I just finished reading Will Eisner‘s graphic novel compilation, The Contract with God Trilogy. At the time of their publication, these stories were groundbreaking – among the first in their genre. They are still quintessential of the graphic novel movement. In them, Eisner attempts to tell stories about the human experience that are linked by their common setting: Dropsie Avenue in the Bronx, New York. While sometimes light-hearted, the tales are more frequently sober, even depressing in tone. The rare hopeful moments are the main things that kept me reading after a while.