With a nor’easter blowing in at increasing velocity on November 7th, a full house still turned out for the first of the newly partnered MoCCA/Society of Illustrators dinner and a movie events, this one complete with an informative panel discussion featuring the life and work of comics giant Will Eisner. The evening’s film, Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist, directed by Andrew B. Cooke, is stand out in the field of comics documentaries for scope and the quality of contributors to Eisner’s life-narrative. The panelists, though reduced in number by the snow pummeling the north-east, included former DC president and educator Paul Levitz and event organizer, former Marvel editor, writer, and educator Danny Fingeroth.
It’s fairly common knowledge that the Society of Illustrators knows how to lay a good spread of food, and they catered dinner for the event in stellar fashion, bringing an autumn-accented meal down to the main gallery for guests. The meal included pureed pumpkin, steamed sweet potatoes and beets, a wide range of salads, as well as fish and chicken in buffet style. That’s not to mention the fresh fruit, chocolate covered strawberries, cookies and popcorn: they went all out and it was a very toasty welcome for those coming in from the snow.