Tag: Will Eisner

PS magazine comics and the Army

PS, The Preventive Maintenance Monthly is a comic published by the U.S. Army as an additional Post Script (PS) to their technical manuals (TM’s).  From a comic book literature standpoint its importance is huge! Naturally most civilians don’t know about it, but this i believe is more because of its audience as much as anything else. PS Magazine is published by the… Read more →

Willie’s Manhood

Will Eisner’s “Cookalein” demonstrates the graphic novel’s ability to discuss controversial adult topics. Eisner creates a graphic narrative which shares little in common with contemporary comics by presenting fundamentally flawed and therefore realistic characters.  Let’s focus on Willie, 15, the oldest son of a lower class family spending the summer at a mountain house. He and his family spend an evening… Read more →

Graphic Novels and The Jewish Disapora

In junior year of high school, I took an english elective course on diaspora. My original course had been cancelled so I had been randomly placed into an elective I knew nothing about. I learned that, in short, diaspora meant displacement and a lot of the stories we’d be exploring involved cultural or religious diasporas. It was then that I… Read more →

Rosie’s Demonization

In Will Eisner’s “The Super,” the titular character is fairly well fleshed out for a story that takes up all of about twenty-six pages in Eisner’s Contract with God.  He’s not a particularly good or even nice landlord, and is often shown insulting his own tenants, and failing to complete his duties as landlord, drawn then as a rather gross,… Read more →

A Contract With Relgion

This past week, our class has been dealing with Will Eisner’s A Contract with God and how its role as the first “graphic novel” by name changed literature. We dealt with character development, whether good or evil can be seen in certain characters, and the artistic direction and effort made by Eisner to showcase his thoughts and visualization of the Bronx and… Read more →

Bad Reasons, Used Well: Assigning Blame in Will Eisner’s “The Super”

So this week we’ve been talking about Will Eisner’s “A Contract With God” in class, and most recently we discussed “The Super”.  It is clear that Eisner is a master of his craft, not just as a visual artist, but as a storyteller. While the plot of this particular chapter isn’t especially complex, Eisner manages to really make us think,… Read more →

Snapshots of a broken city

During class this week we have been discussing Will Eisner’s Contract with God, which some would say is the first true graphic novel. Through illustration we were taking through four stories that take place in an American city during the Great Depression. I also is a commentary about how people with different characters react to the things thrown their way… Read more →

Reflection on the Will Eisner Readings

This week of class we analyzed three of the four stories in Will Eisner’s A Contract with God. Each of them have their own meaning and various layers that we can inspect, but I still end up being very conflicted in the end. More so with The Street Singer and The Super.  With The Street Singer there are signs of the main character trying to… Read more →

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