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The Avengers #4

The Avengers #4

Creators | Using the copyright-reclamation bid by Jack Kirby’s children as a news hook, Geoff Boucher takes a look at the artist’s legacy, his creative partnership with Stan Lee, and his bitter feud with Marvel. “A lot more people know the name Stan Lee than the name Jack Kirby,” says daughter Lisa Kirby. “I’m not putting down Stan Lee’s talents but it’s difficult for us to see that he does dominate the credit. That doesn’t reflect the work or the reality. To see Jack Kirby in small letters and Stan Lee in big letters, that’s hard for us.” [Los Angeles Times]

Publishing | Jim Shelley considers what effect the recession may be having on the illegal downloading of comic books. He finds there are more downloads, but they’ve become more difficult to track. [Flashback Universe, via Kleefeld on Comics]

2009 Shuster Awards art by Francis Manapul

2009 Shuster Awards art by Francis Manapul

Awards | Following comments posted last week by Alex Hoffman lamenting that webcomics creators are limited to one category in the Joe Shuster Awards, organizers are revisiting the issue and requesting feedback on eligibility. [Joe Shuster Awards]

Conventions | New York Anime Festival drew a reported 21,388 attendees to the Javits Center over the weekend — up 16 percent from last year — where publishers like Del Rey Manga, Tokyopop, Vertical and Viz Media announced new license acquisitions. [New York Anime Festival]

Conventions | Johanna Draper Carlson, Scott Edelman and Justin Kownacki are among the first out of the gate with their reports from the Small Press Expo. [SPX]

Long Beach Comic Con

Long Beach Comic Con

Conventions | The local newspaper previews the inaugural Long Beach Comic Con, which debuts Friday at the Long Beach Convention Center. Guests will include Stan Lee, Marc Andreyko, Simone Bianchi, Tim Bradstreet, Amanda Conner, Sandra Hope, Geoff Johns, Rob Liefeld, Jeph Loeb, Dustin Nguyen, David Peterson, Darick Robertson and Mark Waid. [Press-Telegram]

Creators | It turns out artists are authors, after all: As a result of an email exchange with artist George O’Connor, has reversed its policy and apparently will allow comic illustrators to add books to their author’s page. [ACT-I-VATE]

Creators | On what would’ve been the 100th birthday of Li’l Abner creator Al Capp, an editorial in the Newburyport, Massachusetts, newspaper argues for the creation of “a prominent memorial” to the cartoonist in nearby Amesbury, where he’s buried. [The Daily News]



Creators | Terri Finch Hamilton presents a longish profile of award-winning illustrator David Small, whose memoir Stitches has been receiving a good amount of praise. [Grand Rapids Living]

Creators | Brett Williams chats with artist Joe Quinones about his background, and working with Kurt Busiek on the Green Lantern strip for DC’s Wednesday Comics. [Surfing the Bleed]

Creators | The Surrogates promotional tour continues as Graeme McMillan interviews writer Robert Venditti about the comic-turned-motion picture. []

Creators | J. Caleb Mozzocco talks to Erie, Pennsylvania, native Ryan Dunlavey about writing and illustrating M.O.D.O.K.: Reign Delay for Marvel. [Erie Times-News]



FYI, Dunlavey wrote *and* illustrated MODOK: REIGN DELAY.

Thanks for the link to the Erie story!

I’ll be exhibiting at the inaugural LBCC as well. And I probably won’t even have a line in front of my space. Probably…

“A lot more people know the name Stan Lee than the name Jack Kirby,” says daughter Lisa Kirby.

Hm. Has she considered the fact that Stan was and is a compulsive huckster? The guy lectured in Carnegie Hall and at countless other venues in the 1970s. He made himself the face of Marvel Comics for decades. He appears in cartoon form in probably 100s of comics compared to, perhaps, a dozen appearances by Kirby? He introduced Marvel’s Saturday morning cartoons in the 90s. Etc., etc., etc.

Jack, by contrast, mostly did his job.

I think both gentlemen were/are greats. Honestly, among people who really know their stuff I think it’s safe to say that Kirby is actually a good deal more venerated than Lee. If Stan is better-known to the general public, so what? Michael Jackson is certainly far better-known than Wynton Marsalis. Maybe that bothers some people, too, but personally I don’t see the point of losing sleep over it.

Brian from Canada

September 28, 2009 at 9:42 am

re: Stan and Jack…

I think it’s time the Kirby kids stopped for a moment and looked at the situation from another angle. Stan remained at Marvel and, when no longer editor-in-chief, took on the role of spokesman for the industry BASED on his association with Marvel. After two decades plus, it’s very difficult for us not to see Stan in that role… just like it is very difficult for us to see certain actors out of their starring roles either. When Stan dies (may it not be soon), THAT is the role he will be remembered for most.

Jack, on the other hand, didn’t become a spokesman. He let his art do the talking. And I think that the fact there is a Jack Kirby Collector magazine out there — and not for another artist or writer — that speaks volumes about the impact HE is remembered for. But it’s not just Marvel, like Stan, it’s also DC, and as much as they Kirby kids may want credit for their dad on that, Jack himself also pointed to things at other companies that turned him more into “artist” or “creator” than just “Marvel.”

(Not that either man is right or wrong, it’s just the role they created for themselves.)

Wraith, on a side note, it’s a shame more people don’t know of Wynton Marsalis. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him. It was May 2002, my freshman year in the University of Louisville Marching band. He was teaching a master class the following monday, but was in town early to attend the Kentucky Derby. It was arranged for him to join us to play “My Old Kentucky Home” before the race. He came to our area early, and actually jammed for a while with one of our tuba players, and rehearses with us. NBC had set up a spot to highlight him, but he declined it in favor of standing with the rest of our trumpets. He was about 4 feet from me. It’s one of those experiences I’ll always remember.

Wynton Marsalis might be a nice guy, but he is also about as divisive a figure in jazz as Rob Liefield is in superhero comics.

Marsalis is a fine musician on a technical level, but as an artist his work is highly derivative, making a career out of imitating past styles that oft-times much older, and more acclaimed musicians had abandoned. Furthermore, he talks smack about musicians who were already established as innovators long before anyone ever heard of Marsalis, simply because they chose not to limit themselves to the state of jazz circa 1959. He’s no Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, or Charles Mingus.

Marsalis is the jazz equivalent of a guy who apes Kirby’s work with some success, never develops his own distinctive style, and then in every interview never misses a chance to say something nasty about the work of Quitely, Sienkiewicz, Gibbons, Bolland, and Chaykin.

Thanks for the link! I don’t know how you guys got ahold of it but I really appreciate this. I love doing these interviews and I should have a couple more coming down the pipeline soon.

If you like the Joe Quinones interview, be sure and go back in the archives and find the ones I did with Thomas Hall/Daniel Bradford (Robot 13) and Ming Doyle (Jennifer’s Body, Popbot.). Thanks again!

I wrote Popbot. I meant PopGUN. Sorry Ming!

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