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Before the Lower East Side was cool, there was the grit and grime of Avenue C, a world filled with street musicians, overflowing sewers, and peeping toms, all recalled in Eisner’s unforgettable style....

Title : New York: The Big City
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ISBN : 9780393328059
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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New York: The Big City Reviews

  • Jo
    2019-04-17 23:47

    I am deeply impressed with Will Eisner's level of talent. These are rich, beautiful comics full of life from the inside out; New York-as-metaphor-for-humanity at it's finest, all the colour and noise of the big city in short, fragile glimpses. What he put together here in 142 pages is maybe the most perfect articulation of the case for the city boy over the country boy, the romance of the metropolis. Every page is moving, thought-provoking, insightful, every illustration could be gazed at for hours. I read this in a big volume called Will Eisner's New York that has FOUR MORE of these books in it. FOUR MORE.

  • Celil
    2019-04-01 22:42

    Comic-book dünyasının "Kısa-öykücüsü" Will Eisner'i takdimimdir. :) Şehirli insana dair bir dolu kısa ve genellikle fazla iyimser hikayeler?!?!Ayrıca bizden Bedri Koraman'ın, ciddi şekilde Will Eisner çizgilerine öykündüğünü görüyoruz. Öyle böyle değil.. had safhada...

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    2019-04-11 19:43

    I really don't think I can properly describe the brilliance of this book without lifting a page from it and sharing it here:

  • Carlos Úbeda
    2019-04-10 20:25

    Viñetas de Eisner sobre la ciudad de Nueva York. Irregulares y sin desarrollo narrativo, meros sketches, pero con su fuerza y poesía característica.

  • Rozzinner
    2019-04-02 20:25

    Eisner is the godfather of graphic novels. Don't expect sunny plots or laughs, just deep stories about real folk, told with amazing art and text.

  • Tita
    2019-03-30 17:30

    New York City and all kinds of its inhabitants are thoroughly captured by Eisner in this book. Scenes of apartments and public housing, busy streets and their elements - mail boxes, sewers, garbage bins and all - become the back- and foregrounds of the stories. My first impression is that it's actually a compilation of real-life fragments: sketches of daily struggle. I was far from considering it as most comic books that are full of fantasies. Although most of the stories are ironic, there are plenty of affectionate tales as well.All visuals are done without vulgarity, yet honest. What really amazed me is that an arrangement of comical figures, random sceneries and a few words (or none at all) could actually bring up the sensitivity in me. A couple of stories could make my eyes warm or my heart skip a beat.Like Eisner said earlier, making comic/strips is about "having something to say" - and that's what he really did. He intrigued us into pondering about humanity in a unique, not unpleasant, form. He clearly showed us how everybody is trying to get to a higher part of the pyramid built by society.One of the most touching stories is about two hispanic women, one has a small baby, who are working as seamstress in a high-rise apartment building. The hardship of their (most probably illegal) jobs can be felt from their conversation. Their work environment clearly doesn't accommodate the safety regulation, and the story ends up tragically. So goes with the story about a rape that is witnessed by an old couple, who prefer not to testify for fear of their own future safety.A more pleasant happening is about how a couple who are used to live in social apartment buildings really prefer that crowded place to an 'upgraded' neighborhood.I especially like the 'splash page' or one-page drawings that starts each chapter. These drawings have architectural quality, the lines are 'alive' and the shadings are perfect. For me, who have never been in New York, it's like reading a 'guide' to the city life, various domestic environment and its surroundings - but at the same time I could find similar stories in big cities anywhere in the world.

  • Charudatta Navare
    2019-03-25 19:26

    Scott McCloud revered Will Eisner. I revere Scott McCloud.Neil Gaiman admired Will Eisner. I admire Neil Gaiman.Art Spiegelman looked up to Will Eisner. I look up to Art Spiegelman.And yet I waited so long to pick up this book. I am glad I didn't wait forever.In a lot of ways, an sculptor creates his sculpture. In a lot of other ways, the sculpture dictates the creation itself, stating the ways it's going to mould. Will Eisner chose sequential art form to tell this story. Then the art form itself had a lot of inputs about the story being told. I imagine it'll be very hard to tell this story, using a different art form.This is a story of any city, but then it's very much about the yesterday's New York.

