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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; Third Printing edition (28 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961472820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961472825
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.2 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,346,995 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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"Indispensable techniques from the mind of the master cartoonist who developed them." -- Jeff Smith, award-winning creator of Bone "Will Eisner is the father of the medium-a living legend who started it all. I am continually in awe. He makes me proud to be a cartoonist." -- Judd Winick, award-winning creator of Pedro and Me and writer for Green Lantern --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Will Eisner is universally acknowleged as one of the great masters of comic book art. His famous weekly newspaper, comic book insert, "The Spirit," made him one of the most influential comic book creators of all time. In 1978, Eisner wrote and drew the pioneering graphic novel. A Contract with God. For 18 years he taught classes in Sequential Art at New York's School of Visual Art, and in that time produced eight more graphic novels. Will Eisner lives in Tamarac, Florida.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
Length: 0:17 Mins
Telling a good story is an incredibly difficult. In this book, Will Eisner shares with readers some of things to be aware of when tackling storytelling using comics.

He talks about techniques to use to help build a more convincing story. This would include comic tools like lettering, building momentum, using visual clues and writing. Examples include how props (i.e. guns) are held to reveal human characteristics.

There are lessons on how to engage readers, how readers think and mistakes to avoid. These are followed with lots of comic strip examples -- including a selection from different comic artists. Unfortunately, they aren't captioned page by page like it was done on his other books. The comic examples are great, you know it but you don't know why they work.

The book doesn't really go in depth into all aspects of storytelling. There's no talk on character development, story arcs, conflict management and specific story elements and tools.

Overall, this is still a very useful book for anyone who's just starting out and thinking of drawing their own comics.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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By PXC on 17 Oct. 2013
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Together with "Comics and Sequential Art" this is simply a must-have for anyone who's interested in understanding comics as an art form, or writing his own graphic novel. There's such a great amount of essential information in these books, and each concept illustrated is masterfully exemplified by Will Eisner with snippets of his graphic novels and comics. This new edition also contains notes about new tools and techniques (such as Photoshop) and new media (webcomics).
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Bought as a Xmas present for my husband and he absolutely loved it
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Giovanni Anchois on 1 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
Will Eisner was a genius not only in his craft but also in the way he loved to teach and show how to tell stories. This book is a must read for any marketer, business person. Stories are the way we communicate, learn and evolve.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amir Azizi on 29 Dec. 2013
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As a film maker I wanted to get more out of this book, especially for what it says on the cover.

Its a good book, but if you are a film maker and trying to discover new visual story telling methods and maybe a better understanding of visual narrative hopelessly this book has not much to offer.
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