We get so many requests to cover Kickstarter campaigns in a given day that it’s nearly absurd. Most of the time, we pass on by, and wish them well, because how do you even keep up? Anyway, we got a request today from Jeremy Kirby, the grandson of Jack Kirby, and that made us sit up and take notice.
He’s looking for help in producing a book full of Jack Kirby’s personal photos and artwork we’ve never seen. Here’s the Kickstarter page, and Jeremy’s story. Honestly, it’s a little sparse, and I would expect more details to be added soon. He’s also already made the relatively modest goal. One lucky pledger is getting a page of original Kirby art. But if you want in, then I’m sure they’ll take more.
If you’ve made it this far, and you’re still all, “Why are we talking about the Kirby guy?”, well, forget you buddy. But if you don’t know, Kirby is the father of modern comic book artists, working in concert with Joe Simon through the golden age, and with Stan Lee in the 1960s to establish a style of art that is still held as a paragon today, as well as contributing the creative foundations upon which some of the most successful films of the last decade are based. The man has a big pair of shoulders, and I, for one, am thrilled about the idea of learning more about him and his life. In addition to being massively talented, I’m fascinated by the man himself.