Celebrate Will Eisner Week 2017!

Will Eisner (March 6, 1917 - January 3, 2005) was an artist, writer, cartoonist, educator, publishing entrepreneur, and an early advocate for comics as literature and art. Eisner was born in NYC to a poor immigrant family, and during his nearly eight decades-long career, he co-founded an early comics packaging company, created The Spirit Sunday newspaper section, developed the use of comics to train GI's and workers, taught cartooning at the New York SChool of Visual Arts, and wrote 15 graphic novels nad 3 sequential art textbooks. 

In honor of Eisner achievements, Will Eisner Week 2017 will take place from March 1 - 7 in more than 50 cities worldwide. During this week, univerities and stores will be celebrating graphic novels, sequential art, free speech, and the amazing legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative figures in the history of comics and graphic novels. Will Eisner Week focuses not only on Eisner’s artistry, but also on his belief in free speech and comics as literature. Below is the current comprehensive list of special events taking place both nationally and internationally. For more information on how you can participate, please contact the event organizers!

Special Events

  • January to October: Annual Comics (BD) Festival, Angoulême, France celebrates the centennial with an original Will Eisner art exhibition, officially recognized by the French Ministry of Culture as being of national significance.
  • March: The New York Public Library, Main Branch exhibits their Will Eisner Collection and presents a speakers’ panel.
  • March to May: The New York Society of Illustrators celebrates the centennial with an original Will Eisner art exhibition.
  • March 6: Official Will Esiner Day as proclaimed by The New York City Office of the Mayor.
  • March 28: Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, screenwriter and satirist remembers his mentor and friend, Will Eisner, at the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium - March 28.
  • June 24: The American Library Association presents the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, ALA Summer Conference.
  • July 21: The 29th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards presented at San Diego Comic-Con.

Art Exhibitions

  • January - October: The Memorial of the Holocaust, Paris France presents Shoah et Bande Dessinée (The Holocaust and Comics), including Will Eisner original art. 
  • March: The Pittsburgh Toonseum hosts an exhibit and panel “The Lost Work of Will Eisner."
  • March: The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Comics Gathering, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • March: Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, Baltimore, Maryland presents an exhibition and panel “Will Eisner at War."
  • October: The Lakes International Comics Arts Festival, Scotland, UK presents an exhibition of Will Eisner Giclées.
  • TBD: The San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, details TBD.

Will Eisner Week Events

Will Eisner Week, held annually in March since 2009, celebrates sequential art, graphic novel literacy, free speech, and Will Eisner’s legacy with an estimated 100 events in 80 cities in the US and internationally. Currently, several universities and stores will be hosting events during Will Esiner Week including:

  • Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum
  • The Center for Cartoon Studies
  • The New York School of Visual Arts
  • The Savannah School of Art & Design
  • The Minneapolis School of Art & Design
  • The Sequential Artists Workshop, Parsons School of Design

Comic Con Events

The following events will have Will Eisner displays, exhibits, or panels in celebration of the centennial anniversary: 

  • San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego, California
  • New York Comic Con, New York, New York
  • Emerald City Comic Con, Seattle, Washington
  • C2E2 Comic Expo, Chicago, Illinois
  • Big Apple Comic Con, New York, New York
  • Wizard World Comic Con, Various Cities

Special Publications

  • A Contract with God, Centennial Edition, including all new scans from the original artwork, W.W. Norton & Co.
  • A Contract with God, Norton Critical Editions, including scholastic annotations, W.W. Norton & Co.
  • A Contract with God, Artist’s Edition, including unknown original pencil roughs, Kitchen Sink Books, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics.
  • Will Eisner: A Centennial Celebration (English/French), the catalogue for the Angoulême, France and New York Society of Illustrators, Will Eisner original art exhibitions, Kitchen Sink Books, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics.

Videos & Podcasts

Midtown Comics Monthly and Comics Alternative will be hosting podcasts throughout the year in honor of Will Eisner. Details on frequency and start times are TBD.

Your Store Celebration!

Below is a list of titles/products available in our warehouse that are perfect for a Will Eisner display in your store for Will Esiner week. To order any of these products, please contact your DBD sales rep.

Title ISBN Publisher SRP Stock Status
WILL EISNER WEEK 2017 FREE PROMO POSTER NOV160012 DIAMOND PUBLICATIONS $0.00 Hasn't Shipped
WILL EISNER WEEK 2017 PLAYBOOK DEC168670 DIAMOND PUBLICATIONS $0.00 Hasn't Shipped
WILL EISNER SPIRITED LIFE HC DVD COMBO MAY151573 TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING $49.95 In Stock
WILL EISNER SPIRITED LIFE HC DLX ED DEC141691 TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING $39.95  In Stock
WILL EISNER A SPIRITED LIFE BIOGRAPHY 9781605490618 TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING $14.95 In Stock
WILL EISNER SPIRIT ARTIST ED HC VOL 02 (NET) 9781631401466 IDW PUBLISHING $280.00 In Stock
WILL EISNER SPIRIT ARTIST ED HC VOL 01 (NET)  9781613771754 IDW PUBLISHING $160.00 In Stock
WILL EISNER SPIRIT RETURNS HC 9781606908419 DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT $39.99 In Stock
LOST WORK OF WILL EISNER GN 9780997372908 LOCUST MOON PRESS $24.99 In Stock

Feel free to contact  event organizers at info@willeisnerweek.com for more information, or visit www.willeisner.com.

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