Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Favorite Panels #5 - Will Eisner
This is not technically a "panel." It's the LIFE illustration from Will Eisner's "City" portfolio. I discovered the image in a 1988 interview Eisner did with the obscure British fanzine, Ark Magazine. What I love about it is how perfectly Eisner captures that old New York neighborhood feel. The rooftop perspective, the dillapidated buildings, the people hanging out on their fire escapes, the kids playing in the street, the clothes lines between buildings; all of these details harken back to a romantic version of New York City that is forever lost. Recapturing that feel of the city that he loved was one of Eisner's main goals in his art, and this is one of the best examples I've seen.