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Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative (Will Eisner Instructional Books) Paperback – August 17, 2008
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Will Eisner is the father of the medium a living legend who started it all. I am continually in awe. He makes me proud to be a cartoonist. --Judd Winick, award-winning creator of Pedro and Me and writer for Green Lantern"
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
From the earliest work of his career, Will Eisner was an innovator in writing as well as illustration. Even in his twilight years the man is still a vigorous and creative artist producing work that pros as well as fans can't wait to get their hands on.
These books display his genius in an entertaining and easy to follow method, and if put to practice will inspire and reveal hidden keys to making your work truly professional grade. A great companion book to Eisner's "Comics & Sequential Art".
- Darick Roberston
Does it have any issues? Yes. It's 164 heavily illustrated pages. You can read it in an afternoon. And some of the illustrative pieces feel over-long for the point they are trying to prove. I hit the point on a couple of them where I found myself saying, "Yes, I get it. We needed the X in the beginning so we would understand Y now. Can we move on?" I also felt that, at 164 pages, he didn't really have the opportunity to go into depth on some areas. There's a point where he provided two bad examples of a comic script... and no good example. Aaaaah!
Even with those issues in mind, I have to give the book 4 caped crime-fighters out of five. It's well-written (though there are also some grammatical gaffs that make me want to scream), it's engaging, and it's instructive. Worth the read.
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He talks about techniques to use to help build a more convincing story. This would include comic tools like lettering, building momentum, using visual clues and writing. Examples include how props (i.e. guns) are held to reveal human characteristics.
There are lessons on how to engage readers, how readers think and mistakes to avoid. These are followed with lots of comic strip examples -- including a selection from different comic artists. Unfortunately, they aren't captioned page by page like it was done on his other books. The comic examples are great, you know it but you don't know why they work.
The book doesn't really go in depth into all aspects of storytelling. There's no talk on character development, story arcs, conflict management and specific story elements and tools.
Overall, this is still a very useful book for anyone who's just starting out and thinking of drawing their own comics.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
As for the book itself, it is a great resource and even more so now that it has newer information on web-based comics. BUT the sections on those comics, in THIS edition, although informative, are still a long way away from having everything a reader could ask for since web-comics are still rather new in comparison to printed comics.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the page-to-page layouts and transitions are needlessly tough to follow, but after a while you figure it out. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Josh W.
I love this book, both for the wonderfully drawn visuals as well as the philosophical principles of graphic storytelling. Read morePublished 10 months ago by E. M. Hobo
Talks about visual storytelling, but like everything that Eisner did, this books go further on the discussions about perception and visual communication.Published 17 months ago by Lucas Ogasawara
This book was a valuable insight into the skill it purports to cover. The fact a great master of the field took the time and trouble to write it is demonstrated in the love,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by The Lone Comic
This book covers information that was missing from the first book. Eisner does a very good job explaining this. Read morePublished 21 months ago by the libertarian
Advice on Comics from the master. DO yourself a favor and buy this! Also buy some will eisner comics like A Contract with God.Published 23 months ago by T.J.
Anything Eisner touches turns to gold, and this is no exception. The series is well written and obviously well drawn. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Carl Lacy
Will Eisner is the man! I love his series. This makes me want to draw and create using the power of sequential art.Published on January 29, 2014 by Patricia Balzano