RIP, Will Eisner. .
NEW YORK Cartoonist/graphic novelist Will Eisner died last night in Florida following quadruple heart bypass surgery. He was 87. His newspaper connection included creating "The Spirit" insert for Sunday papers from 1940 to 1952. Jules Feiffer worked under Eisner on that comic feature from 1946 and 1951. Eisner received the 1995 Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award and the 1998 Reuben Award as cartoonist of the year from the National Cartoonists Society.Eisner was a pioneer, as far as sequential art/graphic novels go. I thank him for paving the way for Sandman, Preacher, Transmetropolitan, Watchmen and all my favorites. He put the storytelling into comics. He made comics respected as art. He was a genius in his field and truly a pioneer who left an impressive legacy in his industry. [via Johnny Bacardi] Update: As noted in the comments, Frank Kelly Freas passed away yesterday. Update again: Read Neil Gaiman's post on Eisner.