Who is Will Eisner? I can see graphic novel enthusiasts squirming at this question. Very well, Will Eisner is the father of the graphic novel genre. It was he who revolutionised the comics and turned them from a “pidgin of pulp fiction and cheesecake drawings into a language with its own vocabulary and syntax”. In 1978 Eisner launched this bold new literary genre by creating the first successful graphic novel, “A Contract with God”. Eisner is a master storyteller and has taken this genre to a new level transcending the limitations of commercial comics.
In the preface to “A Contract with God”, Eisner writes: “Now, in this climate warmed by serious adult attention, creators can attempt new growth in a field that formerly yielded only what Jules Feiffer referred to as junk art”. Eisner writes in the tradition of Kafka, Gogol and Melville. It is his graceful and consummate artistic skills and insights into the human condition that has made him the Eisenstein of the medium. John Updike writes: “Eisner was not only ahead of his times; the present times are still catching up to him”. The comic industry’s top annual awards are named in his honour.
Good news! The library has a good selection of works by Eisner. I guarantee you that Eisner’s unique vision and his power of observation will have you immersed in his works.
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