Will Eisner speaks at U-Mass Dec. 13

Thu, December 11th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

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Official Press Release

Will Eisner, the father of the graphic novel and world-renowned comic book

artist, will give a talk at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on Saturday,

Dec. 13, 2003. Twenty-five years ago, Eisner created "A Contract with God," the

first graphic novel. He will talk about the origin of the graphic novel and his over

65-year career in comics.

The talk will be at 1 PM in Mahar Auditorium on the UMass Amherst campus. Mahar

is on University Avenue, just north of the Isenberg School of Management

(http://www.umass.edu/umhome/maps/index.html). The talk is free and open to the


Eisner is the author of over fifteen graphic novels, including "To the Heart of

the Storm," "The Dreamer," and "Fagin the Jew," published by Doubleday in September

2003 and recently nominated for an American Library Association award. Eisner's career

spans the entire history of comic books, from the 1930s to today. He was

awarded the National Foundation for Jewish Culture's Lifetime Achievement Award

in the Arts in 2002. Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The

Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" (2000), pays fictional homage to Eisner's

most famous comic book creation, The Spirit.

On Friday afternoon, December 12, Eisner will give a seminar for UMass and the

area's "5 College" students, with time and location to be announced. For more information,

contact nccouch@complit.umass.edu.

The events are sponsored by the Departments of Comparative Literature and Judaic

and Near Eastern Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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