SDCC (audio): Jack Kirby: Family and Friends

The panel consisted of Jillian, Lisa, Tracy and Jeremy Kirby, Mike
Thibodeaux and moderator Mark Evanier. Mark started out with a funny
story about Jack being physically strong and cleaning out the stables
for Lisa’s horse. Lisa told a story about Jack going to her school and
doing drawings for her classmates, which helped her make friends.
Granddaughter Jillian talked about how people around her react when they
find out who her grandfather was. All the family members told when they
realized that Jack Kirby was special. Mike spoke about meeting, hanging
out with Jack and loving his work. They told stories about introducing
Jack to other people and their reaction. Jillian spoke about her Kirby 4
Heroes campaign that she runs to raise money for the Hero
. Jeremy talked about how fans react to them because they
are related to Jack. The panelists spoke about Jack’s warmth in dealing
with his fans. Lisa told a funny story about a cult coming to the door
and wanting Jack to sell all his possessions and move out to the desert
with them. They talked about the D23 convention where Jack was honored
as a Disney Legend. David Glanzer, Director of Marketing and Public
Relations of Comic-Con International then announced that San Diego is
giving Jack Kirby their Icon Award, something they give to 1 person per
year and only give it to people who are alive. Jack is the first person
they have given it to posthumously.

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