Maybe this has been building for a while and I'm just now noticing it, but it seems there was a lot more Jack Kirby celebration this week than in the past. This isn't timely merely because it would have been his 96th birthday. Currently, the Kirby influence rules at the box office where movies featuring his creations are all the rage. This is why it is important now more than ever to make sure people recognize the guy who made all this entertainment possible, the mighty creative mind and spirit that willed this into existence. It's the least we can do as fans of his work when it looks as if his family will not share even in a small way in the billions of dollars Kirby has earned for media corporations that jerked him around.
But let's not give into bitterness. Let's take a little look at the festivities instead and honor our favorite comic book creator! Here goes...
Time ran a nice appreciation of Kirby online last week (avoid the comments after the first two, though), this week MTV celebrated his work and even the A.V. Club website added a "beginner's guide to the King of Comics, Jack Kirby." I'd love to link you to those, but I'm writing this at work and I can only dare so much.
My Facebook feed lit up with Kirby messages. The best, I think, was and is the Kirby4Heroes Hero Initiative campaign. Run by Kirby's family, this organization posted some of his art and asked comic book readers to donate to the Hero Initiative. The charity drive also featured something called "Wake Up and Draw," where pros woke up and drew a lot of wonderful Kirby-inspired art.
Which I admit I have not done, but I will as soon as I get home tonight. Despite this deplorable lapse on my part, the outpouring of Kirby love was a joy to witness. Of course, my sudden realization here is more than likely a case of confirmation bias, since I recently added a lot of pro-Kirby feeds to my social media. It stands to reason they'd be popping on August 28th.
On this blog, just about every day is Jack Kirby Day.