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New York: The Big City (The New York Tetralogy #1)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  278 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Before the Lower East Side was cool, there was the grit and grime of Avenue C, a world filled with street musicians, overflowing sewers, and peeping toms, all recalled in Eisner’s unforgettable style.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published August 1st 1986)
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Feb 21, 2012 Joni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I am deeply impressed with Will Eisner's level of talent. These are rich, beautiful comics full of life from the inside out; New York-as-metaphor-for-humanity at it's finest, all the colour and noise of the big city in short, fragile glimpses. What he put together here in 142 pages is maybe the most perfect articulation of the case for the city boy over the country boy, the romance of the metropolis. Every page is moving, thought-provoking, insightful, every illustration could be gazed at for ho ...more
Charudatta Navare
Jan 09, 2015 Charudatta Navare rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Scott McCloud revered Will Eisner. I revere Scott McCloud.
Neil Gaiman admired Will Eisner. I admire Neil Gaiman.
Art Spiegelman looked up to Will Eisner. I look up to Art Spiegelman.

And yet I waited so long to pick up this book. I am glad I didn't wait forever.

In a lot of ways, an sculptor creates his sculpture. In a lot of other ways, the sculpture dictates the creation itself, stating the ways it's going to mould. Will Eisner chose sequential art form to tell this story. Then the art form itsel
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Mar 16, 2016 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-york-city
I really don't think I can properly describe the brilliance of this book without lifting a page from it and sharing it here:

Jul 30, 2007 Tita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New York City and all kinds of its inhabitants are thoroughly captured by Eisner in this book. Scenes of apartments and public housing, busy streets and their elements - mail boxes, sewers, garbage bins and all - become the back- and foregrounds of the stories. My first impression is that it's actually a compilation of real-life fragments: sketches of daily struggle. I was far from considering it as most comic books that are full of fantasies. Although most of the stories are ironic, there are p ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Nissa rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I liked it. I was browsing at the library when I came across this book. It makes me want to live in NYC. I'v always found beauty in the concrete, garbage, busy streets, tenement houses, and subways of the city, any city, and I liked Eisner's portrayal of everyday life in late 20th century NYC (Brooklyn?). Some of the stories made me sad, and I found one a bit disturbing (an NYC version of the boy, or in this case boys, who cried wolf), but overall a good graphic novel.
Nov 25, 2014 Gianni rated it really liked it
Will Eisner was simply a genius, behind his drawings you can feel the love he always felt for New York and the people that live in the Big Apple. From the slums of the lower east side way before it became fashionable, Eisner introduces both the best and the worst of the big city world, including its buildings and misery. Loved the section about New Yorks sentinels. ...more
Carrie Shaurette
Mar 15, 2016 Carrie Shaurette rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, graphic-novels
Eisner manages to capture the feeling of city life, especially its variety from person to person. Some of of my favorites include "The Last Man" which shows an overcrowded train at rush hour and "High Rent District" which unveils a dark truth about humans: we're superficial.
Jul 25, 2014 Dustyloup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai lu ce livre en anglais il y a longtemps (au moins 15 ans). Cette fois c'était moins impressionnant peut être c'est parce que je vis à côté de Paris donc le désespoir est plus concret pour moi
Aug 11, 2015 Sylvester rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, art
A series of short art works showcasing the trivial life in New York. Too few words for my liking but I liked the subtle humour.
Hal Brodsky
May 04, 2014 Hal Brodsky rated it really liked it
I see a lot of MAD Magazine in here. Even without the humor and pathos, the drawings in this book would make it worth reading.
Mallika Soni
Jul 23, 2014 Mallika Soni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, the-books
Oct 02, 2014 René rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 25, 2014 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-york
Dark and gritty. Short, quick vignettes of a less-than-shiny city filled with humanity.
Fibrina  Damayanthi
Lebih tepat kalau buku ini disebut sebagai komik grafis. Mengisahkan keadaan kota New York dalam warna hitam putih secara lengkap dan detail.
Buku yang sangat menakjubkan, soalnya saya membaca buku ini waktu Indonesia masih jauh sekali dari dunia komik grafis.
Dan Wilson
Jul 11, 2015 Dan Wilson added it
Shelves: comix
Entertaining and interesting visually-based gag humor reminiscent of Mad Magazine circa 1960-1980. A thoughtful look at the New York City of his day as lived by a large cast of semi-anonymous characters. I look forward to reading more of Eisner's work.
Mar 26, 2008 arafat rated it it was ok
Eisner's sketches of life in the metro capture the power of observing small details in a big city. The book reads like a journal, and you can almost picture the artist sitting on the sidewalk, working away in his notebook.
Ori Fienberg
Nov 19, 2009 Ori Fienberg rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and their are some beautiful and thoughtful moments, but on the whole it felt considerably more frivolous and less cohesive than "A Life Force."
Kushal Srivastava
Mar 27, 2011 Kushal Srivastava rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is almost an extension of City People. Good read, it's almost like a blog entry, one with a headline, incoherent mumblings of a keen mind or something like that.
Feb 08, 2015 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Amazing. Simply amazing. His drawings are much more expressive than words and getting back into the neighborhood it's heartwarming. I reccommend it.
Oct 07, 2013 Steven rated it it was ok
A disappointing series of half-finished vignettes describing life in the Big City.
Mar 10, 2009 Rowena rated it really liked it
I just read through this very amusing graphic novel - a unique take on a glorious city!
Katya Vinogradova
May 09, 2012 Katya Vinogradova rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Beautiful graphics, witty and accurate observations on life in The Big City.
zaCk S
Mar 03, 2013 zaCk S rated it did not like it
Shelves: g-novs, comics
painfully superficial
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WILL EISNER was born on March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. By the time of his death on January 3, 2005, Will Eisner was recognized internationally as one of the giants in the field of sequential art, a term he coined.

In a career that spanned nearly eight decades -- from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics - Will Eisner was truly the 'Father of the Graphic Novel' and the 'O
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Other Books in the Series

The New York Tetralogy (4 books)
  • The Building
  • City People Notebook
  • Invisible People

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