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Will Eisner's innovations in the comics, especially the comic book and the graphic novel, as well as his devotion to comics analysis, make him one of comics' first true auteurs and the cartoonist so revered and influential that cartooning's highest honor is named after him. His newspaper feature The Spirit (1940-1952) introduced the now-common splash page to the comic book, as well as dramatic angles and lighting effects that were influenced by, and influenced in turn, the conventions of film noir. Even in his tales of crime fighting, Eisner's writing focused on everyday details of city life and on contemporary social issues. In 1976, he premiered A Contract with God, and Other Tenement Stories, a collection of realist cartoon stories that paved the way for the modern "graphic novel." His 1985 book, Comics and Sequential Art, was among the first sustained analyses and overviews of the comics form, articulating theories of the art's grammar and structure. Eisner's studio nurtured such comics legends as Jules Feiffer, Wally Wood, Lou Fine, and Jack Cole.

Will Eisner: Conversations, edited by comics scholar M. Thomas Inge, collects the best interviews with Eisner (1917-2005) from 1965 to 2004. Taken together, the interviews cover the breadth of Eisner's career with in-depth information about his creation of The Spirit and other well-known comic book characters, his devotion to the educational uses of the comics medium, and his contributions to the development of the graphic novel.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. The Only Real Middle-Class Crimefighter
  2. pp. 3-7
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  1. Having Something to Say
  2. pp. 8-23
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  1. Will Eisner: Before the Comics
  2. pp. 24-32
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  1. An Interview with Will Eisner
  2. pp. 33-39
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  1. An Interview with Will Eisner
  2. pp. 40-46
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  1. Will Eisner Interview
  2. pp. 47-78
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  1. A Talk with Will Eisner
  2. pp. 79-86
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  1. Will Eisner
  2. pp. 87-102
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  1. Mastering the Form: An Interview with Will Eisner
  2. pp. 103-107
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  1. A Cartoonist’s Cartoonist
  2. pp. 108-112
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  1. Getting the Last Laugh: My Life in Comics
  2. pp. 113-120
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  1. Will Eisner: The Old Man on the Mountain
  2. pp. 121-130
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  1. Night of the Paper Noir
  2. pp. 131-175
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  1. Will Eisner’s Vision and the Future of the Comics
  2. pp. 176-184
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  1. Interview: Will Eisner
  2. pp. 185-195
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  1. Eisner Wide Open
  2. pp. 196-204
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  1. The Spirit of Comics: The Will Eisner Interview
  2. pp. 205-219
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  1. Auteur Theory
  2. pp. 220-230
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 231-239
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  1. Images
  2. pp. 240-253
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781617031281
Related ISBN
9781617031267
MARC Record
OCLC
756708281
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2012-08-22
Language
English
Open Access
No
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