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Monday, February 08, 2016

3rd Interview with Barry Deutsch (author-illustrator of Hereville)

As part of the Association of Jewish Libraries'2016 Sydney Taylor Blog Awards Tour, The Jewish Comics Blog is proud to present Steven M. Bergson's 3rd Barry Deutsch interview. In 2011, Barry was interviewed after winning a Taylor award for his graphic novel Hereville : How Mirka Got Her Sword. In 2013, Barry was interviewed about its sequel - Hereville How Mirka Met a Meteorite - after it was recognized as a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. Barry's latest book in the series - Hereville : How Mirka Caught a Fish - recently earned Barry a second Sydney Taylor Award.



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SMB : The style of Mirka's remarkable sketch on page 43 is so markedly different from the cartoonish style you usually seem to utilize. Was it difficult to switch styles like that?





Mirka's sketch on page 43 was drawn by my wonderfully talented niece Jemma Andersen. And while I'm at it, the sketches on the side of the refrigerator are by two more nieces - one by Sydney Schlotte, the other by Maddox Schlotte. I'm glad you liked the effect.








SMB : Of the 3 books published thus far, How Mirka Caught a Fish stands out as the most colorful with the introduction of greens, purples and blues.How did such a change come about? Was it your idea? Jake Richmond's? A collaboration? Also, what did it mean for you to have a 3rd artist working on the book (Adrian Walllace, who did the backgrounds)?

BD : The color palettes are chosen by me, but always with input from Jake. In this case, I never said "I want there to be a lot more colors this book" - instead, I kept on making this or that storytelling choice which added new colors, and without intending it I wound up with a much more colorful book.

For example, I wanted the sequences set decades ago to be visually distinct from the rest of the book, and so gave them a completely different palette. Because the main sections of the book use autumn colors, it seemed natural to go for a spring palette for the past, hence all the greens.  Then I also needed the underwater confrontation to have a different feel, indicating that Mirka had traveled into the Fish's world, and so that ended up being all in blues. And, finally, I wanted the Fish to be a visual alien wherever she was, and to "pop" visually, and after quite a bit of trial and error she wound up being orange-colored in the green past and green-colored in the orange present. 

None of these decisions on their own would have made this book much more colorful than the first two books, but added together they made the book a lot more colorful. And I didn't even realize how many more colors there were, until the book came out and people began commenting on it.
Working with Adrian Wallace, who drew the environments, was wonderful - he does beautiful work, and lots of things came out better than they would have if I had been on my own. In theory, it was going to allow me to get pages done faster, but I'm not sure that worked. But I do think it allowed me to spend more time and care on the character drawings, and hopefully that shows. Adrian says he thinks my figures are better and looser this book.

SMB : While How Mirka Caught a Fish is visually more colorful than its predecessors, it is also the darkest book of the trilogy, in terms of content and story. The threat of death has been present ever since the knitting contest in the first Hereville book, but the 3rd book just seemed a lot darker and scarier than the other books you've written. What inspired you to explore the darker side of Hereville? Something in your personal life, maybe?

BD : I agree that book 3 was darker than the first two books (although you should have seen some of the scripts for book 2 that didn't end up being the final scripts - one of them in particular, about one of Mirka's older sisters getting married, was so intense and scary! I still hope to draw that one someday).
I can't say I had a deliberate strategy.  I just wrote the story, and this is where it went. I like to bring a different sibling of Mirka's to the forefront in each Hereville book, and I thought it would make a nice switch to put the focus on a much younger sibling. But once I had chosen a babysitting theme, it was inevitable that the story would be more intense, because making Mirka responsible for a child's well-being raises the stakes so much.

But darkness has always been part of the Hereville series - even in book one, we have not only Mirka's near-death with the troll, but she also nearly drowns, and the death of her mother is always looming over Mirka. And there's always friction and harshness mixed in with the love in Mirka's family. I just enjoy that mix of suffering and humor and happy endings. If the characters don't struggle and suffer, I feel as if I haven't done my job properly.

SB : As a Whovian, I'm compelled to ask you about Mirka's unique skirt which is literally punctuated by exclamation marks and question marks. Is this a deliberate Doctor Who reference (different incarnations of The Doctor have worn question-mark-design outfits), especially since Mirka time travels in this story?






