Will Eisner: Conversations

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, Nov 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 239 pages
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Will Eisner's innovations in the comics, especially the comic book and the graphic novel, as well as his devotion to comics analysis, make him one of comics' first true auteurs and the cartoonist so revered and influential that cartooning's highest honor is named after him. His newspaper feature The Spirit (1940-1952) introduced the now-common splash page to the comic book, as well as dramatic angles and lighting effects that were influenced by, and influenced in turn, the conventions of film noir. Even in his tales of crime fighting, Eisner's writing focused on everyday details of city life and on contemporary social issues. In 1976, he premiered A Contract with God, and Other Tenement Stories, a collection of realist cartoon stories that paved the way for the modern "graphic novel." His 1985 book, Comics and Sequential Art, was among the first sustained analyses and overviews of the comics form, articulating theories of the art's grammar and structure. Eisner's studio nurtured such comics legends as Jules Feiffer, Wally Wood, Lou Fine, and Jack Cole.

Will Eisner: Conversations, edited by comics scholar M. Thomas Inge, collects the best interviews with Eisner (1917-2005) from 1965 to 2004. Taken together, the interviews cover the breadth of Eisner's career with in-depth information about his creation of The Spirit and other well-known comic book characters, his devotion to the educational uses of the comics medium, and his contributions to the development of the graphic novel.

 

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Contents

The Only Real MiddleClass Crimefighter
3
Having Something to Say
8
Before the Comics
24
An Interview with Will Eisner
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An Interview with Will Eisner
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Will Eisner Interview
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A Talk with Will Eisner
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Will Eisner
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My Life in Comics
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The Old Man on the Mountain
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Night of the Paper Noir
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Will Eisners Vision and the Future of the Comics
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Will Eisner
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Eisner Wide Open
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The Spirit of Comics The Will Eisner Interview
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Auteur Theory
220

An Interview with Will Eisner
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A Cartoonists Cartoonist
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About the author (2011)

M. Thomas Inge, Ashland, Virginia, is Robert Emory Blackwell Professor of the Humanities at Randolph-Macon College. He has edited over forty volumes, including Charles M. Schulz's My Life with Charlie Brown; Charles M. Schulz: Conversations; Conversations with William Faulkner, and others published by UPM. Inge is general editor of two series, Conversations with Comic Artists and Great Comics Artists, both published by University Press of Mississippi.

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