March 2008 Archives

The Spirit Movie teaser at New York Comic Con

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Will Eisner's The SpiritVia Bob Andelman's A Spirited Life Blog:

New York Comic Con (NYCC) today announced Lionsgate will be at its 2008 event promoting THE SPIRIT, based on the classic comic book series created by Will Eisner and written for the screen and directed by Frank Miller.

At NYCC, production partners Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment will present an exclusive first look at THE SPIRIT on Saturday, April 19 in New York Comic Con's IGN Theater, featuring the world premiere of the film's teaser trailer. Mr. Miller and Ms. Mendes will be on hand to speak about their respective roles in the upcoming film, which is produced by Deborah Del Prete, Gigi Pritzker and Michael Uslan. Co-CEO of Odd Lot Entertainment Deborah Del Prete and Michael Uslan, President of Comic Book Movies, will also be speaking. MTV News Correspondent Kurt Loder will moderate the panel and the teaser trailer will debut to a global audience on later that night in high definition, and on MTV the week of April 21. NYCC will also feature the debut of the film's first teaser poster, which Mr. Miller and Ms. Mendes will sign in a formal autograph session scheduled for 5:00pm.

Read more here...

New 'Eisner' arts magazine from The Netherlands

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From the Forbidden Planet blog:

Dutch literary publisher Podium is planning to launch a new literary magazine which will be completely devoted to the graphic novel and the better comic, book blog De Papier Man announces. This new periodical comes at a time when the traditional literary magazine seems to be in a less than healthy position, while the field of cartooning and the graphic novel is booming with creativity.

The magazine will be called Eisner, after Will Eisner (1917-2005) who is generally regarded as the founding father of the genre that is now commonly known as the graphic novel. Eisner will be published four times a year, as a paperback with an average of 72 pages of content. Editor in chief will be Ward Wijndelts, comics reviewer for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

2008 Eisner AwardsVoting is now open for the Hall of Fame category of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. In a change from previous years, the judges have arrived at the nominations early in the year, and the voting in this category will be online only. According to Eisner Awards administrator Jackie Estrada, this change was instituted to test the new online voting process for the awards and to reduce the number of categories the judges will have to deal with when they meet in early April to determine the rest of the nominees.

The Hall of Fame nominees are Matt Baker, John Broome, Reed Crandall, Rudolph Dirks, Arnold Drake, George Evans, Creig Flessel, Graham Ingels, Mort Meskin, Tarpe Mills, Gilbert Shelton, George Tuska, Mort Weisinger, Len Wein, and Barry Windsor-Smith.

Eligible voters can visit to register and then select up to four picks in the Hall of Fame category. The deadline for voting is April 18. To vote, you must be a professional working in the comics industry, whether as a creator (writer, artist, cartoonist, colorist, letterer), a publisher or editor, or a retailer (comics store owner or manager). Further eligibility information is provided at the site.

The judges have also selected two individuals to automatically be inducted into the Hall of Fame: the pioneering cartoonist R. F. Outcault (who created "The Yellow Kid" and "Buster Brown") and Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (who founded what is now DC Comics and published the first comic book to contain all-new material, New Fun #1, in February 1935).

In June: The Spirit #18... cover by Joe Kubert!

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The Spirit #18

Written by Sergio Aragones & Mark Evanier
Art by Paul Smith & Walden Wong
Cover by Joe Kubert
The Spirit must escort a shipment of mummies from Egypt to Central City . . . and then his troubles begin!
On sale June 18, $2.99 US

Will Eisner's The SpiritWill Eisner's The Spirit movie web site has the latest production diary entry by director Frank Miller. This time he talks about the adaptation of The Spirit's main love interest Ellen Dolan from the pages of Will Eisner's comic series, to Frank Miller's vision on film...

Read the current blog (and past blog entries) here.

Pre-order: Will Eisner and PS Magazine

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Will Eisner and PS Magazine by Paul E. Fitzgerald
By Paul E. Fitzgerald

Here's the first penetrating look at Will Eisner's main body of work - strips, covers, illustrations, and designs for PS Magazine - produced in a 21-year period between his memorable and historic run of The Spirit and publication of his acclaimed first graphic novel, A Contract With God, in 1978. Fitzgerald was the magazine's first managing editor, and weaves together parallel stories - Eisner as an artist in expansive change, and the U.S. Army's daringly innovative publication that moved from early perilous survival and bureaucratic brinkmanship to 55 years (and still going) of recognition as a sweepingly successful communications pacesetter.

Pages: 320
Size: 9x12
Format: Softcover
Release Date: 2008-04-30
Color: Partial Color

Pre-order this book from Amazon.

Paul Gravett on Will Eisner...

