In the year of the great Will Eisner’s centennial, this comic artist and graphic novelist will be commemorated by a dedicated exhibition, the largest collection of his work ever on view to the world.
The exhibition will be hosted at the Society of Illustrators in New York City, opening on March 1st and running through June 3rd, titled “Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration 1917-2017”.
March is traditionally “Will Eisner Month” and events will be taking place all over the country to celebrate his contributions to the comics medium. This event, however, forms quite a centerpiece to the festivities.
Here’s the official description of the contents of the show:
This two-floor retrospective—the largest Eisner exhibition ever in the United States—curated by Denis Kitchen and John Lind, comprises over 150 pieces including original artwork from Smash Comics (1939), key sequences from his graphic novels including A Contract with God (1978), Life on Another Planet (1983), A Life Force (1988), To the Heart of the Storm (1991), and over 40 pages of originals from The Spirit (1940–1952) newspaper section. Also included are personal items from Eisner’s career, such as his studio drawing board, brushes, and awards. An oversized hardcover catalogue, published by the Kitchen Sink Books imprint of Dark Horse Books, accompanies this exhibition.
An opening reception will also be held at the Society of Illustrators on March 10th at 6:30 PM.