It’s been a pleasure to write about Jack Kirby’s 2001: A Space Odyssey here at Sequart, especially as part of its Sci-Fi Week event.
It’s also my pleasure to announce that all of this material is collected and expanded in book form as The Weirdest Sci-Fi Comic Ever Made: Understanding Jack Kirby’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The 90-page book includes everything that’s been serialized here online, including my introduction, my discussion of Jack Kirby’s adaptation of the movie, my discussion of the first four issues of his comic-book continuation, and my essay on how Kirby’s work differs from 2001 co-creator Arthur C. Clarke’s own continuation. All of this material has been edited for book form.
The book also addresses the final six issues of Kirby’s series, which I haven’t discussed online. In fact, Kirby’s entire continuation changes its formula drastically with issue #5, which I think is the best issue of the entire series. And there’s four more issues after that. In fact, the book’s about twice as long as what’s been published online.
It’s been great to have this opportunity to write about this bizarre but fascinating series. And I think it’s so cool that a book actually exists on this very odd (and ostensibly non-commercial) subject!
The book’s also a lasting legacy for Sequart’s Sci-Fi Week. In order to coordinate such an event, my writing about Kirby’s 2001 had to be done a long time in advance. This lead time allowed us finish what I’d written for book publication. And how cool is it that Sci-Fi Week would end with a book?
That wouldn’t have been possible without some excellent (and rapid!) editorial assistance — kind and talented people who pitched in to get this book out, including (in alphabetical order) Keith Howell, Markisan Naso, Richard Pachter, and Scott Puckett.
As always, thank you so much for reading! It’s pointless without you, and it means so much to me personally to know that others care about really analyzing and exploring comics history.