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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.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Jewish Side of SPX 2014

Tomorrow (Sept. 13th) is the first day of the 20th annual 2-day Small Press Expo being held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. This year, there will be plenty of Jewish cartoonists and creators of Jewish-content stories in attendance. Among those who will be attending are :


* Alternative Comics has published A Few Perfect Hours and both the Rosetta and 911 Emergency Relief anthologies.

Jonathan Baylis is the author of the So ... Buttons mini-comics.


Nick Bertozzi is the co-illustrator of Houdini : The Handcuff King and illustrator of Jerusalem : A Family Portrait.


* Center for Cartoon Studies is the publisher of Houdini : The Handcuff King. 


* Drawn and Quarterly has published Exit WoundsJamilti and Other Stories, The Property, We Are On Our Own, Letting It GoThe Golem's Mighty Swing, and Jerusalem : Chronicles from the Holy City.


* Fantagraphics Books is the publisher of Jewish Images in the ComicsPalestine, and Barracuda in the Attic.


* First Second Books is the publisher of Klezmer : Tales of the Wild East, the Rabbi's Cat books, and the Resistance series.


* Jules Feiffer is the author of the essay "The Minsk Theory of Krypton". 


Drew Friedman is the cartoonist who illustrated "What If Chris Rock Performed At A Bar Mitzvah?" (MAD Magazine #419) and "Marnin Rosenberg in 'Bad Luck with Women'" (National Lampoon - June 1987).


* Dean Haspiel is the illustrator of the Harvey Pekar biography The Quitter and Jonathan Ames' The Alcoholic.


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


* Miss Lasko-Gross is the author-illustrator of the graphic autobiographies Escape from "Special" and A Mess of Everything.


NBM Publishing is the publisher of the Jew in Communist Prague books, BrownsvilleThe Big Khan, and the Isaac the Pirate books.


* James Sturm is the author-illustrator of both The Golem's Mighty Swing and Market Day.


Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Jewish Side of Baltimore Comic-Con 2014

Tomorrow (Sept. 5th) is the first day of the annual 3-day Baltimore Comic-Con being held at the Baltimore Convention Center. This year, there will be plenty of Jewish cartoonists and creators of Jewish-content stories in attendance. Please note that not all guests will be attending the convention on all days.

Among those who will be attending are :

* Comics Creators for Holocaust Education

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

* Dave Gibbons is the author-illustrator of the adaptation of "Sodom and Gomorrah" which was published in Outrageous Tales of the Old testament.

* Keith Giffen is the author of the Ragman miniseries that reintroduced the title character as a Jewish superhero and is also the creator of the characters Dreidel and Rabbi Zone, who both appeared in the pages of the last issue of the series The Heckler.

* Larry Hama is the author of the story "Words of Honor" in G.I Joe Special Missions #2.

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

* Paul Levitz is the author of "Tradition" in DC Comics' 9-11 September 11th 2001.

* Denny O’Neil is the author of the story " Night of the Reaper" in Batman #237.

George Perez is the illustrator of Wonder Woman #37 and #38 which had the character Rabbi Benjamin Hecht.

Paul Pope is the author-illustrator of the story "Berlin Batman" (in The Batman Chronicles #11), in which Batman is a Jewish painter named Baruch Wane.

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

* Joe Rubinstein is an illustrator of the 2nd Mendy & the Golem series and contributor to both Journeys : The Collected Edition and Balm in Gilead.

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.

Herb Trimpe is the illustrator of the Incredible Hulk story "In the Shadow of the Golem" and is also the inker of the story "Words of Honor" in G.I Joe Special Missions #2.

* Rick Veitch is the author-illustrator of the series Maximortal. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Jewish Side of San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Tonight (Wed.) was the preview night for the annual San Diego Comic Con, one of the largest comic conventions in North America, being held at the San Diego Convention Center.

This year, there will be a limited number of copies of the new Jewish Comix Anthology (volume 1) for sale at the convention (which can later be signed by 2 of the artists, if you can track them down ; please see below). There will also be a Comic-Con special discount for those ordering copies online at http://www.ahcomicsshop.com.



Those who would like to experience a Jewish Sabbath (no matter what your level of observance - or even whether you're actually Jewish yourself) are welcome to attend an "Open Shabbat" program, hosted by Chabad of Downtown San Diego.

#openShabbat, an open house unplugged meal and networking, is coming to Comic Con International!

Join other Members of the Tribe attending Comic Con and escape the chaos of the festival, find a taste of home and meet new people while enjoying kosher food, song and plenty of l'chaim!

Everyone is welcome, bring your friends - no experience required!
 

To RSVP (& also do make the mandatory donation ; $25 is suggested), please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/openshabbat-at-comic-con-2014-tickets-12104315333.

Chabad has an article about the event : "At San Diego Comic-Con, a Time Out for Shabbat"



Among those in attendance at this year's Con will be writers, artists, and publishers who have been responsible for Jewish comic stories (i.e. comic stories in which at least one of the characters is Jewish. These include :

Abrams ComicArts is the publisher of the Hereville books, the English edition of Pascal Croci's AuschwitzYiddiskeit, and the forthcoming English edition of Boxer: The True Story of Holocaust Survivor Harry Haft by Reinhard Kleist

Neal Adams is the illustrator of the “Son O’ God” stories, which appeared in the pages of National Lampoon. That sounds more like a Christian story than a Jewish one, but it’s actually a bit of both. Son O’ God is that unique super-powered protagonist whose “superhero self” is a Christian deity and whose civilian alter ego is a Jewish kid named Bennie David and whose 12 Jewish friends act as “the 12 apostles” when duty calls. 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.

Antarctic Press is the publisher of Families of Altered Wars [which included the "Stars of David" storyline] and Dictators of the Twentieth Century : Hitler #1-4.

The Anti-Defamation League (a representative will be a panelist at the End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in Our Culture session)

Sergio Aragonés is the illustrator of the "Fanny Hillman : Jewish Madam" books and adapted the Jonah story for Testament.

* Arsenic Lullaby (issue #12 of their comic book series contained the story "Pilsbury Doughboy at Auschwitz").

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

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

Chuck Dixon (author of the Hanukkah story "Holiday of Peace" (in DCU Holiday Special v.1 n.2) .

* Mark Evanier is the author of a Crossfire story for a Free Comic Book Day comic involving a Holocaust survivor who tries to kill a suspected Nazi war criminal.

Jules Feiffer is the author of the essay "The Minsk Theory of Krypton" which appeared in the New York Times Magazine.

First Second Books is the publisher of Klezmer : Tales of the Wild East, the Rabbi's Cat books, and the Resistance series.

* Drew Friedman is the cartoonist who illustrated "What If Chris Rock Performed At A Bar Mitzvah?" (MAD Magazine #419) and "Marnin Rosenberg in 'Bad Luck with Women'" (National Lampoon - June 1987).

* Image Comics was the publisher of the series Youngblood (which included the Israeli superheroine Masada) and half of the Rex Mundi series.

* Sid Jacobson is the author of Anne Frank : The Authorized Graphic Biography.

* Kelly Jones is the illustrator of the stories "Suit of Evil Souls" and "The Greatest Evil" (in Batman #551 & 552, respectively)

Peter Kuper is the author-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 and illustrator some stories which appeared in the anthology Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land.

David Lasky is the illustrator of both the prologue and cover for Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land, as well as a 1-page piece called poem which may be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dlasky/1800636464/

* Paul Levitz is the author of "Tradition" (which was published in DC Comics' 9-11 September 11th 2001

* Miriam Libicki is the author-illustrator of the jobnik! series (the first volume of which has been collected in trade paperback), the illustrated essays "Towards a Hot Jew: The Israeli Soldier as Fetish Object" and "Jewish Memoir Goes Pow! Zap! Oy!" & the illustrated mini-journals Ceasefire and Fierce Ease. She also contributed a story to the forthcoming Jewish Comix Anthology.

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

* Jim Mahfood is the author-illustrator of Grrl Scouts.

* NBM Publishing is the publisher of the Jew in Communist Prague books, BrownsvilleThe Big Khan, and the Isaac the Pirate books.

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. 

* Paul Pope is the author-llustrator of the story "Berlin Batman" (in The Batman Chronicles #11), in which Batman is a Jewish painter named Baruch Wane.

PVP Online is the Eisner-award-winning online comic strip which, in 2006, made a joke about the Superman Returns movie being "a Jewish conspiracy to convince Christians that Jesus was gay".

Lily Renée Wilheim is a Golden Age cartoonist who was the subject of the graphic biography Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book PioneerShe will be signing at the Fantagraphics booth on Friday.

Trina Robbins is the author-illustrator of the story "The Triangle Fire" which was the cover story of the 2nd issue of Lilith Magazine, the author of the graphic biography  Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer, and the co-author of an adaptation of a Jewish song which was reprinted in The Jewish Comics Anthology. She will be signing at the Fantagraphics booth on Friday.

Arlen Schumer is the author-illustrator of Captain Israel.

Bill Sienkiewicz is the illustrator of the story "Into the Abyss" in New Mutants #27, which had the Israeli mutant character Legion.

* Simon and Schuster is the publisher of the books Little Vampire Goes to School and Little Vampire Does Kung Fu.

* 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.

J. Michael Straczynski is the author of the Amazing Spider-Man story "You Want Pants with That?" and the Rising Stars story "Selah".

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

* Len Wein is the writer of the golem story in Strange Tales #174 - see http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/golem1.htm.

Marv Wolfman is the author of The Tomb of Dracula #27The New Teen Titans #24 and Homeland : The Illustrated History of the State of Israel.



