Give me money Part 1: 2016 Will Eisner Scholarship submissions open until 5/6

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The Society of Illustrators is presenting the 2016 WILL EISNER SCHOLAR, an honor that comes with a $5000 grant. The scholarship is open to juniors with the money to be used for their senior year of art education. Potential scholars can only be nominated by Department Chairs or Administrators for Undergraduate Programs. The program is […]

CrowdWatch: Locust Moon to publish long lost Will Eisner comic strips

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Well speak of the devil, here’s a new Kickstarter from the Locust Moon folks that plans to reprint some long lost early work by Will Eisner. The story of how it came to light is one of the craziest things I’ve ever heard: A collector outside Philly discovered 104 zinc plates engraved with work that […]

So who REALLY created the graphic novel?

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Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel is a new book by former DC publisher Paul Levitz that looks at Eisner’s historical contribution to comics. And New York magazine has just excerpted the chapter in which Levitz discusses how and why Eisner is credited with being the midwife of the graphic novel form. Of course […]

Will Eisner’s Jungle Queen Sheena Teams up with Tarzan for the First Time, Fulfilling a Wildly Fantastic OTP

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Today, Dynamite announced that they’ve acquired the rights to Will Eisner’s Sheena, Queen of the Jungle and plan to team her up with her historical inspiration Tarzan for a jungle crossover that would make Phil Colins quiver. Check out the full press release below: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce their agreement with rights holders Galaxy Publishing […]

SDCC ’15: Dynamite Announces Two Panels and Exclusives; Variants of Will Eisner’s THE SPIRIT and Bob’s Burgers

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If you missed it, earlier today Dynamite made the following big announcements: They’re opening an office in Manhattan They’re partnering with Atari to reprint Atari Force and make new licensed comics They’re publishing A Train Called Love, a new creator owned series by Garth Ennis To wrap up the day, Dynamite announced their panel and exclusives lineup […]

ALAAC’15: Winners of the 2015 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries announced

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While most comics fans are familiar with Will Eisner and his many contributions to comics, most are not aware that he also created a charitable foundation. The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation “fosters innovation and creativity in graphic literature, sequential art and comics.” One of their more visible projects is an annual grant given to two […]

SDCC: Dynamite Nabs Will Eisner’s The Spirit

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by Brandon Schatz One day before the madness of this year’s San Diego Comic Con officially begins, Dynamite has announced their future intentions for Will Eisner’s The Spirit. Most recently, the character has been a tangental part of the DC Comics line, starting with a ongoing originally helmed by Darwyn Cooke in 2006, before moving the […]

The Beat’s 10th Anniversary Special: San Diego 2004 photo parade!

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As mentioned earlier this week, The Beat is 10 years old this month! What was it like in the primitive days of 2004? Thanks to the wonders of digital archiving we can tell you! We can even take you back to San Diego 2004 for a look at skinnier but not necessarily better versions of many Beat favorites. So step with us behind the veils of time for….

On The Scene: Wizard World’s “NYC Experience” Wasn’t Half Bad

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Among people I talk to about cons and comics, about half won’t bother to go to Wizard World Cons, about a quarter might go, but usually have mediocre things to say about them, and about a quarter haven’t ever been to one but haven’t totally ruled it out. This is because Wizard cons are known […]

“A Contract With God” goes on display at Scott Eder Gallery

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Brooklyn’s Scott Eder Gallery has announced an impressive show for next month devoted to art, sketches and other drawings from Will Eisner’s A Contract With God, the groundbreaking graphic novel that helped inspire comics storytelling in the US. IT’s the first time the art hyas been shown and offered for sale, so it should be […]