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A Contract with God is a graphic novel by American cartoonist Will Eisner published in The book's short story cycle revolves around poor Jewish. A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories is a graphic novel by American cartoonist Will Eisner published in The book's short. In the introduction to A Contract With God Eisner says “In telling these stories, I set aside two basic working constrictions that so often inhibit this medium- space .
Art critic Peter Schjeldahl saw the "over-the-topness" endemic to American comics, and Eisner's work, as "ill suited to serious subjects, especially those that incorporate authentic social history".
The concept of a contract or covenant with God is fundamental to the Jewish religion. The idea that God must uphold his end of the first commandment has been a subject of works such as Elie Wiesel 's play The Trial of God , made in response to the atrocities Wiesel witnessed at Auschwitz. But if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when? She wrote that "the suffering of the righteous" is "one of the greatest problems in Jewish thought",  and that a character as devoutly religious as Hersh would not have struggled with what she saw as elementary Jewish teaching.
The book took two years to finish.
As he had no deadline, he reworked and resequenced the stories until he was satisfied. Eisner intended A Contract with God to have an adult audience, and wanted it to be sold in bookstores rather than comic shops;  as such, he turned down an offer from Denis Kitchen to publish it.
Eisner had originally intended to call the book Tenement Stories , Tales from the Bronx ,  or A Tenement in the Bronx  but Baronet titled it A Contract with God , after the lead story,  as the term "tenement" was not widely known outside the eastern US.
Sales were poor, but demand increased over the years. A Contract with God has frequently, though erroneously, been cited as the first graphic novel;  comic book reviewer Richard Kyle had used the term in in a fan newsletter,  and it had appeared on the cover of The First Kingdom by Jack Katz , with whom Eisner had corresponded.
It is considered a milestone in American comics history not only for its format, but also for its literary aspirations and for having dispensed with typical comic-book genre tropes. Eisner continued to produce graphic novels in a third phase to his cartooning career that ultimately lasted longer than either his periods in comic books or in educational comics. According to comics historian R.
Fiore, Eisner's work as a graphic novelist also maintained his reputation as "a contemporary figure rather than a relic of the dim past". Editor N. Christopher Couch considered the book's physical format to be Eisner's major contribution to the graphic novel form—few in comic book publishing had experience in bookmaking, [f] whereas Eisner gained intimate familiarity with the process during his time at American Visuals.
Eisner visited the store to find out how the book was faring after being taking down from display. The manager told him it had been placed in the religious section, and then in humor, but customers had raised concerns that the book did not belong in those sections. The manager gave up and put the book in storage in the cellar. Early reviews were positive. O'Neil wrote that the combination of words and images mimicked the experience of remembering more accurately than was possible with pure prose.
Eisner's status as a cartoonist grew after A Contract with God appeared, and his influence was augmented by his time as a teacher at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he expounded his theories of the medium. He later turned his lectures into the books Comics and Sequential Art —the first book in English on the formalities and of the comics medium—and Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative Norton have reissued his graphic novel work, while his superhero Spirit work has been reprinted by publishers with less social esteem such as DC Comics.
Cartoonist Dave Sim praised the book and wrote that he reread it frequently,  but called it "a bit illegitimate" to use the term "graphic novel" for works of such brevity;  he stated he could read the book in "twenty to thirty minutes",  which he argued amounted to "the equivalent of a twenty-page short story". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Contract with God. I can't attribute the pattern of my life to the hand of God, although I would like to because it would seem that somewhere there is a hand that is guiding it.
That would be a great comfort. But I can't find any reason to it. Comics portal Judaism portal.
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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Hardcover Verified Purchase. Contrary to what some other reviewers have said, I highly preferred the first two parts of the book, because they felt more personal and character focused.
The third part, while ambitious, focused more on Dropsey Avenue, and kept changing so fast that while you feel the passage of time, sometimes you also feel a little disconnected.
It's not perfect, because some stories could have been expanded to see how the characters fared, but still this was really good. It's also a very human story. Timothy Haugh Top Contributor: Republished now in a single volume nearly three decades after their creation, the three books that make up The Contract with God Trilogy--A Contract with God, A Life Force and Dropsie Avenue--retain much of their power.
Will Eisner shows that the concept of the graphic novel which he helped create can be the medium for realistic, moving stories. A Life Force suffers somewhat from an overabundance of text taken mainly from newspaper stories of the time.
It breaks up the flow of the very human stories he tells. In this sense, A Contract with God is the most powerful of the three books here: Dropsie Avenue is a clever conceit that works very well--tracing the history of a single neighborhood--but suffers a bit when compared to the title story. Granted, these stories are period pieces and sometimes a bit difficult to follow with their plethora of characters and overlapping plots.
Still, they are worth the effort, bringing to life a mainly depression-era society that is becoming harder and harder for many of us to picture. Thus, the benefit of a presentation like Eisner's.
Certainly, anyone who feels that art can be used to tell a story as well as words will find plenty of supporting material in this volume. Want to join? Log in or sign up in seconds. Submit a new link. Submit a new text post. Get an ad-free experience with special benefits, and directly support Reddit.
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