The Will Eisner Companion

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Will Eisner's career spans the entire history of American comic books, from his formative days in the 1930s into the 1940s when he revolutionized narrative sequential art with his internationally famed series The Spirit, to the 1970s when he created the contemporary graphic novel form with A Contract with God, to the present! The Will Eisner Companion is the first comprehensive, critical overview of the work of this legendary writer/artist. Divided into two sections -- his Spirit work and his graphic novels -- ...
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Overview

Will Eisner's career spans the entire history of American comic books, from his formative days in the 1930s into the 1940s when he revolutionized narrative sequential art with his internationally famed series The Spirit, to the 1970s when he created the contemporary graphic novel form with A Contract with God, to the present! The Will Eisner Companion is the first comprehensive, critical overview of the work of this legendary writer/artist. Divided into two sections -- his Spirit work and his graphic novels -- this authorized companion features all-new critical and historical essays by noted comics historians N.C. Christopher Couch and Stephen Weiner, as well as alphabetical indexes relating to all aspects and characters in his oeuvre. Also includes a chronology, a bibliography and suggested reading lists, as well as an introduction by Dennis O'Neil. The Will Eisner Companion is a must-have celebration for new fans as well as old!
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Adult/High School-This book is part mini-biography and part summary of the major works of the man who invented and reinvented the art of the graphic novel. Eisner's desire to bring a new sense of realism to comics started in the 1940s and developed in a unique strip, The Spirit, working in more realistic characters and problems of day-to-day life alongside the standard action stories. Companion includes a useful character and plot guide and a wonderful full-color reproduction of the first strip from the series. The final two thirds of the book focus on the artist's creation of and experimentation with sequential art. After several decades away from the medium of comics, Eisner returned in the 1970s with A Contract with God, a complex and character-driven story that tackled serious issues of faith, religion, and modern life. Over the next 30 years, he created more titles, each one playing with and expanding on his chosen medium and using different styles and subjects. The authors explain the themes of character, religion, and social awareness so integral to Eisner's stories, doing a fair job in short, "Cliffs Notes"-type entries on characters, plot, and theme. Numerous black-and-white examples of Eisner's art are included, adding to the understanding and appreciation of his work as a whole. Although this book does not offer expansive criticism, it is an effective and useful introduction.-Matthew L. Moffett, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401204228
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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