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Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel PDF, ePub eBook Will Eisner (1917–2005) is universally considered the master of comics storytelling, best known for The Spirit, his iconic newspaper comic strip, and A Contract With God, the first significant graphic novel. This seminal work from 1978 ushered in a new era of personal stories in comics form that touched every adult topic from mortality to religion and sexuality, forever ch Will Eisner (1917–2005) is universally considered the master of comics storytelling, best known for The Spirit, his iconic newspaper comic strip, and A Contract With God, the first significant graphic novel. This seminal work from 1978 ushered in a new era of personal stories in comics form that touched every adult topic from mortality to religion and sexuality, forever changing the way writers and artists approached comics storytelling. Noted historian Paul Levitz celebrates Eisner by showcasing his most famous work along­side unpublished and rare materials from the family archives. Also included are original interviews with creators such as Jules Feiffer, Art Spiegelman, Scott McCloud, Jeff Smith, Denis Kitchen, and Neil Gaiman—all of whom knew Eisner and were inspired by his work to create their own graphic novels for a new generation of readers. NOTE: The cover is a high-quality photographic reproduction of Eisner's original art. The design intentionally reveals tape and other stray markings that are part of the artist's process and reflect the age of the artifact that was photographed.

54 review for Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Scott Semegran

    Beautiful book with excellent reproductions of master cartoonist Will Eisner's The Spirit splash pages as well as pages from his graphic novels. Retelling of his place in comic strip history is thorough as well as critical of some of his artistic choices. An excellent read that is beautifully bound. Highly recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Essential reference for anyone serious about comics, art history, & graphic storytelling.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    Here is a great celebration of the life and work of Will Eisner, with generous samples of art and story, well reproduced, designed, and printed in a coffee-table format for sharing. Paul Levitz, former publisher of DC Comics and a knowledgeable fan and comics historian in his own write, excels at the nuances of publishing and business history. For instance, it is amazing, as Levitz points out, that Eisner is also the only comics artist to also be the chief executive of a publicly traded company! Here is a great celebration of the life and work of Will Eisner, with generous samples of art and story, well reproduced, designed, and printed in a coffee-table format for sharing. Paul Levitz, former publisher of DC Comics and a knowledgeable fan and comics historian in his own write, excels at the nuances of publishing and business history. For instance, it is amazing, as Levitz points out, that Eisner is also the only comics artist to also be the chief executive of a publicly traded company! This fine anthology and biography does not replace other biographies of the late, great Eisner, but showcases his successes and places his pioneering publishing career in historical context. Highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John

    A wonderful book -- a perfect encapsulation of comic-book history and the man who shepherded the graphic novel form its infancy into its true potential.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    PDF - a very engaging and insightful look at Eisner's career and influence, packed with great artwork and addendumed by a nice panel discussion of terrific cartoonists discussing their appreciation.

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    Victors

    Biography and graphic novel criticism/history. Focused look at the tandem path of Eisner's life and the life of the graphic novel, and their influence on 20th century American comics, culture, and more. An easy read with coloful splash pages that echo Eisner's Spirit pages. The biography leaves out the more personal details and public fueds that other books explore by keeping a tighter focus on Eisner's relationship with graphic novels and comics. Likewise, the book avoids a complete historical Biography and graphic novel criticism/history. Focused look at the tandem path of Eisner's life and the life of the graphic novel, and their influence on 20th century American comics, culture, and more. An easy read with coloful splash pages that echo Eisner's Spirit pages. The biography leaves out the more personal details and public fueds that other books explore by keeping a tighter focus on Eisner's relationship with graphic novels and comics. Likewise, the book avoids a complete historical chart on the graphic novel throughout the last few decades, and instead focuses on and celebrates Eisner's contribution to the medium and field.

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