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Sometimes called the “grandfather” of the graphic novel, artist Will Eisner felt comic books should stand alone as a medium, instead of simple weekly strips.
His comic art, “The Spirit” and “A Contract with God,” inspired the work of generations of graphic novelists and cartoonists.
To showcase the 1940s era artist, Pittsburgh’s museum of cartoon and comic art, the Toonseum, will be opening a new exhibit celebrating Eisner’s work specific to New York City. The gallery opening reception for “Will Eisner’s New York” will be held on March 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“He was probably the first artist that took comics as a serious art form,” Wayne Wise, an employee of Phantom of the Attic Comics, said in an interview in the comic book shop on last Friday.
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).
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