Category Archives: My publications

The Apocalypse Now Available at Comic Shops!

I’m delighted to report that the exhibition catalog for Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby, co-edited by Ben Saunders and me, and published by IDW in partnership with the CSU Northridge Art Galleries, has at last arrived at comic book shops across the country!

That’s right: the CBA catalog, published last fall, made it to comic shops yesterday, March 16. Kirby fans and scholars, look out for it!

It was a labor of love, and is a trove of Kirby artwork, Kirby lore, interpretation, analysis, and appreciation, as well as a complete documenting of the record-setting Kirby exhibition at CSUN in Fall 2015! For further information, and images, see my posts of January 26, December 5, and October 30, below.

More Kirby news forthcoming!

The Apocalypse is Coming, Honest 

Our exhibition catalog, Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby, co-edited by Ben Saunders and me and co-published by IDW and CSU Northridge, is due to hit comic book shops soon.

Unfortunately, its release date has been pushed back from tomorrow, Jan. 27, to three weeks from now, Wednesday, Feb. 17. But it IS coming, have no fear!

For more information about the catalog, and all the wonderful writers and pieces included in it, see my post of Oct. 30. For information about how to order the catalog directly from CSU Northridge, via the Art Galleries website, see my post of Dec. 5


Apocalypse Catalog for Sale!

The catalog for our acclaimed exhibition, Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby, is now available for purchase from the CSU Northridge Art Galleries online store! Just go to the CSUN Galleries homepage and look for the Kirby Catalog sidebar.

The book lists for $39.99 US, but online orders from CSUN must add $5 for shipping. Also, CA residents must add sales tax (Los Angeles orders should expect a 9 percent tax, or $3.60, so that means the total cost of an L.A. order, with shipping, would be $48.59).

This catalog, a labor of love, is co-published by CSU Northridge and IDW Publishing, under the supervision of Scott Dunbier. It runs 168 pages (at 8 x 12 inches) and includes over 120 images, plus twenty essays by various creators and scholars. It’s a feast for the eyes, a memento of the USA’s largest Kirby exhibition ever, and, we dare hope, a lasting contribution to Kirby scholarship! Further details are available here.

Also, the catalog will be in comic shops on Jan. 27, 2016. Further details about that, and how to find the catalog in Previews, can be found in my post of Oct. 30, here.

Apocalypse at your LCS!

CBA final coverComing to your Local Comic Shop this January: the catalog to our just-finished exhibition, Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby. Please ask your shop to order it!

Comic Book Apocalypse is more than a catalog and more than a memento. It’s a book of gorgeous Kirby art and smart writing that I hope will have a long shelf life and inform discussions of Kirby’s work going forward. Details below!

The book can be found in the IDW section of the latest, i.e. November, issue of Previews, the comic shop catalog from Diamond Comic Distributors (that issue solicits orders for products shipping to shops in January). Look on page 170 for a full-page ad. The order code for the book is NOV15 0459.

Scores of people have asked me about getting this book, and we at the CSUN Art Galleries have a list of buyers hundreds of names long, mostly folks who got to visit the exhibition in person. (In fact we’re anxiously waiting on a new shipment of books so that we can fulfill those orders!) But if you weren’t able to see the exhibit, and haven’t been in touch with the Galleries, ordering the book through your LCS could be the best way to go!


Previews has an info page on the book here. Here’s the relevant page in the printed catalog:

CBA in Previews, Nov 2015

Again, that’s page 170, item number NOV15 0459

Comic Book Apocalypse is a 168-page color softcover at 8 x 12 inches that lists at $39.99. Co-edited by my fellow prof Ben Saunders and me, it’s a publishing collaboration between the CSUN Galleries and IDW. Scott Dunbier, the visionary behind IDW’s famed Artists’ Editions, supervised the project, and Randy Dahlk, the designer behind IDW’s incredible Kirby Artist Editions, designed it. It’s like no other book about Kirby: a mashup of history, art criticism, and appreciation, written from academic, professional, and fan perspectives. It boasts over 120 images, most shot from Kirby’s originals—as well as the complete checklist of the exhibition and some twenty essays, written by these creators, storytellers, and scholars:

  • Mark Badger
  • Scott Bukatman
  • Howard Chaykin
  • Brian Cremins
  • Ramzi Fawaz
  • Craig Fischer
  • Glen David Gold
  • Doug Harvey
  • Charles Hatfield
  • Adam McGovern
  • Carla Speed McNeil
  • Andrei Molotiu
  • Dan Nadel
  • Adilifu Nama
  • Ann Nocenti
  • Tony Puryear
  • James Romberger
  • Ben Saunders
  • Diana Schutz

It’s a beautiful book—just paging through it makes me a bit dizzy! We expect that it will get people talking in new ways about Kirby, his art, and his towering, lifelong achievement. Please ask your LCS to order it!

NOTE: Just as a reminder, those who have already contacted the Gallery about buying the book do not need to do anything else at this point. Once we receive our shipment, you’ll be getting an email from us with a link to purchase the book, which will include a place for you to add your full shipping address. Once payment has been received we will ship the book to you ASAP.