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The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Reading Group – MARCH Book 2

Last week the comics world celebrated the birthday of one of the most important figures in our medium’s history: Will Eisner. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum has been the home of the Will Eisner Collection for more than a decade, and has continued to honor his legacy as recently as this past summer through fall with the highly acclaimed exhibit Will Eisner: 75 Years of Storytelling.

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Self-portrait. Will Eisner Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

We are happy to announce that in celebration of the month of Will’s birth, we will be having our first Will Eisner Graphic Novel Reading Group, held on March 30th at 1pm in the Will Eisner Seminar Room (what better location could we ask for?)

This brown-bag lunch is free and open to the public, and will be dedicated to the discussion of the graphic novel MARCH Book 2, the second release in the series of Congressman John Lewis’ three part memoir, created with co-author Andrew Aydin and cartoonist Nate Powell. 

The exhibit Will Eisner: 75 Years of Storytelling was on display at the same time as The Long March: Civil Rights in Cartoons and Comics, during which time the creators of MARCH visited BICLM and gave a packed-house lecture at The Ohio Union. What better way to bring the themes of those two fantastic exhibits back to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum than with a reading of the Congressman’s new graphic novel, during a time of celebration for the man who popularized that very form of memoir (Eisner).

We hope to see you then!

Will Eisner Week: Eisner’s Highschool Art Assignments

Among the many astonishing gems in the Will Eisner Collection here at the Cartoon Library, there are dozens of pieces that Will did as a high school student. If you’re in awe of the work he did as an adult for The Spirit, Contract With God, and countless others, just check out how impressive his chops were as a 16 year old student at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx.

Will Eisner original, 1933. From the Will Eisner Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (click to enlarge)

Will Eisner original, 1933. From the Will Eisner Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (click to enlarge)

Will Eisner original, 1933. From the Will Eisner Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (click to enlarge)

Will Eisner original, 1933. From the Will Eisner Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (click to enlarge)

These two portraits, likely done for a high school art assignment, date back to 1933. Here at the Cartoon Library we have put our collective knowledge together to try to identify who Eisner was depicting, but it has proven difficult for us to focus on anything other than his remarkable artistic skill at such a young age. Could it be Vladimir Lenin? Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of Turkey? We turn the question over to you, dear readers, and hope you’ll help us decide.

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