We interviewed Will Eisner on Nov. 23, 1999 for two hours. The first hour was live, with the second hour taped right after we went off the air and broadcast on Feb. 22, 2000.
Will Eisner is one of the giants of sequential art, whose name is mentioned in 'Nuff Said! interviews probably more than any other. What Orson Wells is to film directing, Will Eisner is to comics, and more, for Will was creating and innovating for his entire life. The creator and artist of The Spirit, co-creator with Jerry Iger and a great pool of talent of nearly all of the Quality line of comics back in the '30s and '40s. One of the founders of the School of Visual Arts and a long-time teacher there, Will Eisner's art has influenced, directly or indirectly, nearly everyone who has ever been involved with the art form. The three other voices you hear are mine (Ken Gale), Jeff Lindenblatt and Ed Menje.
What you can hear here (say that out loud, it sounds silly) is 35 minutes of the first hour that was what I aired on Jan. 18, 2005 as part of a tribute to Will after he passed away. I divided it into three parts to make it easier for those of us with dial-up modems.
Will Eisner 1999 Part 1 7:32. The storyteller, his father, his favorite comic strips
Will Eisner 1999 Part 2 14:05. Why The Spirit was created, comics and literacy, defining literature
Will Eisner 1999 Part 3 13:10. Shadows and New York City, the shop system, lettering, the Kefauver hearings, censorship
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