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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Religion as Apart and a Part of Comics

A. David Lewis has written a general article on the subject of religion and comic books titled "Religion as Apart and a Part of Comics" for Publisher's Weekly. Though it doesn't say much about the specific representation of Judaism in comics, it does mention that Kitty Pryde is Jewish and inludes The Rabbi's Cat as an example of a graphic novel that examines and respects religion.

Not all comics dealing with religion need to challenge it. Many of the most lauded incorporate it, examine it, respect it and remain inconclusive yet affected by it. Some examples are Blankets, Persepolis, Maus, The Rabbi’s Cat, Invisibles. Even as they represent some of the most select comics work, they also represent the medium’s scarceengagements with religion as well. It isn’t hard to find religion within American mainstream comics, but finding it addressed meaningfully is. For all of the innovative exceptions named above, it remains the third rail of the adventurous, dominant genre, only temporarily shocking its characters. Thus, religion in comics can be likened to several concepts of God: it is everywhere and nowhere all at once.

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