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Le Monde Des Bulles - Hall 2

The first half of Hall 2 was more trade show than anything else. A collection of booths selling art supplies and other BD-wares lined the walls of the tent, but my eyes were focused forward. I was only there to see one thing, and that was the Jack Kirby exhibit advertised above the entrance.

With so much of Angoulême that I have seen so far dedicated to Franco-Belgian works, it was almost jarring to see the museum quality exhibit featuring Kirby’s history with and impact on comics, virtually all of which came while under American comics two major publishing houses.

I’m sure I could’ve lingered much longer had I been able to read the placards places next to the oversized reproductions of Kirby’s work, but even just walking down the aisles marveling over the work that feels infinitely timeless was enough for me. Also I want that Darkseid statue. I don’t know if that picture does it justice, but it’s about 12 feet tall.

One part of the exhibit I failed to capture was the array of enlarged reproductions of pages from Kirby’s Captain 3-D, which I’m sure I looked entertaining trying to figure out a way to take a picture with my phone through the “magic specs” they passed out that would translate the 3D effect into this post. I blame the jetlag.

While the exhibit wasn’t too big, it was nice to see French comic fans learning about and celebrating Kirby’s immeasurable contribution to comics.

It’s raining again, so maybe I’ll hang out here a while longer. It’s hard to get sick of looking at the king’s art.

All these shots of beautiful, clean, tidy #ArchivesShelfies made us grateful that the world has such dedicated archivists!

Before 1934, the Federal Government lacked a uniform manner to handle its records.

In 1934, Congress passed legislation creating the National Archives which also created the office of the Archivist of the United States. The new Archivist’s first step was to determine which of the older Federal records the Archives would accession (take legal and physical custody of).

In the early days, the process of collecting government records was anything but routine. It was first necessary to survey existing Federal records from all over the United States.

Archives staff in Washington, DC, surveyed 5,157,019 linear feet of documents. Of these, 40.61 percent were stored in areas exposed to hazards of fire; 43.89 percent were exposed to dirt; 8.9 percent were stored in the damp conditions; and 5.12 percent were infested with insects or vermin.

Overall, 55 percent of the records were kept in unsuitable storage conditions.

Particularly egregious was the condition of War Department files in the White House garage. Such conditions demonstrated the dire need for a National Archives!

You can read more here: http://go.usa.gov/Sz7k

Photograph from the Records of the National Archives, RG 64