March 6, 2011
So as Google doodles often do, this once again provides us the occasion to learn about people and events that we may not otherwise explore. Here are five things about Will Eisner and his work to file away for cocktail conversation, impressing you comic-book loving kids, and just in honor of a truly great artist:
1. Last week the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York opened an exhibit of his work titled, “Will Eisner’s New York, From The Spirit to the Modern Graphic Novel.” It contains many of his original drawings and painting and some of the work of those with whom he collaborated. If you’re in New York, check it out between now and June 30.
2. The Eisners are named after him. These are some of the industry’s most prestigious awards — think the Oscars of comics. They’re given out each year at Comic-Con International, the world’s largest convention for comics.
3. The Pulitzer-prize winning novel Kavalier and Clay, written by Michael Chabon is based largely on Eisner and his life.
Copyright 2011 Will Eisner: A Spirited Life by Bob Andelman