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Eisner events take comics artist seriously

For a generation of writers and artists, Will Eisner was a touchstone figure — as a pioneering comic book artist in the 1940s, he “basically reinvented what we call the visual vocabulary of comics,” according to Denis Kitchen, publisher of Kitchen Sink Press and author of several books about the art of comics.

“Prior to his work starting around the 1940s, comics were considered puerile, juvenile, pretty low-grade stuff,” Kitchen said in a telephone interview. “But Eisner, as a very young man, was quoted by a Philadelphia newspaper when he started his career that he thought comics had the potential to be a literary form to be taken seriously.”

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