Tuesday, March 24, 2009

IRC 2009 notes ... stay tuned!

Sorry, IRCers, I haven't been able to update the notes from my presentation just yet. I'll try to get to it this week.

But to tide you over (and answer a question asked at the conference):

Will Eisner's A Contract with God was published in 1978. Here's Eisner's quote on (almost but not quite) coining the term "graphic novel:"

I called the president of Bantam Books in New York, who I knew had seen my work with The Spirit. Now, this was a very busy guy who didn't have much time to speak to you. So I called him and said, 'There's something I want to show you, something I think is very interesting.'

He said, 'Yeah, well, what is it?'

A little man in my head popped up and said, 'For Christ's sake, stupid, don't tell him it's a comic. He'll hang up on you.' So, I said, 'It's a graphic novel.'

He said, 'Wow! That sounds interesting. Come on up.'

"Well, I did bring it up and he looked at it and looked at me through his reading glasses and said, 'This is a comic book, bring it to a smaller publisher,' which I did. . . . At the time, I thought I had invented the term, but I discovered later that some guy thought about it a few years before I used the term.

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