Kirbypocalypse

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TCJ's Doug Harvey evaluates Jack Kirby's "Comic Book Apocalypse" exhibit, observing that "Kirby's full-throttle content - both in terms of his remarkable draftsmanship and literary bent - is what sets this exhibit apart from your run-of-the-mill comics-in-the-museum junkets." He also lauds "Mike Royer's faithful renditions of Kirby's pencils" on the Kamandi series:

A couple of actual size printed scans are included, but -- most ingeniously -- the entire story has been loaded onto a digital tablet with an interface that allows you to morph between the penciled and inked versions of each page. With commercial comic book art, a constant paradox is the fact that the trace of the artist's hand is almost always covered over by another, lesser craftsman's translation. In this case, the evidence reassures the faithful of what was already evident about the high fidelity of Royer's inks.

Harvey reminds his readers that Kirby "was constantly breaking new ground aesthetically and politically:"

Such examples of Kirbys phenomenal artistry abound, and are brought to the forefront with the inclusion of a large non-figurative 1975 ink and watercolor painting called Dream Machine in which the Kirbytech has finally engulfed the entire picture plane, and a small but potent selection of his idiosyncratic collage work, which he regularly tried to incorporate into his published narrative work. These works are possibly the most convincing regarding Kirby's authenticity as a visionary artist - clotted with the same horror vacuii density of information as his best splashes (or an initial page from The Book of Kells), they regularly repurpose images through spectacular shifts of scale, conjuring planets from micrographs of crystals: infinity in a grain of sand.

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(Jack Kirby, Ðream Machine, 1975)

He ends with an exhortation to "Buy the limited edition catalog, which includes a reprint of my 2000 essay on Kirby's Fourth World, as well as contributions from Howard Chaykin, Andrei Molotiu, Dan Nadel, Ben Saunders, and more!"

It should be available on 27 January 2016.

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