Thanks both to a phone call from pal The joey Zone
and the fine folks at the Will Eisner Discussion List
, I learned yesterday that the long-awaited Will Einser
tribute issue of Comic Book Artist
magazine was now available in finer comics shops.Eisner
, who passed away January 3, 2005, was one of the most important and influential cartoonists this country has produced, with a career spanning the growth of the modern comic book. From his 1940s creation of the newspaper comic-book insert, featuring The Spirit
, to his later kick-starting the "graphic novel" movement in the 1970s, and beyond, Esiner's impact on comics can't be overstated. Rather than go into detail here, I'll point you to his website's short but comprehensive biography
. More information about Eisner may be found at my ComicsResearch.org
; watch for even more there soon.Kate
and I caught a glimpse of the issue at one of Houston's Bedrock City Comics shops
, and believe me, this looks like a true "must-have" for anyone interested in Eisner's work or even in comics in general. It's chock-full of interviews with - and essays & artwork by - dozens and dozens of cartoonists, writers, editors, publishers, friends, students, disciples, and more.
Full disclosure: Thanks to editor Jon B. Cooke
's prodding, I've got a page-long essay in this tome myself; I also helped out a bit in the editing department, for which I was amazed to learn that Jon
rewarded me with the title "Special Contributing Editor." Yowza!
I'll post a more in-depth review once I've received my own copy; but I wanted to alert folks here about it now, since it's sure to disappear from the shelves quickly. At nearly 200 pages (including several gorgeous color sections) for only about $15, it's a steal - or a sound investment, depending on your temperament. Pick up a copy at your local comics shop
, or order on-line via Top Shelf Comix
. And several books written, edited, or worked on by Messr. Cooke
are available via Amazon.com.Above: Dave Gibbons' beautiful, respectful cover to CBA v2 no6.
Labels: cartoonists, Eisner, essays, publications, Top Shelf