In this episode, we discuss Will Eisner’s A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories, arguable the first graphic novel. This was my pick, and one of my favorite comics. It’s Eisner’s retelling from various memories of his childhood in 1930s New York City. It’s an incredibly honest and expressive book, and it gives you something to think about as well as just entertain you on a visceral level.
Jake and Emily of course kick in some great commentary on the nature of God and how hopes and dreams worked in the 1930s (Hint: Not well). It’s a beautiful book and worth a look for anyone who wants to see some of the potential that comics can aspire toward.