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A Family Matter

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  26 reviews
All new graphic novel by the master storyteller!Family Matter tells the story of a day in the life of a typical family gathered for a birthday party. In the span of twenty-fours hours, the darkest family secrets are revealed. Long suppressed memories surface -- betrayal, abuse, greed, incest, and worse. The strained family comes together, only to be torn apart. The first n ...more
Published December 1st 1998 by Kitchen Sink Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I "En familiesag" ("A family matter") klarer Will Eisner å forteller en vond, men menneskelig, beretning om en familie i oppløsning. De ulike grenene av familien samles for å diskutere skjebnen til familiens gamle far, om han skal bo hos noen av barna, eller om de skal finansiere et opphold på et sykehjem. Gamle konflikter og sjalusier ligger som et bakteppe for handlingen.
Det jeg likte best med denne, var hvor godt Eisner bruker tegneserieformatet. Han forteller en historie med flere veldig ul
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
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This review, plus one for The Name of the Game, can be found on my blog:

A Family Matter was a compact book, and painted a dysfunctional family with broad strokes. Five adult siblings gather to celebrate their father’s 90th birthday, but we find that all of them have their own interests at heart, or have warped relationships with their father and each other. We are introduced to all the siblings in their home environments and also see vignettes of their yo
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Quick read. Interesting story. Recognisable family saga, but well put together. After the New York series, I'm trying to read more Eisner, including some single Spirit editions. I'm falling for his drawing techniques. Harsh truth, beautifully put. ...more
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Pour l'anniversaire des 90 ans de leur père, une femme invite ses frères et sœurs pour faire la fête. Pendant ce temps-là, chacun essaie de trouver la solution imparable pour s'emparer de l'héritage. Mais ce que personne ne sait, c'est que chaque membre de la famille a une raison valable pour souhaiter la mort de leur paternel : inceste, des tromperies et infidélités, cupidité. Cette famille est pour ainsi dire vraiment tordue! Et avec eux, tous les coups sont permis !

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Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fumetti-romanzi
La quarta stella è Will Eisner e la sua costruzione delle tavole, tutte attentamente studiate. La storia è forse banale, come lo sono i personaggi, anche se il finale chiude un cerchio che si era aperto nelle vicende precedenti all'inizio della storia. Il senso di rabbia verso certi aspetti della società moderna che distrugge alcuni valori consolidati e cari, di cui parla nella prefazione, devo dire che si percepisce eccome. ...more
This book is a great example of how Will Eisner was the ultimate fell-bad cartoonist. Everything is handled so maturely, better than other books of his that rely a little more on shock value. Things get worse and worse until everything finally comes to a head in one of Einser's, in my opinion, best sequences. ...more
Heidi Burkhart
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Nobody writes and illustrates like Eisner. This is a very grim graphic novel that revolves around a family gathering to celebrate the 90th birthday of their father.

Eisner was such a brilliant illustrator that I believe one could understand the story even without words.
Steven Werber
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply incredible!! a tale about how families treat and mistreat each other. A story about greed and class. A story about how the past is never gone as it intrudes constantly on the present. A masterpiece!!
Danny Avila
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Eisner is so good. I could look at his stuff for hours and hours and hours.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful little story about a family with an aged patriarch. A study of family - a concept that is given, not chosen.
This is one of my favorite Will Eisner books
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Another graphic novel hit by Will Eisner, this one takes a look at family dynamics. A 90-year old man is confined to a wheelchair after a stroke and one his daughters invites the rest of the family over to celebrate his birthday.

As we are introduced to each of his sons and daughters, we're given an initial glimpse into their current lives. When they each come over to the party, we're given a glimpse into their past relationship with their father. Family relationships can be complicated, and ther
Mikael Kuoppala
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Will Eisner’s touching and insightful story about a family that comes together after a long time, on the eve of the death of the family patriarch. Through revealing scenes the reader is taken behind all the pretence that is going on, into deeply buried secrets and dark memories hidden behind false smiles. Human greed, sadistic cruelty and selfishness fuel the story, but it also has a deeply compassionate take on its unfortunate characters. Touching stuff, and extremely sharp.
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Family squabbles over money.

The graphic novel takes place over a short period of time in which the 90th birthday of their father is taking place.

I've read this story before. It didn't really offer anything super unique to the old story.
Brandon James
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is my first encounter with Eisner and it was a good, quick read. A fan of dysfunctional families? A fan of depressing stories? A fan of characters with zero redeeming qualities? Then this graphic novel might just be for you. Looking forward to digging deeper into Eisner's bibliography.

Zênite Zandavalli
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Vamos por o velho num lar, porque já nao podemos tratar dele (nem temos dinheiro para isso!)" Um tema clássico da actualidade, em que os idosos são cada vez mais vistos como fardos...vivi situação semelhante e ouvi algumas das frases que aparecem no livro... ...more
Dipa Sanatani
Mar 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Will Eisner is a master of his genre. I keep in mind that he was one of the graphic novel genre whenever I pick up one of his books. This book is worth a read. It's short, but dense and easy to read at the same time. ...more
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This was the book by Eisner I've read, and it may have been a bad place to start. This book was good but it didn't match up to the God-like status Eisner holds in the world of comics. Some parts were impressive but overall it didn't thrill me. I probably won't reread it. ...more
Zenit Saphyr
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Vamos por o velho num lar, porque já nao podemos tratar dele (nem temos dinheiro para isso!)" Um tema clássico da actualidade, em que os idosos são cada vez mais vistos como fardos...vivi situação semelhante e ouvi algumas das frases que aparecem no livro... ...more
Emilia P
Nov 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
How do you make such sort of banal, obviously cliched stuff so powerful, sir? I dunno, but you really do, and I really love it, and I'm going to have to ration it out. Way to make timeless, timely stuff. ...more
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Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
My first Eisner. Would've been three stars but for the devastating ending. Packs a wallop. ...more
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very funny-sharp-cruel take on a family and its member's relationships with each other. Arguably, the best graphic novel written by Will Eisner. ...more
James Levesque
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Bleak and honest. What an amazing voice Will Eisner brings to this book!
Simon Sweetman
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Amazing drawing style - my first time (at least as far as I'm aware) reading a Will Eisner, and also a great, grumpy story of a bickering family. ...more
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