August 26, 2013
Please Consider Giving This Week In Honor Of Jack Kirby
I'm going to have the regular site features roll out a little later this morning so that I can take that blog real estate to point out via this post that had he stuck around for several more years the great, late cartoonist Jack Kirby would have been 96 on Wednesday. Kirby was one of the foundational comic-book talents of the 20th Century, and it's on his creations that a significant portion of the mainstream comics industry was built.
A lot of folks including some of Jack Kirby's peers have for whatever reason ended up on the wrong side of comics history, to the point they could use a hand from the rest of us. That's what the Hero Initiative
is set up to do. I slipped them $9.60 earlier this month in anticipation of Kirby's 96th, and I hope you'll do something similar. If you don't want whatever you do to go to the Hero Initiative -- which was my choice this year because it is a charity endorsed by the Kirby family
-- then I hope you'll direct it somewhere else. If you're not able or if you're unwilling to part with $9.60, then I hope you'll consider some other amount or some other good thing. I also encourage those of you with the public platform to do so to please spread the word about the idea of giving some small amount back or something similar, or at least consider doing so.
Jack Kirby has a wonderful artistic legacy; an emerging identity for good work done in his name would be a fine way to drive even more attention to Kirby's magnificent career. His work has enriched my life, and I'm happy to buy he and his a wife a birthday cup of coffee.
posted 1:00 am PST
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