Comics and Sequential Art

ISBN-10: 0961472812
ISBN-13: 9780961472818
Edition: 16th 2001
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Description: Legendary comics creator Will Eisner turns a fine eye toward the principles of graphic storytelling in this extraordinary work, based on his popular Sequential Art course at New York's School of Visual Art. Readers will learn the basic anatomy of  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Edition: 16th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 164
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Legendary comics creator Will Eisner turns a fine eye toward the principles of graphic storytelling in this extraordinary work, based on his popular Sequential Art course at New York's School of Visual Art. Readers will learn the basic anatomy of sequential art, the fundamentals of crafting stories, and how the medium works as a means of expression--a literary form that uses the arrangement of images and words to narrate a story or dramatize an idea. Eisner has created the most insightful and dynamic examination of the comic art form to date. It's perfect for use by the serious student, practicing professional and curious comic fan. The accumulation of ideas, theories and advice culled from his more than sixty years of experience is stunning to behold. Eisner has written an important, possibly definitive guide book to the creative process. --Publishers Weekly Will Eisner is universally acknowledged 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.

Will Eisner was born March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, NY. As a child he worked for printers and sold newspapers. He attended De Witt Clinton High School in the Bronx, where his artwork first appeared in the school newspaper. His first job was at the New York American, but he lost that and found a job with WOW What a Magazine! in 1936. He created two features for the magazine, Harry Karry and The Flame. After the magazine went under, for a short time, he freelanced and drew stories for Comic Magazines before he and friend Jerry Iger formed a the Eisner-Iger studio. The two went their separate ways when Eisner joined the Quality Comics Group to produce a syndicated 16-page newspaper supplement. It was there that Eisner created his most well known character, the Spirit. In 1942, Eisner was drafted into the army where he produced posters and strips for the troops. After the war, he continued the Spirit strip until 1952. It was during this time that he created the American Visuals Corporation, a commercial art company that created comics for educational and commercial purposes. Some of the company's clients included RCA Records, the Baltimore Colts, and New York Telephone. Eisner had given up on the Spirit strip, but still produced new material for it from time to time. He chose to focus his efforts on a more mature storyline and so produced A Contract With God, which was published in 1978. It was the beginnings of the graphic novel. Eisner also taught cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York, in addition to writing Comics and Sequential Art and Graphic Storytelling. The Eisner Awards, one of only two comics industry awards, are named for Eisner and were established in 1988. Eisner's work was showcased in the Whitney Museum's 1996 "NYNY: City of Ambition" show. Will Eisner passed away on Monday January 3, 2005 at the age of 87 after undergoing quadruple bypass heart surgery.

Forewordp. 5
Comics as a Form of Readingp. 7
Imageryp. 13
Timingp. 25
The Framep. 38
Expressive Anatomyp. 100
Writing and Sequential Artp. 122
Application of Sequential Artp. 139
Learning/Print and Computer Erap. 147
Indexp. 161
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