Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries - Growth Grant

About the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries - Growth Grant The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant will provide support to a library that would like to expand its existing graphic novel services and programs. 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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2019 Recipient(s)

Cesar Chavez Middle School Library

Hayward, CA Grant writer: Rachel Podpaly

English Learners and Graphic Novels: Enhancing a Middle School Library Graphic Novel Collection to Ignite Newcomer Immigrant Youth Literacy - Appreciating the educational value of graphic novels, César Chávez Middle School Library plans to enhance its graphic novel collection with the goal of creating an effective, supplementary resource for Language Arts teachers. Targeting English learner classes and those where students of varying abilities are mixed together, the library aims to purchase sets of graphic novels for class reading exercises and expand its circulating collection for independent reading. The library will collaborate with teachers, language specialists, and researchers to select appropriate titles and develop corresponding lessons.


Sachem Public Library

Holbrook, NY Grant writers: Laura Panter and Stacey Paynter

“Mock Eisner Awards”  - The Sachem Public Library plans to expand our graphic novel collection to include more diverse, iconic, and classic graphic works. Utilizing these graphic works they plan to expand the reach of our associated programming to encourage aspiring young illustrators and writers to complete their own graphic projects.  At the culmination of their yearly programming, they will host their first Mock Will Eisner Awards event, in conjunction with an existing comic-con called SachemCon, where young adults will have the opportunity to present their completed stories to a panel of judges for consideration and the winners will be given a featured art exhibit at their annual Teen Art Show in April 2020.