NYCC ’17: Celebrate Jack Kirby’s 100th With John Byrne, Walter Simonson, And 1300 Pieces Of Art

by Hannah Means Shannon

IDW have announced that the 100th birthday celebration they held for Jack Kirby at SDCC ’17 will be joined by a NYCC ’17 celebration as well.

According to IDW, John Byrne has “rescinded his retirement from comic conventions to make a special appearance at NYCC 2017 in October” for a special panel with fellow Eisner Hall of Fame creator Walter Simonson discussing the enduring legacy of Jack Kirby.

IDW’s President Greg Goldstein and CCO Chris Ryall will host the panel, while a slideshow of more than 1,300 pieces of original Kirby art plays in the background.

The panel will take place on Friday, October 6 from 1:45pm-2:45pm in Room 1A21 and all in attendance will walk away with a Jack Kirby-related giveaway, according to IDW.

Goldstein says:

The Kirby 100 panel that we presented at SDCC this past July was completely standing room only, with many people unable to fit in the room. So I’d recommend getting to this one early to ensure you get a seat.

Following the panel, Byrne will make his way to the IDW Booth #1844 for a special two-hour signing, from 3:30pm-5:30pm.

Byrne’s signing will be a ticketed event. Tickets will be distributed on Friday morning to the first 100 fans to purchase a special con-exclusive version of his long-running series of Star Trek photoplays, Star Trek: New Visions 18: “What a Pain it is to Drown.”

This convention-exclusive item will feature a special Byrne-themed photo cover. Byrne will accommodate as many standbys as time allows, too.

Because Byrne’s signings are a very rare thing now, IDW will make every effort to accommodate as many fans as possible while maintaining an orderly and professional experience. To that end, Byrne will be unable to sketch in anyone’s books. And each attendee of the signing will be limited to a maximum of three items; the first two must be IDW books or comics and the third item can be a non-IDW item.

Walter Simonson will also be appearing at IDW’s booth throughout the convention, with signing times and dates to follow.