Will Eisner was born on March 6, 1917. Every year during the week of March 6, bookstores, libraries and schools celebrate the work of Will Eisner and graphic literature everywhere! Eisner is renowned for his work in the comics industry in the 1940s with his newspaper series, The Spirit. Did you know that Michael Chabon's Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is partially based on Eisner?
He is also credited as having authored the first graphic novel, A Contract with God: And Other Tenement Stories, in 1978. The seriousness that he conveys in this new longer art form helped pave the way for influential and renowned works like Art Spiegelman's Maus, Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, and John Lewis's March.
Celebrate by reading a graphic novel! Graphic novels stimulate your brain in new ways as the artwork enhances the storytelling. What's your favorite graphic novel?
For more about the history of graphic literature, try:
- Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere by Hillary Chute
- Pioneering Cartoonists of Color by Tim Jackson
- Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel by Paul Levitz
- Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present by Bob Mazur & Alexander Danner
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