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Will Eisner's Influence On Comics

If you are a lover of comics, there is a high chance you've heard of Will Eisner . If you have not then this book is for you. Will Eisner is the godfather of comics. His experimentation and vision around the 1940s and 50s are part of the foundations of what we see today as acceptable in comics and graphic novel (he popularised this term). The style of writing, the panel arrangement, and few major things are parts of Eisner's gifts to the world of comics. The present Eisner Award is named after him for his contributions to the craft of comics. The Will Eisner - The Centennial Celebration traces Eisner's development in comics. It focuses on his efforts and most of his early works, especially the Spirit series. If you want to see the life of a pioneer and a tiny part of how he evolved, then you will do no wrong by picking this up. Many thanks to Dark Horse Books for review copy.

Fascinating African Americans You've Probably Never Heard Of

Chances are you've heard of Martin Luther King. Or Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X and similar African Americans. Not a year goes by when I don't hear or read about one of the above names. These names are popular in any civil right discourse around the world. Chances are you don't hear much (or have never heard) of Stagecoach Mary Fields. Stagecoach Mary was a "gun-toting, cigar-smoking, saloon-dwelling mountain of a woman with larger-than-average-hands." At 6 feet tall, she towers above most women and many men. She outworked many strong men in a fashion that made her a supervisor on many jobs. Many resented her for this, not least because she was a black woman. At a period when women were supposed to be frail and meek, Stagecoach Mary (then 60 years old) ran the star route - one of the most treacherous roads - for the US Mail. She did this even during winter periods. Also, she was the second ever woman to ever do this. Chances are you