Sessions which I think would be the most interesting for readers of this blog include :

Thursday, July 24, 10:00am - 11:00am, Room 32AB
God Is Disappointed in You with Shannon Wheeler & Mark Russell
God Is Disappointed in You, published by Top Shelf, is the tongue-in-cheek "condensed" version of the Bible you never knew you needed-hilariously modern, but surprisingly authentic-with illustrations and gags by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man). Wheeler and writer Mark Russell join together for an hour of unforgettable irreverence, including Q&A, audience sketches, and the hilarious-yet-accurate "ten-minute Bible." Plus: a taste of the new audiobook, read by Dr. Venture himself, James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros.)!

Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am,Room 29A
Will Eisner: Teacher and Mentor
For a magic moment, New York City's School of Visual Arts had Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, and Art Spiegelman all teaching classes on comics. Hear stories about those classes from students Joe Quesada (Marvel Entertainment), Drew Friedman (Heroes of the Comics), Batton Lash (Supernatural Law), Mike Carlin (DC Entertainment), and a surprise guest. Plus a not-to-be missed discussion about Will Eisner's other educational efforts. Moderated by Paul Levitz, who is writing Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel for release next year by Abrams ComicArts.

Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am, Room 7AB
Diversity in Genre Lit
In the literary world, there are mystical beings, futuristic landscapes, magic and mayhem, heroes and villains, and slowly but surely, more diversity in our heroes. Panel participants are the creators that have made a more diverse world with their novels. Join authors Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero), Josephine Angelini (Trial by Fire),Sherri L. Smith (Orleans), Adele Griffin (The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone), Greg Weisman (Spirits of Ash and Foam: A Rain of the Ghosts Novel), and Lydia Kang (Control), as moderator David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy leads the discussion of what is "diversity" in genre writing, what it looks like, and why it is important.

Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm, Room 26AB
Comics Arts Conference Session #12: Poster Session
Allen Thomas (University of Central Arkansas) and Mara Whiteside (University of Central Arkansas) examine the relationship between readers and minority comic book characters, namely the connection a reader feels to a particular character, and discuss the future direction of comic books in regards to minority representation.

J. Scott McKinnon (Henderson State University) identifies the factors that contribute to ethnic minority characters either succeeding or failing, examining online discussions, reviews, and published articles.

Jake Talley (San Diego State University) compares the female and minority populations in the Marvel and DC universes at various points in their histories to illustrate how their race and gender makeups have evolved over time, and compares the Big Two with younger publishers to see if the lack of decades of continuity produces a more representative character population.

Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Room 4
Spiritual Themes in Comics
The Christian Comic Arts Society hosts this 17th annual panel. Spiritual themes in comics have been a major thread in the comic book and graphic novel medium. Panelists will be discussing how spiritual themes are interwoven into the matrix of comic books.Wendi Pini (ElfQuest), John Schafer (Superbook), M. Scott Verne (City of the Gods), B. Dave Walters (Warner Brothers Animation), and moderator Eric Jansen (Foursquare Mission Press) discuss the spiritual themes of their respective projects and other related media in the industry.

Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am, Room 28DE
CCAS Sunday Devotional & Christian Comics Panel
2014 looks to be the year of Biblical epics and faith-based movies. With movies such as Noah, God is not Dead, Son of God, Heaven Is Real, and Mary, Mother of Christ, Bible and faith-based movies are making an impact in the market. Yet such themes have been a longstanding tradition in comic books and related media. Please join the CCAS in a discussion on the history, influence, and future of Christian involvement in the industry. Panelists include Sergio Cariello (The Action Bible), John Schafer (Superbook), Frederick Price (Crenshaw Christian Center), and Bryan Mero (Spirit Knight). Moderated by Clint D. Johnson (Faith Walker).

Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am, Room 5AB
The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
Each year, we set aside time to talk about Comic-Con's first superstar guest and the man they call The King of the Comics, Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994 but his influence on comics, film, and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are Len Wein, Scott Shaw!, Charles Kochman (editorial director, Harry N. Abrams Books) and Kirby family attorney Paul S. Levine, plus members of Jack's family. And of course, it's moderated by Mark Evanier.

Sunday July 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm, Room 28DE
The Battle for Multicultural Heroes
The pop culture explosion through gaming, comics, TV, and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many challenges and obstacles still exists in today's media. In this humorous but poignant discussion, diverse geek experts will discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. Panelists include Linda Le (professional cosplayer), Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy), clinical psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions), and Tony B. Kim (Crazy4ComicCon.com).



Among the Jewish-themed books / books about Jewish creators which are nominated for Eisner awards this year are :

The Property by Rutu Modan (Best Graphic Album—New)

The Art of Rube Goldberg selected by Jennifer George (Best Comics-Related Book ; Best Publication Design)

and

Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps by Art Spiegelman (Best Comics-Related Book)