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Creator benefit signing in WA this weekend! [UPDATED]

31 Aug

by Mike Hansen

Just saw this from Anina Bennett (Boilerplate):

Comics for a cause! Paul Guinan and I will be at I Like Comics in Vancouver, WA this Saturday. Come to their party for Karl and Myrna Kesel, a fundraiser to help pay medical bills for their adopted son. Guest schedule as follows:

Saturday 9/1:
12-3 Paul Guinan & Anina Bennett
12-4 Dan Prado

3-5 Kurt Busiek
5-7 Shannon WheelerSunday 9/2:
11-1 Aaron Lopresti
2-4 Pete Woods & Rebecca Woods
2-4 Guest of honor Karl Kesel
4-7 Randy Emberlin
If you’re in the Northwest, check this out! I can attest from personal or secondhand experience that all of the creators are super-nice and super-talented, and are down with a very worthy cause.
UPDATE: Anina just alerted me to an online benefit for the Kesels as well, which ends at midnight PST tonight – check it out.

A Buck for Jack

27 Oct
Photo of Jack Kirby at the San Diego Comic Con...

Our New God. (Image via Wikipedia)

 

 

by Mike Hansen

Kurt Busiek tweeted this link today – Nat Gertler of About Comics (founder of 24 Hour Comics Day) has started a reasonable donation campaign asking that people who go see Marvel movies (for which Jack Kirby‘s estate receives nothing) donate one dollar per film; the money will go to the Jack Kirby Museum. Lots more info in the link.

Jack Kirby’s heirs have received nothing for the millions of reprints of Kirby’s work. Kirby’s creativity and creations are responsible for the vast majority of work that Marvel has published over its long history, yet he benefited least from its success (relatively speaking). While DC has given creator credits and royalties for the majority of its work, Marvel continues to be very profitable without paying the Kirby estate royalties. (In fact, most early Marvel work and foreign licensing results in no royalties being paid out.)

Gertler’s motives are honorable and sound; he wants to celebrate Kirby:

This isn’t a campaign Continue reading

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