BD : I'm afraid there's no conscious significance to Mirka's skirt pattern; I just thought it would be cool-looking. (At the risk of plummeting nerd cred, the Doctor Who connection never occurred to me. Although I have drawn Mirka as a couple of different Doctors for fan sketches.)










SMB : Many stories have been written with characters being granted wishes, but the short story "The Monkey's Paw" (by W.W. Jacobs) stands out to me as the one which epitomized the concept of the wishes-with-a-dark-twist trope. Was that story a source of inspiration for How Mirka Caught a Fish?

BD : Embarrassingly, I've never actually read Jacobs' "The Monkey's Paw", although of course I know the story from references and parodies, such as the Monkey's Paw story in the second "Treehouse of Horror" episode of The Simpsons. (Maybe saying that regains a little lost nerd cred?) And obviously that trope - wishes that, due to being interpreted in a malicious way by the wish-granter, rebound and do great harm - was very much in my mind as I wrote this book. 

When I first started writing this story, the villain was originally a magic chicken. But then I was inspired to use a magical fish character by a 2003 news story in New York, in which some Hasidic Jews reported hearing a carp in a fish market yell in Hebrew. This eventually got mixed up with the old fairy tale "The Fisherman and His Wife," about a wish-granting Fish - the Brothers Grimm collected that fairy tale, among others. Plus at some point my mind latched onto an  image of a little girl whose head had been replaced by a giant fish body. So, as usual, I sort of started with this mix of elements and just kept on shaking them together until something story-shaped came out.

SMB : This is the 3rd Mirka book in which Mirka is an 11-year old (6 years after the publication of the first book). Are you going to start telling stories of Mirka as a teen or are you still working through the 11-year old stage?

BD : A lot of people - me included - have a childhood year which seems endless in hindsight. How did all of that happen in one year?  For Mirka, that's her eleventh year, and that's the story this trilogy of books is about. It's during this year that Mirka first encounters real, unambiguous magic, and it's also during this year that Mirka fully accepts Fruma as her new mother.
But now that the 11th-year trilogy is completed, any future Mirka books will show an older Mirka.

SMB : I noticed Menachem Luchins' (owner of Escape Pod Comics and a contributor at 13th Dimension) name in the acknowledgements. I'm curious how he helped out.

BD : Menachem was one of several people who very kindly read an advance copy of the book in progress to make sure that I didn't mess up the religious and cultural aspects too badly. I'm really grateful to have had his and other folks' help. Needless to say, the mistakes that remain are entirely on me. 

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2 Additional Interviews

Words and Pictures (with S.W. Conser) {audio interview in MP3)

The Horn Book (with Shoshana Flax) {the full interview is in the print edition of the Nov./Dec. 2015 issue ; a single question-&-answer is reproduced online}

Monday, January 25, 2016

2016 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

The Sydney Taylor Book Award will be celebrating and showcasing its 2016 gold and silver medalists with a Blog Tour, February 8-12, 2016! Interviews with winning authors and illustrators will appear on a wide variety of Jewish and kidlit blogs. For those of you who have not yet experienced a Blog Tour, it’s basically a virtual book tour. Instead of going to a library or bookstore to see an author or illustrator speak, you go to a website on or after the advertised date to read an author’s or illustrator’s interview.
Below is the schedule for the 2016 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour. Please follow the links to visit the hosting blogs on or after their tour dates, and be sure to leave them plenty of comments!
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016
Ketzel the Cat by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Amy June Bates
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Ann Koffsky's Blog
Serendipity's Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At Bildungsroman
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016
Adam & Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld, translated by Jeffrey M. Green, illustrated by Philippe Dumas
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At Jewish Books for Kids with Barbara Bietz
Hereville : How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At Jewish Comics
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At The Prosen People
Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde, illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Kristi's Book Nook
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016
Everybody Says Shalom by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Talitha Shipman
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Book Q&A's with Deborah Kalb
Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At Randomly Reading
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Blog Tour Wrap-Up with all authors and illustrators                                                                                                                   At The Whole Megillah

