Kirby Museum releases a new Limited Edition print at San Diego Comic Con International, July 20-24, 2016

July 14, 2016
Kirby Spaceman

Rand Hoppe and I from The Jack Kirby Museum (www.kirbymuseum.org) a will be at this year's San Diego Comic Con International. 

The Kirby Museum will be set up at booth 5520. This year there will be a new Kirby t-shirt for sale and a really cool Kirby limited edition print of Kirby's spaceman pencils from 1966. The print is limited to 30 numbered prints with 6 printer proof prints. Cost will be $50 a print. Get them at the Museum's booth!

"Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby" Exhibition at Northridge University in LA

August 23, 2015
Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby

This Monday, August 24th will be the opening of "Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby," the largest exhibition of Jack Kirby in the United States. The show is expected to bring 10s of thousands of visitors to see over 100 pages of original art and 3 interactive iPad displays provided by the Kirby Museum. The exhibition includes mostly Kirby's later DC work (Kamandi, New Gods, Forever People, Demon) however there will be examples of his Marvel and Golden Age 40s and 50s works as well.

August 28th – Donate to Kirby for Heros Initiative and Celebrate Kirby's Birthday

August 18, 2015
Kirby 4 Heros

At the end of this month, on the 28th is Jack Kirby's 97th birthday and the date for the Kirby Heroes 4 Heroes initiative. Kirby's granddaughter, Jillian Kirby, created the initiative to help comic book creators in need.

The Hero Initiative (http://www.heroinitiative.org) is a nonprofit organization started in 2000 to create a financial safety net for comic creators, much in the same fashion that exists in almost any other trade from plumbing to pottery.

The passing of Herb Trimpe

April 18, 2015
Herb Trunoe

Like everyone, I was sadden and shocked this week by the passing of another great, Herb Trimpe. I was lucky to have spoken with him at several shows including the Albany Con in 2013. He was always willing to talk about his work and Jack Kirby.

In 2009 I commissioned him to recreate my favorite Silver Surfer page from issue 18. I will miss chatting with him and seeing him at the shows.

In 2010, I did a quick voice interview of him discussing inking the Captain America Treasury edition. I hope to post the recording at sometime in the future.

Farewell Herb.

And another year at San Diego Comic Con International, July 21-27, 2014

July 12, 2014
San Diego Comic Con

Rand Hoppe of The Jack Kirby Museum (www.kirbymuseum.org) and I (Tom Kraft, (www.whatifkirby.com) will be at this year's San Diego Comic Con International. The Kirby Museum will be set up at booth 5520 and I will be set up at Bechara Maalouf's Nostalgic Investments' original art booth 1006.

Dick Ayers passes away today

May 5, 2014

[UPDATED WITH VIDEO] It's with a heavy heart that I report the Dick Ayers died today. I've personally known Dick for almost 14 years when I first started What if Kirby. Dick was the first Kirby inker to do a recreation.

Get Your KIRBY art archived at WonderCon from April 18-20!

March 22, 2014
WonderCon 2014

WonderCon is upon us once again in Anaheim, CA. This year as in past years, I will be attending the show along with the Jack Kirby Museum's curator, Rand Hoppe. We will both have scanners ready to archive Kirby art for the Museum's Jack Kirby Digital Archive. I will update this post with the booth numbers when they are available.

The Jack Kirby Museum Gets a Temporary Museum!

October 31, 2013
prototype alpha

Made in the Lower East Side‘s Storefront Transformer Kickstarter Campaign was successfully funded, and the Kirby Museum will exist at 178 Delancey Street for a week very soon! As it looks now, our hours will be daily from noon till 7pm. As of this writing we’ve got these events scheduled:

Happy Birthday Jack!

August 28, 2013
Jack Kirby

Another summer is winding down and we find ourselves once again on August 28th, Jack Kirby's birthday. Jack was born in 1917, this would have been his 96th!

The Hero's Initiative is celebrating by "Wake Up and Draw" organized by Kirby4Heroes organiser and Jack's granddaughter Jillian Kirby. See more here!

Yes another year at San Diego Comic Con International, July 17-21, 2013

July 6, 2013

Rand Hoppe of The Jack Kirby Museum (www.kirbymuseum.org) and I (Tom Kraft, (www.whatifkirby.com) will be at this year's San Diego Comic Con International. The Kirby Museum will be set up at booth 5520 and I will be set up at Bechara Maalouf's Nostalgic Investments' original art booth 4403.

