Tuesday, April 05, 2005

The tribute.

Only time will tell how comics will be now that Will Eisner is gone. The day will come when new artists won't have heard of him (as many already haven't) and when his name will only be one more among a lot of "those old guys from the early days". Still, for the time being, all of us have Will Eisner as the reference of the artist that believed in what he was doing and that never quit. He was not the for the glory. He was there for the stories.

His stories, for all the love and hard work he put into then, will survive most which will fade. They already have, and will keep on surviving, reaching new readers every year.

In the spirit of remembering the way he lived instead of the way he died, the Comic Book Artist magazine number 6 is dedicated to him, presenting tons of tributes from people from all corners of the comic book world. The solicitation for it is up at Diamond and and the press release is the following:

COMIC BOOK ARTIST (VOL 2) #6: The Will Eisner Tribute Issue
Edited by Jon B. Cooke

The CBA All-Star Tribute Honoring the Great Sequential Art Master,
Will Eisner. This double-sized memorial issue features remembrances,
art and essays by over 200 artists, writers, editors, friends and fans -- all
celebrating the man, his superlative 70-year career, and his
unprecedented impact on the art form. Behind a Dave Gibbons cover,
this mammoth special contains tribute art by an incredibly diverse group
of creators, including Mike Allred, Murphy Anderson, Gabriel Ba, Donna Barr, Frank
Cho, Darwyn Cooke, Geof Darrow, Jack Davis, Mike Diana, Irwin Hasen,
Gilbert Hernandez, Alex Horley, Everett Raymond Kinstler, David
Levine, Joe Linsner, Mark Martin, Mike Mignola, Fabio Moon, Eric Powell, Mike
Ploog, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Alex Ross, Craig Thompson,
Tim Vigil, among many others. Included are interviews with Art
Spiegelman, Jules Feiffer and Scott McCloud, on their friendships with
Eisner and his influence on the future of comics. Plus testimonials and
anecdotes shared by a wide array of comic book pros, including Alan
Moore, Neil Gaiman, Stan Lee, Richard Corben, Joe Kubert, David
Mazzucchelli, Joe Simon, and many others. Join us to experience a
spirit of good will as the creator's legion of admirers celebrate the life
and mourn the passing of a true giant, Will Eisner. -- $14.50 (US), 192
pages (24 pages in full-color), Perfect Bound, Magazine, Diamond
Order Code: APR053289

1 comment:

Fábio Moon said...

My March 21 entry on this blog is part of my contribution to this magazine.