Tuesday, January 11, 2005

My Favorite Spirits, Day 6

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Continuing my week-long tribute to the late, great Will Eisner.

Meet Plaster...Plaster of Paris, the Toast of Montmartre. Eisner sets his action in a grid of panels which suggest posters on a wall on a French café. He also provides us with a primer on how to draw folds in drapery and clothing. In this tale, the Spirit gets mixed up with hoodlums in Paree, and encounters the gang leader's girlfriend with the unlikely nom de plumé. It's a little melodramatic, all things considered, but Eisner lays on the atmosphere and this opening sequence is very striking. A favorite of Neil Gaiman, according to this post on his journal. Did the Spirit escape? You'll have to read it for yourself! From the Harvey Spirit#2; don't know which Warren/Kitchen Sink reprint it appeared in.

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