WILL EISNER. "Street
Smarts" (2 pieces)
fromCity People Notebook (1989).
Lot of two: the original
inked page plus the pencil layout. The stand-alone
"Street Smarts" appears on page 75 of the Kitchen Sink
Press edition of City People Notebook, or
page 71 in the new Norton edition.
Medium/Size/Condition. The preliminary page is drawn in blue
and black pencil on 8.5 x 11 inch paper. The inked
page is drawn in brush, pen and ink on a lightweight
Bristol board measuring 11 inches wide by 14 inches
high. The solo page makes fun of big city residents
tendency to avoid eye contact. The pencil is close to
the finished version except for two elements.
Originally Will Eisner's text was written essentially
as four stark rules of city life, in all-caps, but
then he tempered them into observations. The last two
panels were expanded to ill the space far more
effectively in the final. Both originals are in
excellent condition. They are mounted together with
archival tape on a textured tan mat board measuring 16
x 23 inches -all you have to add is the frame and
glass (a double-aperture mat is also recommended).
Provenance/Warranty: The guaranteed to be original art by
Will Eisner and is further warranted to be from the
Will Eisner estate, which is exclusively represented
by the Denis Kitchen Art Agency. The agency's Bill of
Sale serves as the ultimate provenance for any future