This 96-minute feature film documentary, chronicling one of the seminal creators in the history of comic books, has been a labor of love for my brother Andrew D. Cooke (the director) and myself (producer and writer) since we first started production in 2002. Our movie debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and we're currently in negotiations to secure a distributor.
Called by Jeffrey Lyons, of NBC's Reel Talk, "Fascinating... A valuable record of this unique
form of American art, and the iconic characters it spawned," Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist is the story of the life and career of a man who was a stupendous influence on comics, whether as one of the mid-wives when the form was created in the mid-1930s, or as the innovator who produced graphic novels (a term he invented and produced the first so-called effort, A Contract with God) up until his death in 2005.
The film includes interviews with Eisner, Kurt Vonnegut, Frank Miller, Jules Feiffer, Michael Chabon, Gil Kane, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Denis Kitchen, and many, many others.
(On related note, Eisner's most revered creation, The Spirit, is being adapted as a major motion picture, directed by Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) and starring Samuel Jackson and Eva Mendes, to be released on Christmas Day. Go to the movie Web site at www.mycityscreams.com for more info on this upcoming Lionsgate release.)