School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-9-This slim book focuses on the artist's work rather than on his life. It sketches in major events (Eisner's first full-time job at age 17, his time in the army, his return to civilian life), but dwells heavily on the characters he created and his influence on the graphic-novel format. This is a well-organized and easy-to-read volume. Numerous quotes from Eisner himself help to explain his thoughts on the potential he found in the genre. A few relevant sidebars explore significant ideas. A helpful comic glossary is included, and a URL to the Rosen Web site leads to a list of useful links. It also brings the information up to date, noting that since the book's publication, Eisner passed away. This text is a cogent introduction to his work and beliefs about the possible artistry of the graphic novel. Black-and-white photographs and full-color reproductions of the artist's work appear throughout. While it's definitely not meaty enough for true comic connoisseurs, the book will satisfy novices and perhaps inspire them to look for titles listed in the bibliography.-Sarah Couri, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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