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Life on Another Planet [Paperback]

Will Eisner

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18 Sep 2009
Each of these powerful graphic novels confirms Will Eisner as a master of the genre. In this trio of classics, Eisner's pen cuts an expansive swath through all aspects of the human condition. "A Family Matter" starts close to home, following a family as it gathers to observe the ninetieth birthday of its patriarch. While they must decide how best to provide for him, he ends up making a crucial choice of his own. "Life on Another Planet" places American life within a broader perspective, chronicling the lives of scientists, politicians, spies and nobodies as they come to terms with the discovery of extraterrestrial life: in reaching out to other galaxies, Eisner's characters ultimately find themselves focusing within. A powerful portrayal of Jewish life in the New York City of Eisner's youth, "Minor Miracles" encourages similar introspection as it examines how luck and coincidence converge in everyday life in ways that, with hindsight, seem miraculous.

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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.

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Brooklyn-born Will Eisner (1917-2005), creator of The Spirit, pioneered the graphic novel with A Contract With God. He is one of the legends of twentieth-century comic art.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The idea of life. 7 May 2007
By Daniel J. Mooney - Published on Amazon.com
This story is not really about life on another planet, but on how the idea of life (Once it's confirmed and not just a vague idea) on another planet will affect our global society. Specifically it seems to focus on those elements which will attempt to exploit the news. From the third world dictator who secedes from the planet, to the Heaven's Gate style cultist who sees a quick buck to be made. This books gives some all too human reactions to what might happen if/when such news breaks on the world. Remember this is all happening before an alien is actually seen. It is about the psychological impact of the news, not lasers and spaceships.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eisner explores alien life waay before the X-files were born 17 Mar 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
From the genius mind of Will Eisner comes what could/will actually happen when another life-form contacts Earth. He explores the many different ways people will react and treat each other when an occurance like this happens. The book reads like you're watching a movie. Well planned out, and almost too close reality for comfort. Excellent illustrations, brilliant plot. A must for all sci-fi lovers, as well as comic lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Another Planet" Review 16 July 2000
By Edward T. Yaekle - Published on Amazon.com
A signal comes in from space. Are we alone? Full of espionage, intrigue and classic Will Eisner art, this is a gem for any collection, and great reading in graphic novel format (from the father of graphic novels). Two thumbs up on this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 Dec 2013
By scout1968 - Published on Amazon.com
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Eisner's graphic novels are a joy to read. His drawings, insight and dialog are brilliant. I would highly recommend his books to anyone into graphic novels, or anyone just plain interested in fascinating reading. The book arrived quickly and was packaged very protectively. Highly recommend!
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4.0 out of 5 stars not eisner's best 12 Dec 2001
By Yakov Hadash - Published on Amazon.com
It's like a 60's science fiction movie. Will Eisner's science here is awful. There are spelling mistakes (Bernard, Barnard) and basic terminology mistakes (year, light-year) BUT his human interactions are amazing, and his panel breakdowns are the best (at least most complex) out of any his stuff that I've seen. (I haven't had the opportunity to read many of his later Spirit stories.) His best work is to be found elsewhere (check out his brand-new full-length hardcover book from DC for a trip), but this book is certainly good. Lots of intrigue, politics, spies, murders, humor, and that's where he shines. And it's pretty cheap, so check it out!
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