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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (November 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393328112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393328110
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Will Eisner was born William Erwin Eisner on March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. By the time of his death on January 3, 2005, Will Eisner was recognized internationally as one of the giants in the field of sequential art, a term he coined. In a career that spanned nearly eight decades—from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics—Will Eisner was truly the 'Orson Welles of comics' and the 'father of the Graphic Novel'. He broke new ground in the development of visual narrative and the language of comics and was the creator of The Spirit, John Law, Lady Luck, Mr. Mystic, Uncle Sam, Blackhawk, Sheena and countless others. During World War II, Will Eisner used the comic format to develop training and equipment maintenance manuals for the US Army. After the war this continued as the Army's P.S. Magazine, which is still being produced today. Will Eisner taught Sequential Arts at the New York School of Visual Arts. The textbooks that he wrote based on his course are still bestsellers. In 1978, Will Eisner wrote A Contract with God, the first modern graphic novel. This was followed by almost 20 additional graphic novels over the following 25 years. The "Oscars" of the Comic Industry are called The Eisner Awards, and named after Will Eisner. The Eisners are presented annually before a packed ballroom at Comic-Con International in San Diego, America's largest comics convention. Wizard magazine named Eisner "the most influential comic artist of all time." Michael Chabon's Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is based in good part on Eisner. In 2002, Eisner received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Federation for Jewish Culture, only the second such honor in the organization's history, presented by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don D. Bouchard on July 2, 2013
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Will Eisner was a genius (hence the "Eisner Award") whose work goes deeper than some of the "comics for money" industry produces. In Dropsie Avenue, the protagonist is an imaginary neighborhood in the Bronx, Dropsie Avenue, which the reader watches unfold from farmlands in the 1800s to modern times. The rise and decay and revitalization process over more than a hundred years becomes alive and personal as readers blink in and out of intensely powerful vignettes of powerful people who bring changes: immigrants, opportunists, criminal elements, urban sprawl and decay, and then redevelopment. Not a story for children, Eisner portrays people realistically and somewhat morosely. Violence, crime, drugs, prostitution, racism, etc., are offset by the work of a few progressive, altruistic people who come together for the good of the community, but "good" does not always "win." This book is a realistic, hard-hitting, necessary text to accompany works by Upton Sinclair, Studs Terkel, F. Scott Fitzgerald, etc. Don't discount graphic novels; they have a powerful complementary effect in conjunction with other more traditional literature. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Art on January 10, 2009
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This is one of the few comics to (almost) make me cry, and it's about a building! A masterpiece.
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By ClassicJ on March 23, 2014
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This comic is a classic! Don't be fooled by the looks of a comic. It is a very thought-provoking read. You should also look into the complete trilogy,"A Contract with God."
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More About the Author

WILL EISNER was born on March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. By the time of his death on January 3, 2005, Will Eisner was recognized internationally as one of the giants in the field of sequential art, a term he coined.

In a career that spanned nearly eight decades - from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics - Will Eisner was truly the 'Father of the Graphic Novel' and the 'Orson Welles of Comics.' He broke new ground in the development of visual narrative and the language of comics and was the creator of The Spirit, John Law, Lady Luck, Mr. Mystic, Uncle Sam, Blackhawk, Sheena, and countless others.

During World War II, Will Eisner used the comic format to develop training and equipment maintenance manuals for the US Army. After the war this continued as the Army's "PS Magazine" which is still being produced today. Will Eisner taught Sequential Art at the New York School of Visual Arts for 20 years. The textbooks that he wrote were based on his course and are still bestsellers. In 1978, Will Eisner wrote "A Contract with God," the first modern Graphic Novel. This was followed by almost 20 additional graphic novels over the following 25 years.

The "Oscars" of the Comic Industry are called The Eisner Awards, and named after Will Eisner. The Eisners are presented annually before a packed ballroom at San Diego Comic-Con, America's largest comics convention.

Wizard magazine named Eisner "the most influential comic artist of all time." Michael Chabon's Pulitzer-prize winning novel "Kavalier and Clay" is based in good part on Eisner. In 2002, Eisner received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Federation for Jewish Culture, presented by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman.

"Like" the Official Will Eisner Facebook Page and visit www.WillEisner.com for more information about Will Eisner.

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