Comix Galaxy at Miami Book Fair International

by Rachel Baker on October 16, 2008

Miami Book Fair InternationalThis year, Miami Book Fair International has partnered with Diamond Book Distributors to present a comprehensive program on graphic novels and the comics world that will celebrate their historical place in our country’s literary life, as well as their recent rise in popularity and integration into the mainstream via book stores, libraries and educational curricula all over the country.

Please join the Miami Book Fair International and Miami Dade College’s Centre Gallery for an exceptional evening celebrating comic book legend, Will Eisner, with the opening of an exhibit of Will Eisner’s original artwork, a multi-media exhibit based upon The Plot, Eisner’s last graphic novel, and 25 artworks inspired by Eisner’s legendary graphic storytelling.

A panel discussion about Eisner’s life and work will take place in the gallery, and will be followed by a screening of the award-winning documentary, Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist in the Auditorium (Bldg.1, 2nd Floor).

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Will Eisner
Wed., November 12, 2008
6 p.m., Centre Gallery (Bldg. 1, 3rd Floor)

About the Panel
Will Eisner is undoubtedly the most influential individual in comics—a true pioneer in creating both form and content. From his now legendary work in the 1940s on The Spirit to his truly groundbreaking graphic novel, A Contract with God, in 1978, and his posthumously published graphic novel, The Plot, in 2005, Will Eisner’s work and passion for this medium continues to shape contemporary pop culture. The Eisner Awards, the “Oscars” of the Comics Industry, are named in his honor.

Frank Miller’s film adaptation of Eisner’s The Spirit will arrive in theaters in December 2008—come get a behind-the-scenes look at the man who inspired not only the movie, but a generation of writers and artists.

Editors, agents, creators, and friends will provide a rare and intimate look into the evolution of Eisner’s career, impart personal anecdotes about working with him, and share their unique perspectives on this exceptional visionary artist.

The discussion will feature Eisner’s editor on The Plot, Bob Weil, vice president and executive editor at W.W. Norton & Company, agents Denis Kitchen and Judy Hansen, and author and comics artist Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics). The panel will be moderated by Charles Kochman, executive editor of Abrams ComicArts, and editor of The Will Eisner Companion.

About the Exhibit
The Centre Gallery will serve as home to a comprehensive presentation of original Eisner artwork, including art from The Spirit and his seminal graphic novels A Contract with God, The Name of the Game, A Life Force, and Dropsie Avenue, among others. There will also be a special multi-media exhibit based on The Plot, Eisner’s last graphic novel, which was published posthumously in 2005 and a showing of and 25 artworks inspired by Eisner’s legendary graphic storytelling.

About the Film
Andrew and Jon Cooke’s critically acclaimed documentary, Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist, premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival to an overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience. An ideal complement to the roundtable discussion, the documentary follows the life and career of this true giant in American graphic arts. The documentary includes fascinating interviews with Kurt Vonnegut, Jules Feiffer, Art Spiegelman, Frank Miller and others.

“An essential doc for comic fans, Portrait of a Sequential Artist will also enlighten the curious.”
—Austin-American Statesman

For Schedules for Comix Galaxy, Click here

For more information, visit www.miamibookfair.com and click on Comix Galaxy.

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