Official Press Release
Will Eisner, the father of the graphic novel and world-renowned comic book
artist, will give a talk at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on Saturday,
Dec. 13, 2003. Twenty-five years ago, Eisner created “A Contract with God,” the
first graphic novel. He will talk about the origin of the graphic novel and his over
65-year career in comics.
The talk will be at 1 PM in Mahar Auditorium on the UMass Amherst campus. Mahar
is on University Avenue, just north of the Isenberg School of Management
(http://www.umass.edu/umhome/maps/index.html). The talk is free and open to the
Eisner is the author of over fifteen graphic novels, including “To the Heart of
the Storm,” “The Dreamer,” and “Fagin the Jew,” published by Doubleday in September
2003 and recently nominated for an American Library Association award. Eisner’s career
spans the entire history of comic books, from the 1930s to today. He was
awarded the National Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Lifetime Achievement Award
in the Arts in 2002. Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” (2000), pays fictional homage to Eisner’s
most famous comic book creation, The Spirit.
On Friday afternoon, December 12, Eisner will give a seminar for UMass and the
area’s “5 College” students, with time and location to be announced. For more information,
The events are sponsored by the Departments of Comparative Literature and Judaic
and Near Eastern Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst.