On Tuesday, March 7, one day after Will Eisner's one hundredth birthday anniversary, the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies will host a panel entitled “Will Eisner: Fighting Anti-Semitism with Graphic Novels.” Panelists will include leading specialists on Eisner's work and life:
Denis Kitchen, the founder of Kitchen Sink Press, was Eisner's friend, publisher, and agent for over three decades; he has authored numerous books on comic history and biographies of Eisner's friend Harvey Kurtzman and of comic strip creator Al Capp (Li'l Abner).
N. C. Christopher Couch, professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was Eisner's editor at Kitchen Sink, and is co-author of two volumes on Eisner's work, The Will Eisner Companion and Will Eisner: An Exhibition. He has published extensively on comics history, including a book on a longtime Eisner friend and colleague, Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics, about the creator of Robin and The Joker.
Steve Weiner, director of the Maynard, Massachusetts, library, co-authored The Eisner Companion and has written multiple books on graphic novels, including a study of the best-selling American graphic novel series Bone by Jeff Smith.
This panel was organized by N.C. Christopher Couch.