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The comics side of the AJL jubilee conference (2015)

From June 21st - June 24th, the Association of Jewish Libraries will be holding its 50th annual conference in Silver Spring, Maryland. One of the sessions on Tuesday June 22nd is titled "Graphic Representations of the Holocaust and Jewish Life", which will be moderated by popular culture expert Rachel Leket-Mor. Steven M. Bergson (editor of Jewish Comix Anthology, volume 1) will share "Secret Origins of the Jewish Comix Anthology. Christopher Huh (who is currently working on a new novel about Raoul Wallenberg) will talk about his Holocaust graphic novel Keeping My Hope. Dr. Rafael Medoff, a historian who has assisted with such works as "The Last Outrage" (X-Men : Magneto : Testament #5), They Spoke Out : American Voices Against the Holocaust, and "The St. Louis Refugee Ship Blues" (Washington Post, 2009), will discuss "Cartoonists Against the Holocaust: A New Way of Teaching about Genocide”.

The session is limited to conference attendees. The per diem Tuesday registration costs $184.59. To register, please go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/association-of-jewish-libraries-conference-yoveljubilee-celebrating-50-years-of-ajl-please-scroll-registration-14689824661.

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Jewish Side of Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia 2015

Today (May 9th) is the third day of this year's Wizard World Philadelphia comic convention.

Among the guests in attendance will be creators of comics with Jewish characters in them.

On Sunday (May 10th), 2 of those guests will participate in a session about golems in comics. The description of that panel follows.

12:00 – 12:45PM JEWISH SUPERHEROES AND THE GOLEM (ROOM 109) The Jewish comic book creators of the Golden Age of Comics (1930’s-1950’s) were inspired by a variety of sources. While many of these included cinema, pulp novels, and science fiction, some creators reached into their heritage to old tales of the Golem- a mythical clay creation come to life. Discover how the Golem myth inspired Marvel and DC characters like the Hulk, Thing, and Clayface. Jewish comic book creators Al Wiesner (Shaloman) and Joshua H. Stulman (Israeli Defense Comics) explain how the Golem continues to play a major role in their comics.
Other guests include :

Neal Adams is the illustrator of the “Son O’ God” stories, which appeared in the pages of National Lampoon. You may read all of the Son O’God stories (as well as the story of how Adams was recruited to be the artist) at Dial B for Blog. Adams also illustrated the Batman story Night of the Reaper in which the vengeful Grim Reaper is revealed to be a Nazi-hunting Holocaust survivor. Adams penciled The Last Outrage” (inked by Andy Kubert’s father, Joe Kubert) which appeared in both The New York Times and the final issue of the miniseries X-men : Magneto : Testament and which also appeared as a stop-motion video on YouTube.

Peter David is the writer who infamously used the names of seder plate items for aliens in a Star Trek novel and who wrote the stories for The Incredible Hulk #386-387 ; see
http://www.leaderslair.com/noexcuses/hulk2-386.html andhttp://www.leaderslair.com/noexcuses/hulk2-387.html)



Danny Fingeroth is the author of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero.

Joshua Goldstein is the author-illustrator of Zayin : The Wars of Independence and Maccabbee Lady.

Dean Haspiel is the illustrator of Harvey Pekar's autobiography The Quitter.

Rob Liefeld is the illustrator of stories in the Youngblood series, which included the Israeli superheroine Masada.

Joshua Stulman is the author-illustrator of the comic book series Israeli Defense Comics and is a contributor to the Jewish Comix Anthology.

Al Wiesner is the author-illustrator of the comic book series Shaloman.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Jewish sessions at CSSC 2015

Today (May 7th) is the first day of the annual 2-day Canadian Society for Study of Comics conference, which will be held at the Toronto Reference Library.

The subject matter of the presentations will cover a wide spectrum of formats and content, including those which discuss Jewish comics creators and comics with Jewish content.

Below is a sampling of the "Jewish" presentations.

