Comics 101: Greyshirt Primer + Comics Reporter: Joe Casey
- Scott Tipton has the following in the "Best of 2005" edition of his
BEST GOODBYE: A Greyshirt Primer, from TOMORROW STORIES SPECIAL #1
Alan Moore takes the opportunity to say goodbye to the departed grand
master of comic books, Will Eisner, with his and Rick Veitchs
breathtaking A Greyshirt Primerin the recent TOMORROW STORIES special,
by paying tribute to one of Eisners trademark stories, A Crime Primer,
with this marvelous ABC book, which follows Greyshirt and a very
familiar-looking comic-book artist on Greyshirts nightly patrol.
As the alphabet couplets sing the virtues of Will Eisners life and
career, they also highlight the goings on in the accompanying frame all
the while, the frames carry on a panel-to-panel continuity that follows
the artist back to the Spirits traditional hideout in Wildwood
Cemetery, a base of operations thats now decidedly bittersweet. Along
the way, the art is littered with references to Eisners work:
everything from Gerhard Shnobble to PGell to THE BUILDING to Ebony
White can be found. Moores ability to make each and every page serve
multiple purposes is astounding, and he makes it look so easy.
Look at the way the letters R, S and T so subtly dovetail with the art.
And Moores gift for verse has never been so warmly and emotionally
A big thanks to Alan Moore and Rick Veitch for putting into words what
so many of us felt about Will Eisner, and giving us all one more moment
to say goodbye.
For the three Greyshirt pages that Scott chose as examples, see:
Comics 101 is an amazingly diligent labour of love (though it could be
more acurately called "Superheroes 101"). My favourite installment is
probably the three-parter about Mark Gruenwald:
You might also be interested in the long Joe Casey interview that Comics
Reporter (Tom Spurgeon) posted today: