Google celebrates legend Will Eisner

Today, the Google doodle celebrates the birthday of the ‘father of the graphic novel’ Will Eisner.

My hats off to the G-crew for recognizing comic book talent (though I’m sure there are quite a few comic book fans/readers/collectors among the Mountain View crew). The logo is a great homage to the man’s style. I really love the way they’ve drawn that letter E.

Eisner’s Comics & Sequential Art was one of the first books about comics I discovered, right around the same time I was reading Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. That period was a turning point for me, when I recognized that my hobby had turned into something more serious than a casual pastime.

(Interesting fact: according to PC Mag.com, McCloud assisted with the creation of today’s logo.)

Eisner is best-known for creating the strip The Spirit and essentially inventing the graphic novel form with A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories. The most prestigious award in the comic book industry is named after him.

If you’re a nerd like myself, you’ll also be interested to know the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in NYC is featuring an exhibit on Eisner until June 30, 2011 titled Will Eisner’s New York: From The Spirit to the Modern Graphic Novel.

Eisner passed way in January 2005. Today would have been his 94th birthday.

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