September 2007 Archives

Eisner Documentary at Austin Film Festival

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WILL EISNER: PORTRAIT OF A SEQUENTIAL ARTIST had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and will next be screening at the Austin Film Festival:

Fri., Oct. 12
5:00 p.m.
Landmark Dobie Theater
2025 Guadalupe St.
(512) 505-0033

Sun., Oct. 14
2:15 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek
13729 Research Blvd.
(512) 219-8135

For more information, visit or visit the AFF page on the documentary here.

The Spirit movie: more casting news...

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Sarah Paulson (TV's STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP) leads a host of newcomers joining the cast of Frank Miller's adaptation of 'Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT', according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The other new additions include Dan Lauria, Stana Katic, Johnny Simmons and Louis Lombardi. They will join lead Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson.

THE SPIRIT is comic legend Eisner's story of a masked detective (Macht) believed to be dead and operating out of a mausoleum, fighting crime in the dark shadows of Central City with his fists, cunning and ingenious forms of punishment. Jackson will play the villain Octopus, a meek lab assistant who becomes a murderous crime kingpin in Central City.

Paulson will play Denny Colt's (aka The Spirit's) true love, Dr. Ellen Dolan, who is also the police commissioner's daughter. Lauria (TV's THE PATH TO 9/11) will play the commissioner with Katic (FEAST OF LOVE) playing a rookie cop. Simmons (EVAN ALMIGHTY) will play a young Colt. Lombardi has signed on to play Octopus's henchman, Phobos.

The Spirit #13 in December

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The Spirit #13Written by Gail Simone, Glen Gold and others; Art by Michael Golden, Eduardo Risso and others; Cover by Darwyn Cooke

Many elements define the Spirit, but one of the more glamorous is definitely his femmes fatales! In this special issue, featuring spectacular stories from some of the industry's finest creators, discover a bevy of deadly new beauties!

On Sale December 19, 2007

View the DC Comics page here. Titan Gets 'Spirit' (The Making of...)

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Titan Books has acquired worldwide rights to produce a making-of book for the Frank Miller Spirit film. The deluxe color book, which will include interviews with the cast and crew, photos, storyboards and production art, and the full screenplay, will street in December 2008 for the runup to the January '09 release of the film.
Read the article here. 'Spirit' Movie Debut Set

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Read the article here.

CR Review: Life, In Pictures

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Tom Spurgeon's The Comics Reporter takes an early look at the latest Will Eisner hard cover, Life, in Pictures, out next month:

Eisner was an always-potent cartoonist with one acknowledged pulp masterpiece series (The Spirit) to his credit and a variety of ambitious works of varying lengths on his resume that, unlike the oeuvre of most artists regardless of form, all came in the third act of a long and fruitful life.
Read the full review here.

New softcover editions from WW Norton

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The Building NY, The Big City

City People NotebookInvisible People

The WW Norton website features the soon to be released (December 2007) softcover editions of four Will Eisner graphic novels. Click the covers to visit each book's page.

The Spirit's new writer: Sergio Aragones!

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DC Comic's Dan Didio hosted the DC Universe panel at Baltimore Comic Con for a whopping hour and 45 minutes, but... one of the key announcements was the new regular writer for the monthly Spirit comic: Sergio Aragones. No artist has been signed as of this post.
Read all about it at Newsarama.
Read all about it at Comic Book Resources.

The Spirit wins Harvey Award!

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DC Comics' The Spirit won the Harvey Award for Best New Series at this weekend's ceremony held at the Baltimore Comic Con. A complete list of Harvey winners for this year is here.

The Sunday Morning Shootout interview...

Via Bob Andelman's always excellent Will Eisner: A Spirited Life Blog:

There is always great stuff to be found on the site and here's a great example: Quint's interview with Samuel L. Jackson, who will play "The Octopus" in Frank Miller's film version of "Will Eisner's The Spirit."
Visit Bob's page here.
Read the Jackson interview here.

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