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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)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Jewish Side of The Amazing Vegas Comic Con 2014

Tomorrow, comic fans will be gathering together over the next 3 days at The Amazing Vegas Comic Con (assuming they've chosen to head there, rather than the Wizard World Philadelphia Convention which got scheduled for the same weekend).

Among those in attendance will be creators of "Jewish comic stories"(i.e. comic stories which contain at least one identifiable Jewish character).

These creators include :

* 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.

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

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

Herb Trimpe was the illustrator of the Incredible Hulk story "In the Shadow of the Golem".

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

Yehudi Mercado 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".

The Jewish Side of Wizard World Philadelphia 2014

Today is the first day of the 4-day Wizard World Philadelphia Convention.

Among those in attendance will be creators of "Jewish comic stories" (i.e. comic stories in which at least one character is identified as being Jewish).

These creators include the following :

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.

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

Terry LaBan is the author-illustrator of the syndicated comic strip Edge City.

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

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

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.

On Sunday, June 22nd, 4 of these guests will be on a panel together, discussing the Jewish topic "Jews and Comics". I've reprinted the session description below.

1:00 – 1:45PM JEWS AND COMICS WITH MARV WOLFMAN, SHALOMAN’S AL WIESNER, TERRY LABAN AND DANNY FINGEROTH
The most popular superheroes—Superman, Batman, the X-Men—were created by writers and artists from Jewish backgrounds, as were some of the most well-known independent comics, such as Maus and American Splendor. Is that significant, or a complete coincidence and no big deal? Our expert panel—Marv Wolfman (Homeland, The Illustrated History of the State of Israel), Al Wiesner (Shaloman), Terry LaBan (Edge City) and Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero)— explores how the creators' Jewish backgrounds may have influenced the development of these cultural milestones. (ROOM 109)

Two other sessions during the convention might be of interest to Jewish fans.

Saturday, June 21st

12:00 - 12:45PM BATTLE FOR MULTICULTURAL HEROES
The pop culture explosion through gaming, comics, TV, and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many obstacles still exists. 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. Moderated by Tony Kim. (ROOM 109)

1:00 – 1:45PM CIVIL RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS AS REFLECTED IN COMIC BOOKS
Social rights and civil justice movements are often reflected in the art and media during which they take place, and comic books are no exception. By exploring how civil rights, social justice and race issues have been portrayed in comic books, we can better understand the history that they portray. In this panel we will discuss some watershed moments in comic book history that have opened the door to talking about these issues in the medium. Also to be discussed will be the role of sanctuary cities in the real world and the comic book universe. We will also have a discussion about the current state of nerd culture and how it handles these often difficult issues. (ROOM 109)

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Jewish Side of Special Edition : NYC 2014

Today is the first day of a 2-day special convention titled Special Edition : New York City, which will bring together fans of comics, arts, and culture.

Among those in attendance will be creators of "Jewish comic stories" (ones in which at least one of the characters is identified as Jewish).

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)

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

Jerry Ordway is the illustrator of an issue of Superman in which he went to the Warsaw Ghetto, as well as an All-Star Squadron story in which Steel ended up in a Nazi death camp.

Greg Pak is the illustrator of the X-Men : Magneto : Testament miniseries.

Arlen Schumer is the author-illustrator of Captain Israel.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Jewish Side of Denver Comic Con 2014

Today is the first day of the 3rd annual Denver Comic Con.

In addition to Jewish stars of film and television (such as William Shatner and Saul Rubinek, who also happen to both be Canadian), there will be creators of "Jewish" comic stories (i.e. comic stories which have at least one identifiable Jewish character in them).

Such creators include :

* Neil 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.

* Colleen Doran is an accomplished cartoonist whose work includes a one-page illustration in The Death Gallery, in which Death is at a concentration camp.

* Al Fukalek is an illustrator and co-creator of the World War II-era Specialists webcomic which features the character Max Finkelstein, builder of a powerful, but imperfect robot he calls The Golem. To use The Golem to defeat the Nazis, Max must inhabit the robot himself, at great personal risk.

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

* Shawn Gustafson is a computer programmer and co-creator of the Specialists webcomic (please see above).

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

* Ron Randall (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 also a contributor to both Journeys : The Collected Edition and the anthology Balm in Gilead.

The following blog post is courtesy of the Classic_Adventure_Comic_Strips listserv.

On May 19th, Mark Evanier reported that comic strip and comic book writer and artist Morris S. Weiss passed away. 
http://www.newsfromme.com/2014/05/18/morris-weiss-r-p/ 

Morris S. Weiss 
August 11, 1915 - May 18, 2014 

Allan Holtz lists Weiss' comic strips as 


It Never Fails 
Joe Jinks 
Joe Palooka 
Mickey Finn 
Mutt and Jeff 

An old notebook of mine also has him as a letterer for one week in 1934 on Wheelan's Minute Movies. 
And he "lettered, filled in black areas, drew stripes, cleaned up" for Knerr on The Katzenjammer Kids 1934-36. During his World War Two service he did "M. P. Muffit", a strip for camp newspaper in Battle Creek, Michigan. 

