December 2007 Archives

Bob Andelman: Holiday news round-up

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Bob Andelman's Will Eisner: A Spirited Life Blog has a few excellent links to Eisner-related news items across the past week or so...

E! Online's Erik Pedersen discovers Darwyn Cooke's The Spirit. Read the article here.

The New Jersey Jewish Standard's Joe Eskenazi looks at the latest hard cover collection of Will Eisner's work Life, In Pictures. Read the article here.

The Village Voice's R.C. Baker takes a look at the notable comics (and books about comics) of 2007 and of course Will Eisner gets a look in. Read the article here.

Will Eisner's JOHN LAW returns!

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Will Eisner's JOHN LAWWill Eisner's pipe-smoking, one-eyed detective is back online at a new web site! The site will be featuring the award-winning stories from DEAD MAN WALKING, as well as further all-new adventures coming in 2008 by writer/artist Gary Chaloner. These new adventures will also co-star two other Eisner creations... Lady Luck and Mr. Mystic! The site also features RSS feeds, comments and bonus features. So, go bookmark: or

Newsarama: Feiffer on Eisner

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NRAMA: [...] You started out assisting Will Eisner on The Spirit, which often had a very cinematic quality. But later-era Will Eisner is more in the style of a play on a stage, where the panels don’t have borders, the characters always appear at a similar depth and same angle. Your strips have a similar "on stage" visual quality. Do you know how did you arrived at this visual style?

JF: Eisner was both theatrical and cinematic, and those Spirit stories that I worked on, some of which I wrote, open, quite a few times, with the character stepping forward and addressing the reader, and telling the story in the first person. Then we'd blend into the cinema part of it where the story was illustrated. So it doesn't at all surprise me, although I can't be sure it's true, that the monologue notion I developed came directly out of my working with Eisner. He was doing that before I worked with him, and I used that device a number of times when I started writing The Spirit.

Read the full interview with Jules Feiffer here.

Tim Kane of takes a look at the graphic novel and the exhibition celebrating the form now on at the Norman Rockwell Museum:

Nearly 30 years ago, the legendary cartoonist Will Eisner published a long-form comic book and called it a "graphic novel." The literary world hasn't been quite the same since.

More than 200 pages long, Eisner's 1978 book, "A Contract with God," stands as a landmark tome in a genre that today is eclipsing traditional comics and making serious inroads into mainstream publishing not to mention attracting the deep-pocketed attention of Hollywood.

Excerpts from "A Contract with God" an account of the artist's gritty boyhood in the Bronx anchor a captivating exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.

Read the full article here.

Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum website for a "highlights" slide show of the exhibit.

2008 Eisner Awards: submissions now open!

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Eisner AwardsSubmissions are now being accepted for consideration by the judges for the 2008 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards. Publishers wanting to submit entries should send one copy each of the comics or books and include a cover letter indicating what is being submitted and in what categories.

The tentative categories include best single issue, best short story, best continuing comic book series (at least two issues must have been published in 2007), best limited comic book series (at least half of the series must have been published in 2007), best new series, best title aimed at a younger audience, best humor publication, best anthology, best graphic album--new material, best graphic album--reprint, best reality-based work, best archival collection, best U.S. edition of foreign material, best writer, best writer/artist, best penciler/inker (individual or team), best painter (interior art), best lettering, best coloring, best comics-related book, best comics journalism periodical or website, and best publication design. The judges may add, delete, or combine categories at their discretion. The cover letter should include both a mailing address and an e-mail address.

Creators can submit materials for consideration if: (a) their publisher is no longer in business; (b) their publisher is unlikely to have participated in the nomination process; or (c) they have severed connections with the publisher or have similar reasons for believing that their publisher is unlikely to consider nominating them or their work.

Publishers may submit a maximum of five items for any one category, and the same item or person can be submitted for more than one category. Each imprint, line, or subsidiary of a publisher may submit its own set of entries. There are no entry fees.

All submissions should be sent to Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator, 4657 Cajon Way, San Diego, CA 92115, before the deadline of March 14.

Entries are also being accepted for the category of best webcomic. This category is open to any new, professionally produced long-form original comics work posted online in 2007. Webcomics must have a unique domain name or be part of a larger comics community to be considered. The work must be online-exclusive for a significant period prior to being collected in print form. The URL and any necessary access information should be emailed to

The Eisner Award nominees will be announced in April, and ballots will go out in May to professionals in the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, distributors, and retailers. The results will be announced by celebrity presenters at the gala awards ceremony on the evening of July 25 at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Further information on the Eisner Awards and a downloadable pdf of the Call for Entries can be found at the web site.

Anyone with questions about submitting entries for the awards can e-mail Ms. Estrada at or call her at (619) 286-1591.

The New Yorker on 'Life, In Pictures'

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Life, in PicturesEisner's career encompassed much of the history of comic art, from the birth of comic books, in the nineteen-thirties, through the contemporary efflorescence of the graphic novel (a term that Eisner popularized with the 1978 publication of "A Contract with God"). Creating the detective feature "The Spirit" in the nineteen-forties, he developed a flexibility of page layout that married visual complexity to storytelling sophistication. Late in life, inspired by the autobiographical focus of R. Crumb, Eisner began publishing stories based on his own life. The five pieces collected here include evocative accounts of suffering at the hands of anti-Semitic bullies in the Depression-era Bronx, and of early adventures in the comic-book industry. Whatever the subject, Eisner manages a light touch: every page is sure-handed, carried out with subtlety, grace, and wit.

Read the original article here.

Eisner book give-away: winners announced...

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Will Eisner: A RetrospectiveThe lottery for the MoCCA Will Eisner Retrospective catalogs was held this morning and the 20 winners chosen! Thanks to all who entered and we're only sorry that there weren't enough booklets for everyone! The winners have been notified by e-mail and have until the end of December to reply with their mailing address. Should they not reply or if their e-mail is undeliverable then alternates will be chosen and notified.

Thank you all for entering and participating in the Will Eisner Forum!

Best Wishes,
Will Eisner Studios, Inc

Go here to see the list of winners.

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