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The Plot by Will Eisner
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Aug 12, 10

Read in August, 2010

The Plot demonstrates that Eisner's ability to create evocative pictures, and put them together to tell a story, continued strong until the very end of his life. The large blocks of expository text required to describe the history of The Protocols means that The Plot doesn't flow quite as well, and isn't as perfect a graphic novel as some of his other works, but Eisner's skill and the thoroughness of his research make up for that. The Plot is a strange, almost experimental book: a serious nonfiction graphic novel, by adults for adults, complete with endnotes and pages of references. If Mr. Eisner was feeling his way as he went, it's understandable.

As seems pretty normal in what I've read of his works so far, Mr. Eisner erased women from this book entirely unless they were absolutely necessary to the plot, or unless he needed a stooge. We appear all of twice in The Plot. I continue to be saddened and baffled by the way a "humanitarian" artist and writer can--without remark from colleagues or critics--write 50% of humanity out of the picture, or render them almost always as Othered, as less-than. The way privilege and disadvantage intersect is often baffling, and painful to encounter when it means that even the most humane artists casually render you invisible or, at best, vapid. That Mr. Eisner was a great artist, that his works are "classics," does not render that elision less painful.
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