Thurs., May 7th

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Ariela Freeman - Life? Or Theatre? : Charlotte Solomon's Foundational Graphic Narrative

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Session A : Crafting Cultural Perspectives

Jaleen Grove - Digested Identity : Jewishness, Oscar Cahen and Magazine Digest, 1944-1946

Aidan Diamond - Tikkun Olam comes to Gotham City : Kate Kane and the Jewish Superhero

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Session B : Creative Direction

Keith Friedlander - Authorship and Editors : Reactions to Karen Berger's Departure from Vertigo

Fri., May 8th

10:00 - 11:30 AM
Session B : Identity & Cultural Politics

Jeff Barnes - The Utility of Editorial Cartoons for Understanding the Palestinian Past : The Case of al-Thawra

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Session B : The Art of Subversion

Robert Hutton - Comics Publishing and Literary Heroism in Harvey Pekar and Dave Sim

3:00 - 5:00 PM
Session B : Traumas

Claire Farley - Miriam Katin's We Are On Our Own and the Double Voice of Memory : The Graphic Genre and the Visualization of Traumatic Memory

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The Jewish Side of TCAF 2015

This weekend (May 9th and 10th), readers, writers, artists, publishers and fans of comix will converge at the Toronto Reference Library to take part in the the FREE Toronto Comic Arts Festival (aka TCAF).


Among the talented people who will be at TCAF this year are a small number of comix professionals who have done comic art using Jewish characters or themes.

* AH Comics Inc. (table #172) is the publisher of Jewish Comix AnthologyDuring TCAF, Jewish Comix Anthology will be for sale for a mere $20 - that's 50% off of the retail cover price! The AH Comics website will also allow people to use the 50% discount if you prefer to shop online, but you must bring your copy to TCAF in person to get it autographed by Andy Stanleigh, Steven M. Bergson, Liat Shalom &/or Joe Infurnari. 


Jonathan Baylis (table #131) is the author of the So ... Buttons mini-comic series.

* Steven M. Bergson is a Jewish comics blogger and the editor of Jewish Comix Anthology. Steven will be at the AH Comics Inc. table (#172) on Saturday May 9th from 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

Willow Dawson (table #109) is the illustrator of the anthology No Girls Allowed : Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventurewritten by Susan Hughes and published by Kids Can Press. The anthology includes the story of Esther Brandeau, the first Jewish person to immigrate to Canada.


Drawn and Quarterly (tables 134-136)  has published Exit WoundsJamilti and Other Stories, The PropertyThe Golem's Mighty Swing, and Jerusalem : Chronicles from the Holy City. D+Q also published the story "The Peasant and the Snake" in one of its anthologies, which has been reprinted in Jewish Comix Anthology.


Fantagraphics (tables 162-164) is the publisher of Jewish Images in the ComicsPalestine, and Barracuda in the Attic.

* Matt Lubchansky is a Jewish cartoonist who writes and illustrates the webcomic Please Listen to Me. Earlier this year, his 3-ingredient Passover brisket recipe comic was published online at Saveur

Jason Lutes (tables 134-136) is the author-illustrator of the comic series berlin (which has been collected in the trade paperbacks Berlin : City of Stones and Berlin : City of Smoke) and is the author of Houdini : The Handcuff King).

* NBM Publishing (tables 169 & 170) is the publisher of the Jew in Communist Prague books, BrownsvilleThe Big Khan, and the Isaac the Pirate books.


* Jon Rosenberg (tables 286-291) is the author-illustrator of the webcomic Goats, which includes the Jewish character "Jon", as seen in the strip from Nov. 24, 2005.


Liat Shalom is the illustrator of the story "A Grave Matter" in Jewish Comix AnthologyLiat may be found at the AH Comics Inc. table (#172) from 3:00 - 5:00 PM on Sat., May 9th.  

* Andy Stanleigh (table #172) is the artist and publisher who adapted the story "Pillow of Feathers" for Jewish Comix Anthology and who published the book. He may be found at the AH Comics Inc. table during TCAF.


