Jack Kirby Turns 97 Tomorrow, and Hero Initiative Has a Ton of Plans

We've already reported on an Upstate New York event where Jack Kirby's 97th birthday tomorrow will be celebrated with custom beer.

What more could a the creator of the Fantastic Four, the New Gods, The Hulk and so many more want? Well, the Hero Initiative has the King covered.

Jillian Kirby, Jack's granddaughter, has spearheaded the "Kirby4Heroes" campaign, which celebrates the King's birthday all across the globe with a variety of great events that benefit Hero! Events include:

• ON TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM: Hero has recruited over 40 artists to get up on the morning of August 28, 2014 to simply "Wake Up and Draw." Search the hashtag:#WakeUpAndDraw to see all the great drawings as they happen live! All drawings will be featured in a special gallery at ComicArtFans.com, and fans can bid on them in aneBay auction at a later date!

• MORE TWITTER: Because he is 17 shades of both wonderful and crazy, artist Phil Hester will do 97 drawings for Jack Kirby's 97th birthday! Follow @PhilHester on Twitter to see the divine madness and for information on how YOU can buy the drawings!

• TORONTO, ONTARIO: Hero is at Fan Expo Canada on August 28, where artists including Kaare Andrews, Greg Land, Joe Prado, Ty Templeton, Jill Thompson, Richard Zajac and more will Wake Up and Draw!

• TORONTO, ONTARIO: Artist Ken Lashley appears at Paradise Comics at 11 a.m.!

• BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: Max Fiumara, Sebastian Fiumara, Jorge Lucas, Rubèn Meriggi, Mariano Epelbaum, Wally Gomez, Rodolfo Migliari and more will be drawing live at the Moebius Liceo bookstore and art gallery!

• SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY: The party starts early on Aug. 23 as artists create a jam piece at Comic Depot!

• BALLSTON SPA, NY: The jam piece continues at Excellent Adventures on Saturday, August 30 as the store donates a portion of its sales for the day to Hero!

• NEW YORK, NY: Artist Chris Giarrusso draws in the storefront studio space at the mighty Carmine Street Comics at noon!

• CHICAGO, IL: Artist Tim Seeley appears at Graham Crackers Comics' Edgewater location at 5:30 p.m.!

• PHOENIX, AZ: Artists including Ryan Cody, Brian Pulido, Ben Glendenning, Tony Parker, Javier Pina and more appear at Samurai Comics' Camelback Rd. location!

• NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA: Artist Tone Rodriguez appears at Blastoff Comics!


• SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Artist Paolo Rivera appears at the Cartoon Art Museum at 11 a.m.!

• MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Multiple artists will be appearing at the Comic Odyssey Fort branch from Aug. 28-30 along with a three-day sale and a portion of proceeds donated to Hero Initiative!