ECCC: All-Star Creators Explain “Why Eisner Matters” (CBR.com)

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By Jefferson M. Robbins
Contributing Writer
Comic Book Resources

Nine years after Will Eisner’s death, comics’ biggest names remain in awe of the legendary creator’s talent. And one of them is still in awe — in a negative way — of Frank Miller’s cinematic homage to the late creator.

“Is there anyone in this room who actually liked the ‘Spirit’ movie?” veteran writer Peter David asked the audience attending Emerald City Comicon’s “Why Eisner Matters” panel. Seeing no hands raised, David continued. “Okay, so we’re all on the same page.”

Miller’s 2008 action movie is widely seen as a star-studded misfire, a bizarre take on Eisner’s classic urban-vigilante comic strip that ran from 1940 to 1952. But even a poorly-received movie based on his most famous creation was unable to tarnish Eisner’s legacy as a grandmaster of American comics, whether as a creator, a publisher, a teacher, an advocate or a visual artist.

David came together with writer Matt Fraction and artists Jeff Smith and Michael Avon Oeming to honor their forebear, quickly spinning off into personal anecdotes of encounters with Eisner — or simply with his work — which changed their careers, sending them on new, rewarding trajectories.

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Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 15 books, including The Wawa Way with Howard Stoeckel, Building Atlanta with Herman J. Russell, Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman's Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).