  • Gianni
    2019-04-09 23:28

    Will Eisner was simply a genius, behind his drawings you can feel the love he always felt for New York and the people that live in the Big Apple. From the slums of the lower east side way before it became fashionable, Eisner introduces both the best and the worst of the big city world, including its buildings and misery. Loved the section about New York������s ������sentinels������.

  • Mariana García
    2019-04-08 20:41

    All the characters' emotions, personalities and moods boiling together within the context of New York city, all so beautifully drawn that sometimes the stories don't need any dialogue to comunicate perfectly.

  • Carrie Shaurette
    2019-03-20 22:29

    Eisner manages to capture the feeling of city life, especially its variety from person to person. Some of of my favorites include "The Last Man" which shows an overcrowded train at rush hour and "High Rent District" which unveils a dark truth about humans: we're superficial.

  • Dan Wilson
    2019-03-31 00:40

    Entertaining and interesting visually-based gag humor reminiscent of Mad Magazine circa 1960-1980. A thoughtful look at the New York City of his day as lived by a large cast of semi-anonymous characters. I look forward to reading more of Eisner's work.

  • FibrinaDamayanthi
    2019-04-11 19:25

    Lebih tepat kalau buku ini disebut sebagai komik grafis. Mengisahkan keadaan kota New York dalam warna hitam putih secara lengkap dan detail.Buku yang sangat menakjubkan, soalnya saya membaca buku ini waktu Indonesia masih jauh sekali dari dunia komik grafis.

  • arafat
    2019-04-17 21:35

    Eisner's sketches of life in the metro capture the power of observing small details in a big city. The book reads like a journal, and you can almost picture the artist sitting on the sidewalk, working away in his notebook.

  • Mallika Soni
    2019-04-17 23:41


  • René
    2019-03-21 18:48

    Nuestra manzana

  • Kushal Srivastava
    2019-03-24 00:48

    This is almost an extension of City People. Good read, it's almost like a blog entry, one with a headline, incoherent mumblings of a keen mind or something like that.

  • Laura
    2019-04-05 18:47

    A little dated, but seems pioneering for the genre in some tough topics of abuse and neglect that it addresses.

  • Steven
    2019-04-06 20:31

    A disappointing series of half-finished vignettes describing life in the Big City.

  • Ori Fienberg
    2019-04-03 00:29

    I enjoyed this book and their are some beautiful and thoughtful moments, but on the whole it felt considerably more frivolous and less cohesive than "A Life Force."

  • Brian
    2019-03-27 22:22

    Very cool little vignettes on life in the city, only moderately dated. A lot of it holds up surprisingly well.

  • Ariel
    2019-04-16 21:27

    Dark and gritty. Short, quick vignettes of a less-than-shiny city filled with humanity.

  • Roberta
    2019-04-01 16:42

    Amazing. Simply amazing. His drawings are much more expressive than words and getting back into the neighborhood it's heartwarming. I reccommend it.

  • Sylvester Kuo
    2019-03-25 20:36

    A series of short art works showcasing the trivial life in New York. Too few words for my liking but I liked the subtle humour.

  • Katya Vinogradova
    2019-04-04 00:22

    Beautiful graphics, witty and accurate observations on life in The Big City.

  • zaCk S
    2019-03-21 16:21

    painfully superficial

  • Dustyloup
    2019-04-02 17:42

    J'ai lu ce livre en anglais il y a longtemps (au moins 15 ans). Cette fois c'était moins impressionnant peut être c'est parce que je vis à côté de Paris donc le désespoir est plus concret pour moi

  • Hal Brodsky
    2019-04-20 19:29

    I see a lot of MAD Magazine in here. Even without the humor and pathos, the drawings in this book would make it worth reading.