[ENGLISH] Wednesday, May 28th, 7pm – 10pm: An Evening With The Works Of Will Eisner – The Spirit Lives Please join Storyopolis, in association with the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC) and The Denis Kitchen Art Agency, on May 28th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM as we proudly present an extraordinary exhibit of the legendary art of graphic novel pioneer, Will Eisner. In conjunction with Book Expo 2008, this exclusive once in a lifetime gala will celebrate the groundbreaking 30th anniversary of the first American graphic novel with never before seen original works. Complete with hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and a chance to own a part of history, we invite you step into the rare and fantastical world of this legendary artist.

Will Eisner was the innovative and influential illustrator who is often referred to as the « grandfather » of the graphic novel. Eisner got his start drawing comic strips in New York in the 1930s. His greatest success was The Spirit (1940-52), a newspaper comic strip about a wisecracking, masked detective. After he ended the strip, Eisner became a publisher and illustrator of commercial and educational comics until the 1970s. His work on The Spirit had by then been rediscovered by a new generation of fans and artists, and Eisner left the world of publishing to focus on teaching and creative projects. He went to work on what he called « sequential art » and explored the boundaries of storytelling and traditional comics. His 1978 book A Contract With God is considered to be the first graphic novel, a genre Eisner worked in for the rest of his career. His other graphic novels include The Building (1987), Last Day in Vietnam (2000) and Fagin the Jew (2003); he also authored two non-fiction books, Comics and Sequential Art (1985) and Graphic Storytelling (1996). At the time of his death, Eisner was finishing another graphic novel, Plot: The Secret Story of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Time: 7pm – 10pm
RSVP required? : RSVP today at 818-509-5600 ext. 109 or email to eisner@storyopolis.com to rsvp or schedule a private viewing Of Will Eisner’s work
Admission price: Free

see: http://www.storyopolis.com/gallery_events.html