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By Paul Levitz

Will Eisner (1917–2005) is universally thought of the grasp of comics storytelling, most sensible recognized for The Spirit, his iconic newspaper cartoon, and A agreement With God, the 1st major image novel. This seminal paintings from 1978 ushered in a brand new period of non-public tales in comics shape that touched each grownup subject from mortality to faith and sexuality, ceaselessly altering the best way writers and artists approached comics storytelling. famous historian Paul Levitz celebrates Eisner by way of showcasing his most famed paintings along­side unpublished and infrequent fabrics from the kin files. additionally incorporated are unique interviews with creators corresponding to Jules Feiffer, paintings Spiegelman, Scott McCloud, Jeff Smith, Denis Kitchen, and Neil Gaiman—all of whom knew Eisner and have been encouraged by means of his paintings to create their very own photo novels for a brand new new release of readers.

word: the canopy is a fine quality photographic replica of Eisner's unique artwork. The layout deliberately unearths tape and different stray markings which are a part of the artist's procedure and mirror the age of the artifact that used to be photographed.

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For info, touch specialsales@abramsbooks. com or the tackle less than. one hundred fifteen West 18th road big apple, new york 10011 www. abramsbooks. com EDITOR: Charles Kochman layout DIRECTOR: John Lind DESIGNERS: C. S. Fossett & John Lind artwork DIRECTOR: Chad W. Beckerman coping with EDITOR: Jen Graham construction supervisor: Alison Gervais Pinback button, well-known Cartoonist sequence no. sixteen, Krupp comedian Works, 1975. obviously, Eisner used to be a main choose one of the fifty-four cartoonists Denis Kitchen selected to create unique self-portraits for the creditors’ pride. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS the writer wish to recognize the valuable contributions of Merrilee Heifetz, Sarah Nagel, Lindsay Newton, and Albert Araneo at Writers condominium. Denis Kitchen, Stacey Kitchen, and Judy Hansen. Ann Eisner and Carl and Nancy Gropper at Will Eisner Studios. Charles Kochman, Chad W. Beckerman, Jen Graham, Nicole Sclama, and Alison Gervais at Abrams ComicArts. Todd Klein, John Lind, and C. S. Fossett. all the above made this e-book attainable … and Brad Meltzer, for beginning it off so superbly. To my predecessors in gaining knowledge of and writing approximately Eisner, whose paintings i've got liberally drawn upon: Bob Andelman, John Benson, Charles Brownstein, N. C. Christopher sofa, Jon and Andrew Cooke, M. Thomas Inge, Michael Schumacher, Jim Steranko, and Stephen Weiner. To Wayne Smith, for his learn counsel. and particularly to Lucy Caswell and Jenny Robb, for guarding Eisner’s legacy on the Billy eire caricature Library & Museum on the Ohio country collage Libraries. for his or her contributions to scholarship which are integrated into the e-book: James Coville, Randy Duncan, Danny Fingeroth, Andrew J. Kunka, Matthew Smith, Greg Preston, and Julia B. Ree. For sharing their thoughts of Will Eisner and the evolution of the picture novel: Mitch Berger, Nick Cardy, Mike Carlin, Joey Cavalieri, Howard Chaykin, Jackie Estrada, Drew Friedman, Neil Gaiman, Joe Kubert, Batton Lash, Scott McCloud, Nick Meglin, Joe Quesada, Diana Shutz, Jeff Smith, artwork Spiegelman, James Sturm, Raina Telgemeier, Len Wein, Bob Wiacek, and so much specially Ann Eisner and Jules Feiffer. For sharing their perspectives of Eisner and the photo novel’s evolution, i need to thank the actually hundreds of thousands of people that have shared my trip from a fourteen-year-old comedian publication fan to now, specially Will himself. for his or her assistance in offering art or clearing rights for the e-book: Elizabeth Clementson, Tom Cooke, Amy Genkins, Bette Graber, Gary Groth, Sierra Hahn, Eric Ingram, Lene Hockstein-Baker, Joseph Izzo, Thomas King, Denis Kitchen, Stacey Kitchen, Beth Kleiber, Charles Kochman, Nick Landau, John Lind, Shawn McManus, Paul McSpadden, Rebecca Nagel, Gregory Pan, Melissa Quinn, Mike Richardson, Lauren Rogoff, Alex Saviuk, Gary Sassaman, C. S. Fossett, Jonathan Shapiro, Ronald S. Sonenthal, James Sullos, Jr. , Craig Thompson, and Vincent Zurzulo. To preserve house, I’ve thanked humans in just one classification, yet many people were useful in a number of contexts. And my reminiscence is much from excellent, so if i've got passed over an individual, I say sorry for the unfinished attractiveness.

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