will eisner, 1917 - 2005
Post #445 • January 5, 2005, 7:04 AM • 2 Comments
Will Eisner has died.
I had the good fortune to see Eisner speak at the 2003 Miami Book Fair, where I asked him what aesthetic or literary problems were still awaiting a solution in comics. He replied that there were still not good methods for representing peoples' internal states, and that there was still far too much reliance on the injustice-revenge narrative.
As fate would have it, the man who invented the term graphic novel and wrote the only book worth reading about how comics function until Scott McCloud came along lived in Tamarac, Florida, and I had it in my head that once the first few comics titles came out of Drawing Project, I would take them up to him to get his feedback. I note with sadness that this will not come to pass. He played a crucial role in the development of his medium and his successors will feel his influence indefinitely.