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jack kirby on not being neurotic [Jun. 19th, 2010|09:58 pm]
The truth about comix


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jack Kirby in 1970, on cartooning:

Drawing a good figure doesn't make you a good artist. I can name you ten men, right off the bat, who draw better than I do. But I don't think their work gets as much response as mine. I can't think of a better man to draw Dick Tracy than Chester Gould, who certainly is no match for Leonardo Da Vinci. But Chester Gould told the story of Dick Tracy. He told the story of Dick Tracy the way it should have been told. No other guy could have done it. It's not in the draftsmanship, it's in the man.

Like I say, a tool is dead. A brush is a dead object. It's in the man.

If you want to do, you do it. If you think a man draws the type of hands that you want to draw, steal 'em. Take those hands.

The only thing I can say is: Caniff was my teacher, Alex Raymond was my teacher, even the guy who drew Toonerville Trolley was my teacher. Whatever he had stimulated me in some way. And I think that's all you need. You need that stimulation. Stimulation to make you an individual. And the draftsmanship, hang it. If you can decently learn to control what you can, learn to control what you have, learn to refine what you have -- damn perfection. You don't have to be perfect. You are never going to do a Sistine Chapel, unless someone ties you to a ceiling. Damn perfection.

Halo there, friends

[User Picture]From: lostcosmonaut
2010-06-20 02:08 am (UTC)

now that basketball season is over

note to self: listen to full 48-minute Jack Kirby interview after you get cured of ADD


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[User Picture]From: vogdoid
2010-06-20 03:19 am (UTC)

I'd say influence instead of control, but I wouldn't be talking about cartooning

"learn to control what you can" - if there is a secret to human life it is this

Edited at 2010-06-20 03:21 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: glazomaniac
2010-06-20 02:38 pm (UTC)
that is something i can get behind.
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[User Picture]From: disorganization
2010-06-20 11:57 pm (UTC)

will work to apply this to most aspects/philosophies of life


my optometrist is also Jack Kirby, and he is wonderful, and his children both work for him in his office. I think it is just a good name to have.
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[User Picture]From: minniethemoocha
2010-06-22 08:51 pm (UTC)
"You are never going to do a Sistine Chapel, unless someone ties you to a ceiling."

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