* Julian Voloj is a graphic novelist whose autobiography Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker is debuting at TCAF. Julian will be taking part in a free "Reading and Conversation" event being held tomorrow night (May 7th) at COBA Collective Of Black Artists, Daniels Spectrum 585 Dundas St. E., Suite 130 from 7:30 - 9:30 PM (in conjunction with the Miles Nadal Jewish Community CentreCultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), and Be'chol Lashon). He will also be making an appearance at the NBM tables (169 & 170) during TCAF.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Will Eisner Week, JOMIX, giveaways

Will Eisner at Toronto Comicon, holding a copy
of the Yiddish edition of A Contract with God



Will Eisner was one of the most influential and one of the most talented comic artists, helping to foster a respect for the format and teaching a new generation through both his classes and via the text books he authored (e.g. Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative). In 2002, Eisner received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Federation for Jewish Culture. Among the Jewish works he has written and illustrated are Fagin the Jew, The Name of the Game, and Minor Miracles. Minor Miracles includes the short story "Street Magic", which was reprinted in Jewish Comix Anthology, volume 1.

Next week, several events will take place at various venues across the U.S. that will honor the legendary cartoonist during Will Eisner Week.

Among the events is a special meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium during which Paul Levitz (author of "Tradition" in DC Comics' 9-11 September 11th 2001) will give a talk titled "The Contradictions and Importance of Will Eisner". During the same meeting, Danny Fingeroth (author of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics and the Creation of the Superhero) and Arie Kaplan (author of From Krakow to Krypton : Jews and Comic Books) will give a presentation titled "Spirit and Shadow : Will Eisner and Orson Welles".

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March 1st will also be the opening day of the JOMIX exhibition, but that won't be closing until May 8th and the gallery talk / tour is being held on March 10th.

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The Jewish festival called Purim will be held on the evening of  March 4th (during Will Eisner Week).

In celebration of Purim, Will Eisner Week, and the JOMIX launch, a Purim Book Giveaway contest is being held for American Amazon.com account holders over the age of 18.

To enter for a chance to win a copy of The Jewish Comix Anthology, please go to https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/a2f3349d7dd44fa5

To enter for a chance to win a copy of Mendel's Daughter : A Memoir by Martin Lemelman, please go to
https://t.co/MJEYdFqhc5

To enter for a chance to win a copy of The Quest for Jewish Belief and Identity in the Graphic Novel by Stephen Tabachnick, please go to https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e0549c0b573703e5#ln-ln

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

a Jewish comics anthology book launch in Australia - today

Balaclava Junction - a collection of short Australian biographical stories in comics format edited by Ted Janet - is launching at Embiggen Books (197-203 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000) at 2:30 AM EST (6:30 PM in Melbourne).

The books will be available for online purchase via gonzo.comics.com.au.

There are links to interviews, promos and articles about the book at http://www.tedjanet.com/balaclavajunction/media/.

