A special Will Eisner Week event will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.
Will Eisner Week event: “Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel.” Writer Paul Levitz (former president/publisher of DC Comics) will read from Will Eisner: The Dreamer and the Dream, Levitz’s work-in-progress (to be published in 2015 by Abrams ComicArts), about Eisner’s unique role in the evolution of the American Graphic Novel, and a discussion of the factors that came together to create the preconditions that finally made the form successful.
Paul Levitz is a comic fan (The Comic Reader), editor (Batman, among many titles), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes, Worlds’ Finest, and many others including four NY Times Graphic Books Best Sellers), executive (30 years at DC, ending as President & Publisher), historian (75 Years of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Myth-Making (Taschen, 2010)) and educator (including teaching The American Graphic Novel at Columbia). He won two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, received Comic-con International’s Inkpot Award, the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, and the Comics Industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro. His Taschen book won the Eisner Award, the Eagle Award and Munich’s Peng Pris, and is being released in revised form as five volumes in 2013-20144. Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.