Recently, the podcast Imaginary Worlds set out to celebrate the career and impact of comics creator and luminary Will Eisner, bringing together specialists and professionals in the field of comics to fuel the discussion. First they recorded a live presentation about Will Eisner by Paul Levitz, Bob Andelman, Denis Kitchen, and Al Jaffee, and then bringing in Danny Fingeroth, Joan Hilty, and Dean Haspiel for a live panel discussion.
Imaginary Worlds is a podcast series on the Panoply network “about sci-fi and other fantasy genres — how we create them and why we suspend our disbelief”.
Here’s the podcast’s official description:
Imaginary Worlds goes live in this special presentation from the work x work on air festival. In celebration of Will Eisner’s centennial, authors Paul Levitz and Bob Andelman, along with comics publisher Denis Kitchen and MAD Magazine’s Al Jaffee discuss at how Eisner redefined comics as an art form, and became the “father of the graphic novel.” Then comics historian and author Danny Fingeroth, editor Joan Hilty, and artist Dean Haspiel explore Eisner’s legacy today in a live panel discussion.
If you’re a fan of Eisner and want to experience the largest ever exhibition of his work, the Society of Illustrators in New York City is also hosting a Centennial Celebration, which is open now and will continue until June 3rd.