Will Eisner Andrew Cooke by Kris Schackman

Andrew Cooke, director of 'Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist' (Photo by Kris Schackman)

Thursday May 31st at the ToonSeum
Lecture begins at 7:00pm
Screening at 8:00pm

As the exhibition Will Eisner’s New York draws to a close the ToonSeum celebrates the work and life of the legendary artist.

Toonseum Resident Comics Scholar Wayne Wise will present an Appreciation of Will Eisner as a brief introduction the screening of the documentary. Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist.

Wayne Wise is the co-creator of the 1993 Xeric Award winning comic book Grey Legacy. In 2010 he wrote and drew a follow-up called Grey Legacy Tales. His first novel, King of Summer, was published in 2002. He has three full length novels available in a variety of Ereader formats. He is currently employed by the Eisner Award-nominated comic book store Phantom of the Attic in Pittsburgh and recently taught a course in Comics and Pop Culture as a guest lecturer at Chatham University.

About the Film:
Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist

Arguably the most influential person in American comics, Will Eisner, as artist, entrepreneur, innovator, and visual storyteller, enjoyed a career that encompassed comic books from their early beginnings in the 1930s to their development as graphic novels in the 1990s. During his sixty-year-plus career, Eisner introduced the now-traditional mode of comic book production; championed mature, sophisticated storytelling; was an early advocate for using the medium as a tool for education; pioneered the now-popular graphic novel, and served as inspiration for generations of artists. Without a doubt, Will Eisner was the godfather of the American comic book.

The award-winning full-length feature film documentary includes interviews with Eisner and many of the foremost creative talents in the U.S., including Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Jules Feiffer, Jack Kirby, Art Spiegelman, Frank Miller, Stan Lee, Gil Kane, and others.

Special thanks to: The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation, MOCCA, and Andrew D. Cooke.

Seating is limited reservations are recommended at www.eisnerfilm.eventbrite.com

Tickets are $5, ToonSeum Members are free.

This is also your last chance to catch the exhibition!

Click here to visit the Toonseum website: http://www.toonseum.org/events.html


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