Emerald City Comicon: Why You Should Care about Jack Kirby!

ECCC 2013, coming to Seattle this week!

Belated news flash—and the first one here in way too long a time! This weekend the Emerald City Comicon lays siege to the good city of Seattle—and yours truly will be there to talk about, natch, Jack Kirby!

To be more precise, ECCC 2013 will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle on Friday March the 1st (2:00 to 8:00 p.m.), Saturday the 2nd (10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.), and Sunday the 3rd (10:00 to 5:00).

Among the many events, media guests, exhibitors, and working artists at ECCC—in the midst of all those enticements, yow—my colleague and friend Professor Ben Saunders (U of Oregon) and I will be presenting a tag team panel titled “Why You Should Care about Jack Kirby.” And we mean it!

“Why You Should Care about Jack Kirby” will happen in Hall C from 6:20 to 7:15 p.m. on Friday, the first night of the Con. There will be talk, there will be slides, and, we dearly hope, there will be spirited and enlightening discussion of Kirby and Kirbyana! If you can make it, please come.

Sadly, I won’t be doing any sit-down signings of Hand of Fire this time out—but, to bolster my ego, I will be bringing my signing stamp and red pen, so if you’ve got a copy of the book you’d like me to personalize, don’t hesitate to ask!

And catch Ben’s other panels too! He’ll be collaborating with Howard Chaykin on a discussion of “Graphic Sexual Content” in comics (Saturday, 11:20 a.m.-12:15 pm., Hall C) and moderating a 35th anniversary panel on Will Eisner’s A Contract with God (Saturday, 4:00-4:55 p.m., Room 3AB) with a star-studded lineup. For more details on ECCC programming, click here.

The Young Romance archival reprint volume, brainchild of Michel Gagné

I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends and making some new ones this weekend, hopefully meeting a few artists in Artist Alley, and of course paying a visit to the Fantagraphics booth—where artist Michele Gagné, compiler, editor, and prime mover behind the excellent anthology Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby’s Romance Comics, is scheduled to appear on Saturday evening! (He’ll also be signing at the Image Comics booth earlier in the day—I bet he has a busy day.)

Buddy Does Seattle, by Peter Bagge

Seattle, here I come!

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