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Is this page owned by Eric Larsen?
No--it's owned by Erik Larsen.
I read his art collection had been destroyed during a fire.
I guess he couldn't do without some Kirby around him… And I can understand that.
That fire happened quite a few years ago and he lost mostly his own work along with a bunch of comics and maybe some collections. I'm sure he purchased the Kirby stuff after the fire.
I didn't own any Kirby art before the fire (which was in 1991). I did lose quite a lot of art--much of it by Gil Kane, George Perez, Garcia Lopez and others--but no Kirby.
Thank you very much, Erik, for allowing Tom and Rand to shot your Kirby art. It's a thrill to enjoy these museum-quality pieces at hires and high quality from thousand miles away from your home.
Now if only IDW could release a book in their Artists Edition line focused on Kirby art from Silver Age... Maybe you could use some influence there... :-)
His name is right there.
Gil Kane, DAMN!
Once I bought a Johnny Hazzard daily by Frank Robbins.
The page got lost during transportation… It's very sad to lose a piece of original art, because it's not lost just for me but for everybody else.
I wish I could have scanned the page so people could enjoy it on a website like WhatifKirby!
The cover to the Shadow #8--awesome mummy, beautiful girl, juicy blacks.
The best Shadow cover by Robbins, second one being issue 7!
I wish I'd never read your comment.
At least I didn't have any Kirby art at that point.
Still--I lost a lot of cool stuff in that fire.
Edited, thanks! Excuse me for the lapsus, EriK!
Argh, so few FF pages and it's so long between any new one get posted.
If I don't get my regular FFix soon enough, I'm going to turn nuts!
I'll get a couple of FF pages up later this week or weekend Krackles. Have tons of Kamandi to post :)
But don't pay too much attention to my rants, those Kamandi pages are sweet!
By the way, you posted a lot of them recently. How much time do you spend on the whole process for each page? (scanning, stiching and publishing…)
Scanning for small size pages that fit entirely on the scanner bed it takes 3-4 minutes, front and back a page. For twice-up pages I have to scan in halves and it takes 7-9 minutes a page. Pages are scanned at archival 600 dpi resolution.
Stiching. Only required for twice-up pages and it varies depending on the art and how well it matches up. I'd estimate 6-15 minutes a page.
Publishing. In the CMS I need to process each page at 3 different resolutions, create the small square image that appears on the listing page. Then use another application to process the zoomified (Zoom Art) version. All this needs to be added into the CMS with issue detail information, notes and audio. For the Kamandi pages it is more efficient to add a lot of pages from one book. This way I don't have to add the credits and other issue information over and over again, just need to update the issue number, page dimensions and images.
So for a page in series like the Kamandi pages it takes about 10 minutes a page to process the images and zoomify version and to enter into the content management system, about 8 minutes for the first page, then only 2-3 minutes.
For issues not in series every page requires all the credits to be added and I have to research the page info. This can take an additional 5-10 minutes.
Add it all up and you get 20-40 minutes a page (scanning, stiching and publishing). Though depending on the page it could double.
Not bad, you are quite fast and you didn't choose the easiest artist to catalogue since he could almost pencil a page as fast as you publish it ;-)
Thanks for the insight.
Now, with all the hard work required to enlarge WIK, it's a shame it doesn't show up on first page on Google with such requests as "original art" and "Kirby".
You have the potential and should benefit from a better ranking.
So much work should be rewarded!
Time to spend some time on SEO?
Hi Krackles, I've actually spent a fair amount of time optimizing the site for SEO. Drupal the CMS I'm using has several built in tools to keep the page names, meta tags and overall architecture consistent for SEO. Ranking has improved and I'm now on the first page for "Kirby Art." Its been difficult to improve ranking for "Jack Kirby," presently on the 6th page. The keyword "Kirby" is very difficult since there is the Kirby Vacuum Cleaner Corporation that ranks high and many other larger Jack Kirby websites like the Kirby Museum. The other thing that improves ranking is page views. The site averages between 100 and 150 unique views a day and about 30,000 page view a month. Thats far below the Museum's site and other Kirby related sites like Mark Evanier's. Hopefully as word spreads, visits will increase and ranking should follow. So spread the word!
Tom, strangely, this page is listed twice in the Art Index page!