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Old 11-03-2013, 09:06 AM   #70
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Originally Posted by Charles View Post
I came across a blog posting, today, from a few years back, that made me think of your posting in this thread, Co. Inkadink. Here's the quote from that blog posting that caught my eye:

Thomas also said that he didnít think Kirby was interested in teaching other artists because he didnít want to teach them to be Jack Kirby; he wanted them to find their own way.


I never knew Jack Kirby, personally, nor did I ever meet him in person. However, I would like to add a few words on the subject of Jack Kirby.

The very thing that distinguished Jack Kirby's artwork was his interpretation of art. His art was often epic in scale, for the very simple reason that his interpretation was equally epic in scale.

The inherent nature of art is that it is subject to not just interpretation, but to countless interpretations.

Jack Kirby, God bless his soul, is dead and gone. A great body of his work endures. His legacy in comic book art terms is a thing of legend.

He no longer owns his own work. In due time, every last bit of it will fall into the public domain. Long after we are all dead and gone, people will still be studying Jack Kirby's art and style.

Jack Kirby can't draw for us, anymore. People like this Jimlai can, however. It seems to me that one of the foremost attributes of a great artist is a willingness to make a given piece of art one's own. To leave one's mark, so to speak.

What Jack Kirby liked or may have wanted is all fine and dandy, but what he liked or wanted at any given moment are likely things quite distinct from what would necessarily command his respect.

If it is true that Jack Kirby wasn't interested in teaching other artists, because he didnít want to teach them to be Jack Kirby, but rather, he wanted them to find their own way, then isn't that exactly what Jimlai did, call it whatever else you may?
Nicely said Charles. It's no secret that Jack Kirby along with the 1960's Marvel Bullpen, are my main artistic influences as you can see by my artwork. If it wasn't for Jack Kirby, there would be no Comic book industry as we all know it today . Everyone who has worked or aspires to in this industry , has at one point or another, been influenced by Jack's work at one point or another whether they care to admit it or not . Jimlai IMO , has the potential to be a great inker in this business and I'm speaking from experience , having worked for several companies as a inker myself. What he did with the Kirby Conan piece was brilliant as far as I'm concerned . He added his own style to it while at the same time , leaving the Kirby signature on it as well . I would love to see Jimlai's inks on other pencillers such as John Buscema , Gene Colan , Sal Buscema , etc. If he's reading this , I hope he is willing to go and look up the artists I mentioned and see what he can do with their work .
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