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.
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.
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 “This film has never before been seen in its entirety and serves as an historical document, showing Jack Kirby in his own home, in his own studio, talking about his own life, in his own words.”
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 : 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 www.glennbfleming.com
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.
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