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Woo-woo--a new page. And a FF page at that.
Quite the Thing to behold too.
There's every Thing to love about it Four this is no Thing short of Fantastic!
SomeThing tells me, Krackles, you have a Thing for this sort of Thing. Me too.
I'm not a real big fan of Chic Stone, but I do like his clean and open, coloring book style inking on this.
… You Krackle me Up, Franck. All Things considered!
It's now been exactly one year since any new pages were posted on this site. I was hoping we would at least get to the 1200 page mark, since it's only 7 pages away; but it looks like that's never going to happen now. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted.
… you gotta look at the bright side of things, Joltin' John.
We are celebrating an anniversary!
(Plus, we may have avoided the 7 sins of Crapletta!)
…but at this point I'd even welcome a few lousy Colletta pages. Or we COULD get some GREAT pages by Royer, Sinnott, Giacoia or Verpoorten...
Yeah, I get your point Jostlin' John.
In fact, I was merely teasing Tom… with no results unfortunately!
Let's hope he's well on track with the work he is doing for the Kirby Original Art Lost Archive (so far).
But until some of those lost pages are found -- and posted! -- I guess we'll just have to grin and bear it.
I'm not familiar with "the Kirby Original Art Lost Archive." Does this have any connection to the Kirby Museum?
I ask this because when I first became a member of WIK, I asked Tom if there were some way to get the zoom art to fill up my widescreen monitor, rather than leaving margins on either side. (I want my Kirby AS BIG AS POSSIBLE, man!) He replied that this wouldn't be possible for this site, but that he is working for something akin to my request that would be a part of the KM. While the KM and the KOALA appear to be disparate efforts, they both seem to involve Tom (busy guy, eh?), and for all I know could be offshoots of the same effort.
Ahem… Must I confess that I made up the KOALA thing?
A pun intended for Tom who's working on the long awaited Kirby Museum's OADA.
Now, I'll have no other choice but to chew on eucalyptus leaves while waiting!
Guys thanks for your comments and interest. I was at comic con when these comments arrived. There, Rand and the other trustees of the museum reviewed the direction of the new site (visually and functionally) and it was all positive. I've been working on designing and building the site with help from a great developer for the code intensive stuff. The results I think you all will like. There will be full browser page zooming, much better than WIK. It will be organized by "Collections" that not only include comic art but the photocopies, animation work, commission work and more. Here are some screen grabs of the site in development.
Tom, after seeing your post, I can't help feeling exactly like "Flounder" in Animal House.
(Complete with drool-laden grin, rubbing my hands together as my cup runneth over in unbridled anticipation.)
So this is going to launch next Monday, right? (I wish!)
This is looking awesome. When is the projected time for this to be launched off?
The collections section of the site, which includes comic art, comic strip, animation and commissions, will be done in the next 2-3 weeks. Then its all about uploading and processing high-res files. All together there is about 25,000 files! I did the math and if I did this by myself, processing 10 pages a day, every day, it would take me 10 years to get it all uploaded. Of course Rand and others would help, but we maybe reaching out to members to volunteer time to help as well.
Once the collections are in place, I will design and program the homepage and landing pages. Then the 2nd level pages. The plan then is to launch the site as a BETA version while the above art is added. This most likely won't be completed until Fall. That's my best guess with my current work load and other commitments.
If you do reach out to members for assistance, I'd be honored to help out! Just sayin'. If we're talking Jack Kirby art, then I don't have 10 years to spare (if you get my drift)!.
25 000 Kirby pages?
That's pure madness, you guys are TOTALLY SICK!
If needed I'll help… No way, I could wait 10 years!
We'll you provide guidelines for consistency?
No I mentioned 25 000 files. Each page has between 1 to 5 files for each page. Total pages are about 10 000 so 25 000 is a conservative estimate.
Yes there will be guidelines and detailed documentation with screen shots etc. There would be some kind of confidentuality docment to sign since the files are the property of the museum.
I image setting up a server by voluntee name for access to their folder with a bunch of pages to processed. We would enter them into the content management system since there is hidden museum data that needs to be added and we want to make sure the information is accurate as possible.
Thanks for your offer!
Anyway, who cares about 25 000?