Thor Pencil Photocopies, Part III

June 23, 2013
Thor part 3

As you can probably tell, I enjoy Thor the most out of all the Marvel 60's titles...so continuing with the Thor photocopy series, I was fortunate to add 6 more Thor pencil photocopies to my collection.

Here are several pages from Thor 152, the Destroyer issue and the closing pages to Thor 166, the "Him" issue. Great pages and a glimpse into Kirby's original high power pencils before inking!

Comic Art Con - Not Your Normal Con

March 11, 2013
Comic Art Con

A smaller but excellent convention takes place on March 24th in Secaucus, NJ. This con happens in the Fall and in the Spring and is strictly comic art, no comic books or toys. For this one day event, I will be set up at Nostalgic Investments' tables, with scanner to archive Jack Kirby artwork for the Kirby's Musuem's Jack Kirby Digital Archive. Any type of Kirby art is welcomed and appreciated. For more about the Comic Art Con, comicartshowcase.com

WonderCon 2013 Be there! Or you know what...

March 11, 2013
WonderCon

Another WonderCon is upon us and time to migrate west to Anaheim, California, of course with scanner under arm. Both me, Tom Kraft of this site and Rand Hoppe of the Jack Kirby Museum, will be set up at 2 booths with our high power, industrial, magical scanners to archive yet more beautiful Jack Kirby artwork. Any type of Kirby art is welcomed and appreciated. The Kirby Digital Archive is now approaching 3,000 pages.

Thor Pencil Photocopies, Part II

January 10, 2013
Loki

Following up to earlier this week's post, "Thor Pencil Photocopies," I've added additional photocopy Thor and Journey Into Mystery pages I've acquired. Unlike the other pages I've posted, these include larger size, twice-up art. One would think that such pages would be photocopied onto larger size paper, however these pages were provided from Marvel to Jack Kirby on small photostat paper. Unlike photocopies that are made on photocopy machines, photostats are made on large camera machines that takes a picture by exposing a large piece of photographic paper.

Thor Pencil Photocopies, Part I

January 6, 2013
Mangog Photocopies

Recently several beautiful and rare Kirby pencil photocopies turned up for auction. I was fortunate to acquired 16 of them from The Mighty Thor and The New Gods. Some of the best copies are from The Mighty Thor issues 156 and 157 featuring Mangog. These stories were originally published in September and October of 1968.

Attending this Sunday's Comic Art Show and ScanFest Continues

September 20, 2012

I will be at the Meadowlands Crown Plaza Hotel in Secaucus, N.J. this Sunday, September 23rd for the Comic Art Con. If you have any Kirby art to archive for the Jack Kirby Original Art Digital Archive, please bring it along and look for me at Bechara Maalouf's Nostalgic Investments table, probably the only one with a scanner.

Happy Birthday Jack Kirby

August 28, 2012

Jack Kirby, the King of Comics and the inspiration of WiK would have been 95 years old today. A happy birthday wish to Jack and many thanks for all the wonderful worlds he created that we continue to visit and play!

ScanFest, Summer 2012

July 29, 2012
Forever People Unpublished

You may have noticed...or not, that I haven't posted any new pages nor did my WiKpiks this weekend...because it was a ScanFest weekend!!!

Thanks to curator Rand Hoppe of the Jack Kirby Museum and the Kirby family for loaning Jack Kirby's photocopies, this weekend we continued our second weekend of archiving Jack Kirby's over 7,000 pages of pencil photocopies.

What if Kirby and the Kirby Museum at Comic Con

July 7, 2012
San Diego Comic Con International 2012

Rand Hoppe of The Kirby Museum will be at next week's comic con at booth 5520 promoting the museum and Tom Kraft, me, of What if Kirby at Bechara Maalouf's Nostalgic Investments' booths 1006 and 4415.

Newly Discovered Hunger Dogs Photocopies

June 3, 2012
Hunger Dogs Photocopies

Last month an ebay auction caught my eye titled: "Hunger Dog Stats from Jack Kirby." It turned out that Jeremy Kirby, Jack Kirby's grandson, was selling 15 pages of not stats, but Jack Kirby's own photocopies. Jack Kirby in the 1970's purchased a photocopier for his home. He would photocopy all his artwork pages in pencil form before sending out for inking. In most cases the 2-page spreads were not photocopied. He would then meticulously store them in manilla folders, jotting down the title and issue number on the outside of the envelope. 

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