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Kirby Day 2015 – King Kirby Birthday Party Recap

By Jeff Ayers

Well, another successful Kirby Day is in the books. Hopefully you were able to celebrate the birthday of the talented Jack Kirby wherever you were, but if you were in Upstate New York on August 28, hopefully we saw you at the King Kirby Birthday Party. It was held at the Shmaltz Brewery in Clifton Park, thanks to the wonderful staff including Shelby Schneider, and over 120 people were in attendance.

For those of you that might have missed out on the who what where and why of Kirby Day, lets listen to his granddaughter Jillian explain it:

Shmaltz Brewery, along with John Belskis from Excellent Adventures in Ballston Spa, Darren Carrara from The Comic Depot in Saratoga Springs, comic book writer Ron Marz and figure sculptor Paul Harding all pitched in to make this amazing event possible. Artist Lee Moder, with help from Harding, designed this years label for the exclusive King Kirby Ale that was served at the event.

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There were a ton of incredible silent auctions as well, that including original art and comic collections featuring work that Jack Kirby was part of. Also, T-Shirts with the label art were sold, alongside cases of the Kirby Ale that featured a 3D variant label, complete with glasses in every case. Our sponsors Death Wish Coffee even donated a huge coffee package including merchandise, coffee and more that was bid on in the silent auction as well.

There was plenty to see and experience at the brewery as well. Our very own Nub was slinging tacos with his family from their O’Pablo’s Mexican Grille food truck outside the event. Inside, there was live music by a talented trio of musicians, Bohm Dialogue, who’s drummer had a a set adorned in comic book art for the event. Artists and writers were on hand as well to celebrate the life and work of Jack Kirby. Alongside the aforementioned Paul Harding and Ron Marz, comic book writer Steve Orlando was also in attendance, as well as artists and creators Steve Niles, Nikkol Jelenic, Kevin Conrad, Jesse Wichman, James Whiting, Doug Hills, Joey Esposito, Keith Haugen, and Charles Santino. Many of the artists were doing commissions as the night went on, letting their talents shine amongst the crowd of onlookers.

I was on hand alongside DW to help live stream Harding’s sculpt of The Incredible Hulk, Kirby-style. A huge thanks to Kirby4Heroes and for retweeting and sharing our livestream event through our Periscope app.

It is so fun and uplifting to see an event like this take off, and bring so much joy and happiness to those that attended. We all remember the immense talent that Jack Kirby gifted the world, and it is wonderful to be able to celebrate with friends and comic creators alike. As always, you can make donations throughout the year through Hero Initiative or Kirby4Heroes, and those donations benefit the generation of comic creators that need assistance with medical bills. Also, many comic creators around the world participated in the #WakeUpAndDraw event on twitter and other social media, with many of those works of art being auctioned off through Hero Initiative on eBay.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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