Will Eisner, patron saint of comic books and pioneer of the form we now call graphic novels, died on Monday. His title The Spirit is legendary, and his instructional books and teaching career helped shape more budding young artists and writers of comics than anyone can begin to guess. It's not hyperbole to state that no other single person helped to raise the bar of the artform quite so much as Will Eisner. The most honored award of the industry isn't named after him for nothing.
If you haven't read him, check him out (most libraries carry something by him nowadays). If you have, read him again. He's worth the time.