The importance of Will Eisner in the history of comics and sequential art cannot be overestimated. The restless innovator, pioneer of the graphic novel, and creator of THE SPIRIT spent the bulk of the 20th Century pushing the comics medium relentlessly forward. Here in his centennial year, he is the subject of the largest-ever American exhibition of his work at the Society of Illustrators. But despite vast scholarship and writing on Eisner and his many achievements, little had been known about his earliest work. Until now.
Locust Moon Press has recently published an edition of remarkable and revelatory comics from the dawn of Eisner’s career. These never-before-seen weekly strips were re-discovered, hidden among an enormous lot of printing plates in the possession of a New Jersey antique collector named Joe Getsinger. Join Locust Moon publisher Josh O’Neill at the Society to close the exhibition where Eisner’s work began -- with a journey back to his days as an ambitious, talented teenager, hungry to make a name for himself in the fledgling world of comic books.
Josh O’Neill is an Eisner and Harvey Award-winning author, editor and publisher of comics and art books. In 2010, he and his partners Andrew Carl and Chris Stevens founded Locust Moon, the small press outfit, retailer and arts collective. He has recently partnered with Maëlle Doliveux to found Beehive Books, a publisher of comics and graphic artworks. He is based in West Philadelphia.