Presented in collaboration with The Center for Cartoon Studies and the Leslie Center for the Humanties at Dartmouth College. Cosponsored by a grant from the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation.
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Jonathan Lethem trained to be an artist before moving to California and devoting his time to writing. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, a genre work that mixed elements of science fiction and detective fiction, was published in 1994. It was followed by three more science fiction novels. In 1999, Lethem published Motherless Brooklyn, a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel that achieved mainstream success. In 2003, he published The Fortress of Solitude, which became a New York Times Best Seller. Lethem is also a prolific essayist and short story writer.
Farel Dalrymple was awarded a Xeric Grant for the first issue of his ongoing series, Pop Gun War. The first five issues were collected in a trade paperback by Dark Horse Comics. In 2002, Farel was awarded a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators for the first issue of Pop Gun War. Farel also co-founded the experimental comic anthology, Meathaus. In 2002, he was nominated for a Russ Manning Award. Farel's work has also appeared in Spin magazine, Grendel Red, White, and Black, and the Dark Horse anthology, Happy Endings.
Paul Hornschemeier was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1977 and raised in nearby Georgetown, Ohio. As a child he liked to draw, dreaming that he might publish his own comicbooks one day. Following graduation, he began publishing his own black and white comics that have been collected by AdHouse Books under the title The Collected Sequential. In 2003, he published his first graphic novel titled Mother, Come Home. His other books include The Three Paradoxes and Let Me be Perfectly Clear (Fantagraphics Books).
William Erwin Eisner (March 6, 1917 - January 3, 2005) was an acclaimed American comics writer, artist and entrepreneur. He is considered one of the most important contributors to the development of the medium and is known for the cartooning studio he founded, for his highly influential series, The Spirit, for his use of comics as an instructional medium, for his leading role in establishing the graphic novel as a form of literature with his book, A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories, and for his educational work about the medium as exemplified by his book, Comics and Sequential Art.