Long-delayed NYCC & art opening wrap up with many, many thanks.

New York Comic Con and the Kirby Enthusiasm opening a few weeks ago were great fun. Successes, even! I, herewith, offer many thanks to many of you!

2011 - Lisa Rigoux-Hoppe and Richard Bensam at NYCC
2011 – Lisa Rigoux-Hoppe and Richard Bensam at NYCC

Thanks to Mike Cecchini (the Museum’s Volunteer Assistant Director), Lisa Rigoux-Hoppe and Richard Bensam, the NYCC booth was well manned, with many Kirby fans stopping by. Some to just chat, others to donate to our Brick & Mortar Fund and receiving stickers, postcards and books – with most enjoying the process of feeding our Mother Box with the subsequent “Ping! Ping! Ping!” – and others to become members of the Museum and receiving posters, prints or portfolios. Tom Kraft was scanning Kirby art for our OADA at Bechara Maalouf’s Nostalgic Investments booth. John Morrow/TwoMorrows was nearby around the corner, as was Andrew Cooke with the Will Eisner documentary and Cliff Galbraith/Rat Bastard. We thank you all, and for those of you for whom we have addresses, be on the lookout for some email. This NYCC may very well have been the Kirby Museum’s best convention to date. I know none of you were wondering, but, yes, the vuvuzela was used, and to good advantage.

2011 - Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ Kirby Enthusiasm opening event main wall
2011 – Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ Kirby Enthusiasm opening event main wall

Thanks to Karl Heitmueller, Jr. and Maxwell’s, the Kirby Enthusiasm opening Saturday evening was a blast. Kirby people took over the place for a while, with artists and friends enjoying the company, the art, the food, and the drink. Thanks to the bands, The Boom Tubes, WJ & The Sweet Sacrifice and Weep, who rocked out in the back room later on. The art will be up until early January, so be sure to stop by Maxwell’s if you’re in the NYC area during that time. I’ll post more about that in another entry soon.

Thanks to the support of our members, we also recorded some video at NYCC and Maxwell’s – interviews were shot with Charles Kochman, Mike Gartland, R. Sikoryak, Tom Morehouse, Frank Espinosa, Adam McGovern, as well as some of those folks mentioned above. We also recorded the Joe Simon and the Auteur Theory panels. The footage is currently being analyzed and edited, and thanks to the interview subjects, is available to be used for our documentary, fund raising and other purposes. Many, many thanks to Ben Tudhope, Andrew Cooke and Malcolm Alston.

All images in this post from work by Ben Tudhope.

Photos of the Kirby Enthusiasm show at Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ

I’m presenting these snapshots of the show knowing that they’re not very good photos. Click to view larger versions and descriptions.


Kirby Museum at New York Comic Con booth 2744

The Kirby Museum will be at New York Comic Con booth 2744 this weekend, starting with VIP night on Thursday.

We’ll be blowing the vuvuzela pretty loudly for our Brick and Mortar Campaign – raising seed money in hopes of opening our Kirby Museum Pop-Up on NYC’s Lower East Side.

We’ll have our scanner, so bring your Kirby originals. Museum Trustee, and What If Kirby site master Tom Kraft will be scanning at Bechara Maalouf’s Nostalgic Collectables at booth 1754 starting Friday, as well.

We’ll also be recording some video at the show, part of our long-in-development documentary project.

Membership premiums, new stickers, T-shirts (our first!), books and more will be available thanks to your donations.

And don’t forget our Kirby Enthusiasm art and music extravaganza on Saturday at Maxwell’s in Hoboken – a short, sweet ferry ride across the Hudson River, a few blocks to walk and you’re there!

We look forward to seeing you!

