A Contract with God, comic studies, comics, critical analysis, english, English Literature, film studies, graphic novels, media studies, re-envisioning, superheroes, theory, thoughts, understanding comics, Will Eisner
First off, I’d like to thank everyone for voting and helping me choose the next graphic novel to read. And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the winner, by unanimous decision, is A Contract with God by Will Eisner! I am very pleased with your choice and very excited to start this story; I have heard wonderful things about Eisner’s work but I have never had the pleasure of reading any of it before.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the work, A Contract with God is graphic novel composed of four short stories that take place in New York City’s tenements. And although these stories are independent and stand-alone works, they are all thematically connected; each of them shares overarching themes such as frustration, violence, and even religion. Furthermore, this graphic novel was one of the first comics to attract recognition for both its beautiful artwork and for its literary significance. It is also important to note that while the term “graphic novel” originated fourteen years before the released of Eisner’s masterpiece, A Contract with God is credited with popularizing the term’s use.
As I explained in my previous post, my schedule is terribly hectic at the moment as I juggle school work and prep work for teaching, but I will have my first post on A Contract with God up by this Sunday, at the latest. I will leave you with a few panels from Will Eisner’s brilliant work. Enjoy 🙂