For 10 grands you got me already!
Regarding the different files per pages, is it that we potentially could get up to 10 files?
- Published original art — Front
- Published original art — Back
- Unpublished original/alternate version — Front
- Unpublished original/alternate version — Back
- Touched up/Production version
- Pencil xerox or photostat
- Printed comic page
- Recreated pencils
- Frank Fosco Forgery
What do I gotta do to get the rights to the FF (Frank Fosco) Forgeries? This sounds too good to be (ahem) true. I wanna corner the market. I'll outbid anybody, even the Kirby Museum. Plus, I know some guys who can break some legs, so don't get any funny ideas.
Included would be everything you list but:
- Recreated pencils
- Frank Fosco Forgery
The What if Kirby site has the above and my plan is to redesign WiK with only the above so the Gallery may go away and point to the new archive site, or I may leave that section accessable since it has a wealth of great comments (and not so great) and member bios.
The addition to the list may inlcude color scans of the printed comic or comic strip in english and other foreign languages, yes like français. Also other materials included on the original art that are loose like stats or paper notes.
Ok, so maybe some of my comments were in fact not so great, but please don't take away the WIK gallery! I haven't even gone through it yet, only a small fraction so far. Plus, can you imagine the guilt and shame if I have to live out the rest of my days with the knowledge that I brought this travesty upon all of Kirbydom? I'd be so ashamed that I wouldn't ever be able to look at myself in the mirror again.
Oops--there I go again with the not so great comments...
(Will I ever learn?)
No worry T, there aren't that many not so great comments on this website.
How could it be otherwise when you could barely count the Crapletta lovers up to the number of fingers on my hand?
I'm thinking that the way you count, there's only one finger (and it's not the index finger).
I'm also thinking what great fun it will be to post some more of my not-so-great comments on the Crapletta pages. However, dear Krackles, if I'm to be true to myself as a not so great commentator, the content of those comments would be of such that you would tend to comment rather than commend. And now that we're under the threat of the gallery going away, I'd better find the time to get to that ASAP. OH BOY! THIS IS GONNA BE GREAT!
...that sounds like some underhanded shenanigans. I like recreations or as Tom dubbed someTHING I did, "Remix." Which Krackles had a hand in also.
I know Krackles you like playing with words, so "Frank Fosco Forgery?"--I get it. Thanks--I think.
Mike T--here's a piece I did three years ago for WiK.
Frank, that's just beautiful! But I don't think it's a forgery. In fact, it looks very much like a cover the King might have done during his peak, but it's all-new so the credit to you as penciller is fitting. Therefore, in addition to the rights to the FF forgeries, I'm now out to get the rights to the FF (Frank Fosco) originals too. And competitive bidders beware, one call to Guido and you'll be sorry you ever got in my way!
… for CoreMix Fans.
Now, no reason to be shy Fearless Frank!
Don't forget to give your fans a chance to get a look at the awesome Thing piece that puzzled the world of comics expertise:
(bottom of the page)
This might be the best rendition of the thing since Kirby/Sinnott. THANKS!!!
Thanks Krackles for hooking up this link. Nice coloring by you, Krackles, done in that retro style.
Hey, that is some really great coloring too! It brings the art to life rather than obliterating it. Yes, period-correct style coloring. All in all a VERY nice treat--THANKS!
Thanks for the kind words, Mike T.
I do still have these original pieces and they are available for purchase. Just sayin'.
There are also 2 more Kirby pieces I did from his pencils that haven't been seen yet but Tom does have scans of them.
Tom, what have you done with these legendary Fosco inks? Tom? Kirbydom awaits.
This totally give me an idea for WIK, and maybe/probably this has already been discussed/considered, but here goes anyway:
How about some fan art pages on this site? It could be divided into 2 subcategories, one where fans are inking Kirby pencils, and the other where the pencils are by the fans but pay homage to the King. Although I dunno, maybe the ensuing inundation of digital Kirby progeny would be much more than Tom ever bargained for, and this in fact is another of my not-so-great comments. (Sorry if I'm out of line)
Come on, Tom!
Let's give your august audience some gutsy art to drool over… It's been more than one year already that you put us on diet.