Comics and Sequential Art is a book by American cartoonist Will Eisner
that analyzes the comics medium, published in 1985 and revised in
1990. It is based on a series of essays that appeared in The Spirit
magazine, themselves based on Eisner's experience teaching a course on
comics at the School of Visual Arts. It is not presented as a teaching
guide, however, but as a series of demonstrations of principles and
methods. A 1990 expanded edition of the book includes short sections
on the print process and the use of computers in comics. Eisner
followed with a companion volume, Graphic Storytelling and Visual
Narrative, in 1996.
2 Publication history
4 See also
6 Works cited
In contrast to earlier books on comics, which focused on specific
aspects such as drawing anatomy, Eisner's book takes an overall
approach, devoting different chapters to different aspects of comics.
To demonstrate many of the concepts the book introduces, Eisner
provides a ten-page adaptation of the "To be, or not to be..."
soliloquy from Shakespeare's Hamlet. A revised edition included a
chapter on computer techniques.
Since the 1970s Eisner had been lecturing on comics at the School of
Visual Arts. He was unable to find a textbook that focused on
theoretical aspects of comics, and began writing essays based on the
subject for The Spirit magazine; these essays came to form the basis
Comics and Sequential Art.
Along with Scott McCloud's Understanding
Sequential Art is considered to form the foundations for formal comics
studies in English. Eisner followed up the book in different ways:
he expanded the "Expressive Anatomy" chapter into a book with the same
title two decades later, and followed up the book itself with Graphic
Storytelling and Visual Narrative in 1996.
^ a b c Schumacher 2010.
^ Heer & Worcester 2009, p. xiv; Holston 2010, p. 16.
Heer, Jeet; Worcester, Kent (2009). "Introduction". In Heer, Jeet;
Worcester, Kent. A
Comics Studies Reader. University Press of
Mississippi. pp. xi–xv. ISBN 978-1-60473-109-5.
Holston, Alicia (2010). "A Librarian's Guide to the History of Graphic
Novels". In Weiner, Robert G. Graphic Novels and
Comics in Libraries
and Archives: Essays on Readers, Research, History and Cataloging.
McFarland. pp. 9–16. ISBN 978-0-7864-5693-2.
Schumacher, Michael (2010). Will Eisner: A Dreamer's Life in Comics.
Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60819-524-4.
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