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A short master class segment from the Brazilian documentary "Will Eisner. Profession: Cartoonist".

A Contract With God: the movie

San Diego, CA (July 23, 2010) - Legendary comic book master Will Eisner's groundbreaking graphic novel "A Contract with God" is being adapted into a live action feature film, it was announced this evening at Comic- Con International 2010 by the film's producers.  In what is considered by many to be one of the most influential graphic novels ever written, in "A Contract with God" Eisner utilizes the comic book format in an innovative and pioneering way to explore stories and memories from his childhood growing up in a New York City tenement. Each tale captures the brutality, fragility, and tenderness that exists among people living in close quarters in challenging economic times.
 
A quartet of acclaimed independent directors are attached to direct each of the graphic novel's four adjoining chapters: Alex Rivera ("Sleep Dealer"); Tze Chun ("Children of Invention"); Barry Jenkins ("Medicine for Melancholy"); and Sean Baker ("Prince of Broadway," MTV's "Warren the Ape").  The film will be produced and adapted for the screen by Darren Dean, whose first feature "Prince of Broadway," about an illegal immigrant in contemporary New York City, is being released this fall and whose second feature, Rwanda-shot "Kinyarwanda" (directed by Alrick Brown) is in post-production, due for a festival bow in 2011.
 
The film adaptation of "A Contract with God" will be produced under the auspices of the Eisner estate in the spirit of the original work.  Bob Schreck, a 30-year veteran of the comic book industry and Michael Ruggiero, former head of original programming at STARZ, will serve as Co-Executive Producers.  Black Squirrel Films Co-Founder Tommy Oliver will serve as Co-Producer and Mark Rabinowitz, Co-Founder of indieWIRE.com, will serve as Associate Producer.
 
Focusing on the immigrant struggle,  "A Contract With God" takes a look at a salient theme across four separate but related stories, set primarily in a New York City tenement in the 1930s.  The four segments are: "A Contract With God" (Rivera), "The Street Singer" (Chun), "The Super" (Jenkins) and  "Cookalien," (Baker). Each of the filmmakers comes to the project with a distinct aesthetic approach which will capture the diversity, style and essence of Eisner's story. Nat Sanders ("Medicine for Melancholy," "Humpday") will serve as editor on the entire film.
 
The announcement regarding the film adaptation of "A Contract with God" was made this evening at the 22nd annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, which honors creative achievement in American comic books including induction ceremonies into the comics industry Hall of Fame, the first time such an announcement has been made at the Eisners. Will Eisner was a regular participant in the award ceremony until his death in 2005.

The Spirit #3 on sale June 16, 2010

spirit_3_10_ladronn_518.jpgWritten by MARK SCHULTZ • Art by MORITAT • Cover by LADRÖNN

FIRST WAVE takes a break this month but THE SPIRIT marches on! Angel Smerti has delivered The Spirit into the deadly grasp of the Octopus, and the only one who can save him is... Angel Smerti?! Can The Spirit possibly warm her icy heart with a knife pressed against his throat?

And in THE SPIRIT: BLACK & WHITE co-feature, Michael Uslan and F.J. DeSanto deliver a tale of treason on the airwaves, stunningly illustrated in rich graytones by Justiniano!

DC Universe 40pg. Color $3.99 US

The Spirit DVD Released

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Frank Miller's The Spirit movie is available today on DVD. If you missed it in the movie theaters, here's another chance to see it. If you're a movie fan, or a comics fan, you'll definitely want to watch the DVD Extras about Will Eisner, Frank Miller, and the mechanics of making a "green screen" movie.

Once you've seen the movie and extras post your thoughts in the Will Eisner Forum! We want to find out what you're thinking.

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The Spirit DVD

Two Disc Version

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The Spirit: The Movie Visual Companion

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The Spirit Movie Visual Companion

Will Eisner's classic comics character makes the leap to the screen in this spectacular new live-action movie written and directed by Frank Miller (Sin City, 300), and starring Gabriel Macht as The Spirit, Samuel L. Jackson as his psychotic arch-nemesis The Octopus, and Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson as alluring femmes fatale.

In Central City, one man fights crime using nothing but his wits and his fists. He wears a mask, a suit and a fedora, and he is known only as The Spirit...

This stunning volume contains interviews with the cast and the crew, color photos & production art, and Frank Miller sketches and storyboards. The Spirit: The Movie Visual Companion, published by Titan Books, also features loads of Will Eisner sketches and art that inspired the new movie.

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Please note: The movie release date on the widget is the UK release date for Will Eisner's The Spirit.

The Post and Courier on Will Eisner...

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The Post and Courier's Bill Thompson takes a look at the life and career of Will Eisner:

"Will was still very productive near the end of his life," says Carl Gropper, archivist of Will Eisner Studios, Inc., in New Jersey. "I suspect that now that the new movie based on his work is coming out, there will be quite a bit of additional interest in his remarkable career."

An adaptation of Eisner's most famous work, "The Spirit," comes to the big screen Christmas Day.

Read the full article here.

LA Times: 'The Spirit' movie that could have been

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In a guest essay for Hero Complex, Steven Paul Leiva talks about the film version of The Spirit that could have been...

Frank Miller's film version of Will Eisner's innovative 1940s comic book, "The Spirit" opens on Christmas Day. It will be stylistic and hyper-visual, a hoped-for perfect melding of film and "sequential art," a term coined by Eisner. What it will not be, however, is revolutionary. Comic book movies are now the meat and potatoes -- not to mention several side vegetables -- of Hollywood. And even its green screen, scene-simulation style is just part of a Miller continuum that started with "Sin City."

But if the world had turned a little differently, if fate had been a little kinder, a "Spirit" feature film would have debuted in the 1980s that would not only have been revolutionary but -- those of us involved in it were convinced -- a huge hit, possibly the first $100 million-grossing animated feature. And the futures of such filmmakers as Brad Bird, Gary Kurtz, John Musker and John Lasseter might have taken alternative paths.

Read the full article here.

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.

"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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