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A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories Paperback – Apr 1989


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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (April 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852861630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852861636
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,746,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WILL EISNER was born on March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. By the time of his death on January 3, 2005, Will Eisner was recognized internationally as one of the giants in the field of sequential art, a term he coined.

In a career that spanned nearly eight decades -- from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics - Will Eisner was truly the 'Father of the Graphic Novel' and the 'Orson Welles of Comics.' He broke new ground in the development of visual narrative and the language of comics and was the creator of The Spirit, John Law, Lady Luck, Mr. Mystic, Uncle Sam, Blackhawk, Sheena, and countless others.

During World War II, Will Eisner developed the comic format to for training and equipment maintenance manuals for the US Army. After the war this continued as the Army's "PS Magazine" which is still being produced today. Will Eisner taught Sequential Art at the New York School of Visual Arts for 20 years. The textbooks that he wrote were based on his course and are still bestsellers. In 1978, Will Eisner wrote "A Contract with God," the first modern Graphic Novel. This was followed by almost 20 additional graphic novels over the following 25 years.

The "Oscars" of the Comic Industry are called The Eisner Awards, and named after Will Eisner. The Eisners are presented annually before a packed ballroom at San Diego Comic-Con, America's largest comics convention.

Wizard magazine named Eisner "the most influential comic artist of all time." Michael Chabon's Pulitzer-prize winning novel "Kavalier and Clay" is based in good part on Eisner. In 2002, Eisner received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Federation for Jewish Culture, presented by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman.

Like the Will Eisner Official Site on Facebook and visit www.WillEisner.com for more information about Will Eisner.

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"Will Eisner's art revolutionized comics." "Eisner was not only ahead of his times; the present times are still catching up to him." -- John Updike "Harrowingly magnificent." -- Kurt Vonnegut --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Will Eisner was born William Erwin Eisner on March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. By the time of his death on January 3, 2005, Will Eisner was recognized internationally as one of the giants in the field of sequential art, a term he coined. In a career that spanned nearly eight decades-from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics-Will Eisner was truly the 'Orson Welles of comics' and the 'father of the Graphic Novel'. He broke new ground in the development of visual narrative and the language of comics and was the creator of The Spirit, John Law, Lady Luck, Mr. Mystic, Uncle Sam, Blackhawk, Sheena and countless others. During World War II, Will Eisner used the comic format to develop training and equipment maintenance manuals for the US Army. After the war this continued as the Army's P.S. Magazine, which is still being produced today. Will Eisner taught Sequential Arts at the New York School of Visual Arts. The textbooks that he wrote based on his course are still bestsellers. In 1978, Will Eisner wrote A Contract with God, the first modern graphic novel. This was followed by almost 20 additional graphic novels over the following 25 years. The "Oscars" of the Comic Industry are called The Eisner Awards, and named after Will Eisner. The Eisners are presented annually before a packed ballroom at Comic-Con International in San Diego, America's largest comics convention. Wizard magazine named Eisner "the most influential comic artist of all time." Michael Chabon's Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is based in good part on Eisner. In 2002, Eisner received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Federation for Jewish Culture, only the second such honor in the organization's history, presented by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alex kovzhun on 12 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
Simple stories, told in alassical bitter-sweet jewish tone of voice delivers the 1930s in a four parts.The stories of Fremme Hersch, the Jew who had a contract with God, the saga of the street singer's ill fortune are the tales of chances and emotions. You will be proud to own it - as a first format book and masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ian Andrew Kleinberg on 11 April 2007
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My son first bought this book & told me i should read it Now I have my own copy & I feel compelled to read it at least once a month Eisner has captured a feel to this book that comes alive as you read it each story is a classic.I always feel totally relaxed when reading this graphic noval.It will always take pride of place in my book collection.

Buy it & you will see what I mean.Now back to reading A Contract With G-d
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jan. 1998
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Contract with God shows Eisner at his best, putting together an excelent story with Eisner's great art. The book brings up the idea : if I'm a good person loyal to God, will He treat me alright ?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vladwolf on 20 Nov. 2012
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Eisner's work is arguably the genesis of the graphic novel format. A Contract with God manages to convey real life stories in a style that has far surpassed just competency. Eisner managed to show the world that the combination of words and art can be used for more than just Superhero fantasy, by integrating the narrative into the art, Eisner creates something far superior.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TimG on 19 Nov. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
OK, I downloaded this to my Kindle accidentally after first looking at the sample (which was too short to give any idea at all of the book). It turns out that this works much better on a kindle than many comics. Eisner's single page style and clear typeface makes a satisfying transfer to Kindle, unlike many comics where the reduction in size is a problem.
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