Below are a set of remarks I (Steven M. Bergson, the blog moderator) wrote about it, which will be excerpted for one of the back cover blurbs.
Having spent most of my life in Toronto (Canada), I consider myself fortunate to live in a multi-lingual, multicultural mosaic made up of people from countries all over the world. Among the immigrants who have made Toronto their home are Australians. During the annual Caravan Festival that was held annually, the TRANZAC Club (Toronto Australia New Zealand Club) hosted the Australian pavilion, one of the ones I was lucky enough to visit. Nonetheless, Australia is one of those nations which I never really learned much about, an exotic locale which would probably always seem far-off and mysterious.
Being a typical popular culture junkie, my sense of what Australians might be like went a bit beyond what I experienced at Caravan . I absorbed the lyrics of the hit Men at Work song “Land Down Under”, winced at the Fosters beer commercials, enjoyed the movies which were filmed in Australia &/or featured Australian actors (Don’s Party, Mad Max, A Cry in the Dark, Crocodile Dundee, Quigley Down Under), as well as the sci-fi TV series which utilized Australian-born talent (Doctor Who, Farscape, and Stargate SG-1). Through my twin boys, I learned about the Australian children’s entertainment phenomenon known as The Wiggles.
However, none of these representations of Australians were specifically Jewish. I only knew of a single (fictional) film about a Jewish Australian, which I had managed to see during the Toronto Jewish Film Festival - Hey Hey It’s Esther Blumberger. Despite being a reader and collector of Jewish-content comics and graphic novels from around the world, I had only ever read 2 Jewish-themed comic stories written by an Australian. Both stories were scripted by Jason Franks. “One More Bullet” was a dark Holocaust-era story about a death camp prisoner who is forced into committing horrible acts by a Nazi. “Love Raed” was a dark story about a hopeful Arab university student who tragically becomes bitter and decides to become a suicide bomber. My unscientific conclusion about Australian comics writers is that they are moody people who write dark stories.
Then I became in touch with Ted Janet. Specifically, he got in touch with me. I was thrilled to learn about his Balaclava Junction anthology and felt honored that he chose to share it with me. As near as I can tell, the stories won’t contain any of the usual stereotypical signifiers that Canadians and Americans tend to associate with Australia. No scenes in the Outback wilderness. No kangaroos, koalas, or dingos. No vegemite sandwiches. The stories can remind you in subtle ways that they take place in unfamiliar territory with references to such places as St. Kilda, Balaclava, and Caulfield. However, as you read through the stories, these places start to take on a familiar look and feel, as if you’ve been living there for ages.
As for the Jewish content of the stories, it shouldn’t be surprising that Jews in Australia deal with some of the same issues which are common to Jews in other countries : atheism vs. religiosity, assimilation vs. cohesiveness, Jewish identity (aka “Who or what is a Jew?”), how can we help our fellow Jews, how should we deal with interfaith relationships. The collection includes biographies, history, and even adaptations from songs by a Jewish Australian (which may be found on YouTube). As is typical with comic stories, the art is an integral part of the narratives, sometimes just summing up in images the hodge-podge of Jewish ideas that can become overwhelming.
I’ve never been to Australia and I don’t think I’ll be taking a trip there in the near future. However, thanks to Ted Janet and his team of talented artists, I feel as if I’ve visited the Jewish part of his country, made some friends, and look forward to meeting them again sometime.

Steven M. Bergson, Editor
The Jewish Comix Anthology






Monday, October 06, 2014

The Jewish Side of NYCC 2014

Thursday October 9th (which will also be the 1st day of Sukkot), will be the 1st day of the 4-day New York Comic Con which will be held at the Javits Center.

Several creators of Jewish comic stories and graphic novels (i.e. ones which have at least one Jewish character in them) will be in attendance. Below is a list of the ones which I've identified.

Howard Chaykin is the author-illustrator of American Flagg, as well as Batman / Houdini : The Devil's Workshop.

* Chris Claremont is the writer who introduced the Jewish character Kitty Pryde (aka Shadowcat) and who wrote stories which implied that Magneto was Jewish (both in the pages of The Uncanny X-Men).

Peter David infamously used the names of seder plate items for aliens in a Star Trek novel and wrote the stories for The Incredible Hulk #386-387 ; see http://www.leaderslair.com/noexcuses/hulk2-386.html and http://www.leaderslair.com/noexcuses/hulk2-387.html.

Joe Infurnari is the cartoonist who wrote and illustrated "Workin' Girl Golem", which is reprinted in The Jewish Comix Anthology (for sale at table AA11 ; please see below).

Peter Kuper is theauthor-illustrator of the short biographical story "Promised Land"(Bleeding Heart #2), as well as the book-length autobiographical Stop Forgetting to Remember : The Autobiography of Walter Kurtz).
Stan Lee is the Jewish comics legend who co-created the Fantastic Four (which has a Jewish character called The Thing) and who appeared in the story "What if the Original Marvel Bullpen was the Fantastic Four?" in What If? #11.

 * Rob Liefeld is the illustrator of stories in the Youngblood series of comics, which included the Israeli superheroine Masada.
Greg Pak is the illustrator of the X-Men : Magneto : Testament miniseries.
Jimmy Palmiotti is the co-creator of the short-lived golem series The Monolith from DC Comics. 

* Ron Randall is the illustrator of the first 2 issues of the comic book series Jewish Hero Corps.
Bill Sienkiewicz is the illustrator of the story "Night Screams" in X-Men#159, in which Kitty is saved from Dracula by her Star of David necklace and illustrator of the story "Into the Abyss" in New Mutants #27, which had the Israeli mutant character Legion.

