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Friday, May 11, 2018

Finkel and Sons

The latest Toronto Comics Anthology book - Osgoode as Gold - includes the story "Finkel and Sons" by Sam Ruano, Xan Grey, Nechama Frier, & Andrew Thomas.

In the story, a Jewish shopkeeper's son must quickly decide how best to protect his family.

To see (or purchase) a copy of the anthology, please go to http://torontocomicsanthology.com/, and visit one of the Canadian comic shops or attend one of the upcoming Canadian comic shows listed on the main page (sidebar on the right).

Toronto Comics Anthology will be at the free Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) today and tomorrow (table 210) at the Toronto Reference Library.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

The Jewish Side of TCAF 2018 - this weekend

On Saturday, May 12th & Sunday May 13th,, readers, writers, artists, publishers and fans of comix will converge at the Toronto Reference Library ( and nearby venues)  to take part in the the FREE Toronto Comic Arts Festival (aka TCAF).This year marks the 15th anniversary since the first TCAF was held (at a much smaller venue) in 2003.

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.


Abrams ComicArts (tables 111-112) is the publisher of the Hereville books, the English edition of Pascal Croci's AuschwitzYiddiskeit, and the English edition of Boxer: The True Story of Holocaust Survivor Harry Haft by Reinhard Kleist

Marguerite Dabaie (tables 103-104) is the author illustrator of the Nib stories "Trump's Jerk Move on Jerusalem: People Already Dying" and "Rasmea Odeh: Woman Without a Country". She was a collaborating illustrator for the World War 3 Illustrated story "The Hummus Wars". 

Europe Comics (tables 131-132) is the publisher of the series The Jewish Brigade, The Red PosterMezek, and Second Generation.

Willow Dawson (table 146) 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.

Fantagraphics Books (tables 148-150) is the publisher of Jewish Images in the Comics, Palestine, and Barracuda in the Attic.

First Second Books (table 200) is the publisher of Klezmer : Tales of the Wild East, the Rabbi's Cat books, and the Resistance series.

IDW (tables 128-129) is the publisher of the series Drafted and the book We Spoke Out : Comic Books and the Holocaust.

Nicholas Gurewitch (table 291) is the "Perry Bible Fellowship" webcomic (formerly a syndicated comic strip), which included one with a Jewish shrimp who has trouble meeting Jewish women.

Yehudi Mercado (table 204) is the author-illustrator of the graphic novel Throne of Secrets,which takes the traditional biblical tale of Queen Esther and "amps up the adventure of this historic epic".

NBM Graphic Novels (table 133) is the publisher of the Jew in Communist Prague books, BrownsvilleThe Big Khan, and the Isaac the Pirate books.

Hope Nicholson (table 218) is the editor of the Eisner-nominated A Minyan Yidn un Andere Zacken — A Bunch of Jews and Other Stuff.


Hilary Price (tables 273-274) is the "Rhymes with Orange" cartoonist who has used her syndicated comic strip to tell many Jewish jokes (although not exclusively). A collection of her Jewish strips titled Hanukkomics may be purchased at http://www.indyplanet.us/comics/100030/.

Jonathan Rotsztain (Zineland Terrace, 2 Bloor Ave. W.) is the author-illustrator of the self-published works Self-Loving Jew and Journey into Jonathan.

Toronto Comics Anthology (table 210) is the publisher of Osgoode as Gold, which includes the story "Finkel and Sons", about a Jewish shopkeeper's son who must quickly decide how best to protect his family.

Julian Voloj (table 133) is the author of  the graphic memoirs Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker and The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman.


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TCAF panels which may be of interest to those who study Jews and Comics.



Sunday May 13

Learning Centre (1st Floor, Toronto Reference Library)


10:30 AM – NCS: Rhymes With Orange – Hilary Price created the newspaper comics strip Rhymes With Orange by herself for 22 years. Then everything changed. Toronto-based cartoonist Rina Piccolo and Hilary Price reflect on their now one-year-old collaboration on Rhymes With Orange. What’s it’s like to bring on a new partner after working on a project by yourself for more than 2 decades? Come find out!

