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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Tuscarawas County Public Library System

New Philadelphia, OH

The Tuscarawas County Public Library System will use IllustrateHER: Empowering Girls through Visual Storytelling and Multimodal Reading as a system-wide initiative that will motivate girls in grades 3-12 to enhance their media literacy skills, further develop their emotional intelligence, and discover new ways to engage with literature while reading female-driven graphic novel titles. The project will fulfill these goals by (1) adding 25 graphic novel titles that are geared towards females or written by female graphic novelists to each of the library’s five locations; (2) promoting an art contest within local school districts that encourages young artists to create a female character that they’d most like to see represented in graphic novel fiction; and (3) hosting a culminating author program featuring either Meags Fitzgerald or Sarah Glidden, who will provide a workshop geared towards young women focused on graphic novel illustration.