Jack Kirby is very probably the single most influential figure in the history of American comics. He produced countless stories in a career that spanned seven decades, inventing and re-inventing genres and styles every step of the way. He inspired generations of artists and writers; created and co-created thousands of characters; defined the visual vocabulary of superheroes; and believed in the potential of comics to be both entertainment and art, long before most people imagined these stories would be remembered past the four weeks that they sat on newsstands.
This week would have been Kirby’s 97th birthday, so to celebrate, we asked some of our favorite creators and other comic pros to contribute their impressions of his characters, life, and legacy – and the response has been overwhelming. Yesterday, we posted the first set of these all-star tributes, and here's the second, even more expansive selection!
Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.
For manyScott McCloud is a name that's synonymous with comics -- Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics and Making Comics -- but it's been awhile since the Zot creator has released sequential art that wasn't rooted in education. That changes on February 3 next year with the relase of The Sculptor from First Second, a story McCloud's had in mind for more than two decades and has been actively working on for five years.
Lettering's something of a ninja craft. It's taken for granted not because it's inessential, but because -- like makeup -- it's often supposed to go unnoticed as a visual element. If executed improperly, however,
ComicsAlliance closes the day with an after-hours link dump. Sex: Nerve, a site that both in this instance and in general you should probably not visit from work, recently stopped by Emerald City Comic Con and had a chat with some of the pros, retailers, and fans -- including Daniel
Art: The Etsy shop of "theGorgonist" has some great Alice in Wonderland illustrations, plus this totes adorbs Star Trek bro-down between Kirk and Spock performing an intergalactic fistbump. (Super Punch) Movies: "Where the Wild Things Are" author Maurice Sendak answers a question about w
The work of sequential art scholar Scott McCloud includes some of the most respected teaching tools in comics, particularly his seminal graphic novel series, "Understanding Comics," "Reinventing Comics" and "Making Comics
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