The late Jack Kirby created Captain America, The X-Men, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, The Silver Surfer, Thor, Sgt. Fury, Kamandi, and many other famous characters. He was, and remains, at least twice as good as any other comic book creator I can think of. His groundbreaking innovations in layout, plot, character, and theme have not only influenced thousands of comic book creators, but the movie and animation industry as well.
Kirby: King of Comics, by Kirby's longtime friend and assistant, Mark Evanier, is part biography, part coffee table art book. The text of this lavishly-illustrated, 224-page, large format book runs 35,000 words, but Evanier says he's working on a 500,000 word biography of the world's greatest comic book writer and artist (I'll buy that when it comes out, too).
Not only was Kirby a man of awesome talent, he was also very kind-hearted. I've met a lot of my literary and artistic heroes and many of them didn't seem to be very nice. Not Kirby. I met him when I was 16 years old and I hung around him for three days. I'm sure I was a terrible pest, but he was as genial as could be, and he even gave me his address, inviting me to stay at his house if I ever came to California. What a guy. Link
Now, here’s some wallpaper that is meant to get your attention. Tom Maryniak’s “Farting Victorians” depicts flatulating turn-of-the-20th-century men, women, and critters, a digitization of a linoleum block he hand-carved. You can get rolls of it for £125.00 each at his website. A wallpaper for the loo, showing dogs, fish, cats, birds and people passing […]
Lex is a “wearable” chair, an apparatus that attaches to your thighs and waist. The legs are shaped to conform to your legs when you’re walking around, but become stable struts when you sit back. The LEX is a bionic wearable that enhances posture, comfort, and life. It is designed to let you relax anywhere […]
Not only is the purported “healing” power of crystals total bullshit, but most of these “magical” talismans come from mines rife with exploitation, danger, environmental ruin, and shady business practices. Good vibes, eh? Tess McClure investigates for The Guardian: Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world, but beneath its soil is a […]
Your smartphone’s GPS is a modern necessity for some trips, but how do you use it safely? It’s been a problem ever since phones went mobile. A certain phone mount even shelled out the money for a commercial during the Big Game, so clearly there’s a market for the solution. Turns out there are a […]
There’s reading for pleasure, and then there’s reading for fuel; absorbing the great ideas in nonfiction books so you can apply them in your own life. In today’s hectic pace, it can be difficult to find the time to do that reading – especially for the entrepreneurs and professionals who can benefit the most from […]
Breaking into the big leagues as a project manager isn’t done overnight, but there are principles that anyone can learn, and they’re applicable to nearly any business. No matter what your field, if there are multiple teams working toward a common goal, you’re going to need a roadmap. The Project Management Professional Certification Training Suite […]