When Will Eisner stepped off America’s endless assembly-line of daily strips or monthly comic books, he threw down the gauntlet to his peer in 1978 with his graphic novel, A Contract with God. From experience, he knew that, against all odds, creators could produce good, sometimes great, work under those conveyor-belt conditions. He understood why many were reluctant to sacrifice their steady, work-for-hire paycheck, but Eisner’s self-driven opus shone like the lighthouse library, a beacon of inspiration to his peers. Eisner left us in 2005, but he did get to see graphic novels resurface in this new century. This time is seems different. Their diversity and quality are stronger, their readership more curious and receptive, the media less hyperbolic. No passing craze or graphic novelties this time; a medium is coming into its own.
Beeldspraak leest graphic novels.