February 22, 2013 by Colin Solan
Filed under Arkansas, California, Comic Books, Convention News, District of Columbia, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Other, Pennsylvania, Top Stories, Vermont, Washington
The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation is proud to announce Will Eisner Week 2013, a ten-day series of events in more than a dozen cities nationwide that celebrates graphic novels, free speech awareness, and the career and legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative figures in the history of comics and graphic novels.
Will Eisner Week’s theme this year is, “Read a Graphic Novel,” which will be the underlying message of all the events. Cities holding celebrations include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, and Minneapolis.
Will Eisner Week 2013 has added significance, as it marks 35 years since the 1978 publication of Eisner’s groundbreaking graphic novel, “A Contract With God.”
“This year, we will be having Will Eisner Week celebrations in more places than ever before,” said Will Eisner Week Organizing Committee Chair Danny Fingeroth. “The people doing the events are planning some amazing happenings that will spread the word about how cool graphic novels are, and that celebrate Will Eisner’s astonishing body of work done over a career that spanned seven decades.”
Will Eisner Week 2013 events include:
March 1-15, SAVANNAH, GA: Savannah College of Art and Design will hold several events run by Professor David Duncan, including a March 2 screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” and various Eisner-themed art sessions.
March 2, 4:00-4:55 PM, SEATTLE, WA: Emerald City Comicon panel: Eisner’s “A Contract With God—Reflections on the 35th Anniversary,” featuring Dennis O’Neil, Batton Lash, Matt Fraction, Jackie Estrada, and Ben Saunders.
March 3-10, PITTSBURGH, PA: Various events at the Toonseum, including a screening of the documentary “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” by Andrew & Jon Cooke on March 6.
March 4-8, ARKADELPHIA, AR: The Comics Arts Club of Henderson State University, under the direction of Professor Randy Duncan, will study Eisner’s work in the context of Immigrant Experience Focus Week.
March 6: 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Art Institute of Portland: Lecture on Eisner by Dark Horse Editor Diana Schutz.
March 7, 6:30-9:30 PM, NEW YORK, NY: The Society of Illustrators hosts a Will Eisner Sketch Night.
March 7, 7:00-9:00 PM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum. An Evening With Mario Hernandez, including a discussion of Eisner’s influence.
March 7, 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Jack London Bar. A reading of Eisner’s “Last Day in Vietnam,” with Brian Bendis, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Michael Oeming, and Dylan Meconis.
March 7, 7:00-9:30 PM, BOSTON, MA: Tufts University. Screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist,” followed by a panel discussion including A. David Lewis, Chuck Henebry, and Stephen Weiner.
March 10, 1:00-4:00 PM, MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Minneapolis College of Art and Design hosts a Graphic Novel Read-In, featuring a screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist.”
March 11, 7:00-9:00 PM, NEW YORK, NY: Parsons/The New School, Comics & Picture-Story Symposium. Jeremy Dauber and Danny Fingeroth discuss Eisner’s work in the context of Jewish-American literature.
March 12, WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT: Center for Cartoon Studies. Lecture on Eisner by Stephen Bissette. (For CCS students only.)
March 14, 7:30 PM, BURBANK, CA: The Animation Guild will hold a special Comic Art Professional Society meeting devoted to Eisner, hosted by Scott Shaw!.
Celebrations are also being planned for Amherst, MA and Washington, DC. Check www.willeisnerweek.com for updates on all events.
Andrew D. Cooke, Paul Levitz, Dennis O’Neil, and Danny Fingeroth appear on November 7, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon art- MoCCA- at the Society of Illustrators is proud to announce the first offering in its new “Dinner and a Movie” series. The series, programmed by comics writer and historian Danny Fingeroth, will feature a comics or animation themed film, preceded by a buffet dinner in the Society’s famed dining room, and followed by a panel discussion about the film. The series will premiere with a screening of the award-winning documentary “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist“, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director, Andrew D. Cooke, as well as comics legends Paul Levitz (Legion of Super Heroes) and Dennis O’Neil (Batman). Fingeroth will moderate.
ABOUT THE FILM:
“Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” is a full-length feature film documentary about the pioneering comics and graphic novel creator that includes interviews with Eisner and many of the foremost creative talents in the U.S., including Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Jules Feiffer, Jack Kirby, Art Spiegelman (who also narrates the film), Frank Miller, Stan Lee, and Gil Kane.
Legendary entertainment industry figure Jeffrey Katzenberg has said of the documentary that it is “entertaining and insightful. A great film about a visionary artist!”
ABOUT DINNER AND A MOVIE:
Dinner will start at 6:30pm.
Screening will begin at 7:30pm
Panel discussion will begin at approximately 9pm
A signing will follow the panel. DVDs of the film and selected works by Will Eisner, as well as by the panelists, will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.
This event is part of Illustration Week.
Society of Illustrators 128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
Dennis O’Neil, Al Jaffee, Peter Sanderson, and Danny Fingeroth appear at MoCCA on Thursday February 2, 2012 from 7-9pm.
New York, NY — The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art — MoCCA — is proud to announce a special MoCCA THURSDAYS event: A celebration and signing of THE STAN LEE UNIVERSE, Danny Fingeroth and Roy Thomas’s new book about the co-creator of Spider-Man, The X-Men, Iron Man, and so many other iconic characters. The panel features Lee-colleagues (and contributors to the book) DENNIS O’NEIL, AL JAFFEE, PETER SANDERSON, and co-editor DANNY FINGEROTH. (And don’t be surprised if a guest-star or two shows up as well!)
Copies of The Stan Lee Universe will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
[NOTE: Stan Lee will NOT be present.]
Thursday February 2, 2012
7 PM-9 PM
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, suite 401, New York, NY 10012
Admission: $7 / FREE for MoCCA Members
About the book:
THE STAN LEE UNIVERSE is a portrait of Lee’s and Marvel’s development as pop culture forces. It includes much material found in The STAN LEE ARCHIVES at the University of Wyoming, including transcripts of lost radio interviews and debates with Lee and figures such as Hilde Mosse (Fredric Wertham’s partner in comics-hating) and Jack Kirby. Others whose voices are “heard” in this eclectic volume include: Roger Ebert; Country Joe and the Fish; Will Eisner: Richard Corben; Neal Conan; and James Cameron. And script, pencil art, and detailed notes from both Lee and Kirby for their Silver Surfer Graphic Novel, and pages from a screenplay Lee wrote for director Alain Resnais are just some of the extraordinary items in this one-of-a-kind book.
Stephane Roux (Zatanna) and Jamal Igle (Supergirl); the writer of the hot new Vertigo series American Vampire, Scott Snyder; and legendary writer/editor Dennis O’Neil (Detective Comics) sign at Jim Hanley’s Universe’s Manhattan Location on Wednesday, June 23 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001
Denny O’Neil, Marc Sumerak, and more speak at Lakeland Community College’s 7th Annual Comics Symposium on April 1-3, 2010.
Master of Ceremonies:
Dr. Peter M. Coogan is the director of the St. Louis-based Institute for Comics Studies. He is cofounder and co-chair of the Comic Arts Conference, held during the San Diego Comic-Con International and the San Francisco WonderCon.
Brooke Keesling is an award-winning filmmaker, animator, educator, and overall lover of life. She has worked in visual effects for nearly a decade and is currently the Director of Development at New Deal Studios, a full-service visual effects commercial and film production studio, located in Los Angeles, CA, best known for their work on feature films such as The Dark Knight, The Aviator, Iron Man, I Am Legend, The Departed, Watchmen, Alice in Wonderland, and Shutter Island.
Dennis O’Neil began as Stan Lee’s editorial assistant in the mid-1960s. He wrote comic stories for Batman starting in the 1970s, and was one of the guiding forces behind returning the Batman character to its dark roots from the campiness of the 60s. O’Neil has also written several novels, comics, short stories, reviews and teleplays, including the novelization of the movie Batman Begins.
Some of his best-known works include Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Batman with Neal Adams, The Shadow with Mike Kaluta, and The Question with Denys Cowan, all of which were hailed for their sophisticated stories that expanded the artistic potential of the mainstream portion of the medium. As an editor, he is principally known for editing the various Batman titles. Today, he sits on the board of directors of the charity, The Hero Initiative.
Cleveland-based writer Marc Sumerak has worked professionally in the comic book industry for over a decade. What started as an editorial internship during his Junior year at Bowling Green State University soon transformed into an Assistant Editor position at Marvel Comics in NYC. Four years and five hundred publications later, Sumerak left Marvel’s editorial staff to pursue a freelance writing career. As both an editor and a writer, Sumerak has helped chart the course for a number of today’s most popular characters, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, and many more.
Some of Sumerak’s recent writing work includes Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man, Hulk Team-Up, Weapon X: First Class, and a highly-publicized story starring Iron Man and fashion icon Tim Gunn. In 2005, Sumerak helmed the successful relaunch of Marvel’s Power Pack franchise. His work as co-writer on Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius earned him an Eisner Award nomination (2006) and two Harvey Award nominations (2006 & 2008). Sumerak has also written material for DC Comics, American Greetings, the Elks, SAMHSA, PBS Kids, Pepperidge Farm, Tyson Foods, Triple-A Baseball, SEGA, and the U.S. Army.
Discussion Session Facilitators:
Matthew J. Smith teaches courses in media studies at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, including “Graphic Storytelling: Comic Books as Culture,” “The Graphic Novels of Alan Moore,” and a week-long field study at Comic-Con International each summer (details of the latter may be found at www.powerofcomics.com/fieldstudy). In 2009, Wittenberg University’s Alumni Association recognized him with its Distinguished Teaching Award. Along with Randy Duncan, he is co-author of The Power of Comics: History, Form & Culture (Continuum, 2009), a textbook for college-level comics arts studies courses (www.powerofcomics.com). The two are also editing the forthcoming Comics Criticism: Methods and Applications.
