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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2020 Recipient(s)

Ontario Library Service - North

Sudbury, Ontario Canada; grant writer Deanna Nebenionquit

OLSN’s project “Northern Ontario First Nation Graphic Novel Collective” is to engage 29 indigenous communities in Northern Ontario through the First Nations public library system. This engagement effort will include book discussions around a unique collection of graphic novels produced by indigenous authors and artists, storytelling groups, and a plan for a group project. The collective will seek to build community, embrace indigenous heritage, and encourage life-long literacy and creativity. The Ontario Library Service – North is the first Canadian library to be awarded one of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants since the eligibility was opened to include all of North America in 2019.