Jack Kirby tribute documentary gets world premiere – in Oldham

Jack Kirby - A Personal Journey - Cover

Comics archivist Glenn B. Fleming‘s unique documentary Jack Kirby – A Personal Journey will get a premiere screening in Oldham later this month, with comic artists Nick Brokenshire and Tim Perkins alongside the film maker to celebrate the life and work of one of America’s greatest comics creators.

Regular readers of donethetubes will recall our mention for this unique film, which successfully secured its modest crowd funding target and will help mark the centennial of US comic book artist and writer Jack Kirby‘s birth.

The film features unique, unseen footage; a journey by one British fan to find Jack Kirby; artist and co-creator of so many iconic comic book characters.

Forever People - Artist's Edition - Cover

Forever People - New Gods - Cover

Darkseid by Jack Kirby
Darkseid by Jack Kirby

 

Kirby created (or co-created) most of the iconic characters we continue to see in comics and on film today; Captain America, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Nick Fury, X-Men, Galactus, the Silver Surfer, the Black Panther, the Mighty Thor, New Gods, Mister Miracle, Doctor Doom and many, many more.

Glenn B. Fleming with Jack and Roz Kirby
Glenn B. Fleming with Jack and Roz Kirby

Almost thirty years ago, following a chance encounter, Glenn (today, an artist and writer whose credits include the British comics magazine Crikey!) found himself in California, sitting at the King of Comics dinner table, in total awe and almost total silence.

“Jack and his lovely wife, Roz, invited me into their home, fed me, catered to me and generally took care of me for those precious few hours,” he recalls. “I felt like family. I felt at home. They were open and warm, friendly and generous, not only with their hospitality and time, but with their answers to my many, many questions.

“Jack and Roz even allowed me to open packages of recently returned artwork, some of which had not seen the light of day for over 25 years. I held several ‘classic’ pages of New Gods and the Fantastic Four (amongst others) in my bare hands. Moments I will cherish and remember forever.

“Three years later, in 1991, I returned to the Kirby home and was able to record part of that meeting,” he continues. “This film has never before been seen in its entirety and serves as an historical document, showing Jack Kirby in his own home, in his own studio, talking about his own life, in his own words.”

Tim Perkins with a copy of the tribute book Kirby and Me
Tim Perkins with a copy of the tribute book Kirby and Me

On 18th August, Oldham Library and Oldham Comic Con will present the world premiere of Jack Kirby : A Personal Journey, followed by a Q & A session hosted by Dennis Whittle with a panel of invited guests: Glenn B Fleming, Tim Perkins (Artist at Wizard’s Keep), Stephen Hooker (Editor at Multi-Verse Magazine), Nickolas Brokenshire (artist on IDW’s Amelia Cole series, currently working on The Once and Future Queen for Dark Horse Comics); and Joshua Mahoney (Creator of The Jack Kirby Society of Northwest Arkansas).

This is a remarkable film, a labour of love for Glenn, so if you have the chance to get to this event then do.

Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby : A Personal Journey – World Premiere 7.00pm – 9.00pm Friday 18th August 2017 Oldham Library, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL. Book your tickets for just £2.50 here. Copies of the film will be on sale at the event at the special price of £8

Jack Kirby : A Personal Journey is available on DVD for only £12/$20 (inc postage) from

Read Tim Perkins’ tribute to “The King” here on downthetubes



John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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