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Invisible People (Will Eisner Library) Paperback – September 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Will Eisner Library
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563896818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563896811
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,319,774 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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Silverstone VINE VOICE on January 9, 2005
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The genius of graphic books has done it again. With a combination of pictures that genuinely are worth a thousand words and a brilliant dialog, this collection contains the stories of 3 individuals, a spinster librarian, a schlub with miraculous healing powers who can still not make much of his life, and a presser whose mistaken obituary leads to the downfall of what little luck he had. Eisner is able to display these lives with a poignancy that makes us care about these "invisible people" in way that we don't about the real life ones we pass by.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Simmons on May 28, 2012
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This was my first entry into the work of Will Eisner. I had been meaning to read something for a long time before finally deciding on Invisible People. Here is what I thought of that choice and the first and only work of Will Eisner I have read so far:

Starting with the presentation of the physical book, printed by W.W. Norton. This is a nicely put together little paperback. It really is everything you need and well made. There are no cut off images in the cracks (although Eisner doesn't seem to have that style) and no problem with binding. I was very happy with the physical book. I do want to note it is a different size than most standard comic books today. However, this is not really a downside just a thing you might want to know.

In terms of story these are nicely plotted. There is no wasted space, which astounds me as a modern comic book reader. We flow from one point to the next and it never seems choppy or rushed. The stories themselves are potent. They carry a lot of power and do an excellent job of imagining the lives of people we pass everyday and have no clue exist. The stories are simplistic in that they are set in an earlier "simpler" time. As Will Eisner states he chose to set them in the 1930's because the intricacies of modern city life are far more complex and hard to navigate. Although I would have loved to see these same tales on a modern backdrop I think the 30s suite Eisner well.

As for dialogue it is mostly nice and easy to read. A few times when people say "he's like an invisible person" it felt forced and unnecessary, since we felt and knew that already. However, the author cannot be faulted too much for wanting to drive a point home.

In terms of art this is beautiful cartooning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Lim on November 23, 2010
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3 short graphic stories by Will Eisner about a spinster librarian who realized that at 40 years of age, she'd lost half her life by taking care of her ailing father, a laundry presser who was pronounced dead because of an error by the obituary clerk and the ramifications to every aspect of his life as a result of this error, and a man with healing powers but who couldn't heal his own life. They're all poignant stories about people who pretty much remain invisible to the world. They don't call attention to themselves and they could be people we pass everyday and just not see. Very sobering.
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Will Eisner is a great graphic artist and a super mensch. The Invisible People are heart-felt heart breakers. Cosmic and human. My dad was a so called cartoonist but his cartoons were child-like at best. Will Eisner's cartoons puts him in the same league as James Joyce and Dostoevsky
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