It's been nearly two decades since his death, but legendary artist and writer Jack "King" Kirby continues to cast a long shadow over the comic book industry. He's even a presence in the minds of people who were born after his death, like his youngest granddaughter Jillian.
She's only 16, but she's a full-fledged Kirby fan, and she wants you to do something special for the King's 95th birthday on Aug. 28.
With her grandfather's ancient and battered drawing board beside her, Jillian Kirby has taken to the Internet to launch "Kirby4Heroes," a campaign designed to support The Hero Initiative, a nonprofit that's been helping comic book creators in dire financial and medical straits for more than a decade now. Because most comics creators are self-employed freelance professionals, medical crises can often be devastating and financial security isn't always assured. As a result, the Initiative has grown into a vital part of the industry, and Jillian Kirby wants to do her part to help it.
"It is a chance for all of us fans to give back to the creators who have provided us with so much enjoyment," she said. "Even though I never had the opportunity to know him personally, I've learned that my grandfather Jack was a very giving and charitable man, and would have been among the first to support the Hero Initiative."
So, what's the plan? Kirby said she's already partnered with comic book shops throughout California, as well as Manhattan-based Midtown Comics, to raise funds for the Hero Initiative on Aug. 28. More details on the stores will be released in the days leading up to the fundraiser, but Kirby also notes that you can donate to the Initiative directly. The easiest way is to visit the group's donate page, select the amount you'd like to give and write in "Kirby4Heroes" in the special instructions box. Or, if you prefer, you can mail a donation to this address:
c/o The Hero Initiative
11301 Olympic Blvd., #587
Los Angeles, CA 90064
For more on the campaign, and to hear Jillian Kirby outline the plan in her own words, check out the video here.
(Via Hero Complex)