Summerhill Ballroom (Marriott)


2:45 PM – Truth Comes Out: Creating Comic Biographies – The best biographies take you on a wild ride through some of the defining moments of a person’s life. But what happens if that person is, well, boring? Or worse, what if you uncover skeletons in the closet of people you admire? Join biographers Max de Radigues & Wauter Manaert (Weegee), Julian Voloj (The Joe Shuster Story), Ho Che Anderson (King), along with biographical interpreters Jia Sung and Oliver East (Ley Lines) as they address the greatest question of all: Is fact stranger than fiction? Moderated by Brendan Montgomery.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Jewish Comic Con 2018 - Exhibitors (Artist Alley)

This Sunday (April 29th), the 2nd annual Jewish Comic Con will be held at Congregation Kol Israel (not to be confused with "Congregation Kal-El" aka the Superman Shul) at 603 Johns Place in Brooklyn, New York 11238.

Below is a list of the talented creators and organizations who are scheduled to be at the tables in Artist Alley.


* The Joe Kubert Art School (founded by the author-illustrator of Yossel : April 19, 1943, Jew Gangster, and Yaakov and Isaac)




* Israel Defense Comics (series written & illustrated by Joshua Stulman)

* Esther Shapiro


Miriam Katin (author-illustrator of We Are On Our Own  and Leting It Go)

Julian Voloj (author of  the graphic memoirs Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker and The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman)

Arie Kaplan (author of From Krakow to Krypton : Jews and Comic Books)

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

Dean Haspiel (illustrator of Harvey Pekar's autobiography The Quitter and The Red Hook)

* Andre Frattino (author of the graphic biography of Simon Wiesenthal, Simon Says)


* Jesse Lee (illustrator of the graphic biography of Simon Wiesenthal, Simon Says)

Neil Kleid (Xeric award-winning author / illustrator of Stable Rods, "Shomer Negiah", Pilgrimage : Two Weeks in G-d's Country, the graphic novels Brownsville and The Big Khan  and "Babel" in the forthcoming SCI : Jewish Comics Anthology, vol. 2)

* Alex Teplisch (author-illustrator of the graphic biography Survivor: Aron’s Story)

* James Babbo (creator of The Moses Militia, a World War 2 comic book series about a team of Jewish soldiers battling Nazi paranormal schemes)

* 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) ; co-author of We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust)

* Craig Yoe (co-author of We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust)

* Tamar Deutsch (author-illustrator of The Illustrated Pirkei Avot)

* West Hampton Comics

* Jewish Art Salon (organization which was responsible for the exhibition JOMIX - Jewish Comics ; Art & Derivation and which is responsible for the upcoming exhibition POW!!! Jewish Comic Art and Influence)

Jewish Comic Con - programming - April 29, 2018

Below is the programming schedule for this Sunday's 2nd annual Jewish Comic Con. I've essentially copied-&-pasted from the website, but I've added in a bit of detail and created hyperlinks where I could.

The Jewish Comic Con will be held at Congregation Kol Israel (not to be confused with "Congregation Kal-El" aka the Superman Shul) at 603 Johns Place in Brooklyn, New York 11238.

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8:00 AM  - MORNING SERVICE -- What do you do when you organize a comic book convention in a synagogue ? You start the day with the Sha’haris morning service led by Rabbi Sam Reinstein. Open to everyone, whether you have a pass or not. A light breakfast will be served after the service.
9:00 AM – 9:55 AM  - COLLECTORS ON THE MIC' -- Collectors Dr Martin Brody and Michael Lustig will be discussing their passions in collecting comics.  Both have dedicated and recognized collections in particular to Jewish themed and Holocaust related collections 

