Okay, it’s not really a Jack Kirby ukulele, but a while back the folks at Satisfactory Comics posted one if their “doodle penance” entries (where they draw things from their site’s log of visitor’s search terms) for the phrase “Jack Kirby Machines.” The post featured a hilariously-accurate “how to” diagram by Isaac entitled “Principles of Kirbytech,” which you can see below:
I thought this was especially brillaint at the time and really wanted to use it to draw some common machine that I use in my day-to-day life… but, alas, this was posted right in the middle of “crunch time” reading for the Eisner award nominations and I could do nothing about it until now. But, with the nominating weekend over and my Amelia pages turned in, (Yea!) I’ve had some time to give it a go.
I wanted to attempt to do a Kirby version of the machine I most commonly use and my first thought was that I should do a squash racquet–but I disqualified that based on its not having any moving parts. It’s occurred to me since then that I missed the obvious choice which would have been my daughter’s baby stroller (which I–seriously–use more than our car), but what I settled on was my ukulele. So… here it is: the Jack Kirby ukulele. I think I’ve made pretty good use of all the techniques outlined on Isaac’s diagram–plus I’ve added some “Kirby crackle” just from memory.