Google has a special Google logo, to celebrate Will Eisner's 94th birthday. Widely consided to be the father of the graphic novel, the annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards -- better known as the Eisners -- are celebrated in his namesake every year at Comi-Con.
Will Eisner, American comics pioneer and creator of The Spirit, was born on March 6, 1917.
Eisner influenced comics in dozens of ways. In the "40s, Eisner's The Spirit--a seven-page newspaper feature--introduced an arsenal of visual storytelling techniques still used generations later, and provided an early testing ground for future comics stars including Jack Kirby and Jules Feiffer.
The Spirit also began a tradition of pictorially-integrated logos--inspiring today's snazzy rooftop doodle!
Eisner was one of the first cartoonists to understand the power of visual education, and wrote eloquently about the process of making comics in Comics and Sequential Art (1985) and Graphic Storytelling (1996). As early as 1941, he publicly advocated treating comics as a distinct literary and artistic form, and--nearly four decades later--was instrumental in the rise of the graphic novel in America, beginning with A Contract with God in 1978.