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COMICS EXPERT DANNY FINGEROTH GIVES A FREE PRESENTATION ON THE LIFE AND ART OF GRAPHIC NOVEL TITAN WILL EISNER AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ON MONDAY, MARCH 23, AT 8:00 PM.

New York, MARCH 17, 2009

THE SPIRIT OF COMICS: THE LIFE AND ART OF WILL EISNER

Only one name stretches from the beginning of the history of the comic book through the modern era of the literary graphic novel: WILL EISNER.

On Monday, March 23rd, comics writer and critic DANNY FINGEROTH will give an illustrated presentation about the life, work, and influence of the great writer and artist.

Taking a tour through Eisner's life-in effect, a journey through comics history-the presentation will serve as an introduction to those who'd like to know more about how the graphic novel phenomenon (which has spawned hit comics-based movies like THE DARK KNIGHT and WATCHMEN), and will offer new insights for those who may already know the work of Eisner and his creative descendants.

ABOUT WILL EISNER:
Born in 1917, Eisner was raised in the tenement Bronx of the Great Depression. He was a pioneer in the creation of comics of the "golden age" of the 1930s and '40s, achieving immortality with his noir crime fighting superhero, THE SPIRIT. In 1978, Eisner reinvented himself-and the medium-with his graphic novel A CONTRACT WITH GOD, the first of a series of works focused on early 20th century Jewish life in America. At the time of his 2005 death, Eisner was working on THE PLOT, a comics-form refutation of the resurgent Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

ABOUT DANNY FINGEROTH:
A longtime writer and editor at Marvel Comics, Fingeroth has spoken about comics at the Smithsonian Institution and The Metropolitan Museum. He recently curated and moderated an enlightening series of talks with comics creators (AL JAFFEE, JULES FEIFFER, and HARVEY PEKAR) at the YIVO Institute. He's the author of DISGUISED AS CLARK KENT: JEWS COMICS, AND THE CREATION OF THE SUPERHERO (Continuum) and THE ROUGH GUIDE TO GRAPHIC NOVELS (Penguin).

Monday, March 23, 8:00 pm
Columbia University
Broadway and 116th Street
New York City
Schermerhorn Hall
Room 501
FREE ADMISSION

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
212-854-2581
mg27@columbia.edu

CELEBRATING WILL EISNER

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A Free Event!

CELEBRATING WILL EISNER: A panel of Eisner experts discusses Eisner's life and career, examining just what made (and still makes) him so significant to the comics medium. Featuring DANNY FINGEROTH (Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero), DENNIS O'NEIL (longtime Batman writer and editor), N.C. CHRISTOPHER COUCH (The Will Eisner Companion), and KENNETH GINIGER (legendary publisher and lifelong friend of Will Eisner).

Saturday March 7th
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Jim Hanley's Universe
4 West 33rd Street
New York, NY


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