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.
Join the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art – MoCCA at New York Comic Con for special programming:
CAROUSEL, 3:15pm Friday October 14, on the Variant Stage
Cartoon slide shows created and performed by some of New York’s best alternative cartoonists. Emily Flake (“Lulu Eightball”), Danny Hellman (“Typhon”), Sam Henderson (“The Magic Whistle”) Michael Kupperman (“Tales Designed to Thrizzle”) and more! Hosted by R. Sikoryak
SPOTLIGHT: DASH SHAW, 10:45am Sunday October 16, Room 1B01
Dash Shaw is the cartoonist behind the telepathy comedy “BodyWorld” and the surreal family comedy “Bottomless Belly Button”. He is also the animator/director of IFC’s “The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.” He is currently working on another comic book and an animated feature, “Shell”, which recently attended the Sundance Screenwriter & Director Labs.
MICHAEL USLAN signing at the MoCCA Booth
Michael Uslan is the author of “The Boy Who Loved Batman”, the true story of how a middle class boy from New Jersey grew up to be an executive producer of one of the most successful film franchises of all time. Uslan was the executive producer of films such as Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Constantine, The Spirit, Batman Begins, and the second highest grossing film of all time, The Dark Knight. He has also written a number ofcomic books, including the critically-acclaimed revival of The Shadow for DC Comics.
Frank Miller signs on Friday October 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square.
There’s a deadly menace somewhere in Empire City and The Fixer only has until dawn to save his town – and civilization as we know it! Legendary Comics presents an all-out, head-busting, bone-breaking, neck-snapping brawl of a tale from the one of the most celebrated storytellers of the medium, Frank Miller. Years in the making, Holy Terror features a desperate and brutal quest of a hero as he is forced to run down an army of murderous zealots in order to stop a crime against humanity.
Meet The Author
Frank Miller is one of the seminal creative talents who sparked today’s onslaught of motion pictures featuring comic book characters and concepts. He single-handedly re-defined the presentation of comic book characters and heroic fiction with his grand-daddy of graphic novels, THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. Then his graphic novels turned box-office hits, including 300 and SIN CITY (the film version of which Miller co-directed with Robert Rodriguez), proved that success does not always come wrapped in spandex. Miller also created RONIN, and wrote BATMAN: YEAR ONE, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN and ALL-STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER for DC Comics. At Dark Horse Comics, Miller wrote THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT, HARD BOILED, and MARTHA WASHINGTON. The motion picture, THE SPIRIT, marked Miller’s solo feature film directorial debut.
Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
Artist Moritat (The Spirit, Elephantmen) appears at The Comic Stop in the U District to sign his new book, ALL-STAR WESTERN on Wednesday, September 28 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.
As a bonus, The Comic Stop will be giving away a free print by Moritat with every purchase of ALL-STAR WESTERN#1.
The Comic Stop
1307 NE 45th Street, Seattle, Washington
Darwyn Cooke signs on October 07, 2010 at 7:00 PM. Darwyn is the Eisner Award winning writer/artist of the best-selling DC: The New Frontier, and has garnered much critical and popular acclaim as the writer/artist of The Spirit, Selina’s Big Score, and others.
Borders – Penn Plaza
2 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10121