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Friday, November 18, 2005

To: Will Eisner, with love


Whew. What can I say. Just this past Wednesday, we received the latest issue of COMIC BOOK ARTIST (#6, $14.95). It is a loving tribute to one of the true greats of the comic field - Will Eisner. Known initially for his work on The Spirit in newspaper comics sections, Eisner is perhaps the most influential comic book artist ever. His style and techniques were groundbreaking, his storytelling was pioneering... most artists list him as a main influence. This 252-page magazine is a compendium of "Artwork - Testimonials - Pin-Ups - Portraits - Interviews - Illustrations - Photo Galleries - Essays - Comic Stories & Strips - Unseen Eisner Art - Full-Color Sections and Rarely-Seen Spirit Stories". It's an incredible package and a loving tribute from over 230 artists and writers from around the world.

The next time you see "eisnerspritz", think of Will. And thank him.

2 Comments:

At 11/18/2005 9:27 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

That sounds like a great book! One of my greatest comic-related shames (other than my complete run of U.S.1) is that I am woefully unfamiliar with Eisner's work. I have read the Miller/Eisner book that came out earlier this year, and I found it to be fascinating; however, I have yet to actually read any of his actual work. I have to remedy this situation at some point.

 
At 11/19/2005 5:26 PM, Blogger jenjon said...

My brother said Will Eisner was the first comic artist he ever met. Apparently he was paid to lecture at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario Canada. My brother was enrolled in the class he lectured for. He came up with an idea for a story while he was there and he rough drafted the artwork for the first page while he was with the class. It was a Spirit story, although he can't remember the name. The story was finished later, and was published by Tabloid Press. He said the story had to do with an airliner that landed late and had only one passenger on board who was an alien. Does anybody out there know the name of the story?

 

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