Louise Simonson is the co-author of issues of a Superman storyline (Superman : Man of Steel # 80-82), in which Superman went to the Warsaw Ghetto.
* Dov Smiley is the author-illustrator of the self-published Biblical graphic novel Jonah and is also the illustrator of one of the adaptations in The Jewish Comix Anthology. Dov will be at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art table (AA11) for 5 hours on Sunday only. A limited number of copies of The Jewish Comix Anthology will be available for sale at AA11 and Dov will happily autograph a copy for you. You may also get it signed by Joe Infurnari (please see above).

Brian K.Vaughan is the author of the comic book series Y : The Last Man and The Escapists.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

page 1 of The Flute Player - a Yom Kippur comic by Steve Greenberg

The Jewish Comics blog would like to wish all of our loyal readers a גמר חתימה טובה G'mar Chatimah Tova ("May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for Good").

Here's page 1 of the 2-page comic story "The Flute Player" adapted by Steve Greenberg for The Jewish Comix Anthology.

To see the final page, you'll need to look at a copy of the anthology, which may be bought in person in Toronto at The Comic Book Lounge and Gallery or purchased online at https://www.ahcomicsshop.com/Jewish-Comix-Anthology-Volume-1_p_26.html.



Monday, September 22, 2014

3 Jewish Guys with PhDs (& 2 editors) talking about Jews and comics

On this special episode of The Comics Alternative, Derek Parker Royal (Visualizing Jewish Narrative) hosts a roundtable consisting of Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent), Harry Brod (Superman Is Jewish?), Stephen Tabachnick (The Quest for Jewish Belief & Identity in the Graphic Novel) and Steven M. Bergson (editor of The Jewish Comix Anthology).

Among the titles which get mentioned are Yossel, To the Heart of the Storm, Dropsie Avenue, A Contract with God, A Jew in Communist Prague, Maus, Jewish War Heroes, Unterzakhn, Up Up and Oy Vey, From Krakow to Krypton, Picture Stories from the Old Testament, Chick tracts, Megillat Esther, Make me a Woman and How to Understand Israel in Sixty Days.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Jewish Side of Rose City Comic Con 2014

On Sep. 20th, the Rose City Comic Con will take place at the Oregon Convention Center. Writers and artists who have worked on "Jewish comic stories" (ones which have at least one Jewish character in them) will be in attendance.

Among those who will be at the show are :

Mike Baron is the illustrator of many Nexus stories. One of the main characters in Nexus is Judah Maccabee aka "The Hammer".

Dark Horse Comics is the publisher of The New Two Fisted TalesCriminal Macabre : Feat of Clay, the comic book series Cud Comics (which, in issue #4, included the story "Ben Dordia's Confession"), The Amazing Adventures of The EscapistThe EscapistsBreath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem, and a hardcover edition of Fagin the Jew.

Joe Infurnari is the cartoonist who wrote and illustrated "Working Girl Golem", which is reprinted in The Jewish Comix Anthology.

* Karl Kesel is the author of the story "Remembrance of Things Past" (Fantastic Four #56).

* Scott Kurtz is the author-illustrator of PVP, the Eisner-award-winning online comic strip which once made a joke about the Superman Returns movie being "a Jewish conspiracy to convince Christians that Jesus was gay."

Miriam Libicki is the author-illustrator of the autobiographical jobnik!series and is a contributor to The Jewish Comix Anthology.

* Scott Lobdell is the author of stories which appeared in X-Men #-1  and Uncanny X-Men #319-321, all of which dealt with Magneto's past.

Jim Mahfood is the author-illustrator of Grrl Scouts.

Dylan Meconis is the author-illustrator of the webcomic Family Man, about a Jewish academic named Luther Levy, who was unable to defend his dissertation because he was not Christian.

* Ron Randall is illustrator of the first 2 issues of the comic book series Jewish Hero Corps.

Steve Rude is the author of many Nexus stories. One of the main characters in Nexus is Judah Maccabee aka "The Hammer".

Professor Ben Saunders is the author of Do The Gods Wear Capes: Spirituality, Fantasy, and Superheroes.

G. Willow Wilson is the author of the graphic novel Cairo.