His NCS autobiographical card: 
http://www.reuben.org/ncs/members/bios/Weiss.jpg 

A nice article by his son from a few years ago at 
http://www.artistsnetwork.com/medium/drawing/morris-weiss-a-life-spent-drawing-cartoons 

Jerry Bails' Who's Who index of Weiss' work: 
http://bailsprojects.com/bio.aspx?Name=WEISS%2c+MO 

Until this unfortunate event Morris Weiss was holding the title of oldest comic artist. That title now passes to Bill Crooks (afaik) or Irwin Hasen. 

Joe Jinks by Morris Weiss: 
http://allthingsger.blogspot.com/search/label/Morris%20Weiss


Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Jewish Side of TCAF 2014 - this weekend

This weekend, 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).This year marks the 11th 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.

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


* Christophe Blain is the aurthor-illustrator of the Isaac the Pirate books. 

Willow Dawson 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 has published Exit WoundsJamilti and Other StoriesThe Golem's Mighty Swing, and Jerusalem : Chronicles from the Holy City.

* Fantagraphics is the publisher of Jewish Images in the Comics, Palestine, 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.

Dan Goldman is the author-illustrator of a short piece titled "Schmear", which he describes as "Jewish porn", since it takes place in the backroom of a Brooklyn bagel shop. The story appeared in Smut Peddler #2. In all fairness, Dan's done other - & better-known - stories (e.g. Shooting War) but "Schmear" is the only "Jewish" comics work of his that I've seen. He also did a full-page color cartoonish montage to celebrate Israel's birthday.

Lynn Johnston is the author-illustrator of the syndicated comic strip For Better or For Worse, whose characters included the Jewish landlady Olivia “Lovie” Saltzman. “Lynn Johnston and Kate Beaton, In Conversation” will take place Friday, May 9th, 2014, at Toronto Reference Library in The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street, 2nd floor. 

* Keren Katz is the illustrator who has adapted a story about Solomon Ibn Gabriol for the forthcoming The Jewish Comics Anthology.

David Malki! is the author-illustrator of the Wondermark webcomic, which has been collected in trade paperback. Among the comics that have appeared on the site is one with the punch line "Hannukah bush"one about the Jewish New Yearone that uses the juice/Jews homonym joke and one about Hebephiles.

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

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 "Zog Nit Keyn Mol" which is being reprinted in the forthcoming The Jewish Comics Anthology. Yesterday, Trina discussed "The Brinkley Girls, World War I, and American Patriotism in Comics". Tonight, she will deliver the keynote address "Here Are the Great Women Cartoonists".

Leslie Stein is the author-illustrator of "Someone is Yelling at Me Over the Phone" [Comics Festival, 2005] and Eye of the Majestic Creature.

Seth Tobocman is the author-illustrator of Portraits of Israelis and Palestinians : For My Parents and "The Serpent of State".

Lior Zaltzman is a cartoonist currently working on a 100+ page coming of age story that takes place in Tel Aviv .


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On Sunday, May 11th, TCAF, the Goethe-Institut, and the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre are co-presenting a free event to promote the forthcoming English edition of the graphic Holocaust-era memoir The Boxer, which is being published by Abrams ComicArts.

The true story of Holocaust survivor Hertzko Haft

Discussion
May 11, 2014, 3 pm
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON
English
Free admission
Please register by email
library@toronto.goethe.org
Reinhard Kleist is the award-winning graphic artist and author of "Cash" and "Castro", biographies of Jonny Cash and Fidel Castro. Kleist will be in attendance at this year's Toronto Comic Arts Festival to promote the English translation of "The Boxer," winner of the Youth Literature Award, “Best German Book” at the Munich Comic Con and the Grand Prix de Lyon.
"The Boxer" tells the story of Polish boxer Hertzko Haft, who at 16 was imprisoned in concentration camps and forced to box fellow inmates in life-or-death matches for the entertainment of his SS captors.
Because of his stature and wins, his reputation among the guards spread. He eventually escaped and after the end of World War II, he immigrated to the U.S. where he fought and lost to prized boxer Rocky Marciano in 1949.
Reinhard Kleist will be in conversation with Alan Scott Haft, Herztko's son. In 2006, Alan Haft wrote his father's biography, which Kleist used as the basis for his novel. The two guests will discuss Hertzko's life and Kleist's process for telling a biography in graphic novel form.