John Cassaday, Michael Cho, Charles Kochman, and Paul Pope, consider the dynamic life, legacy and influence of Will Eisner at Society of Illustrators in New York City on the panel, The Spirit of Innovation: The Enduring Influence of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of The Spirit during Will Eisner Week, this panel is a collaboration between the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Comic-Con International. The event starts on Wednesday March 7th at 7:00 PM at the Society of Illustrators, located at 128 East 63rd Street at Lexington Ave, in New York City. Admission is $10 for CBLDF, Comic-Con International 2014 attendees (bring your badge), and Society of Illustrators Members, $15 for non-members, and $7 for students and seniors with valid ID.
Will Eisner’s The Spirit
In 1940, Will Eisner wasn’t the only 23-year-old innovating the early comics medium, but he was arguably the most audacious. With war on the horizon, he left the security and success of his work as creative director of the Eisner & Iger packaging studio to create The Spirit, a newspaper comic book supplement that allowed him a wide berth of creative freedom, the ability to speak to an adult audience, and the opportunity to own his own work. 75 years later, The Spirit remains a vital, influential, and engaging work of comics. Join contemporary practitioners for a lively discussion of Will Eisner’s first masterwork and its effect on modern comics.
This panel is a new endeavor that continues the ongoing education collaboration between Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Comic-Con International, who are co-producing the program. “Events of this sort highlight comics’ vital contribution to culture,” says CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein. “Honoring the medium’s history while encouraging its future are central educational goals for both organizations. It’s an honor to launch this next phase in our partnership with an event that celebrates the vision and contributions of Will Eisner and those he inspired.”
About Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Our work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, & educators who face the threat of censorship. We monitor legislation & challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. We create resources that promote understanding of comics & the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day we publish news & information about censorship events as they happen. We are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project & Banned Books Week. Our expert legal team is available at a moment’s notice to respond to First Amendment emergencies. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights that our community depends on. For more information, visit www.cbldf.org
About Comic-Con International
Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind), CCI organizes WonderCon Anaheim each spring. www.comic-con.org
About Society of Illustrators
The Society’s mission is to promote the art of illustration, to appreciate its history and evolving nature through exhibitions, lectures and education, and to contribute the service of its members to the welfare of the community at large. Founded in 1901, the Society has had a distinguished yet lively history as an active participant in the ever-changing field of illustration. The vitality of the organization depends on attracting qualified artists and others to join us in this mission. For more information, please visit www.societyillustrators.org
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February 1, 2015 by Colin Solan
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Boston Comic Con has announced their initial guestlist for the 2015 convention. As always, the best and brightest stars of the comic industry. Some of the comic creators making their first Boston Con appearance are: Eduardo Risso, Humberto Ramos, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tony Moore, Jason Latour, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber, Annie Wu, Franco Aureliani, J. Bone, Frank Brunner, Michael Cho, Jeff Dekal, Evan Dorkin, Sara Dyer, Gerry Duggan, Mike Henderson, Mike Kunkel, John Layman, Laura Martin, Jeff Parker, Kurtis J. Wiebe, and Joshua Williamson!
Plus many guests are coming back for a return appearance like Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Stephane Roux, Frank Cho, Brian Azzarello, Amy Reeder, Don Rosa, Frank Tieri, Andy Belanger, Stephanie Buscema, CB Cebulski, Joe Prado, and Dave Johnson!
And the first media guest is Robin Lord Taylor, best known for his breakout role as The Penguin on Gotham! *UPDATE* Photo ops are available now at the link!
Tickets are now available for purchase. Please note that this year tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY, there will not be any on-site ticket sales.
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
Illustrator and cartoonist Michael Cho, whose work has graced covers for Marvel and DC Comics, tackles the search for self-fulfillment in the big city in his brilliant debut graphic novel Shoplifter. His style evokes in equal measure the pop art of Roy Lichtenstein and aesthetics of Silver- and Bronze-Age superhero comics. Cho’s previously published work includes Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes, a collection of sketches depicting Toronto’s cityscape. He created the illustrations for Rabindranath Maharaj’s The Amazing Absorbing Boy and is well known for his offbeat illustrations of superheroes. One of his stories was included in The Best American Comics 2010.
He is joined in conversation by Chip Kidd, four-time Eisner Award-winning designer and author of Batman: Animated, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schultz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. As an editor of graphic novels for Pantheon Books, he has worked with some of the very best talents in the medium, including Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Art Spiegelman, Charles Burns, and David Mazzucchelli. Kidd is also the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, the Design industry’s highest honor.
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Corinna Parks always imagined writing a successful novel and leading the ideal life of an author. After graduation however, she moved to a big city and took a job at an advertising agency (to pay off her student loans). Somehow, now, she’s worked in the same office for five years, and the only thing she has written is copy. She longs for companionship other than her cat, she’s dissatisfied with her job, and she’s numbed by the monotony of a life experienced through a series of screens. Her only thrill, her way to feel more alive, comes whenever she shoplifts a magazine from the corner store near her apartment. She knows there must be something more to life, but the question is how to find it.
Michael Cho is an artist, designer and illustrator, well known for his inimitable Toronto cityscapes and offbeat superhero illustrations. One of his stories was included in The Best American Comics 2010 and his artwork is showcased in Rabindranath Maharaj’s The Amazing Absorbing Boy. Shoplifter is his first graphic novel. He lives in Toronto.
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