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Life, in Pictures: Autobiographical Stories Hardcover – October 17, 2007
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In the short "A Sunset in Sunshine City", a widowed retiree moves to Florida, leading to big changes not only for himself, but also his family.
"The Dreamer" is a revealing look at the birth of the comics industry in the late `30s - early `40s, warts and all. Will's caricatures of himself, other Golden Age personalities, and events are explained in fascinating annotations by Dennis Kitchen.
"To The Heart of The Storm" is told in flashbacks as a newly-drafted Eisner heads for camp via train. During the journey, he reflects on the joys and trials of his youth, his family history, and his experiences with anti-Semitism.
"The Name of the Game" shows the great lengths people will go to in order to increase their social standing through marriage.
The collection concludes with another short story - "The Day I Became a Professional" - and several pages of character studies.
While these stories are not exact representations of Eisner's life and family history, they do provide fascinating insight as to what makes him tick. The three longer stories are available in their own paperback editions, but for the money, you're better off buying this hardcover. It's a true bargain.
I've loved his autobiographical work since I met him at a Smithsonian program on comics 20 years ago, have most of his books, and bought this particular book with a gift card I received for Christmas. It cost me only a few bucks, and its bottom edges are shelfworn down to the cardboard, but...
...it has a tag that says it belonged to the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the New York Public Library. The city in which he lived for most of his life. Priceless.