Sunday, November 20, 2005

Comic Book Artist's Will Eisner Tribute: Some Things are Worth Waiting For

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; 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

Above: Dave Gibbons' beautiful, respectful cover to CBA v2 no6.

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Blogger C. Margery Kempe said...

"Helped out a bit?" Ha! I remember those long days of work -- and a few high profile writers who needed a good bit of clarification to look as good as they do now ;-)

Congratulations! It's an impressive tome.

11/20/2005 9:11 AM  
Blogger eirwenes said...

I'm off to find my own copy today, so that I can give informed comment. Thank you for the head's up, and your modesty is worthy of emulation.

11/23/2005 9:03 AM  
Blogger Gene Kannenberg, Jr. said...

Thanks for the comments, k.a. and dj (this blog seems to attract initialed readers!). And to you both: OK, IT WAS ME! I DID IT, AND I'M DAMNED PROUD! :-)

11/23/2005 9:24 AM  
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