When I think of Will Eisner the first thing that comes to mind is not watercolor paintings. The first thing is heavy black-and-white drawings, deep dark shadows, and razor-sharp brush lines, a mix of film noir, and an almost-Disneyesque approach to a cartoon representation of the world. But here are some of Eisner's watercolors. They are not as bold and confident as his pen-and-ink work. The thin washes hint to me at an unsure self-consciousness. Instead of simple lines and shapes denoting objects far in the distance we have delicate abstract washes of color. The thing that remains at the foundation is a mastery of visual storytelling. I mean, he did after all write a book titled Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative. Regardless of what medium he's working in, no one else can touch Eisner's ability to imbue an image with Story.

Illustrations by Will Eisner

Benjamin Marra is the creator, writer, and artist of the comics NIGHT BUSINESS, AMERICAN BLOOD, and TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror), all published by Fantagraphics. Acclaimed writer Grant Morrison chose Marra as a collaborator on the first issue of the relaunched HEAVY METAL Magazine. Marra had two serialized webcomic series appear on adultswim.com. His most recent book is JESUSFREAK, written by Joe Casey and published by Image Comics. In 2016, he was named one of the Art Directors Club's Young Guns. He illustrated the cover of American Illustration 35. In 2017, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his album art of Wayfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmare, a collection of obscure 1970s post-Age-of-Aquarius Heavy Metal.