Comic Review: Will Eisner: Centennial Celebration, 1917-2017 HC (Dark Horse)

An amazing book to honor the comic legend Will Eisner, on what would be his 100th birthday. Will Eisner would have been 100 this years, and for Will Eisner Week […]

An amazing book to honor the comic legend Will Eisner, on what would be his 100th birthday.

Will Eisner would have been 100 this years, and for Will Eisner Week there were plenty of centennial celebrations to mark the occasion. There are two of them going on worldwide: Le Musée de la Bande Dessinée in Brussels and at the Society of Illustrators in New York. This book from Dark Horse is a companion to both of those exhibits. 

The book is pretty amazing. It’s written in both English and French, because of the location of the exhibits. Makes total sense to me to do that.

I got a chance to check out the exhibit at the Society of Illustrators, so for me, this book is just perfect. I got to see a lot of the art in this book in the gallery. I have to admit it was more amazing to see it hanging on the wall than the page, but still, the copies of the images, don’t lose anything here. You can really pick up the nuances in Eisner’s artwork, and you see how it evolved throughout the years.

The book opens with a forward from author Jean-Pierre Mercier and includes essays on Will Eisner by Denis Kitchen, Paul Gravett, and John Lind. Each author discussing Eisner from a different perspective. 

This book is seriously a must have for any Will Eisner fan. I can not recommend it enough.

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.