A Contract With God

A Contract With God

And Other Tenement Stories

Graphic Novel - 2017
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Published in 1978, Will Eisner's revolutionary literary work A Contract With God marked the invention of the modern graphic novel. A mesmerising fictional chronicle of a universal American experience, it inspired a generation of sequential artists. Through a quartet of interwoven stories, A Contract With God expresses the joy, exuberance, tragedy and drama of life on the mythical Dropsie Avenue in the Bronx. Crafted with the highest fidelity to Eisner's artistic vision, this edition uses new, high-resolution reproductions of Eisner's original artwork, bringing new clarity and immediacy to Eisner's writing, illustration and composition.

Publisher: New York, New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, 2017, ©2017.
Edition: Will Eisner centennial edition.
ISBN: 9780393609189
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIX 741. 5 EIS
Characteristics: xxxiv, 179 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: McCloud, Scott 1960-

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Laura_X Jun 12, 2018

The title comic in this series of short stories is the heartbreaking expression of Will Eisner's true feelings after losing his daughter.

Did you know that we owe the label "Graphic Novel" to Will Eisner? The renowned cartoonist popularized both the term and the format when he published this book in 1978. This comic is an intimate and deeply personal exploration of the grief a father feels when he loses his daughter.

The 100th anniversary of the immensely personal story of grief a father feels when he loses his young daughter. Generally considered the very first "graphic novel" this book feels as modern as anything written today. [ADULT GRAPHIX]


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Hokansonh
Jul 30, 2010

In the four short stories contained in A Contract With God, Eisner examines life in the 1930’s Bronx tenements that sprung up in New York after WWI. These neighborhoods accommodated the influx of immigrants and bred a close neighborliness ripe for mining stories. Eisner does this brilliantly.

In the title story, a young Russian Jew has come to American to escape the pograms that were sweeping through his country. When tragedy strikes, he becomes bitter, rejects the contract he had made with God, and quickly accumulates vast material wealth. Predictably, he realizes that money can’t buy the one thing he wants most in the world.

The other stories are every bit as profound and succinctly portray the emotions of these remarkable, yet ordinary people.

If A Contract With God interests you at all, please do not be alarmed when you learn it is a graphic novel. In its 6th printing, A Contract With God, is every bit the classic novel that To Kill a Mockingbird or Huck Finn are. Eisner is credited with the invention of graphic novels as a genre and A Contract With God is undeniable worthy of high praise. If you read only one graphic novel during your lifetime, I strongly suggest you make it this. It’s well worth keeping your mind open for.

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