Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries - Innovation Grant

About the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries - Innovation Grant The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant provides support to a library for the initiation of a graphic novel service, program or initiative. This Grant will encourage public awareness on the rise and importance of graphic literature, sequential art, and comics as a literary medium.  The objective of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries is to facilitate library-generated programs and services that will promote graphic novels to library patrons and to the local community.Will Eisner (1917-2005) was an acclaimed American comics writer, artist, teacher, and entrepreneur.  He is considered one of the most important contributors to the development of sequential art (a term he coined) and is known for the cartooning studio he founded; for his highly influential comic 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 1978 groundbreaking graphic novel, A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories; for his 20 years of teaching at the School of Visual Arts, leading to his three textbooks. In a career that spanned nearly seven decades—from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics—Will Eisner was truly the “Father of the Graphic Novel.”

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NameTitleYear
State Correctional Institution Mahanoy LibraryState Correctional Institution Mahanoy Library2019 - Recipient
Tuscarawas County Public Library SystemTuscarawas County Public Library System2018 - Recipient
Institute of American Indian ArtsInstitute of American Indian Arts2017 - Recipient
Birchwood School LibraryBirchwood School Library2016 - Recipient
Bellmore Memorial LibraryBellmore Memorial Library2015 - Recipient
Lewis & Clark LibraryLewis & Clark Library2014 - Recipient