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Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

If you’re not familiar with the issue of net neutrality, it’s a big one, and one (not surprisingly) not covered enough in traditional news media. The loss of net neutrality means the failure of the greatest experiment of the 20th century - the internet.  More specifically, the egalitarian, free speech, anyone from porn to kitty cats can make a site, and have an equal shot at getting your attention internet. It’s beautiful the crazy way it is.

I painted these back in 2008 as a side project to honor the comics I grew up with. Looking at them today I realized Jack Kirby created half the characters in these images. And many, many more: Galactus, the Stranger, the Inhumans, the Sandman for DC, just to name a few. As I get older, I find myself looking at his work more and more. That crazy cosmic aesthetic and his creative collaborative vision helped invent a new more relevant set of American folk tales and mythology that incorporate a whole universe of beings, all of whom struggle with very human problems. In my opinion Jack Kirby belongs with Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollack in the pantheon of 20th century artists, and his work may very well outlive theirs.
So happy 97th birthday, Jack Kirby! King of Comics!  I painted these back in 2008 as a side project to honor the comics I grew up with. Looking at them today I realized Jack Kirby created half the characters in these images. And many, many more: Galactus, the Stranger, the Inhumans, the Sandman for DC, just to name a few. As I get older, I find myself looking at his work more and more. That crazy cosmic aesthetic and his creative collaborative vision helped invent a new more relevant set of American folk tales and mythology that incorporate a whole universe of beings, all of whom struggle with very human problems. In my opinion Jack Kirby belongs with Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollack in the pantheon of 20th century artists, and his work may very well outlive theirs.
So happy 97th birthday, Jack Kirby! King of Comics! 

    I painted these back in 2008 as a side project to honor the comics I grew up with. Looking at them today I realized Jack Kirby created half the characters in these images. And many, many more: Galactus, the Stranger, the Inhumans, the Sandman for DC, just to name a few. As I get older, I find myself looking at his work more and more. That crazy cosmic aesthetic and his creative collaborative vision helped invent a new more relevant set of American folk tales and mythology that incorporate a whole universe of beings, all of whom struggle with very human problems. In my opinion Jack Kirby belongs with Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollack in the pantheon of 20th century artists, and his work may very well outlive theirs.

    So happy 97th birthday, Jack Kirby! King of Comics! 

    Squeezed in a sunny day drawing on the lawn with my students at Pratt, in king-size sharpie and .005 micron. Fun to meet my new students, see old students, see everyone in their back-to-school outfits, refreshed and ready to go. This blissful situation lasts for one and a 1/2 weeks, until part two: the rest of semester is a coffee soaked creative explosion stress marathon. Part two makes me miss school the most.