His artistry was, and remains, so innovative and influential in the comic book zeitgeist that the industry named awards after him. Heck, they even named a visual image after him: the affectionately known, “Kirby Krackle.”
How pervasive is writer and artist Jack Kirby in pop culture?
You can scan the litany of comic book characters that the man created or co-created and you’d be certain to find dozens that are your favourites. From the globally renowned Captain America, Avengers, Fantastic Four and X-Men series of characters, to the populace’s burgeoning awareness of Darkseid and Black Panther, to the more niche creations of Kamandi, Etrigan the Demon and Destroyer Duck. With Kirby, the list of great characters goes on and on and on.
Without him, pop culture and comic books wouldn’t be at all what we know it to be today.
This August marks the 100th birthday of Jack Kirby and we here at Biff Bam Pop! mean to celebrate that auspicious centennial with a plethora of written accolades all summer long!
This is your cordial invitation to our #Kirby100 party!
For many of Biff Bam Pop’s contributors and friends, August is a big time for us, since Fan Expo Canada touches down in Toronto, full of comic book creators, sci-fi and horror celebs and lots and lots of merchandise to be had. A highlight for JP Fallavollita and myself was the chance to meet Stan Lee a few years back – an awesome experience.
Now, the folks at Hobby Star Marketing have set their sights west, with Fan Expo Vancouver, running April 21-22 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Event Co-ordinator James Armstrong was kind enough to answer some questions via email about the new iteration of the biggest fan experience in Canada.
Andy Burns: Why is 2012 the right time for Fan Expo to head west?
James Armstrong: Our team had several hurdles to deal with in expanding our schedule to include an event in Vancouver. One, is our flagship event, Fan Expo Canada is in August and has grown to one of the largest shows of its kind in the world. It takes about 18 months of planning and hundreds of moving pieces to make FEC happen, so we had to budget our time to make another event happen and that time is best for us at the beginning of the year. As far away from FEC as possible. Secondly, we wanted the Vancouver event to be at the Vancouver Convention Centre, and no where else. It turns out that is the same idea a lot of other events have because it was difficult for us to book space in the facility due to how busy they are with other events! And thirdly, we did not want to conflict with another event out West, especially with our friends at the Calgary Expo. Finally, early this year, all of these factors came together and we are excited to launch April 21-22.