The Hero Initiative has enlisted more than 50 artists to participate in a "Wake Up and Draw" event honoring the legacy of Jack Kirby, who would have turned 100 years old on Monday, August 28.
The event was organized by Kirby's granddaughter (and Kirby4Heroes founder) Jillian Kirby. Submissions will be hosted in a special gallery on ComicArtFans.com, and will be posted on twitter with the hashtag #WakeUpandDraw. The pieces will be auctioned off to benefit the Hero Intiative.
Additionally, a number of comic shops will donate a portion of their proceeds earned on August 28 to The Hero Initiative in Jack Kirby's name. A list of participating stores can be found right here.
“I founded the Kirby4Heroes campaign when I was 16 years old in June 2012, as a way of honoring the legacy of my grandfather, comic book artist and creator Jack Kirby, who unfortunately died the year before I was born,” said Jillian Kirby. “Over the past five years my campaign has been fortunate enough to raise over $80,000 for the Hero Initiative, and this year my goal is to push it well over $100,000! My Kirby4Heroes fundraising campaign just seems to be expanding and blossoming with new creative ideas continually contributed by many Jack Kirby fans. Watching everything come together has been very rewarding, and I look forward to the culmination of a fantastic show of support on August 28th!”
The Hero Initiative has released the first batch of "Wake Up and Draw" Jack Kirby tribute pieces, including pieces from Tom Scioli, Jim Valentino, Scott Koblish, Todd Nauck, Mike Perkins, Gordon Purcell, Darick Robertson, Rob Stiebel, Rich Woodall, Max Fiumara, Kevin maguire, Chris Moreno, and incoming Captain America artist Chris Samnee, all seen here.