I have three original Jack Kirby pages that hang over me while I write.  Kirby is a great inspiration to me.  I find in his aesthetic a celebration of technological possibility that is without cynicism, that is totally joyful, without being imperial.

From Sandman 1

One of my pages is from Sandman 1, another is from one of his late independent projects, and one page is from Omac 5. The Sandman is interesting in part because it reveals how completely Gaiman transformed the comic when he revised it.

A Panel from Omac

Omac is one of the comics Kirby did for DC, and like most of the brilliant work he did then it was quickly killed, presumably by some suit — or else by Kirby running off to another project.  Omac is not deliriously exuberant, like New Gods or Demon, but then in terms of plot it is downright bizarre.  It comes off as a kind of invertedly-Kafkaesque science fiction, in which a pleasant but perhaps clinical world is defended by literally faceless U.N. police.  The disarming thing about it is that Kirby does not criticize the seemingly dystopian elements of his story, so that the faceless police and their ominious panoptic artificial intelligence (“Brother Eye”) are treated as normal, if not proper.  A nearly-psychedelic SF experience.


2 Replies to “Kirby”

  1. Hi Craig,

    Geek that I am, I got to your website while reading your story The Ediacarian Machine in the March 2012 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine. On page 21, Daltry registers the URL, so of course I opened my browser and went to the site, which redirects to Not .org. Are you selling T-shirts? 🙂

    I’m enjoying reading your fast-paced multi-faceted story. I hope I enjoy the ending too. 🙂

    I looked at most of your website. I would love to see your plays here in Northern Virginia. I didn’t find an email address, so I am writing to you here. You asked for advice and feedback on your philosophical writings, which I suspect from reading a couple of abstracts are way beyond my abilities to comprehend. I recently enjoyed reading two books by U.K. psychologist and zen student Susan Blackmore: Zen and the Art of Consciousness, and Consciousness, a Brief Insight, through which I am still meandering. Her website is Her most recent interest is Temes, which are technological memes. She gave a talk about them at a TED conference, video at

    In the Spring of 2011 I made a ten minute video, partly serious and partly humorous, of me talking about nonduality at My other websites are:, where I do sell T-shirts and other products with my designs on them


    David Savage
    Vienna, VA

    1. David,

      Thanks for the note. What do you think would make a good t-shirt? “I discovered an alien probe and all the government gave me was this lousy t-shirt”?

      I’m teaching a philosophy of biology class right now, and aim to spend a week or two on memes. We might read some Blackmore when we do, if you recommend it. I confess that I wasn’t able to make heads or tails of temes, but maybe memes are a bit more clear. Thanks for the TED link.

      Zen does not relate in any straightforward way to contemporary philosophy of mind, making it challenging to build bridges. The ways the two disciplines talk about mind are so different. I’m no expert in Zen, but wish I were. I’ll watch your video and see if it helps.


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