Will Eisner Week: March 1–7!
This week marks the 2016 celebration of Will Eisner Week, showcasing the incredible life and career of one of the greatest comics storytellers of all time. Eisner would have turned 99 on March 6; sadly, he passed away in 2005. The writer/artist was that rare combination: An excellent storyteller combined with a savvy businessman. He was prescient enough to retain the rights to his greatest creation, The Spirit, which appeared in a comic book in Sunday newspapers from 1940 through 1952. That one strip, a rare hybrid comic book/Sunday comics section, and all the rich characters and wonderful stories Eisner created for it, would be more than enough to cement his reputation in comics. But later in his career, he went on to craft an incredible run of graphic novels, starting with A Contract With God in 1976, and continuing up until the time of his death. Eisner is a master of comic art, an artist’s artist, and sorely missed.
Eisner was a longtime friend of Comic-Con, first appearing at the show in 1975 and making an annual visit from the mid-80s on. In 2015, Comic-Con celebrated the 75th anniversary of The Spirit, with a special section in the Souvenir Book and an incredible exclusive cover by Michael Cho. Eisner is, of course, the namesake of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, now in its 28th year as the “Oscars” of the comic book industry. He was also the guiding force behind the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award at Comic-Con, and the Will Eisner Hall of Fame. Click on the links to explore these Eisner-oriented areas of our website, plus learn more about Will by clicking here.
Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration promoting graphic novels, literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner. It’s held in association with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design), and SCAD (the University for Creative Careers). This year the dates are March 1–7, which includes Will 99th birthday on March 6.
Visit willeisner.com for a complete list of events this week celebrating this comics genius. If you can’t make it to any of them, do the next big thing, and read an Eisner graphic novel or one of the many books reprinting his incredible run on The Spirit. Discover who this master of comic art is and help celebrate his legacy!