Visual Deaths: Freas and Eisner
Two men who shaped our visual environments have passed away. Will Eisner and Frank Kelly Freas. If you don't recognize either of those names, you are a passive victim of your graphical environment, because you almost certainly have been exposed to and most probably affected by their work. For starters, check out their home websites: Will Eisner and Kelly Freas.
I am a great devotee of graphical novels, pioneered by Eisner, and deeply grateful for his mentorship of Jules Feiffer. I also got to see Freas once, at a science fiction convention panel on art and artists, and his SF/F magazine cover art and book cover art was ubiquitous (I had no idea he'd worked on Mad Magazine, or for the Catholic Church, though). I didn't really understand at the time who or what I was seeing, I'm afraid. I've always appreciated and loved the visual imagination necessary to create humor and story and very realistic unreality. Both men had that and we live in a richer world for it.
comments powered by Disqus
mark safranski - 1/5/2005
Will Eisner was once of the great pioneers, influencing pop art, movies and of course, the comic book industry. A great cartoonist and visual satirist, sad to hear that he is gone.
- Most Millennials Resist the ‘Millennial’ Label
- Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers – and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting
- China military parade commemorates WW2 victory over Japan
- New documentary explores the legacy of the 5,000 Rosenwald schools set up by a Sears magnate and Booker T. Washington
- Rare silent Native American movie of 1920s attracting a lot of interest
- Historian Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham wins National Humanities Medal
- AHA President Vicki L. Ruiz named National Humanities Medalist
- Historians of Color Are Revolutionizing the Narrative of ‘American Exceptionalism’
- Henry VIII voted worst monarch in history
- The Fuhrer style: Historian says press coverage of Hitler’s lavish life fueled his rise to power