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Will Eisner's New York: Life in the Big City

by Will Eisner

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Series: Will Eisner Library (Omnibus)

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With an unparalleled eye for stories and expressive illustration, Will Eisner, the master and pioneer of American comics art, presents graphic fiction's greatest celebration of the Big Apple. No illustrator evoked the melancholy duskiness of New York City as expressively as Eisner, who knew the city from the bottom up. This new hardcover presents a quartet of graphic works (New York, The Building, City People Notebook, and Invisible People) and features what Neil Gaiman describes as "tales as brutal, as uncaring as the city itself." From ancient buildings "barnacled with laughter and stained with tears" to the subways, "humorless iron reptiles, clacking stupidly on a webbing of graceful steel rails," Will Eisner's New York includes cameo appearances by the author himself; several new illustrations sketched by Eisner, posthumously inked by Peter Poplaski; and three previously unpublished "out-takes"--a treasure for any Eisner fan, and sure to become a collectible. Introduction by Neil Gaiman.… (more)
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    thehatinthecat: Though a differnt style of art, the work of Art Spiegelman is worth a read for anyone who enjoys Eisner's work. Spiegelman's art and story telling about his father's survival of the Auschwitz camp is truly an important piece of graphic art.
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After the amazing collection The Contract With God Trilogy with the classic novel of the same name, more New York stories seemed like overkill. Little did I realize, New York was Will Eisner's home, and his muse.

While not connected to the Dropsie avenue stories per se (there's only one mention of it), this book collects many stories that just didn't fit anywhere else. Some are mediocre, but iffy Will Eisner is like bad sex: Even when it's bad, it's good.

And there are gems here! The Treasure of Avenue C shows the life of a grate. A would-be courtier fumbles an engagement ring, a murder weapon is disposed of... all hidden treasure casually divided up by a pair of young boys. The Building features the prototypical Gilda Green, who falls for an unpublished poet.

Mostly vignettes a few pages long: Illicit sex; the illusion of privacy in city living; and above all, butterfly-effect-style stories, where one small event opens a chain of events ending in tragedy, litter these pages.

Easily the most disturbing story in the book, the slightly longer story Sanctum deserves special mention. Pincus Pleatnik stays away from others, leading a solitary life. When a newspaper mistakenly and stubbornly reports him dead, his life falls apart in disturbing ways.

Mr. Eisner's trademark casual visual style is at its most eclectic and beautiful. A few of the stories are a little out of voice for the author, but these were obviously testing grounds for longer works. a few out-takes at the end reinforce this feeling. ( )
  neilneil | Dec 7, 2020 |
really enjoyed it. although I've not been to new York before but anyone who love in a city can relate to the situations illustrated in this book. i like how Eisner traced the social life in the city through its physical elements organized in a series of illustrated short stories. ( )
  aborham | Nov 26, 2017 |
Will Eisner really had a great eye as an observer. In this graphic novel he shows his talent, he is very precise in his observations of urban places and people interactions. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
Raccolta di diversi gruppi di storie tutte con al centro New York e i suoi abitanti.
Si passa da una prima parte che ha come protagonista la Città con le sue strutture e i suoi meccanismi ai quali gli abitanti si adeguano sfruttandoli al meglio per i propri fini; un'affresco della Città, da quello che si vede fino a rumori e odori.
Le altre storie sono dedicate a protagonisti diversi, chi con rimpianti come i personaggi de "Il Palazzo", fino agli invisibili che popolano le storie più malinconiche della raccolta.
E' un inno d'amore per New York che è viva non solo per i suoi abitanti ma per il modo in cui gli abitanti interagiscono con essa; le dinamiche della grande città sono invece valide nella maggior parte delle città del mondo.
Disegno, personaggi e ambientazioni sono eccellenti, dimostrazione che non è necessario inserire un elemento immaginifico, ma che la realtà è sufficiente per far funzionare una graphic novel.

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Collection of various stories about New York and its inhabitants.
In the first part the protagonist is New York with its buildings and its culture to which the inhabitants mould themselves to obtain their purpose; it's a painting of the city, from what can be seen to sounds and smells.
The other stories have other protagonists, such as the regretful ones in "The palace" story or the invisibles who populate the most melancholic stories in the book.
It's a declaration of love to New York that is alive not because its inhabitants but because its interaction with them; the dynamics of the big city are instead convincing also applied to other cities.
Drawings, characters and settings are wonderful, this book demonstrates that a graphic novel to be compelling does not necessary need an imaginative element.
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  Saretta.L | Mar 31, 2013 |
Will Eisner is brilliant! Yet another great graphic novel by him !
  clstaff | Dec 14, 2011 |
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Eisner, WillAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Capuron, AnneTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kitchen, DenisForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prinetti, CostanzaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wieland, MatthiasÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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With an unparalleled eye for stories and expressive illustration, Will Eisner, the master and pioneer of American comics art, presents graphic fiction's greatest celebration of the Big Apple. No illustrator evoked the melancholy duskiness of New York City as expressively as Eisner, who knew the city from the bottom up. This new hardcover presents a quartet of graphic works (New York, The Building, City People Notebook, and Invisible People) and features what Neil Gaiman describes as "tales as brutal, as uncaring as the city itself." From ancient buildings "barnacled with laughter and stained with tears" to the subways, "humorless iron reptiles, clacking stupidly on a webbing of graceful steel rails," Will Eisner's New York includes cameo appearances by the author himself; several new illustrations sketched by Eisner, posthumously inked by Peter Poplaski; and three previously unpublished "out-takes"--a treasure for any Eisner fan, and sure to become a collectible. Introduction by Neil Gaiman.

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