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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2021 Recipient(s)

Kansas City Public Library, North-East Branch

Samantha Edwards of Kansas City Public Library North-East Branch, Kansas City, MO - the project “Library ComicThon: A Comic-Drawing Workshop to Enrich Northeast Youth” seeks to teach youth to create their own comics projects as well as to enhance and diversify the libraries graphic novel collection. Participants will have the chance to be published in the local newspaper and to have their work included in a library collection of kid-made comics.

University of Denver Libraries

Jennifer Bowers of University of Denver Libraries – their project “Building Past to Present: Developing a Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous Graphic Novels Collection” seeks to develop their nascent collection of 23 Indigenous-created graphic novels in order to “address our legacy of the Sand Creek Massacre, and align with the Task Force on Native American Inclusivity and the Libraries’ goals to diversify our collections, specifically of Native American authors.”