November 2008 Archives

Will Eisner: Profession: CartoonistBrazilian artist Marisa Furtado de Oliveira's documentary on the life of Will Eisner has been picked up by Image Entertainment and will be on sale December 16th.

Read more at the Image Entertainment page.

Further info from Scoop at Diamond Galleries:

[The DVD] includes new animated sequences, beautifully crafted using Eisner's original art. The first of its kind to do so, this three-part documentary dives deeply into Eisner's life and career, featuring the cartoonist himself demonstrating his talent and technique. Interviews with comic legends, including Art Spiegelman, Bill Sinkiewicz, Denis Kitchen, Jerry Robinson, Ann Eisner, Angeli Guazzelli, Lailson, Mauricio de Souza, Ota, Ziraldo, Jano, and Francois Shuiten are given. The film, originally released in 1999, is making its way to U.S. shores...

Watch the YouTube Trailer.

MTV Splash Page: Eisner's Remembrance

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Veterans Day Exclusive: 'The Spirit' Creator Will Eisner's Wartime Memories by Brian Jacks

Will Eisner is particularly well known today for creating "The Spirit," his blue-clad superhero that's currently receiving the Hollywood treatment at the hands of Frank Miller. But lesser known is that Eisner was a veteran of no less than three major wars: World War II (where he was an enlisted man) and Korea and Vietnam, where he was a civilian contractor eventually obtaining the rank equivalent to a brigadier general. I was fortunate enough to know Will, and four years before his death in 2005, we chatted at length about his military service, how it related to "The Spirit," and his views on the extreme stresses of war. In honor of both Veterans Day and Will Eisner, enjoy this rare look inside the mind of the revered comics legend on this most serious of topics.

Read the full interview here.

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Will Eisner

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2008 Miami Book Fair International
Wednesday, November 12
6:00 p.m., Miami Dade College, Centre Gallery (Bldg. 1, 3rd Floor)

Will Eisner is a true pioneer in creating the world of comics as we know it. From his legendary work in the 1940s on The Spirit, to his groundbreaking graphic novel, A Contract with God, in 1978, and his posthumously published graphic novel, The Plot, in 2005, Eisner's work and passion for this literary format continues to shape contemporary pop culture.

Please join us for an exceptional evening featuring an exhibit of Eisner's original artwork, a multi-media exhibit based upon The Plot, and artworks inspired by Eisner's graphic storytelling. A panel discussion about Eisner's life and work will take place in the gallery, followed by a screening of the award-winning documentary, Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist, in the Auditorium (Bldg.1, 2nd Floor).

On the panel: Eisner's editor on The Plot, Bob Weil, vice president and executive editor at W.W. Norton & Company, agents Denis Kitchen and Judy Hansen, and author and comics artist Scott McCloud. The panel will be moderated by Charles Kochman, executive editor of Abrams ComicArts and editor of The Will Eisner Companion.

Free and open to everyone.

Read more about this unique evening here.

Visit the website for further information about the Book Fair.

"I adored Will Eisner and took a real 'Don't tread on me' approach when I came to this movie. At the same time, I was willing to tread all over it. I knew Will always wanted to do something fresh and new, not some stodgy old thing that aspires to be revered. I don't want anybody to bow to this movie. I want a ripping good yarn. It is not an antique."

Read the full article here.

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