Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Happy Jack Kirby Day to You

Jack Kirby would have been ninety years old today. He is my favorite comic book artist of all time, and every word of every entry in The Hayfamzone Blog is dedicated to him.

Maybe this would be an appropriate occasion for you to take another look at the gallery of my humble collection of Jack Kirby original artwork. Just click here.

I have a separate gallery for artwork not by Jack Kirby but having some connection to him. Curious? One click right here will whisk you away to it and help to quench your inquisitiveness.

In this past Sunday's New York Times there was an appreciative article about the life and work of Jack Kirby. It was on the editorial page, of all places! Please click here if you haven't already read it.

And, as I fully anticipated, Mark Evanier wrote a wonderful piece for his News From Me blog to commemorate today's anniversary. Click here and then scroll down to see what Mark wrote about his former mentor.

The Jack Kirby Weblog has four articles posted today in honor of Jack Kirby Day, as well as links to about a dozen other sites you would want to visit. Just click here.

To cap off my celebration of the day, I'm going to wander off into a corner and re-read one of my favorite Kirby comics. I choose New Gods #7, The Pact!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Happy Birthday to Us!

This month The Hayfamzone Blog quietly celebrated its first anniversary. There were no fireworks, no streamers, not even a balloon. But we're very glad to be here and very appreciative that you take a peek at what we're up to every once in a while.

Maybe you've noticed the time between posts has been lengthening a bit lately, but I don't want to post nonsense or blather just so I can say that I posted something. The Hayfamzone Blog is here for the long haul, and there are many great posts coming in both the near and the far-flung future.

If, in the meantime, you should click in and there's no new post since your last visit, I have a suggestion. Why not dig deeper into the Archive? The list begins over on the right side of this screen. In our first year there have been 43 posts. Have you read them all? There's some fine literature in them thar hills!

I did have a gift for you so we could celebrate this landmark anniversary together, but unfortunately it evaporated. I came across a website that had a dozen still images from the upcoming Dark Knight film, and they were GREAT! For example, there were full-color pictures of Heath Ledger as The Joker that I found far more interesting than the one image of him that has made all the rounds. I'll tell you the website where the images were located in case you're optimistic they might get uploaded again; just click here.

Don't fret about that missed opportunity, though. I'll have many more gifts for you in the future. Onward now, into Year 2 of The Hayfamzone Blog.