As I've said before, if it wasn't for Jack Kirby—who was born on August 28, 1917—there might not even be a comic book business today. Kirby's groundbreaking work with Joe Simon, Stan Lee and on his own continually defined, and redefined, what the medium could be.
Those of us working in this business today stand on the shoulders of giants—and Jack was the tallest of them all.
Today would have been Ray Bradbury's 99th birthday. (Read this post if you don't already know how exalted a place Ray B holds in my literary pantheon.) To celebrate, here's one of my absolute favorite audio adaptations of a Bradbury story: "Kaleidoscope"—from the brilliant public radio series Bradbury 13. Happy birthday, Ray! Your art continues to inspire and the strong beat of your open heart echoes on.