* today would have been Jack Kirby's 95th birthday. I was wondering whether or not I should put as much Kirby-related stuff up as possible or do a regular news round-up, but the regular news is all slap-fights and idiocy right now, so Kirby it is!
* the big news today is that Jack Kirby's 16-year-old granddaughter Jillian has organized a project in conjunction with the Hero Initiative called Kirby4Heroes. This was announced through Geoff Boucher's column at the Los Angeles Times. So get thee to a participating comics shop or please consider joining me in making a direct donation to the Hero Initiative. I think it's super-classy of the Kirby Family to use today to throw the spotlight on the work that organization does and to help out in some concrete way.
* there's also a get up and draw campaign; Charles Hatfield explains both really well here.
* speaking of Charles Hatfield, you should poke around that Hand Of Fire site more generally. This summer that book won the first Eisner Award directed at more academic prose about comics. Charles and I talked about Kirby here. That was a lot of fun.