Comics and Sequential Art

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"Comics and Sequential Art is a masterwork, the distillation of Will Eisner's genius to a clear and potent elixir."?Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
Will Eisner is one of the twentieth century's great American artists, a man who pioneered the field of comic arts. Here, in his classic Comics and Sequential Art, he refines the art of graphic storytelling into clear, concise principles that every cartoonist, comic artist, writer, and filmmaker meeds to ...

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Overview

"Comics and Sequential Art is a masterwork, the distillation of Will Eisner's genius to a clear and potent elixir."—Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
Will Eisner is one of the twentieth century's great American artists, a man who pioneered the field of comic arts. Here, in his classic Comics and Sequential Art, he refines the art of graphic storytelling into clear, concise principles that every cartoonist, comic artist, writer, and filmmaker meeds to know. Adapted from Eisner's landmark course at New York's School of Visual Arts, Comics and Sequential Art is an essential text filled with invaluable theories and easy-to-use techniques. Eisner reveals here the fundamentals of graphic storytelling. He addresses dialogue, anatomy, framing, and many other important aspects of the art form. Fully updated and revised to reflect current practices and technology, including a section on digital media, this introduction to the art of comics is as valuable a guide as it was when first published.

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Editorial Reviews

Jeff Smith
“Indispensable technique from the mind of the master cartoonist who developed them.”
Scott McCloud
“There isn't a comics artist alive who hasn't benefited from Will Eisner's masterful work and formidable vision.”
Neil Gaiman
“When I decided I wanted to write comics, I bought a copy of Will Eisner's Comics and Sequential Art and studied it. If I were starting out today, with all the books on comics and graphic novels out there, I'd still begin with this book.”
Library Journal
This guide by one of the veterans of the industry provides a solid framework in the principles of drawing comic art.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393331264
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Will Eisner Instructional Books Series
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 282,331
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Comics as a Form of Reading 7
Imagery 13
Timing 25
The Frame 38
Expressive Anatomy 100
Writing & Sequential Art 122
Application of Sequential Art 139
Learning/Print and Computer Era 147
Index 161
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2000

    The invisible art

    This is the first book that makes an argument for comics as a valid way of self expresion, just as novels or and movies are seen by people every day... Along with the statement of comics=art Eisner also gives valuble instruction to any aspirering comic artist

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