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January 3rd, 2012
I’ve lost something important, it’s a photo of me shaking hands with Will Eisner.
You might not know who Will Eisner is, and you probably don’t know that this is the seventh anniversary of his passing, and while I don’t know if I can adequately articulate why Will Eisner is important to me, I feel I have to try.
I could go down the road of saying I’m a fan, but that wouldn’t be fair to true Eisner fans. I am a fan of the man’s artwork. I always love how the images from “The Spirit”, wrap sexiness around a screaming mystery and cap it with a portion of humor. I’ve always liked how the lettering became a part of his images. I liked his bold choice of subject matter. When illustrated stories (comic books, graphic novels, etc.) are usually dominated by spandex clad heroes and heroines Will Eisner, in the graphic novel “A Contract with God”, told the story about a Hasidic Jew whose adopted daughter dies. But just because I’ve seen a few pieces of his artwork and know of a few stories I don’t think that I can call myself a true fan.
Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 12 books, including 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).