Italy’s Fumettomania association continues appeal for their online Jack Kirby celebration 

Italy’s cultural association Fumettomania are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Jack Kirby‘s birth – and they’re inviting comic creators worldwide to join the comics tribute on their web site, launching 28th August and running for the whole of September 2017.

Delivery of drawings and articles is open until 15th September and depending on what’s received there may also be a physical exhibition of some art next year.

How to participate:

Illustration must be devoted to one of the many comic book characters invented by Jack Kirby during his long career. You can also redesign a cover of Kirby. Free technique, free format, paper or digital, of your choice.

Writers: If want to write a short critical text on Jack Kirby or one of his many characters, the article length must be 600 words (3600 characters, including spaces).

Send image and article files to

“If we succeed in collecting good quality material, in January 2018 we will create an exhibition in the Messinian Hinterland,” Mario Benenati, the founder of Fumettomania, tells us.

Copyright of imagery or articles sent will remain with the creator, who is free to do what they want with their work after it has appeared on the Fumettomania blog.

“Of course, if someone wants to give us his design to raise funds for our 2018 projects we will be happy!” says Mario.

• The first episode of the Jack Kirby special will be published here on the Fumettomania blog on 28th August

• The address to which any paperwork is to be sent is Associazione culturale Fumettomania, presso Arch. Mario Benenati, Vicolo Basilicò n.6, CAP 99051 – Barcellona P.G., Messina, Sicily

(Thanks to Mario Benenati, founder of Fumettomania, for this item)

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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