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Friday, July 21 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Will Eisner: Breaking The 4th Wall

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The stories of Will Eisner (The Spirit, A Contract with God) were filled with larger-than-life characters who periodically interrupted the action—breaking the 4th wall—to address the reader or their creator and boldly call attention to the fact that they were, indeed, characters in a comic book. Originally a function of live theater, 4th walls are now broached in comics, TV, animation, and movies, shattering—with purpose—the illusion of reality. Join comics writer and historian Danny Fingeroth (chair of Will Eisner Week; A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee) and 4th-wall-breaking experts Dean Haspiel (Covid Cop, The Red Hook), Jerry Beck (The Animated Movie Guide, UCLA), and N. C. Christopher Couch (The Will Eisner Companion, UMass Amherst) as they explore Eisner’s innovative illusion shattering in comics and place it in the colorful history of creative risk taking.


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Jerry Beck

Comic-Con Special Guest
Jerry Beck is a noted animation historian and cartoon producer. As a film distributor, his company Streamline Pictures brought Miyazaki’s Totoro and Otomo’s Akira to the U.S. His over 15 books on animation history include The Animated Movie Guide, Looney Tunes: The Ultimate... Read More →


Friday July 21, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 28DE