|Will Eisner at Toronto Comicon, holding a copy|
of the Yiddish edition of A Contract with God
Will Eisner was one of the most influential and one of the most talented comic artists, helping to foster a respect for the format and teaching a new generation through both his classes and via the text books he authored (e.g. Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative). In 2002, Eisner received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Federation for Jewish Culture. Among the Jewish works he has written and illustrated are Fagin the Jew, The Name of the Game, and Minor Miracles. Minor Miracles includes the short story "Street Magic", which was reprinted in Jewish Comix Anthology, volume 1.
Next week, several events will take place at various venues across the U.S. that will honor the legendary cartoonist during Will Eisner Week.
Among the events is a special meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium during which Paul Levitz (author of "Tradition" in DC Comics' 9-11 September 11th 2001) will give a talk titled "The Contradictions and Importance of Will Eisner". During the same meeting, Danny Fingeroth (author of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics and the Creation of the Superhero) and Arie Kaplan (author of From Krakow to Krypton : Jews and Comic Books) will give a presentation titled "Spirit and Shadow : Will Eisner and Orson Welles".
March 1st will also be the opening day of the JOMIX exhibition, but that won't be closing until May 8th and the gallery talk / tour is being held on March 10th.
The Jewish festival called Purim will be held on the evening of March 4th (during Will Eisner Week).
In celebration of Purim, Will Eisner Week, and the JOMIX launch, a Purim Book Giveaway contest is being held for American Amazon.com account holders over the age of 18.
To enter for a chance to win a copy of The Jewish Comix Anthology, please go to https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/a2f3349d7dd44fa5
To enter for a chance to win a copy of Mendel's Daughter : A Memoir by Martin Lemelman, please go to
To enter for a chance to win a copy of The Quest for Jewish Belief and Identity in the Graphic Novel by Stephen Tabachnick, please go to https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e0549c0b573703e5#ln-ln