By Scott Vanderploeg
After much delay, and that’s being kind, I was blown away by Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition. Those reading this who wonder if this book is worth the money should run to their nearest comic shop and buy it while they can.
All the pages in this book have been scanned from the actual original art that was drawn by Will Eisner. This Artist’s Edition measures 15 x 22 inches and is 144 pages long. Each book is shipped in a custom cardboard box for maximum protection.
- Writer, Artist: Will Eisner
- HC, 144 Pages, 15” x 22”
- IDW Publishing
- $125 USD Suggested Retail
As with all Artist’s Editions, this one is a collection of original inked comic art pages scanned in colour, and as always the end product is stunning. I’m not here to review the material as it’s over sixty years old and has been published in multiple formats since. In this review I’m looking at this book from it’s presentation of material and overall production.
The latest and longest awaited volume in IDW Publishing’s Artist’s Edition series makes its debut this week as Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Artist’s Edition arrives in stores on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. One of the first announced in the series, this is the week that fans decide whether or not it was worth the wait (we vote “yes,” in case anyone’s asking).
Like the other offerings in the series, the pages have been scanned in full color at the original size from the original black-and-white artwork. This process shows everything from original corrections, paste-ups and editorial marks to aging of the art board in amazing detail. In the cases of older work such as this, these volumes have often provided the finest reproduction the art has ever received.
Though known to later generations for his long form work in graphic novels beginning with A Contract With God, Eisner’s work on The Spirit was done in short, complete stories. This created the chance for IDW’s Scott Dunbier, editor of their Artist’s Edition line among other projects, to highlight a wide selection of the master cartoonist’s work.
By: Timothy Callahan
In 1978, the legendary Will Eisner released A Contract With God upon the world, a masterpiece that launched the graphic novel craze that would eventually compel your local Barnes & Noble to push aside mid-list Sidney Sheldon and Chuck Palahniuk novels to dedicate upwards of twelve feet of shelving to books like The Walking Dead Volume One, The Walking Dead Volume Two, Persepolis, and Superman: Earth One.
That’s the simple and untrue history of the graphic novel, and of A Contract With God in particular. Decades hence, we know more about how what we call the graphic novel came to be, what A Contract With God had to do with it, and how this seminal work was not always viewed with such esteem.
By Christian Lipski
In honor of Will Eisner Week (the week of March 6th every year), Portland publisher Dark Horse Comics joined up with the Comics Underground live-reading event to present a tribute to the comic book legend. In a switch from the normal Comics Underground show, all the participants read from Eisner’s last book, Last Day In Vietnam.
Starting off the evening was Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz, who worked with Eisner on Last Day In Vietnam, Eisner’s recollections of his time as both a soldier and reporter in several wars. Schutz talked about her time with Eisner on the book, and was followed by the local comics talent that she invited to participate.
Brian Michael Bendis (Powers, Ultimate Spider-Man) read the first story in the book, a first-person perspective of a reporter who is shown around an encampment by a soldier on his last day.
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