks” was released to comics specialty shops. As far as we can tell, it’s a smash!
“Jack Kirby: Pencils And Inks” presents Kirby’s first Demon, Kamandi, and OMAC stories, with the photocopies of his pencil art alongside the original art as inked and lettered by Mike Royer. Royer and Lisa Kirby provide illuminating essays.
Thanks to our incredibly talented and resourceful Tom Kraft, who designed and packaged the book, as well as IDW’s Scott Dunbier, this book represents the Jack Kirby Museum’s first work with a publisher, and is hopefully not the last.
We are now accepting orders for the limited Jack Kirby Museum edition of “Jack Kirby: Pencils and Inks.” The limited edition features a variant photo cover of Kirby drawing a Kamandi page. The rare photo was graciously provided by David Folkman. We have 100 copies of the limited edition, 50 of which have a tipped-in card signed by artist and inker Mike Royer.
All sales will benefit the museum in our ongoing efforts to study, preserve, and publicize the work of Jack Kirby.
The Jack Kirby Museum is pleased to welcome you to our TwoMorrows Publishing sponsored fundraising event!
The first 50 attendees will receive a copy of the new issue of the Jack Kirby Collector – before it arrives in comic shops or subscribers’ mailboxes! Jack Kirby Collector and TwoMorrows Publisher John Morrow will present a personal look at jack Kirby and the history of TwoMorrows Publishing. Advance ticket sales are available via PayPal. JohnYou must attend to receive the magazine, to enjoy John’s presentation at 4pm, and to delight in the tasty snacks and drinks we’ll have on hand.
Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center presents A COSMIC RELEASE EVENT For The Jack Kirby Collector #66 With Editor-Publisher JOHN MORROW Sponsored by TwoMorrows Publishing
Where: 103 Allen Street, NYC
When: 3pm, Saturday November 14th Showtime: John will start a presentation about the Kirby Collector and TwoMorrows at 4pm
Snacks and drinks will be available
Jack Kirby-based superhero cartoons shown before and after!