Wake Up And Draw! A New Event To Honor Kirby And Raise Money For The Hero Initiative

JackThe Hero Initiative has come up with a way to celebrate Jack Kirby’s 96th birthday by recruiting 40 artists to Wake Up And Draw! Each artist will celebrate the day by sending a “birthday card to Jack”. The artists will show their project by tweeting the progress with the hashtag: #WakeUpAndDraw. A gallery of the completed work will be available on-line at ComicArtFans.com and the originals will be auctioned off at a later date to raise money for the charity.

The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is working with the Kirby4Heroes campaign founded by Jillian Kirby, Jack’s granddaughter. Some retailers have decided to hosting birthday parties for Jack, auction off original art and other activities in honor of the program. The idea of the annual event is to increase participation as it builds towards Jack’s 100th birthday in 2017.

If you’d like to know more about Kirby4Heroes you can visit their facebook page. You can also donate via the PayPal link at HeroInitiative.org. They ask that you type “Kirby4Heroes” in the special instructions box.

The following stores will be participating on August 28th:

Jesse James Comics, Glendale AZ

Flying Colors Comics, Concord CA

Lee’s Comics, Mountain View CA

Alakazam Comics, Irvine CA

Mission: Comics and Art, San Francisco CA

Golden Apple Comics, Los Angeles CA

The Secret Headquarters, Los Angeles CA

A&M Comics, Miami FL

Chimera’s Comics, Lagrange IL

Aw Yeah Comics, Skokie IL

Graham Crackers Comics, Plainfield IL

Alternate Reality Comics, Las Vegas NV

Paradise Comics, Toronto, Ontario

Floating World Comics, Portland OR

Austin Books & Comics, Austin TX

News stores are being added regularly so check with your local comic shop to see if they will be doing anything for the event.

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