Kirby Enthusiasm art – part 1

Some of the artists participating in the Kirby Enthusiasm show (which opens at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, this Saturday at 56pm) have been putting up photos and scans of their work:

Mark Frauenfelder

Flower, Daughter of Googam

Vlad Quigley

Thena & Ikaris

Lamour Supreme


the word from high is– Kirby Enthusiasm Rock Show, Sat, 7pm at Maxwell’s in Hoboken

After the Kirby Enthusiasm art opening in the front room at Maxwell’s on Saturday, the rock show starts in the back room at 7 pm! Weep (featuring Doc Hammer from the Venture Brothers)! WJ & the Sweet Sacrifice! The Boom Tubes (formed for the show featuring members of The Neutron Drivers and Starbolt 9)!


Kirby Enthusiasm music flyer
Kirby Enthusiasm music flyer

Tickets for the show are $10, available now at Ticketfly.com, at Other Music in NYC, and Tunes in Hoboken.

(Maxwell’s is easy to get to from New York Comic Con. Take the NY Waterway Ferry at 39th St to Hoboken North and walk a few blocks.)

Kirby Enthusiastic Artists

The visual artists participating in the Kirby Enthusiasm show opening this Saturday at Maxwell’s in Hoboken:

Adam Meyers
Arlen Schumer
Brian Musikoff
Cheese Hasselberger
Cliff Galbraith
Dave McKenna
Dean Haspiel
Dennis Franklin
Edwin Vazquez
Frank Espinosa
G.R. Lambert
Gothic Hangman
Janna Brower
James Romberger
Jason Atomic
Jay Piscopo
John Hanlon
Karl Heitmueller
Ken Wong
Kevin Colden
Lamour Supreme
Lauren Weinstein
Mark Frauenfelder
Miss Lasko-Gross
Norris Burroughs
Pete Von Sholly
R. Sikoryak
Ryan Inzana
Steven Brower
Tom Kraft
Tom Morehouse
Tom Scioli
Vlad Quigley

Thank you one and all for participating!

Kirby Enthusiasm art & rock show at Hoboken’s legendary club Maxwell’s

This Saturday at 5pm, legendary rock club Maxwell’s in Hoboken will open its Kirby Enthusiasm art show in its front room. More than 30 visual artists have contributed work paying tribute to “The King of Comics.”

2011 - Kirby Enthusiasm postcard
2011 – Kirby Enthusiasm postcard

At 7pm, in the back room, the Kirby Enthusiasm rock show will start, with WEEP (featuring the Venture Brothers’ Doc Hammer), WJ & The Sweet Sacrifice and (formed for this occasion) The Boom Tubes!

If you’re at New York Comic Con, Maxwell’s is easy to get to from the Javits Center – take a ferry at 39th Street across the Hudson to Hoboken North and walk a few blocks to 1039 Washington St.

The art is awesome – the music is gonna rock – Kirby Enthusiasm!

NYCC Auteur Panel, Sat. at noon, with Schumer, Hoppe, Morrow & more!

The Comics Studies Conference at NYCC is sponsoring a panel “The Auteur Theory of Comics.” Pop culture historian Arlen Schumer and Kirby Museum director Randolph Hoppe will be joined by John Morrow of TwoMorrows Publishing, J. David Spurlock of Vanguard Productions, scholar Michael Bonesteel (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and possibly others on Saturday October 15th, 12 noon, in room 1B03 of the Jacob Javits Center to discuss the role of the auteur in comics.

2011 - Auteur Theory NYCC postcard
2011 – Auteur Theory NYCC postcard

In her recent decision in favor of Disney/Marvel vs. Jack Kirby’s family, Judge Colleen McMahon stated that its basis was strictly a legal one; her introduction mentioned that fairness had nothing to do with it, it was all about the business arrangement between Martin Goodman and Jack Kirby. Putting legalities and business agreements aside, then, it’s fair to look more closely at the creative work that Jack Kirby, or any comic book cartoonist, has produced using the auteur theory as a guide. What skills are brought to bear in producing a comic story? Who controls the presentation of a piece of visual storytelling?

The panel will start with a presentation then move into discussion among the panelists guided by CSC’s Peter Coogan.