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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2022 Recipient(s)

Evergreen Park Public Library

Jenna Harte-Wisniewski and Mary Black of Evergreen Park Public Library in Evergreen Park, IL. − Their project “Growing Multicultural Awareness Through Visual Literature” will expand their existing graphic novel collection to include more titles from authors of diverse backgrounds and in turn build a greater cultural awareness and foster a better community and improve upon their Free Comic Book Day celebrations, including plans for launching an annual community comic strip.

Miami Dade College

Erick Dominicus, Victor Calderin, Teresa Cusidor, Isabel Duque, Dennis Edelen, Adrian Legaspi, Christina Machado-Dillon, Jenny Saxton and the MDC Graphic Novel Interest Group of Miami Dade College in Miami, FL. ─ Their project “Mirror, Mirror: Seeing Ourselves in Graphic Novels” focuses on the idea that discussing and creating sequential art with a focus on body image may help their diverse population of students cope with racism, sexism, ableism, and other societal pressures.