Category Archives: Other Writers on Kirby

Kirby Day: What a Blast!

Kirby4Heroes

Two days ago, Thursday, August 28, was Kirby Day—that is, Jack Kirby’s birthday. It brought a delightful outpouring of remembrance and appreciation that spilled over into Friday. The Kirby4Heroes campaign took the occasion to raise money for The Hero Initiative—I hope they were able to raise a lot!

It’s never too late to donate to The Hero Initiative. 🙂

I was glad to contribute to Kirby Day in my own small way: with a posting at Acts of Geek (also run here on my blog), and by taking part in the big two-part (one, two) celebration over at Comics Alliance.

I went a little Twitter crazy on the 28th, tweeting links to online examples of top-notch Kirby scholarship, Kirby appreciation, and Kirbyana. For the record, here are the things I linked to (besides those mentioned above):

Requiem for Jack Kirby (2001)

Of course I also followed the #WakeUpAndDraw campaign on Twitter, which you see here:

(Dig this Hollywood Reporter article about #WakeUpAndDraw!)

Congratulations to Jillian Kirby and her family for leading the charge on Kirby Day! As far as I’m concerned, it’s now a genuine holiday. 🙂

 

A Birthday Bonanza!

A moment of joy and optimism, from Captain America's Bicentennial Battles (1976)

Today is the 96th birthday of the great Jack Kirby, and it’s wonderful to see the online outpouring of interest, affection, and commentary that this event has inspired!

There’s so much about Kirby on the Web today that knowing where to go could be a right challenge. Me, I recommend:

Or you could just turn off your computer, pick up and read a vintage Kirby comic, and get your mind blown all over again. 🙂

Hail Kirby!!!

Robert Boyd on Kirby’s Influence

Forming, collected edition, by Jesse Moynihan

Over at the blog The Great God Pan Is Dead, my friend Robert Boyd has a fascinating post regarding Jack Kirby’s influence on contemporary art comics, in this case works by Jesse Moynihan, Jesse Jacobs, and William Cardini. Check it out!

Robert and I don’t entirely agree about Kirby—I think you can see that in his post—but I believe he’s absolutely right that these cartoonists, and others, are inspired by Kirby’s mythopoeic, world-building imagination. As I argue in Hand of Fire, Kirby is as important for understanding alternative comics as he is for understanding the so-called mainstream, and I’m glad to see Robert make that case in a very up-to-date and provocative way!

By This You Shall Know Him, by Jesse Jacobs