Mervi Miettinen is a Ph.D. student at the University of Tampere, Finland. Her dissertation focuses on superhero comics and their political and ideological dimensions, especially the status of the superhero as a liminal character existing both outside and inside the juridical order. Watchmen remains one of her all-time favorite comic books, and the movie isn’t that bad, either.
She is currently working on her dissertation as an ASLA/Fulbright Scholar at Bowling Green State University.
Mark Bernard is a Ph.D. Candidate in the American Culture Studies program at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He is currently working on his dissertation, tentatively titled, “Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film.” His work has appeared in Scope: An Online Journal of Film and TV Studies, The Projector: Film and Media Journal, and Contemporary Literary Criticism.
Charles Coletta earned both his BA and MA in Literature from John Carroll University and his doctorate in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. He has taught in the Department of Popular Culture at BGSU since 2000. In 2008 he co-chaired the “Comic Books in Popular Culture” conference at BGSU. In 2006, he assisted Eva Marie Saint in her preparing for her role as “Ma Kent” in Superman Returns. He most recently served as a contributing writer for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Comic Books & Graphic Novels.
CLAREMONT, O’NEIL AND DeFALCO MASTER WRITING CLASSES
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA is proud to announce the spring offerings from its Education Department. Organized and headed by Senior Vice-President of Education, DANNY FINGEROTH, the season’s initial offering will be:
MASTER CLASS SERIES IN COMICS WRITING
3 sessions, TUESDAYS, March 16 & 23; April 13, 6:30-8:30 pm
March 16: CHRIS CLAREMONT
March 23: TOM DeFALCO
April 13: DENNIS O’NEIL
Series Cost: $100 | $90 for MoCCA members
Individual sessions: $40 | $35 for MoCCA members
CHRIS CLAREMONT, TOM DeFALCO, and DENNIS O’NEIL will each hold a master class session in comics writing. These three extraordinarily accomplished writers have written some of the highest profile and most acclaimed comics of all time, with bodies of work that have played significant parts in defining the modern versions of The X-Men (Claremont), Spider-Man (DeFalco), and Batman (O’Neil). Each of them will condense the most important things they know about writing into highly-concentrated (and entertaining!) lecture form. This is a rare opportunity to hear these top names in the field speak about what makes for great comics writing.
CHRIS CLAREMONT has encountered more success than most writers ever dream of. Best known for his work on Marvel Comics’ X-Men, he has written other seminal characters such as Batman and Superman, originated several creator-owned series, is published throughout the world in many languages, and has authored nine novels. His unbroken 17-year run on Uncanny X-Men is the stuff of industry legend. The story arc “Dark Phoenix,” with its radical treatment of its central character, paved the way for the reinterpretation of superhero mythos. Current projects include the ongoing Marvel series X-Men Forever, X-Women, drawn by renowned Italian artist Milo Manara, the young adult novel Wild Blood, a contemporary urban dark fantasy, and the screen play Hunter’s Moon.
TOM DeFALCO, a former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics with over thirty books currently in print, has written comic books, graphic novels, short stories, prose novels and books like Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide and Comic Creators on Fantastic Four. He was also a major contributor to The Marvel Encyclopedia and The Marvel Chronology. DeFalco has recently worked on Star Wars: The Clone Wars for Titan Comics, The Man From RIVERDALE for Archie Comics, Flash Gordon for Ardden Entertainment, The Flying Fool for Moonstone Books, The Super Seven for Stan Lee Comics and, of course, Amazing Spider-Girl for Marvel Comics.
DENNIS O’NEIL is an award-winning comics writer and editor (best known for his landmark work on characters such as Batman and Green Lantern), and an educator at institutions including New York University and The School of Visual Arts. He has also been a journalist, critic, television writer, best-selling novelist (novelizations of The Dark Knight film and the epic Batman: Knightfall comics storyline, and the original novel Green Lantern: Hero’s Quest), and has published dozens of short stories. He lives in Nyack, N.Y. with his wife, Marifran.
And starting in April, MoCCA Education will present two more incredible courses:
ANATOMY FOR ILLUSTRATORS WORKSHOP
Instructors: R. SIKORYAK AND KRIOTA WILLBERG
4 sessions, Mondays April 19 & 26, May 3 & 10.
HOW TO WRITE COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
Instructor: DANNY FINGEROTH
4 sessions, Tuesdays April 20 & 27, May 4 & 11
Details on these two courses will be announced soon.
For more information and to register, call 212-254-3511 or go to www.moccany.org.
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The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art. The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions, and educational programs. The museum is located at 594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets) in New York City. MoCCA is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00-5:00 pm. Suggested donation to the museum is $5 but free for MoCCA Members as well as for children 12 and under (when accompanied by a paying adult). For more information about the museum and MoCCA events, exhibitions and programs, visit the museum’s Website (www.moccany.org).