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. In addition, there will be a room with a complete issue of Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth, issue 14 for all to see and read.
English professor, Charles Hatfield, curator of the exhibit and author of the Kirby scholarly analysis of Jack Kirby, "Hand of Fire" created the theme based on the apocalyptic battle between superheroes and supervillains.
There will be a public reception on Saturday, August 29th from 7-9pm, a gallery talk at 10am on August 31st and a panel discussion at 1pm on September 26th.
I will be attending the opening and gallery discussion next week. Rand Hoppe and I are representing the Jack Kirby Museum who supported the effort to bring this show to light. I will also have a scanner for any opportunities to build the museum's digital archive.
See more on the university's website: http://www.csun.edu/mike-curb-arts-media-communication/art-galleries
Hope you see many of you there next weekend!