Sun., Feb. 25th, 5:30 PM (GMT)
(that's 12:30 EST)
Royal National Hotel
38-51 Bedford Way, London
Tickets (required) range from £4.00-£8.00.
Graphic & Novel
Two young and brilliant graphic artists discuss with Paul Gravett the importance of their Jewish roots.
Funny, irreverent and bold, Joann Sfar pays homage to both his Ashkenazi mother and his Sephardi father, with Klezmer following the difficult life of musicians in Eastern Europe and The Rabbi's Cat set in Algeria at a time when Jews and Arabs lived peacefully
JT Waldman brought two dreams together: do a graphic novel and understand his religion better. Seven years later, having learnt Hebrew, studied the rabbinic texts and explored oriental art, he produced Megillat Esther, a stunning graphic novel with a twist, incorporating both Hebrew and English and engaging in a new form of Midrash.
Paul Gravett is a comics historian, lecturer and exhibition curator. His latest book is Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life.
Considered one of the brightest and most talented of the younger generation of French comic artists, Joann Sfar has written or collaborated on more than one hundred books for adults and children. His Jewish subjects are only a tiny part of his work.
Megillat Esther is JT Waldman's first graphic novel. It was conceived in upstate New York, researched and translated in Jerusalem, illustrated in Barcelona, and brought all together in Philadelphia.
With the support of the Institut français du Royaume Uni.
If you can't make it to the Royal National Hotel that day day, but would still like to go to a panel on Jewish comics, drop by the New York Comic Con for the "Jewish Side of Comics" panel on the other end of the Atlantic. Tickets are required for that, as well.
On Tuesday February 27th, Waldman and Sfar will be part of "Schools Day at Jewish Book Week", presenting `People of the Comic Book' from 10:30 until 11:15.