Tag: Eisner

Slippery Slope

Slippery slope is defined as, “An idea or course of action which will lead to something unacceptable, wrong, or disastrous.” I believe that the stories The Street Singer and The Super in Will Eisner’s A Contract With God are great examples of what a slippery slope is. It’s not only the fact that both of these stories portray a slippery… Read more →

Reflection on the Metaphor in Comic Art

In Eisner’s The Street Singer, the reader is shown a seemingly homeless man singing in the alleyways for money. The graphics start off with harsh lines, deep shadows and the narration winds its way through the comic. The written words are place within the pictures, sometimes centered and sometimes overlapping with the drawings. In the story, the beggar is given… Read more →

Would you Change?

After reading Eisner’s The Street Singer, one question really stuck with me. If you were given the opportunity to turn your life around, would you actually take it? Most people would likely say that they would do anything, if only given the chance, but in the case of Eddie the street singer, he squanders the excellent opportunity that he’s given… Read more →

A Recycling Contract?

I sort of expected that the main character of A Contract With God wouldn’t have been rewarded for doing too little of a good thing a little too late, but what I didn’t expect was the short comic added on at the end of a young boy finding the contract and signing it himself, hence restarting the plot of the story in… Read more →

Rosie and The Allusion to Female Character Complexity in Will Eisner’s A Contract with God

During class, we briefly discussed Eisner’s portrayal of women in A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories, and someone noted how all the women tend to be either a Madonna figure or the whore. Even though I think that the female characters throughout Eisner’s book are a bit more complex than the traditional good girl/ bad girl stereotypes, they… Read more →

Between the Devil and God

Will Eisner’s graphic novel A Contract with God, is named for the first story in the book and is about just that: a man named Frimme Hersh making a contract with god. Unfortunately as the story progresses Hersh feels that god has violated their contract and so  forsaken, he decides to shed his pious and goodhearted-nature in favor of a more… Read more →

The Street Singer’s American Dream

The popular definition of the American Dream was defined in the 1930’s by James Truslow Adams. He defines it as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. . .not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of… Read more →

Eisner’s Eyes

One of the most striking characteristics in Eisner’s A Contract with God  is the intensity Eisner draws in the eyes. Frimme Hersh’s eyes are downcast as he comes home from his daughter’s funeral and it is not until Frimme accuses God of not following their contract that we see his eyes. And man, are they creepy! Throughout Eisner’s works in… Read more →

Contract v. Maus – Truth Stranger Than Fiction?

While reading Will Eisner’s A Contract With God, I was immediately struck by the similarities I was able to draw from it to Art Spiegelman’s Maus, almost in a Lincoln/Kennedy kind of way.   I’ve come up with a small list of these similarities which I’ll try to elaborate on without giving too much away about Maus, which I highly recommend reading.  Black… Read more →