The 2008 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at a gala event at Comic-Con International San Diego last night.
July 2008 Archives
A few minutes late (3PM) as the harried Convention Center staff worked on assuaging the fire marshal's fears, the Lionsgate panel kicked off a discussion of Frank Miller's adaptation of "The Spirit."
Moderated by LA Times writer Jeff Bousche, Deborah Del Prete and Frank Miller were on the panel.
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Will Eisner: Portrait Of A Sequential Artist
Get a look behind the mask of the creator of "The Spirit" in this feature-length documentary movie. With a triumphant world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, the production features the legendary writer/artist Will Eisner with Frank Miller, Stan Lee, Jules Feiffer, Jack Kirby, Kurt Vonnegut, and many others. Following this unique free movie screening, join Director/Producer Andrew D. Cooke and Writer/Producer Jon B. Cooke for a dynamic Q & A Session.
Friday, July 25, 2:45 - 3:45 PM
Will Eisner's "The Spirit" Panel
World Premiere of The Spirit movie trailer with panel members including Frank Miller (Writer/Director), Deborah Del Prete (Producer), and actors Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, and Eva Mendes. First showing of scenes from the movie followed by a panel discussion and Q+A Session.
Friday, July 25, 8:00 - 11:00
20th Annual Eisner Awards
Annual Comic Industry Awards presented by The Spirit movie. The "Oscars" of the comics industry will be given out at a gala ceremony. This year's special theme is "The Magic of Comics".
Saturday, July 26, 1:00-2:00 PM
Will Eisner Tribute
A tribute to, and panel discussion about, the legendary artist, cartoonist, educator, and entrepreneur, Will Eisner, with panel members who knew him and worked with him. Will Eisner played an important role in the growth of Comics and Sequential Art from the Golden Age of Comics through the acceptance and dynamic growth of the Graphic Novel. Join Michael Uslan (Comics Historian, Movie Producer - Batman, The Spirit), Paul Levitz (Publisher & President, DC Comics), Denis Kitchen (Cartoonist, Publisher, Will Eisner's Agent), Carl Gropper (Manager, Will Eisner Studios, Will Eisner's Nephew), Andrew D. Cooke (Director/Producer of "Will Eisner: Portrait Of A Sequential Artist"), and Panel Moderator, Jon B. Cooke (Editor of Comic Book Artist, Educator) in this unique event to be followed by a dynamic Q+A session.
SAN DIEGO - Comic-Con International, the largest comic book and popular arts event in the United States, is delighted to announce that the title sponsor for the 2008 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (or The Eisner's as the event is affectionately referred) is The Spirit, the film adaptation of Will Eisner's classic comics series, which will be released in theaters by Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment this Christmas.
The Eisner Awards, considered the "Oscars" of the comics industry, will be presented in a gala awards ceremony on Friday, July 25 at Comic-Con in San Diego. Named for the acclaimed comics writer, artist, and creator, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been in existence since 1987. "It is obviously fitting that The Spirit be the title sponsor for the Eisner's," said Jackie Estrada, awards administrator. "And the fact that Frank and Will were such good friends makes it even more special."
Frank Miller, director of "Will Eisner's The Spirit," shares thoughts about his first time behind the camera. Read the full article here and also listen to a few sound bites by Miller.
On behalf of Lionsgate, we invite you to check out the newly re-vamped official website for Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT! In anticipation of Comic Con San Diego, the site has been updated to include information about the exciting schedule of events and activities at Comic Con for Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT movie - including the panel, talent appearances, and exclusive content!
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Remember to keep checking back at MyCityScreams.com and be sure to grab the 'Spidget' for continuous updates about Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT (in theaters Christmas Day 2008)!
Dan Herman at Hermes Press, has informed us that Paul Fitzgerald's book, Will Eisner and PS Magazine, will be released in a soft cover edition and a limited edition numbered hard cover, signed by the author as well as Murphy Anderson and Joe Kubert. Both books are oversize (12 inches by 9 inches, landscape) on heavy, matte-finish, coated stock, and full color throughout. Both editions will be available in September 2008.
Visit the book's website with details, discussion, and plenty of art, now live.