This item was posted by Brent Frankenhoff, a writer at CBGXtra.com:
David Serchay, the author of Graphic Novels for Children and Tweens, is heading up a group seeking to have Will Eisner inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
In an open letter to comics professionals, Serchay wrote, “The Hall honors those who have made significant contributions to the arts in Florida either as performing or practicing artists in individual disciplines. Past inductees include Zora Neale Hurston and John D. MacDonald. Mr. Eisner lived in Florida for more than 20 years, and we feel that it is fitting that he is also inducted.”
Serchay’s group is seeking letters of support from artists both inside and outside the comics industry. “As those who decide the new inductees may be unfamiliar with comics and graphic novels,” Serchay wrote, “please introduce yourself in your opening sentence. (ie. My name is John Smith and I have been the writer/artist/etc. of …) As part of your letter of support, please include what influences, if any, Mr. Eisner has had on your work.”
Professionals have also been asked to spread the word among their colleagues.
Letters of support can be sent to: Eileen McNally, Florida Center for the Book, Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301.