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 (March 1-7, 2018) is celebrated annually by comics fans and libraries across the country. Creator of The Spirit, John Law, Lady Luck, Mr. Mystic, Uncle Sam, Blackhawk, Sheena and many others, Eisner has been nicknamed the 'father of the Graphic Novel.' One of the comic industry's most prestigious awards, The Eisner Award, is named after him. Recognized as the 'Oscars' of the American comic book industry, the Eisners are presented annually at Comic-Con International here in San Diego.
Celebrating the Comic Arts at SDSU
There are a few ways you can celebrate Eisner’s legacy on campus this week.
Visit the Library’s Donor Hall to view our exhibit of Special Collections materials called DemoGRAPHICS: Voices and Visionaries from the SDSU Comic Arts Collection. Comics that view history and society through diverse lenses like culture, race, ethnicity, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ableness, and age have been curated into a unique and informative experience. The exhibit will be on display until July 31, 2018.
Check out our browsable circulating Comic Arts Collection on the first floor of Love Library near the Edward E. Marsh Golden Age of Science Fiction Room. The circulating Comic Arts Collection includes both original comics and scholarship about the comic arts.
Browse our online catalog of floppy comics. Housed in the Library’s Special Collections & University Archives department, our floppy comics collection does not circulate, but we encourage you to come view them in our Reading Room! Just over 36,000 of our over 50,000 floppy comics have been cataloged so far.
Exciting news! The SDSU Press now has a graphic narrative imprint called Amatl Comix. The first title, More Than Money, A Memoir by Claudia Dominguez, has just been released and is already breaking sales records for the Press! In More Than Money, Claudia shares her harrowing autobiographical story about ransoming her father who was kidnapped by Mexican drug cartels.
Whatever you do this week and wherever you are, read a graphic novel!