17 December 2009
I wanted to write a few words this morning about one of my biggest influences from the non-film world: Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit and the superb graphic works A Contract with God and The Plot. Not only did he redefine comic books with his ever-reaching explorations of the medium, but he was the one thing too many artists forget to be - a businessman.
He was at home starting companies and drawing buxom women. Negotiating contracts and laboring over a panel. He was the apex of the artist and business, and understood that one could not come with out the other. A skill in art that was unparalleled, often imitated, but never reproduced, and a business-savvy that would make Richard Branson blush.
The days of saying "I just want to direct" are over. One would do well to look at Eisner's background for inspiration and a picture of unparalleled devotion to craft and the protection of his craft through business.