On Kirby Day Jack Kirby's Family Would Like You To Consider Supporting The Hero Initiative
That is a very noble thing the family does, turning the attention coming the way of their late patriarch into concrete assistance for some of the industry's hard-pressed. It's keeping within the legacy of personal decency Jack and Roz Kirby established in their lifetimes, for sure.
Jack Kirby, The King Of Comics, Would Have Been 98 Today
Jack Kirby, the mighty heart of the American comic book industry, would have been 98 years old today. Below, for your ruminative and reflective pleasure, is a tiny, even insignificant sample of his awesome image-making power. Long live the King.
I remain convinced this is best seen as a creators rights issue rather than a rolling argument of dueling conjectural economic models. I think you should be allowed to sell your work any way you like and any way you're able, and I think you should be able to opt out of any system you don't care for. Other people should not have the right to make those decisions for you.
* Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about Secret Wars. That is one heavyweight of a culture writer weighing in. It's a short piece, but Coates makes good points about reading comics in the 1970s and 1980s in order to fight boredom and the way comics written by Jonathan Hickman (in this case drawn by Esad Ribic) can be confusing in a virtuous way.
My Favorite Comics Fundraiser In Quite Some Time Is Two Days Away From Completion
When I say I have a favorite comics fundraiser, I mean the way the money is being raised -- almost every fundraising project that comics widely endorses is worth loving. I also will admit I don't have a refined aesthetic for fundraisers. Still, I've been looking at these original-art-as-cover Tarzan and thinking of a way I could have lived my life totally differently to afford one. They're relatively cheap at this point, too.
Another thing to note is how relatively loaded that line-up is, and it's not like the AAEC annual conventions are something to which a lot of people have paid attention over the years. Feiffer is being skyped in, but he had originally agreed to attend. Peter Kuper? Mike Peters? Liza Donnelly? That's a show right there, along with a bunch of attending membership talent. This should be fun to see. It breaks my heart a little bit how removed the editorial cartooning expression is from the vital mainstream of a resurgent comics medium, and I'm always hoping that will change.
* the writer Dan Slott notes that readers on both sides of the current American political spectrum will sometimes dog a creator for not writing according to their political outlook. I'm sure this happens, but that it doesn't happen to everyone all of the time suggests that there's perhaps a certain kind of book or a certain kind of dialogue that triggers that sort of attention.