10:00 AM – 10:55 AM  - REPRESENTATION IN COMICS -- Representation matters more than ever in comics these days. And what better place than Jewish Comic Con to highlight what it means for our medium and how it was not designed to be a place where representation was a thing to begin with! Panelists include: Fabrice Sapolsky (Intertwined), Ray Felix (Bronx Heroes Comics), Isaac Goodhart (Postal), Kwanza Osajyefo (Black). More guests to be announced. Moderated by: 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).
11:00 AM – 11:55 AM  - A CONTRACT WITH GOD AT 40 -- The legendary graphic novel created by Will Eisner turns 40 this year. Danny Fingeroth (author of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superheroand Arie Kaplan (author of From Krakow to Krypton : Jews and Comic Books) take a closer look at one of the collection of stories that probably captured the New York Jewish life the best.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM  - SPOTLIGHT ON DR RUTH!-- The Jewish Comic Con is honored to welcome Dr Ruth Westerheimer (does she really need an introduction?) to talk about her recently published graphic novel: Roller Coaster Grandma. The panel will be followed by a signing session in the room. 
12:45 PM – 1:15 PM  - AFTERNOON SERVICE (MIN’HA) -- Yes! We’re still in a synagogue. So the main hall will shift back to temple mode for a 30- minute quick service with Rabbi Sam Reinstein!
1:00 PM – 1:55 PM  - SHOAH IN COMICS -- Zakhor! Remembrance in Hebrew. Let's never forget about the Shoah (the Holocaust). And comics have certainly been doing their part in making sure nobody ever forgets. Join 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) as they talk about those important comics with survivor and artist Miriam Katin (author-illustrator of We Are On Our Own  and Leting It Go), historian Rafael Medoff (co-author of We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust) and publisher Craig Yoe (co-author of We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust) .
2:00 PM – 2:55 PM  - STAN LEE AND JACK KIRBY: INFINITE VISIONARIES -- Who were the founders of the Marvel Universe? Visionaries for sure! Let's take a trip down to memory lane to revisit the early days of Marvel. Where it all began. With Danny Fingeroth (author of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero who's working on a Stan Lee biography), Arie Kaplan (author of From Krakow to Krypton : Jews and Comic Books) and Dean Haspiel (illustrator of Harvey Pekar's autobiography The Quitter and The Red Hook). 
3:00 PM – 3:55 PM  - SUPERMAN AT 80 -- He was the first superhero of modern era. He turns 80 years old this year. Superman is a hero unlike any other. Why is he still relevant today? How two Jews from Cleveland (one originally from Toronto) defined what comic books would become without even knowing it? And how Brian Bendis being the new writer on the series could change everything? Join us to hear all about it! Panelists: Danny Fingeroth (author of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero)Arie Kaplan (author of From Krakow to Krypton : Jews and Comic Books), Neil Kleid (Xeric award-winning author / illustrator of Stable Rods, "Shomer Negiah", Pilgrimage : Two Weeks in G-d's Country, the graphic novels Brownsville and The Big Khan  and "Babel" in the forthcoming SCI : Jewish Comics Anthology, vol. 2) and Julian Voloj (author of  the graphic memoirs Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker and The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman)
4:00 PM – 4:55 PM  - BROOKLYN: THE TOUGH JEWS PANEL! -- When you think of Brooklyn, you don't just think of Kol Israel! You think about comics. Brooklyn and its vibrant jewish life has been covered in comics. Neil Kleid (Xeric award-winning author / illustrator of Stable Rods, "Shomer Negiah", Pilgrimage : Two Weeks in G-d's Country, the graphic novels Brownsville and The Big Khan  and "Babel" in the forthcoming SCI : Jewish Comics Anthology, vol. 2) and Dean Haspiel (illustrator of Harvey Pekar's autobiography The Quitter and The Red Hook) will sit down with us to describe their Brooklyn.
5:00 PM – 5:55 PM  - THE JEWISH ROOTS OF WONDER WOMAN -- Wonder Woman has been given many origin stories through the ages. Who thought the Greek princess could've been connected to the Chosen People? Intrigued?  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) browse Diana's past. Guest panelist: Mindy Newell who wrote Wonder Woman's adventures in the past!  
6:00 PM – 6:55 PM  - NICE JEWISH FANGIRLS: WOMEN NAVIGATING IN FANDOM -- Join the hosts of the Nice Jewish Fangirls podcast as they take a broader look at what it's like to be Jewish, female, and nerdy in the current pop-culture landscape.

