I’ll take the opportunity to provide some long delayed updates…
Comic-Con International: San Diego
Museum Trustee, and Kirby Collector publisher, John Morrow graciously provided some space in his booth not only for the some Museum promotional material, but also my large format scanner. Tom Kraft and I, with the help of Bechara Maalouf and many original art dealers, scanned many pieces of Kirby original art for the Original Art Digital Archive. As always, I enjoyed spending time with John and meeting Kirby fans such as Museum members Jean Depelley, Scott Rowland and Scott Shaw! (of course there were more, but these gents come to mind as I write this a month later).
I was caught up a little more this year than last, so I did not post any of the news updates or photos that I expected. Mark Evanier’s Kirby Tribute panel was well attended.
My wife Lisa and I enjoyed visiting and talking Kirby with Mike Thibodeaux, Steve Roberts, and David Schwartz at Mike’s home the week after the convention.
Changes to the Board of Trustees
Please welcome new Museum Board members David Schwartz and Tom Kraft.
A longtime friend of the Kirby family and a Museum member since its founding, David Schwartz has written television cartoons and is currently involved in video production. With the significant contributions David has been making towards maintaining Kirby’s legacy and his professional experience, he is a natural fit for the Board.
Tom Kraft has also been a Museum member since its founding, and has been volunteering for the Museum at comic book conventions scanning Kirby original artwork for a few years now. Tom, who has developed the incredible What If Kirby? web site, is partner in a print and interactive design firm. I couldn’t be happier having Tom part of the Board.
Unfortunately, Lisa Kirby has stepped down from the Board. Lisa’s early support for the Museum’s founding by joining the Board and gifting the posters we’ve been offering as Membership premiums was critical. I’m sure the other Board Members join me in thanking Lisa for everything she has done for the Kirby Museum, and wishing her and her family all the best.
Since I feel I don’t do it enough, I’d like to thank and congratulate our Museum bloggers for their incredible work.
Harry Mendryk just finished an incredible 38 chapter “serial post” titled “Art of Romance,” where he examines all of the Simon and Kirby studio’s romance comics work. (He started in early 2008.) Highly recommended! (Harry’s also been doing the amazing restorations for Titan’s Simon and Kirby library.)
Jason Garrattley is offering a Kirby portrait gallery on Kirby-Vision today!
Bob Heer’s doing a great job keeping us up-to-date on what Kirby is coming to the comic shops and book stores. Buying Kirby from Amazon via links on Bob’s Jack Kirby Comics Weblog will put some revenue in the Museum’s coffers…!
Norris Burroughs’ examinations of the themes and visual language of Kirby’s work in Kirby Kinetics are compelling. Hope you’ve been reading…!
After having been posting some charming Kirby tidbits on his own for the last five months, I’d like to welcome Rob Steibel’s Kirby Dynamics into the Museum’s fold.
I’ve put quite a bit of time on the website’s software the past few weeks. Drupal/Gallery and WordPress are all up-to-date. >whew!<
There are more Kirby Museum blogs and subsidiary sites in the works, folks. Stay tuned.
Please Visit the Museum’s New FACEBOOK page.