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The Life and Works of Will Eisner

May 9, 2017

In conjunction with the current exhibition Will Eisner The Centennial Celebration 1917–2017, co-curated by Denis Kitchen and John Lind, the Society of Illustrators is proud to present a special panel discussion on Eisner’s legacy.

Panelists include Paul Levitz (former president and publisher of DC Comics and author of Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel), Vivek Tiwary (Tony Award–winning Broadway producer and author of the Eisner Award–winning The Fifth Beatle), Charles Kochman (executive editor of Abrams ComicArts and editor of the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series), and John Lind (co-curator of Will Eisner The Centennial Celebration 1917–2017 and creative director of the Kitchen Sink Books imprint at Dark Horse Comics). The panel will be moderated by Heidi MacDonald (editor-in-chief of The Beat at

Non-members: $15 | Members: $10 | Seniors/students: $7 (Undergrad with valid ID)


The Will Eisner The Centennial Celebration 1917–2017 exhibition at the Society of Illustrators is on display from March 1 through June 3, 2017.

This two-floor retrospective, curated by Denis Kitchen and John Lind, includes more than 150 pieces of original art, such as work from Smash Comics (1939); key sequences from his graphic novels including A Contract with God (1978), Life on Another Planet (1983), A Life Force (1988), and To the Heart of the Storm (1991); and over 40 pages of original artwork from The Spirit (1940–1952) newspaper section. Also included are personal items from Eisner’s career, like his studio drawing board, brushes, and awards.

“To me, what Will did was and is timeless.” —Neil Gaiman (The Sandman)

“There is no one quite like Will Eisner. There never has been, and on my more pessimistic days, I doubt there ever will be.” —Alan Moore (Watchmen, From Hell)

“Will Eisner is the heart and mind of American comics.” —Scott McCloud


May 9, 2017
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