The Spirit

The Spirit: A Pop-Up Graphic Novel, by Will Eisner, adapted by Bruce Foster.  Published 2008 by Insight Editions and DC Comics.

The Spirit was a project that was first brought to me by Warren Abbott. Warren is a good friend (and now mine as well) of Denis Kitchen, who is the curator of Will Eisner’s work. I knew of The Spirit so I was quite excited to be asked to work on this project. Warren found a home for the project at Insight Editions and DC Comics (who already had a connection to the title). Along the way I met a great many new friends and colleagues like Brian Felgar, who assisted me in retouching the original artwork as we adapted it to pop-up form and Jonathan Mills, who oversaw production of the book with the printer. The most difficult part of this project was that I wanted the book to still tell the story as closely as intended, but the artwork for the pops were created in 1950! So there was to be NO new artwork besides what we could adapt from the existing artwork. In the end we were able to succeed, but not without a great deal of work!

Last summer I also attended Comicon in San Diego where I was honored to sign materials for the book alongside the famous Denis Kitchen. 

The most recent news of course, is that The Spirit has been nominated for a Benjamin Franklin award from the Independent Book Publishers Association!  Update: Congratulations to Batton Lash for winning the Benjamin Franklin Award for “The Soddyssey and Other Tales of Supernatural Law”.
“The Spirit: A Pop-Up Graphic Novel”  has been awarded a Gold IPPY award for 2009 in the category of graphic novels…


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