Monday, April 23, 2018

POW!!! Jewish Comic Art and Influence - panel discussion

In conjunction with the launch of the POW!!! Jewish Comic Art and Influence exhibition on Thursday, April 26th, the Jewish Art Salon and the Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery are presenting a panel discussion on the exhibit, starting from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, EST at Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery, 603 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn NY, 11238

The panelists are :

* Joel Silverstein (artist and co-curator of the exhibit, panel moderator)

* Goldie Gross (artist and co-curator of the exhibit)

* Joshua Stulman (illustrator of the comic book series Israeli Defense Comics, the Jewish Comix Anthology story "How To Fill a Room" and co-curator of the exhibit)

* Archie Rand (author-illustrator of The 613)

* Rabbi Simcha Weinstein (author of Up, Up and Oy Vey, How Jewish History, Culture and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero and a forthcoming graphic autobiography)

* Julian Voloj (author of  the graphic memoirs Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker and The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman)

The explosive creativity of contemporary Jewish Art extends through the private and public worlds of exhibition and publication. Jewish Comics and contemporary Jewish “Fine” Art are both changing Jewish identity in new and unexpected ways. Come see painters, comic book artists, graphic novelists and authors discuss their creative process and what Judaism means to them. This experience is defining Judaism in ways unheard of in years past and is creating a body of work that will tell future generations what it means to be Jewish in the 21st Century.


This event is co-sponsored by Hadas Gallery, Rohr Center and AH Comics, publisher of SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology, Vol. 2, edited by Steve Bergson and Be’chol Lashon.

Jews & Comics in NYC

Those who have been reading my blog will recall that I try to focus in on the Jews-&-Comics content of conventions & conferences.

For Jewish conferences, the post will typically be titled "The Comics Side of ...."

For comic conventions, the post will typically be titled "The Jewish Side of ...."

For my next 3 posts, I won't be using either title. You see, the 3 Jewish Comic Con events are all 100% comics-related and 100% Jewish.

I missed out on the chance to blog about Jewish Comic Con last year, but this year, I'll be just under the wire, so to speak.

Stay tuned for all the cool info!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Jewish Side of San Diego Comic Con 2017

My apologies for posting this so late.

Today is the first full day of the annual San Diego Comic Con International (aka Comicon).

As with many previous years, there will be many creators (writers, artists, editors, publishers) who will be in attendance who have created comic stories with Jewish content in attendance. There will also be a book launch and discussion for an anthology of Jewish stories titled A Minyen Yidn (A Bunch of Jews). 

Among the participants will be :

Abrams ComicArts (1216) is the publisher of the Hereville books, the English edition of Pascal Croci's AuschwitzYiddiskeit, and the English edition of Boxer: The True Story of Holocaust Survivor Harry Haft by Reinhard Kleist

Neal Adams  (1815) 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.

 Antarctic Press (2307) is the publisher of Families of Altered Wars [which included the "Stars of David" storyline] and Dictators of the Twentieth Century : Hitler #1-4.

 Sergio Aragon├ęs (I-07) is the illustrator of the "Fanny Hillman : Jewish Madam" books and he adapted the Jonah story for Testament.

Arsenic Lullaby (2200) - issue #12 contains "Pilsbury Doughboy at Auschwitz".

Bongo Comics Group (2519) is the publisher of the Simpsons franchise comics, which includes The Simpsons Winter Wing Ding #3 ("Not a (Green, Slimy) Creature was Stirring"), The Simpsons Winter Wing Ding #1 ("The Gift of the Maccabees"), The Simpsons Holiday Humdinger ("Con-Nukah!"), Simpsons #62 ("Li'l Krusty in Give a Hoot, Stay in School"), Krusty Comics  #3 ("The Rise and Fall of Krustyland, Part Three", and Simpsons Comics #62 ("Bart Simpson's Bible Stories"

Drawn  and Quarterly (1629) is the publisher of The PropertyExit WoundsJamalti and Other StoriesThe Golem’s Mighty SwingJerusalem : Chronicles from the Holy CityMary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, and Toward a Hot JewD+Q also published the story "The Peasant and the Snake" in one of its anthologies, which has been reprinted in Jewish Comix Anthology.

Europe Comics (5524) is the publisher of The Jewish Brigade, The Red Poster, Mezek, and Second Generation.

Danny Fingeroth (Will Eisner : Portrait of a Sequential Artist session ; Who's the Most Neurotic Superhero session) is the author of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero.

First Second Books (2800) is the publisher of Klezmer : Tales of the Wild East, the Rabbi's Cat books, and the Resistance series.

Mark Evanier (Jack Kirby : Friends and Family session) 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.

Fantagraphics Books (1721) is the publisher of Jewish Images in the Comics, Palestine, and Barracuda in the Attic.

