Kirby Day Is Here!

Don’t forget to lend your support to the Kirby4Heroes Campaign! Give back to our veteran comic book creators! And watch artists volunteer their talents for the cause by following #WakeUpAndDraw on Twitter!

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Above: a metaphor for what Kirby did for the comic book industry.

PS. Comic Book Apocalype: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby–opening reception tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 29, 4 to 7pm at Cal State Northridge in Los Angeles. Join a belated birthday celebration for the King and gaze at 107 Kirby originals!

Celebrate Kirby Day by lending a hand!

Tomorrow, August 28, is Kirby Day. it would have been the 98th birthday of Jack Kirby, who passed away twenty-one years ago—but didn’t, really, because a spirit like Kirby doesn’t pass away, as much as we may miss the lively presence of the living man.

As I said a year ago, I think Kirby Day ought to be a holiday for comics fans. It is for me! And more than a private celebration among fans, Kirby Day can be a way to give back to the comics creators whose dreams have populated ours:

Kirby4Heroes Facebook page--please lend your support!Jack’s family continues to celebrate his birthday by supporting veteran comic book creators through The Hero Initiative, a federally chartered, not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring and helping creators in need. Since 2012, Jillian Kirby, Jack’s granddaughter, has led the Kirby4Heroes campaign to raise money for the Initiative on his birthday. With the kind of generosity that Kirby himself embodied, the Initiative seeks to provide (as its website says) “a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.” Over the past three years Kirby4Heroes has raised about $30,000 for the Initiative, and this year Jillian has set the goal of $20,000. Please help here reach that goal!

On August 28, Kirby Day, select comic book shops across the country will be donating a portion of their sales to The Hero Initiative. Some stores will also be hosting special events. ComicsPRO, the professional organization of comic book retailers, has endorsed Kirby4Heroes, and many comics artists will be lending their time and talents as well. (Follow #WakeUpAndDraw on Twitter on Aug. 28th!)

Supporting Kirby4Heroes is simple. Besides shopping at your local comics store on August 28, you can donate online or by mail. To donate online, visit The Hero Initiative at heroinitiative.org (and be sure to type “Kirby4Heroes” in the space for “special instructions”). To donate by mail, send a check to:

Kirby4Heroes Campaign
c/o The Hero Initiative
11301 Olympic Blvd., #587
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Be sure to make out your checks to The Hero Initiative!

The Hero Initiative

For more information about Kirby4Heroes, check out the Kirby4Heroes website and Facebook page, read this detailed and informative interview with Jillian by Jim Beard at Marvel.com (part of Marvel’s “Jack Kirby Week” celebration), or watch Jillian’s video about the campaign via YouTube, courtesy of the Nerdist Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6PeXqoOjAI

Sadly, I can’t embed the video here, but click through the link and you’ll see it. Here’s a screenshot:

Kirby 4 Heroes screen shot

Also, Kirby and comic book history buffs, check out Peter Sanderson’s discussion of Jack at the This Week in Marvel podcast. Nice to hear!

Can you help lend veteran creators a helping hand? What a way to celebrate Kirby Day! And… if you’re in Los Angeles, come see Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby at CSU Northridge!

Liftoff!

THIS is now open, and people are coming:

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Countdown: T-Minus 1

Tomorrow:

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PRESS: Tom Spurgeon interviews me about the show at The Comics Reporter, plus, the LA Daily News weighs in!

Also, my friend and colleague, Geoff (Jetpack Jr.) Grogan, shares his thoughts on designing the fantastic mural of Orion and Darkseid that looms over the exhibition. Thank you, Geoff—it’s a wonder. I’m thrilled to have your work in this show!

Countdown: T-Minus 2

Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby opens at the CSU Northridge Main Gallery in just two days—this Monday, Aug. 24. It will be up for seven weeks, through Sunday, Oct. 10, and open the following hours:

Monday-Saturday, 12:00 noon to 4:00pm (closed Sunday)

Thursday, 12:00 noon to 8:00pm

The opening reception will take place a week from today, on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 4:00 to 7:00pm. This reception will involve no lecture or panel, just folks getting together to bask in the art. The reception is free and open to the public!

Then, on Monday, Aug. 31, at 10:00 to 11:00am, Kirby biographer Mark Evanier will join me for a gallery talk about Kirby’s life and work. Again, this is a free, public event, open to all!

Art and Design Center, CSUN

How to get to the show? The Art Galleries are located on the north end of the CSUN campus, within the Art and Design Center on North University Dr. (Plummer St.) between Lindley and Etiwanda Street. Park in Lot D6 and E6, which are very close to the Galleries. Parking is $6/day, 24/7.

Map to CSUN Art Galleries

The Galleries’ website gives more information, and includes a helpful Directions/Parking page. Don’t hesitate to leave comments here on this blog, if you should have questions (or message the Galleries through their Facebook page).

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