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

by Will Eisner

Book, 2006



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New York : W.W. Norton, c2006.


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himself; several new illustrations sketched by Eisner, posthumously inked by Peter Poplaski; and three previously unpublished "out-takes"--a treasure for any Eisner fan, and sure to become a collectible.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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LibraryThing member VioletBramble
A collection of four of Eisner's previous graphic novels.The Building is about a skyscraper and four people. The building was such a part of their lives that now they hang around the building: as ghosts. City People Notebook and New York capture stories and moments, images of New York (and other
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large cities) - neighborhoods, sounds, smells, objects (mailboxes, fire hydrants, etc).Invisible People contains three stories, all rather bleak, about what happens when people lose everything or everyone in an indifferent city.
The black and white illustrations are extremely detailed and capture the sights and sounds of New York City. Recommended.
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LibraryThing member mschaefer
Collects four graphic novels and a foreword by Neil Gaiman. Ranging from vignettes and short stories (New York) to short novellas (Invisible people) and a short novel (The Building).
LibraryThing member jferr29
Nostalgic and touching illustrated works on life in New York City. The first portion, a series of sketches, is by far the most evocative for ex-New Yorkers, a compelling point of view on life in New York, and a reminder of why we left.
LibraryThing member clstaff
Will Eisner is brilliant! Yet another great graphic novel by him !
LibraryThing member Saretta.L
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
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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.

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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