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Paul Fitzgerald has announced the availability of a limited edition of his new book, Will Eisner and PS Magazine. Paul Fitzgerald was PS Magazine's first managing editor and had a 52-year friendship with Will Eisner. This is warmly reflected throughout the 224 page softcover book. The book is currently only available directly from the author in a signed and numbered limited edition of 500 copies.
For more information and to order a personal copy go to the
Will Eisner and PS Magazine Website.
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.
Bob Andelman let's us know that The Virginia Commonwealth University has uploaded a huge archive of over 140 issues of Will Eisner's PS Magazine. This is a huge resource of rarely-seen Eisner material featuring 'Joe Dope' and 'Connie Rod', showcasing Eisner's practical foray into educational comics for US troops:
VCU Libraries is honored to present these rare examples of the incomparable art work of the late Will Eisner. In an effort to encourage soldiers to keep better care of their equipment, the US Army hired Eisner's American Visuals Corporation to do a digest-sized publication focusing on preventive maintenance. Each issue consisted of a color comic book style cover; eight pages of four color comic continuity story in the middle; and a wealth of technical, safety, and policy information printed in two color. Eisner drew and was artistic editor for PS Magazine from its inception in 1951 until 1972. Presented here are complete scans for 145 regular issues, 3 special issues, and 14 index issues.
Bob Andelman, author of the authorized biography Will Eisner: A Spirited Life, has hosted an online chat about Eisner's years on PS Magazine:
Because so much interest is being concentrated on Eisner's work this year - and because it is a personal interest of my own, I've invited a trio of experts on PS Magazine to join me for a conversation about "The Unknown Eisner":
Cindy Jackson is Archival Assistant for Comic Arts & Digital Collections in the Special Collections & Archives Department of the James Branch Cabell (rhymes with rabble) Library at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Paul Fitzgerald is a retired journalist who spent 10 years at PS Magazine where he worked alongside Will Eisner and formed a life-long friendship. Paul's first book, Will Eisner and PS Magazine, will be published in May 2008.
Stuart Henderson joined the PS staff in August of 1993, and he has been production manager of the magazine since March of 2002. He is also the Army magazine's unofficial historian.
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.
Release Date: 2008-04-30
Color: Partial Color
A great post on cartoonist Mike Lynch's blog about Will Eisner's tenure on P*S Magazine for the U.S. Army. The post also features some great cover scans from Lynch's collection.
Read more here.