Will Eisner Week at the SDSU Library and Information Access
The library is pleased to once again recognize Will Eisner (1917-2005) and his remarkable contributions to the Comic Arts. Timed to coincide with the March 6th anniversary of his birth, Will Eisner Week is celebrated by libraries across the country every year. Eisner’s work elevated the comic arts to a new level, and his influence on the medium is still being felt today, eleven years after his death.
Will Eisner is a near-mythical figure in comics circles.
He created one of the genre’s most lasting characters, The Spirit, whose adventures were first presented in the Sunday newspaper comic book inserts that Eisner produced for select American newspapers every week from 1940 to 1952. After then spending several years running American Visuals Company, which produced instructional manuals in comic book form for business and government, Eisner revived The Spirit in a series of reprints starting in the 1970s. It was also during that decade that Eisner began producing the works that would cement his reputation; a series of “graphic novels,” a term that he helped popularize and that helped bring a new level of seriousness to the comic arts. As an indication of his lasting legacy, the awards given out at Comic-Con International’s annual ceremony to honor the best works in the industry bear his name: the Eisner Awards.
In celebration of Eisner Week, a display cart loaded with books by and about Eisner, in addition to a selection of other graphic novels, will be available at the entrance to the research services area for viewing and checkout. In addition, there will be a wall display highlighting Eisner’s life and influence.
The Will Eisner Week display at SDSU reflects the Comic Arts Committee’s mission to raise awareness of the comic arts in higher education, to coordinate campus efforts surrounding comics and related media, and to work with the broader San Diego community in support of the comic arts. It will be on display from March 1-7.