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Paul "Man at the Crossroads" Gravett writes an excellent article about Will Eisner, discussing Eisner's graphic novels Fagin the Jew and The Plot:

After his death on 3rd January 2005, I had to return to him. His last two works are among his most challenging and heartfelt and reflect his preoccupations during his latter days - a deepening interest in his Jewish heritage and a desire to confront the roots of persistent anti-Semitism.
The article also links to an older piece about Eisner on the same site:
Eisner had always envisaged the potential of comics, but his breakthrough came with A Contract With God, the book that redefined his approach to comics. Who would have expected that Eisner, in 1974 a successful self-made businessman approaching 50, would take several months off unpaid to take on such a personal challenge, with no assistants and for no publisher, flying solo and purely for himself? Old enough to be their father, he had been galvanised at a convention by meeting the younger generation of underground cartoonists, Robert Crumb and others, and by the example of their radical, rebellious comix with an 'X'.

Read the article here.

The Spirit #14The Spirit scripter Mark Evanier (teamed with writer Sergio Aragones) talks to ComicMix about his new book on Jack Kirby (an Eisner studio alumni) as well as working on The Spirit...

... we're trying to do a good comic together, for a change. I haven't read the script for the movie. I don't know what the movie is even about. I saw Frank Miller two weeks ago and we talked about everything except for the movie. But I think The Spirit is a kind of constant that goes on and on through the years. The movie might be wonderful, but ultimately "The Spirit" is a huge body of work of which the movie will only be one part.
Read the full interview here.


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Will Eisner's Birthday

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Comic-Con MagThe first issue of Comic-Con Magazine, the new official publication of the San Diego Comic-Con International, WonderCon, and APE, the Alternative Press Expo is available now. It contains exclusive interviews with special guests Bryan Hitch (Fantastic Four), Rutu Modan (Exit Wounds), as well as a history of The Eisner Awards and an excerpt from Mark Evanier's Kirby: King of Comics.

It's available for free download as well.

Eisner Awards Judges Named for 2008

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2008 Eisner AwardsThe judging panel has been named for the 2008 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. This blue-ribbon committee will be choosing the nominations to appear on the Eisner Awards ballot. This year's judges, selected by Awards Administrator Jackie Estrada, are:

John Davis, director of pop culture markets for Bookazine Company, a longtime wholesaler to the bookstore market. He is a 20-year veteran of the book industry, including stints at Central Park Media and Koen Book Distributors. Over the last decade Davis has especially enjoyed learning more about graphic novels and manga and offering retailers advice and encouragement to embrace the category. In that capacity he has served as a consultant and contributor to ForeWord magazine's Comique graphic novel supplement. He was also co-founder and co-organizer of the Firecracker Alternative Book Awards.

Paul Di Filippo, professional SF author with over 25 books to his credit. In comics he has written scripts for such characters as Marvel's Doc Samson and DC's Deadman. His major foray into scripting has been the Alan Moore-approved sequel Top 10: Beyond the Farthest Precinct. In addition, Di Filippo is a long-time critic and reviewer whose work appears frequently in such venues as The Washington Post and The Barnes and Noble Review.

Atom! Freeman, co-owner of Brave New World Comics in Santa Clarita, California. He and his wife Portlyn have owned and operated Brave New World for eight years. The Freemans regularly participate in literacy and reading programs at libraries and schools, offer courses for children of all ages on how to draw their own books, and contribute frequently to the local Toy Library and programs run by their county's Child and Family Services bureau.

Jeff Jensen, senior writer, Entertainment Weekly. A lifelong comic book fan and occasional comic book writer himself (X Factor, Teen Titans), Jensen has been reviewing graphic novels and monthly comics for EW since 2000. He has written EW cover stories on Sin City, Superman Returns, the Star Wars prequels, the Harry Potter franchise, Lost, Heroes, and many other movies and TV shows. But perhaps his favorite assignment was reporting and writing an oral history of the groundbreaking comic book series Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

Eva Volin, supervising children's librarian for the Alameda Free Library in Alameda, CA. In addition to being a member of the American Library Association/Young Adult Library Services Association's Great Graphic Novels for Teens committee, Volin has helped create or develop graphic novel collections in several libraries. She also writes manga reviews for Library Journal's Xpress Reviews, ICv2 Guide to Manga, and Robin Brenner's (a graphic novel review website designed for teens and those who work with teens), and she has recently begun reviewing light novels for

The judges will meet in early April to select the nominees that will go on the Eisner Awards ballot. The nominees will then be voted on by professionals in the comic book industry, and the results will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on Friday, July 25, at Comic-Con International: San Diego.

Read the full profiles here.

The Spirit #14: review round-up...

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Here's a smattering of reviews and reader comments on the first Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier and Mike Ploog issue of Will Eisner's The Spirit from DC Comics:

IGN: Dan Phillips
ComicsBulletin: Kevin Powers
Kevin Church from Beaucoup Kevin
The Crosspatch Reviews Comic Books
ComicBookResources: Forum
Superbuddies: Forum

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