Sarah Glidden (Biographical and Autobiographical Comics session ; Spotlight on Sarah Glidden session) is the author-illustrator of the autobiographical How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less!, which was nominated for the 2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and has illustrated a story for A Minyen Yidn.

Mike Grell (GG-16) is the author-illustrator of Green Arrow #57-58 and Jon Sable : Freelance #22-24.

Image Comics (2729)was the publisher of the series Youngblood (which included the Israeli superheroine Masada) and half of the Rex Mundi series.

Scott Koblish (II-03) is the inker of the story "Remembrance of Things Past" Fantastic Four #56.

Peter Kuper is the author-illustrator of the short biographical story "Promised Land" in Bleeding Heart #2, as well as the book-length autobiographical Stop Forgetting to Remember : The Autobiography of Walter Kurtz.

Last Gasp (1500) is the publisher of Funnyman: The First Jewish Superhero, from the Creators of Superman.

Stan Lee (Stan Lee and Friends: A Celebrity Tribute to the Comics Legend session) is the Jewish comics legend who co-created the Fantastic Four {which has a Jewish chartacter called The Thing} and who appeared in the story "What if the Original Marvel Bullpen was the Fantastic Four?" in What If? #11.

Paul Levitz (Paul Levitz in Conversation with Karen Berger session) is the author of "Tradition" in DC Comics' 9-11 September 11th 2001.

Miriam Libicki (M-07) 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" ,"Jewish Memoir Goes Pow! Zap! Oy!", "Strange-ing the Welcomer : A Theory of Black and White and Jews All Over", and the illustrated mini-journals CeasefireFierce Ease,  "Strangers : A Long Distance View of Israel" and "Turning Right on Cassady". She also contributed a story to the  Jewish Comix Anthology and A Minyen Yidn.

Joseph Michael Lisner (4900) is the illustrator of the story "Corporate Ladder" which appeared in the series Cry for Dawn).

Elliot S! Maggin (GG-12) is the author of the Passover seder-inspired short comic story "The Miracle Monday Dinner" in Superman #400.

Jim Mahfood (Image Comics : Your New Favorite Series session) is the author-illustrator of Grrl Scouts.

Hope Nicholson (Geeking Out on Secret Loves session) is the editor of the forthcoming A Minyan Yidn un Andere Zacken — A Bunch of Jews and Other Stuff. 

Jimmy Palmiotti (Crowdfunding Success Stories! session) is the co-creator of the short-lived golem series The Monolith from DC Comics. 

Trina Robbins (A Bunch of Jews (A Minyen Yiden) session ; Women Creators Breaking Stereotypes session) 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 and author of A Minyen Yidn (A Bunch of Jews). 

Bill Sienkiewicz (1714) 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.

Robert Sikoryak (table Q18) is a cartoonist who has adapted classic stories into comic-style retellings, including a Dagwood-style "Adam and Eve", which was reprinted in Masterpiece Comics.

Gail Simone (autographing at AA-18 ; Spotlight on Gail Simone session) wrote the story "Li'l Krusty in Give a Hoot, Stay in School" in Simpsons #62, as well as "A Contagion of Madness"in Action Comics #835.

Emily Steinberg (International Collaborative TransMedia Narrative Comics session) is the author-illustrator of the autobiographical Graphic Therapy : Notes from the Gap Years, which is being sold at Lulu.com.

J. Michael Straczynski (autographing at AA-21 ; Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski session) is the author of the Spider-Man story "You Want Pants with That?" and the Rising Stars story "Selah".

Viz Media (2813) is the publisher of the 5-part graphic book series Adolf.

Len Wein (HH-06) is the writer of the golem story in Strange Tales #174 - see http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/golem1.htm.

Marv Wolfman (AA-05) is the author of the story "Return from the Grave!" in Tomb of Dracula #27, "Introducing the Hybrid" in The New Teen Titans #24 and Homeland : The Illustrated History of the State of Israel.

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On Sunday (11:30 AM), there will be the following panel :

A Conversation About Inclusivity and Diversity in Comics and the Comics Market


Hear a diverse mix of creators and booksellers discuss diverse characters in comics, finding and audience for them, and the impact that the push for inclusiveness has had on the comics both creatively and financially.