Preview: Comics About Cartoonists: The World’s Oddest Profession

Comics About Cartoonists

Before “meta” was physical, before Modernism became Posted, before Art Popped, cartoonists drew stories about cartoonists and cartooning! Some of it was autobiographical (or possibly semi-auto… I doubt Milt Gross almost became Batman!), some of it was pure fantasy.  (The pygmalian dream of a drawing come to life is represented twice in this volume, and […]

Stan and Jack seen together c. 1964

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One of the holy grails of the blogosphere (at least this blogosphere) has been a picture of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby together to run whenever one of those “Stan did this” or “They made another movie based on Jack Kirby’s characters” comes up. Up until now, this semi-obscured photo from a San Diego Inkpots […]

Hurricane Sandy: Jack Kirby foresaw it!

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Jack Kirby had some imagination, as the first issue of KAMANDI shows. Some of it even came true!

Great cartoonist photos: Los Bros Hernandez visit Jack Kirby’s birthplace

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While visiting New York, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez made a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Jack Kirby at 147 Essex St. and the result is one of the most wonderful photos I’ve ever seen. There’s another one with tour guide Frank Santoro here. This is as good a place as any to note that a […]

Celebrate Kirby's Birthday with a contribution to the Hero Initiative

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It’s no secret that for the greater part of his later years, Jack Kirby was greatly concerned with leaving a financial legacy for his family. His whole life he’d worked night and day creating entire universes…and although his creations had gone on to become multimedia sensations, because of the way the comics industry was set up, he was in no position to benefit from it.

Happy 95th Birthday, Jack Kirby

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My favorite Kirby now is the more crazy abstract stuff, so my selection favors that. Of course there was much more to Kirby.

And now….topless Jack Kirby

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It’s “see half dressed Marvel gods day” at the Beat!

SDCC 12: Kirby meets Kandinsky

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Andrei Molitiu, he of Abstract Comics fame, is moderating afascinating sounding panel, along with Mark Badger. that looks at Jack Kirby and the abstract art.

HeroesCon proves thirty is fabulous

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Whoosh! HeroesCon just raced on by! We arrived late on Thursday, hit BarCon and the rest was just WHOOSH! So much fun, we barely had time to type about it at all. That isn’t to say there weren’t some snafus—all on our own part—but they came and went so quickly.

How helping the Jack Kirby Museum could be the best response

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Creator/publisher Zak Sally weighs in on the Kirby Matter, and the actions he suggests are more proactive:

actually, over the course of writing this, i think i DO have an answer– not THE answer, but an idea anyway: it’s somewhat presumptive on my part, and it is NOT what “should” happen, but it falls under the category of “the least you could do”.

You can never go wrong with Jack Kirby

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I usually don’t comment on my activity or lack of it any more, but I have pressing matters which preclude commenting on some of the big stuff going on—I’m still working on that damn TCAF report—including the ongoing Jack Kirby/Avengers/creators rights matter. Or the matter of the day as I like to call it. I’ve been saving up my links and girding my loins. I guess I feel a bit defensive about it because not commenting on something is often attacked as condoning this or supporting that. My thoughts are complex and I don’t want to dash something off; it’s too important for that.

Kirby-inspired fashions hit the runway in Australia

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For Australian Fashion Week, Romance Was Born designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales went all Jack Kirby with an “exuberant” mix of stripes and patterns.

Stan Lee: "In what way would [Jack Kirby's] name appear?" — UPDATED

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WOW, Creator Rights day on the Internet rolls on with what we might call Stan Lee’s Hilary Rosen moment: an unforced error that cannot be rolled back. In an interview with Moviefone, of ALL PLACES, Stan is asked POINT BLANK about whether Jack Kirby should be credited on THE AVENGERS:

Jack Kirby gets his own comic

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In the words of Charlie Brown…..ARRRRRRRGH.

Legal Right & Ethical Might Part 2 with AUDIO

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On October 21st, Stephen Bissette from The Center for Cartoon Studies met up with Oliver Goodenough from The Vermont Law School to discuss Jack Kirby and his relationship with Marvel Comics. The Comics Journal put the audio up and it is a good listen with a nice James Sturm introduction

New campaign: A Buck for Jack

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Earlier today we noted Stan Lee’s penchant for pacting. Sadly, his partner in the Marvel Age, Jack Kirby, did not live to see the era where his creations and influence dominate pop culture. In fact, his family is right now engaged in a bitter dispute with Marvel Comics over the rights to the characters he created.

Some have called, passionately, for a boycott of Marvel over this. and they would have the high ground. But if a boycott isn’t your style. Nat Gertler has started his own way to remember The King, a program called A Buck for Jack, which suggests you donate a dollar every time you go see a movie based on Kirby’s creations.