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Eisner/Miller

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  283 ratings  ·  27 reviews
It would be hard to imagine any creators who have more greatly affected their chosen medium than Will Eisner and Frank Miller have influenced the world of comics and graphic novels. Often misunderstood, but enduringly enjoyed by people from all walks of life, the comic book has in recent years been recognized as a "legitimate" art form by cultural institutions ranging from ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Dark Horse Books
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Lisa Feld
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nyc
I've reread this a number of times, and I continue to enjoy it and find insights about the craft, business, and history of comics here. It's a conversation, over the course of several days, between longtime friends and colleagues Will Eisner (who created one of the first superhero comics in the 1930s, ushered in a new chapter for comics though his graphic novel A Contract with God in 1978, and continued creating comics until his death in 2005) and Frank Miller (who revitalized Daredevil and Batm ...more
Tyler Hill
Oct 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
A brief summery:

Miller: "Comics have always been such an outlaw medium."
Eisner: "Well, Frank, its a little more complex than that."

In recent years, Miller has tended to come off as a parody of himself, but I have to give him credit for keeping Eisner talking and making for an interesting discussion. Honestly, some chapters drag at times, and I feel like both creators dwell on their pet topics a little too much. But, when its interesting, its very interesting. And, its worth listening to both the
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Gurra
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Intressant "samtalsbok" mellan Will Eisner och Frank Miller två personer som betytt mycket för seriemediets utveckling. Om man gillar anekdoter och historier om serie förlagsvärlden i USA och hur om hur dom båda herrarna tog sig fram i serievärlden på sitt egna sätt så är det en utmärkt bok att läsa.
Michael
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loeg-archives
This book is a really terrific look into the mind of two great creators. It's particularly fascinating that Miller and Eisner seem to have a book length conversation while rarely seeing eye to eye on what they're even discussing. Eisner focuses heavily the medium and the form; Miller is intent on the industry and the format.

Nonetheless, if you're looking for insights into what makes comics great and what comics have to offer, this is a heck of a book. They don't even criticize work-for-hire as b
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Camilo Guerra
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Una relectura que es necesaria de vez en cuando, para los fanáticos del comic, que nos muestra el punto de vista sobre aspectos importantisimos del medio, como el manejo editorial, evolución de las herramientas, trato con colegas, editores, sueños,fracasos...todo de una manera franca e importante aunque le sigo achacando una lucha de egos en muchos capítulos, a ver quien la tiene mas larga, quien orina mas lejos, quien orina mas duro...pero aun así, recomendable .
Tony Laplume
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great deal of perspective on comic books from two seminal creators, Will Eisner (for whom the Eisner Awards were named; creator of The Spirit and A Contract with God) and Frank Miller (creator of The Dark Knight Returns, 300, Sin City). Eisner was there in the beginning, and came back around the same time Miller started working in the medium, and whereas both have sufficient experience that their work ultimately has little relevance to the majority of what the public will think about concernin ...more
GONZA
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
nemmeno stavolta sono venuta meno alla mia proposizione di non comprare più fumetti, prima di tutto perchè questo libro ha solo un disegno ogni tanto (ogni tanto spesso, ma ogni tanto...) e poi perchè il libro l'ho preso in prestito alla mia mitica biblioteca Basaglia (quale nome migliore?).
Come si capisce già dal titolo, questo più che un saggio è una conversazione a due tra autori che hanno fatto la storia del fumetto e soprattutto hanno conosciuto, cooperato e lavorato con altri mostri sacri
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Stan Heller
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Will Eisner, according to many, invented the graphic novel. Whether he did or not, his influence in how to tell a story can be seen in many of today's artists, among them, Frank Miller.

When I saw the trailer for Frank Miller's treatment of Will Eisner's seminal character, "The Spirit," I was troubled. Miller learned a lot from Eisner, and in many ways Miller's visual style has leapfrogged Eisner. Still, Will Eisner's characters, all lumpy and commonplace have souls; Miller's characters are for t
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Bryce Wilson
Jun 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, lit-criticism
As one of the five remaining Frank Miller fans this was a great read. I've got a soft spot for these old master new master discussions, and while Eisner's contribution was a bit muted as I haven't read any of his work (Soon to be remedied I assure you) he proved a dynamic and outspoken foil. As for a fan of Miller it was an illuminating look into the man's mind (as frightening as that might be) and anyone whose wondering what the hell is going on with All Star Batman and Robin need look no furth ...more
Jeremy
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was ok
The two creators discuss the comic industry, its history, and their own careers. It was an insightful look into the two men and the difference in their approaches the business of making comics. Miller's pessimistic, rebellious arrogance seems somewhat at odds with his privileged insider status. Eisner, on the other hand, takes a measured, rational view of the industry with which he has had critical but little material success in the second half of his career. So as a character study of two popul ...more
Mark
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While the conversations that comprise this book were concluded before Will Eisner's passing, he didn't live to see their publication in this book. Extending from technique to philosophy, from publishing to readership, Frank Miller's conversations with Will Eisner are rich and informative. Reading this book inspired me to write my graphic novel, The Waterloo Diaries: The Bedsore Conspiracy; although, the story line is unrelated to the conversations. This is a great read for anyone at work at any ...more
Daniela  Pérez Nava
A very interesting conversation! I would like to share all the quotes I found useful, but that would spoil things; so I just want to say that everything they say is valuable, but I can see the comic industry will have more changes than those these masters are talking about. Now I feel a bit sad that Master Eisner didn't live enough to see them. I want to know what Master Miller has to say nowadays.
Thomas
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Eisner being candid about the craft, Miller being candid about the business. It's like you get to eavesdrop on on their conversations. Crucial reading to understand the craft of comics and the insight of these two creative powerhouses
Ethan Young
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
A very engrossing interview book with 2 great comic creators. Although it's a little dated now (with the passing of Eisner and the media implosion of Miller), this 2 way interview captures their mutual passion for creating and expanding the sequential art form.
Robert Luedke
Nov 19, 2009 rated it liked it
A very compelling insiders look behind the mind of two of the comic book industries true giants. I especially enjoyed the contrasting viewpoints of creators who came of age during different era's of the industry.
Cary Lee Baker
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Two giants of the comic book industry together giving their take on what's happening in the business. Miller claims that Will Eisner as a mentor and friend and if that is true how does he explain away the mockery of a movie called The Spirit?
Vanlilith
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, fumetti, saggi
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Aaron Kent
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Best non-fiction book I've read this year. A great interview with absolutely no bullshit frosting. All killer no filler. Two titans talk history and shop.
Dooz
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two titans in the comic industry sound off on the nature of the business: what it was, where it is, and where it will go. A must read for any aspiring comic artist.
Ashleyshanebishop
Jun 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
A classic, candid snapshot of two great graphic icons, who differ in approach and generation, but share the same ink.
Kevin
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read conversation between two legendary comic creators. Fascinating views on the industry and its history.
Jean Paul
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very, very interesting. It's a wonderful glance at the point of view of this two authors, and a great way to get to know both of them.
Loren
Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Two master of the craft discuss, where comics have been, where they are and where they're going.
Michael Brady
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
One of my three favorite books about comics. Excellent read.
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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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