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Adult/High School–In 2002, cartoonist Frank Miller visited with Will Eisner for a free-ranging discussion across several days. Brownstein provided shape to their encounters, giving the two artists a medium in which they could use words to explore the history of American graphic-novel expression, the business concerns of comics publishing, the relationship between art forms such as comics and film, and the meanings of success to each individual. Both men proved themselves thoughtful and agile speakers, engaging one another's ideas and building together a kind of oral history of the art form. Brownstein worked invisibly but successfully so that each man stepped out from time to time from the overarching wholeness of the discussions to be seen as unique. The volume is gracefully and carefully illustrated with work not only by Miller and Eisner, but also by those whom they called into the conversation: Johnny Craig, Neal Adams, and even Lynn Johnston. Photos show the distinctive ages of the two subjects and confirm the comfortable nature of this recorded interaction. This is a fine example of critical literary biography with no whiff of academic revisioning attached. As such, students will find it valuable both for curriculum support and casual reading.–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (May 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569717559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569717554
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

Customer Reviews

It's a nice, intelligent read for any adult comics fan!
Bryan E. Leed
This collection of conversations between Frank Miller and Will Eisner is quite good they cover a lot of topics and present their views well.
woodrow locksley
My only complaint is that I wished it was twice as long!
A. Parham

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If you like either Will Eisner or Frank Miller, you will likely enjoy this book. I have been a fan of Will Eisner since the 1970s Warren Magazine reprint series of THE SPIRIT! I am not a big fan of Frank Miller, (his work is too violent and raunchy for me), but Frank and Will together have plenty of interesting insights during this extended conversation between the two comics legends.

The book is nearly 350 pages of text and b/w photos and artwork! It is a real page-turner if you enjoy comics and/or Miller and Eisner! I read it all in a single weekend, well spent time and money.

In fact, the book itself was recorded over a weekend, in Florida, at Eisner's home and office, then went through a transcription and a couple of rounds of approvals, updates, corrections, and such.

The book came out after Will Eisner passed away. Frank Miller writes a nice 2005 Introduction, kidding about Eisner's love of argument, because supposedly that is what old Jewish men love to do, argue. It is a friendly, joking introduction, and Eisner would have enjoyed it, judging by other comments inside this book.

Throughout the book, they talk and argue about many topics: other friends and acquaintances from the comics industry and fun anecdotes, how the business started and evolved, how to break-in for a newcomer (or maybe not how anymore), art and page composition, color versus black & white, working methods of operation, inking, washes, character and story creation, who else's work they admire and why, zipatone, the Comics Code Authority and the 1950s witch hunts against EC and comics, the history of pre-comics and pre-comics characters, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Pang on July 14, 2006
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Its a great book, interesting gossip. A complaint in some reviews is that it emphasizes too much the business of comics, but in the end, the oral history of comics is extremely illuminating on how the industry has developed into what it is. Its an intruiging read, well worth the $20 I spent at the comic shop!
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By A. Parham on April 12, 2011
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This is essentially a book length trascript of a conversation between two legends of comic bookdom, Will Eisner and Frank Miller. They discuss everything from their story telling styles to comics history (and even an exremely technical discussion of coloring techniques). Full of interesting facts and artistic principles. These two guys know what they're talking about and LOVE their medium! My only complaint is that I wished it was twice as long!

You want to know how much I liked this book? I was thrilled when Miller was describing his thought process when he wrote Sin City...and I hate Sin City!

Highly recommended.
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This collection of conversations between Frank Miller and Will Eisner is quite good they cover a lot of topics and present their views well. Clearly they are passionate about comics. A little more depth on comics aesthetics and maybe some more personal info or opinions on some non comics issues and this would be 5 stars. Charles Brownstein did a good job of organizing and editing for publication the original conversations probably lasted much longer nad would havetaken up many more pages
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