#BD This album, published in 1978, is considered the first graphic novel and designated as such by its author Will Eisner, who wrote “ A graphic novel ” on the cover. An editorial strategy to get the album out of the youth and humour sections where comics were usually placed in the USA, but not only. Considered by his peers and fans as one of the greatest cartoonists of the medium, Will Eisner, who had put aside his activity as an author for the benefit of advertising and the re-release of his previous works, returns with a fresh look at comics and will change the history of the 9th art.
This veteran of drawing, who masters all contemporary styles and codes, is looking for other graphic and scriptwriting approaches for comics. The author of the Spirit reinvents himself by proposing a new way of telling with a more intimate point of view, a denser format in black & white far from the dailies and serial publications. It benefits from a unique layout that frees itself from the usual box and layout. A desire to create a total art for this man who also theorized the Comic Strip through courses at the School of Visual Arts in New York and educational books. From the script to the inking, from the lettering to the staging, passing by the drawing or the dialogues: the designer reinvests all the posts in a universe where these tasks are usually very codified and spread over several artists. Eisner’s boards seem animated and his characters come straight out of a play.
Composed of short stories that have New York, Jewish immigrants and memory as their common denominator, Un pacte avec Dieu will be followed by two other books that form an informal trilogy: Jacob the cockroach and Dropsie Avenue. All the titles written during this period are quite exceptional, explore these themes, present elements borrowed from the author’s biography and we can only recommend them: New York trilogy, The Dreamer, In the Heart of the Storm, The Waltz of Alliances, and one of the most successful: Fagin the Jew. A tireless creator, Will Eisner ended his career by renewing himself once again, publishing Le Conspot, L’histoire secrète des Protocoles des Protocoles des Sages de Sion, a book halfway between graphic novel and investigation, between pages of fiction, quotations and document reproduction. Vous will have understood it, A Contract with God or New York trilogy are only the gateway to his incredible universe that you are advised to explore up to the Spirit.
The highest distinctions won by comic strips in the United States are called the Eisner awards in honour of the great cartoonist (Also awarded are the Harvey Awards and the Ignatz Awards among the most prestigious). He won this award three times in 1992, 1997 and 2002. Was registered at the “ Temple de la renommée ” of the Eisner in 1987, and elected Grand Prix of the city of Angoulême in 1975. As well as dozens of prizes all over the world.
A Covenant with God by Will Eisner ed Delcourt,