For those who may not know; Will Eisner (March 6, 1917 – January 3, 2005)
was an American cartoonist, writer and entrepreneur. He was one of the earliest cartoonists to work in the American comic book industry, and his series The Spirit (1940–1952)
was noted for its experiments in content and form. In 1978, he popularized the term "graphic novel"
with the publication of his book A Contract with God.
He was an early contributor to formal comics studies with his book Comics and Sequential Art
(1985). The Eisner Award
was named in his honor, and is given to recognize achievements each year in the comics medium; he was one of the three inaugural inductees to the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.