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New York Public Library Readers Den: 

Week 1-The Contract With God Trilogy

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For this month's Reader's Den, we'll be hosting a four week online book discussion of Will Eisner's The Contract With God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue.... 






 
 
 

and James Vance's Presentation 

at Ohio State University: 

Will Eisner, Writer 

This is the talk I gave during the academic conference at the recent Billy Ireland Museum opening festival, part of a panel celebrating the 35th anniversary of the publication of A Contract with God...

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Jeff Smith at UMass Amherst

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Jeff Smith on the Graphic Novel, 
 
Will Eisner, and Creativity

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UMass Amherst
2:00 PM in Bartlett Hall 


The Dreamer and the Dream

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PAUL LEVITZ Examines WILL EISNER's Life and Work for New Book... 

Paul Levitz to draw a unique picture of Will Eisner's work and influence in Will Eisner: The Dreamer and the Dream, an Abrams ComicArts book due out next year. 

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Full Story at NEWSarama.com 

Fagin the Jew

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Disagreeing with Eisner...

Colin Smith's "Too busy thinking about my comics" blog has a wonderfully sincere and interesting piece comparing Eisner's Spirit work with his later graphic novels:

So; while there's no creator in the history of comics that I respect more than Mr Eisner, I just feel that I'd benefit from owning up to the fact that I think his work on the Spirit is, as a general principle, far, far superior to anything which he produced from the publication of "A Contract With God And Other Tenement Stories" in 1978 onwards.
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The weekly context in which The Spirit's adventures were published demanded both innovation and clarity, emotion and excitement, and just like the very best of any and all popular entertainment, it was largely unpretentious, lacking in worthiness and completely involving. If the message of a typical Spirit tale tended to be somewhat obvious, and most of the themes were never anything other than straight-forward, the storytelling carried the reader onwards towards the story's moral closure with an exceptional vigour. And The Spirit himself, so often decried by Mr Eisner as being no more sophisticated a character than a man in a mask, served so effectively as an everyman, as the reader's POV, as a symbol of an individual caught outside the madness of everyday life trying to impose some sanity upon it. Constantly beaten, wounded, heart-broken, confused, the Spirit moves me far more as a symbol of one type of 20th century person than any of Mr Eisner's later characters do.
Read the full post here.



The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art - MoCCA - is proud to announce Will Eisner's New York: From the Spirit to the Modern Graphic Novel, an exhibit showcasing work of the comics and graphic novel master that was inspired by, and which spotlighted, his hometown, the city he always held closest to his heart: New York. The exhibition will run from March 1-June 30, 2011. It is curated by Denis Kitchen and Danny Fingeroth.

From the Golden Age of Comics through the creation of the modern graphic novel (a form he was instrumental in popularizing), you will find New York City at the heart of Will Eisner's work. Whether thinly disguised as "Central City" in the pages of his legendary creation, The Spirit, or more directly presented in his autobiographical graphic novels, New York was portrayed by Eisner as only a native of the city could know it.

This exhibition spotlights the city as reflected in all eras of Eisner's work. It includes Spirit artwork, art from many of his classic graphic novels, including A Contract with God and To the Heart of the Storm, and original paintings by Eisner, as well as art by significant creators who were influenced by him.

Full details here or the MOCCA website.

TCJ.com: Interview with Eisner (1968)

The very new iteration of The Comics Journal website has been running articles from the Journal's archives and has uploaded a 1968 interview with Will Eisner originally published in The Comics Journal #267, 2005.

Read the full interview here.

Will Eisner the 'graphic novel'... again.

This topic raises its head on a regular basis and it seems to be happening again. Over at Dr. K's blog, Dr. Andy Kunka looks at the origins of Eisner's coining of the term "graphic novel":

It is now fairly common knowledge that Eisner neither invented the term itself nor the form that we call a "graphic novel," but it is fair to say that he popularized the term when he later used it to promote [A Contract With God] upon publication from Baronet Books in 1978, and, for better or worse, the term has stuck.

If, as an Eisner reader, you are not familiar with the ground covered by this topic, this is as good a place to start as any, as the comments to the blog post also features some interesting comics history noted by graphic novelist Eddie Campbell, among others.

The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon has a thought or two on this recurring issue as well.

CBR: Remembering Will Eisner at NYCC

Comic Book Resources' Brigid Alverson takes us to the recent panel at New York Comic Con:

"Will Eisner's New York" turned out not to be the most accurate name for the New York Comic Con panel devoted to the creator of The Spirit; although a slideshow of 's drawings of the neighborhoods of New York played on a screen throughout the panel, the conversation consisted mainly of memories of the man himself.

Most of the panel members had a personal or professional connection with Eisner: Michael Schumacher, the author of the upcoming biography "Will Eisner: A Dreamer's Life in Comics"; Denis Kitchen, Eisner's longtime publisher and the representative of his estate; David Hajdu, a professor at Columbia University and author of "The Ten-Cent Plague"; Paul Levitz, former president of DC Comics, who worked with Eisner on "The Spirit Library" and wrote an eight-page Spirit story; and Jules Feiffer, who worked in Eisner's studio and recently published his memoir, "Backing into Forward." Comics writer Arie Kaplan moderated the panel which began on a cordial note with the panelists autographing each other's books.

Read the full article here.

Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel at SVA

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents "Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel at SVA," an exhibition of original drawings, books, prints and animation by over 100 artists. "Ink Plots" traces the development of sequential art over four decades with selections by SVA faculty members and showcases the work of SVA alumni who are pushing the boundaries of the graphic novel today. "Ink Plots" is curated by Marshall Arisman, chair of the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department, and Thomas Woodruff, chair of the BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department.

"'Ink Plots' pays tribute to some of the most important artists responsible for the invention and development of the graphic novel," says co-curator Arisman. "The years many of these artists spent teaching at SVA has greatly influenced the present generation of graphic novelists."

Participating current and former SVA faculty members include Sal Amendola, R. O. Blechman, Sue Coe, Will Eisner, Tom Gill, Edward Gorey, Burne Hogarth, Klaus Janson, Frances Jetter, Ben Katchor, Peter Kuper, Harvey Kurtzman, Keith Mayerson, David Mazzucchelli, Jerry Moriarty, Mark Newgarden, Gary Panter, Jerry Robinson, David Sandlin, Walter Simonson and Art Spiegelman.

October 8 - November 6, 2010
Reception: Thursday, October 14, 5:30-7pm


For more information, visit the SVA website.

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