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Christopher Couch considered the book’s physical format to be Eisner’s major contribution to the graphic novel form—few in comic book publishing had experience in bookmaking, [f] whereas Eisner gained intimate familiarity with the process during his time at American Visuals.
Early reviews were positive. Continuum International Publishing Group. In contrast to comics in the superhero genre, in which Eisner did prominent work early in his career, the characters in A Contract with God are not heroic; they often feel frustrated and powerless, even when performing seemingly heroic deeds to help their neighbors.
She had given up her own singing career for an alcoholic husband; she hopes to get back into eiser business as mentor to Eddie, and gives him money for clothes. Eisner had originally intended to call the book Tenement StoriesTales from the Bronx or A Tenement in the Bronx  but Baronet titled it A Contract with Godafter the lead story,  as the term “tenement” was not widely known outside the eastern US. The New York Times. A Contract with God mixes melodrama with social realism.
Contrato con Dios y otras historias de — Reader Q&A
As he had no deadline, he reworked and resequenced the stories until he was satisfied. Spurgeon, Tom February He abandons his faith, shaves his beardand lives a don as a miserly businessman in a penthouse with a gentile mistress. Retrieved January 30, Thompson, Kimed. Spurgeon, Tomed.
O’Neil wrote that the combination of words and images mimicked the experience of remembering more accurately than was possible with pure prose. Fiore, Eisner’s work as a graphic novelist also maintained his reputation as “a contemporary figure rather than a relic of the dim past”.
Vos, Gail de The Jewish Graphic Contraot University Press of Mississippi. O’Neil, Dennis May Cerebus’ Grand and Changing Narrative Strategies”. She wrote that “the suffering of the righteous” is “one of the greatest problems in Jewish thought”,  and that a character as devoutly religious as Hersh would not have struggled with what she saw as elementary Jewish teaching.
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The concept of a contract or covenant with God is fundamental to the Jewish religion. In Russia, the young, deeply religious Hasidic Jew Frimme Hersh [a] carves a contract with God on a stone tablet to live a life of good deeds; he attributes to it his later success in life. Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels. Eisner uses large, monochromatic images in dramatic perspective, and emphasizes the caricatured characters’ facial expressions; few panels or captions have traditional borders around them.
For other uses, see Contract with God. Ohio State University Press. Icons of the American Comic Book: Sales were poor, but demand increased over the years. Beeber, Steven Lee He marketed it as a ” graphic novel “—a term which had been in use since the s, but was little known until Eisner popularized it with Contract.
Like others of his generation, he turned to comics as an artistic outlet,  a career he began in It sold slowly at first, but gained respect from Eisner’s peers, and since has been reprinted by larger publishers.
Eisner called the story’s creation “an exercise in personal anguish”  as he was still grieved and angered over his daughter Alice’s death from leukemia at He later turned his lectures into the books Comics and Sequential Art —the first book in English on the formalities and of the comics medium—and Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative The Dreamer and To the Heart of the Storm Eisner produced two sequels set in the same tenement: The book’s short story cycle revolves around poor Jewish characters who live in a tenement in New York City.
The characters are depicted neither as purely good or evil: