We’re about half-way through a 2 month exhibit in Brooklyn’s Scott Eder Gallery of original art from Will Eisner‘s seminal 1978 tenement comic, A Contract with God, which helped set off the graphic novel movement. It’s the first time this art, including original pages as well as preparatory sketches & drawings, is on view (and for sale, if you got that kind of money), so definitely worth a visit.
So tomorrow I’m flying out to Chicago for the 2013 American Library Association annual conference. Thankfully, there’s a set of events I have to go to, otherwise I wouldn’t have known how to choose… However, I was excited to see there’s a whole con within a con devoted to Comics, called the GraphiCon! Click the link to see all the relevant panels, talks, and events.
Individual creators like Dave Roman, Matt Kindt, & Jeffrey Brown get their own spotlight events, there are plenty of panels on new releases, discussions on comics for teens, library collecting of comics, comics in the age of e-publishing, and even talks and events about making comics!
All this on its own would be a pretty excellent con in its own right 😛
Hi all, sorry for the intermittent transmissions lately, schoolwork is ramping up alright… Here’s something I’ve been meaning to listen to & share for a while; a conversation between cartoonist Chris Ware and novelist Zadie Smith at the New York Public Library.
Not sure what they have in common, but always cool to see cartoonists taken seriously! And Ware‘s a prime candidate for that obviously…
Speaking of, in my internship with the library of a preeetty big name modern art museum, I’m always on the look out for comic-themed books in their collection… I’ve seen a couple on Robert Crumb and one D&Q anthology, very cool, then yesterday I saw Will Eisner‘s textbook on comics, Comics and Sequential Art! Wonder when we’ll ever see any comics work represented in this museum though…
The creator of The Spirit and a pivotal figure in the development of the American graphic novel, Will Eisner would’ve been 96 today. (Centennial only four years away! I havecentennial maniathis year…) As the namesake of the most prestigious awards in the comics industry, the Eisners, you get a good feel for his stature in the field.
Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration of his legacy as well as a time to promote comics, literacy, and free speech, and as such is held in association with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. This year’s theme is “read a graphic novel”, which shouldn’t be too hard for most of us, right?
New York, being Eisner’s hometown, is naturally an epicenter for celebrations, with three events, including…