Michelangelo & Will Eisner
MARCH 6, 2007
Born 400 years apart, these two masters share a birthday: March 6th. Let's buy a round for these gents!
Marcello Venusti, 'Portrait of Michelangelo', 1535. Florence, Casa Buonarroti. The National Gallery, UK
"Michelangelo was a real person.The style, and all the ideas which propel it, is comely and inspiring. But don’t stop there people! Michelangelo was an illustrator of the first rank who brought to each assignment his unvarnished self. Maybe this is the heart and soul of what it means to be described as a “Renaissance" Man or Woman: insert your entire humanity into your current project." Will Eisner:
"I grew up reading all sorts of comic books but Eisner’s opus “The Spirit” never captivated me as a child. Boys like myself simply required super powers and a cape in accordance to our burgeoning, yet uninformed juvenile masculinity. Throughout the run of the series, The Spirit quickly evolved into a complicated, psychological tour de force of pathos, humor and startling draftsmanship. “The Spirit” is available in many excellent compilations and is required reading for visual artists.
Eisner went on to create the first graphic novels and coined the term “sequential art” and was an articulate champion of the literary status that graphic novels now claim. As Eisner tells the story in a keynote address, he called the president of Bantam asking to show them a draft of his novel “A Contract with God”:
"There's something I want to show you, something I think is very interesting."
He said, "Yeah, well, what is it?" A little man in my head popped up and said, "For Christ's sake stupid, don't tell him it's a comic. He'll hang up on you." So, I said, "It's a graphic novel."
He said, "Wow! That sounds interesting. Come on up."
The rest is history!"
The Spirit Archive edition by Will Eisner
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