Preview: The Spirit Of Will Eisner Newspaper From Sean Phillips, Jonathan Ross, Bryan Hitch, Seth, Ed Brubaker And More

He had copies at Leeds' Thought Bubble, but the official launch will be at Lakes International Comic Art Festival in a couple of weeks. Well, Sean Phillips is local to that show.

And what a launch it will be.

The Spirit Of Eisner newspaper has been commissioned to mark the 100th year of Will Eisner's birth, a celebratory broadsheet newspaper comic, created in a style that homages Will Eisner's original work on the title in his 16 page comics supplement that ran for 12 years from 1940 until 1952 in the United States.

Featuring a cover by Becky Cloonan, officially sanctioned by the Will Eisner estate, this 12-page broadsheet, co-ordinated by artist and Festival patron Sean Phillips features comic strips… and here is a first sneak peek at a few panels from each.

By Sergio Aragonés (MAD, Groo),


Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (The Fade Out), 

John M. Burns (2000AD), 

Graham Dury and Simon Thorp (VIZ), 

Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen),

Chris Samnee (Captain America)

Brendan McCarthy (Skin)

Peter Milligan (2000AD), Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy)

Jonathan Ross (Turf) and Bryan Hitch (The Authority)

and Seth (Palookaville).

And a Michael Cho illustration on the back cover along with a number of text pieces.

All the art featured in the publication, which will be launched at this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival weekend running from the 13th – 15th October, will feature in an exhibition at Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre, in the Warehouse Gallery.


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