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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Jewish Side of MOCCA Fest 2008 - June 7th & 8th

Next weekend, the annual MOCCA (Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art) Festival will take place at the Puck Building in Lower Manhattan (in New York).

The most well-known of the Jewish guests at this year's MOCCA Festival is, without a doubt, Art Spiegelman, author-illustrator of the Pulitzer-prize-winning Holocaust memoir Maus (although he had done plenty of work prior to that and has been busy since then creating new works & giving lectures).

Other guests of interest to readers of this blog, in no particular order (well, alphabetical order, actually), include :

* Willow Dawson, a talented Canadian artist, who has illustrated the upcoming anthology No Girls Allowed : Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure, written by Susan Hughes & to be published by Kids Can Press. The anthology includes the story of Esther Brandeau, the first Jewish person to immigrate to Canada.

* Evan Dorkin & his wife Sarah Dyer, the couple responsible for the story "One-Punch Goldberg" in Biff Bam Pow! #1, as well as the one-page comic "How to Cook a Gentile" (Heeb #15)

* Arie Kaplan, author of the forthcoming book From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books, who was interviewed by Wizard Magazine last month

* Neil Kleid, author of the graphic novel Brownsville, as well as the forthcoming Migdal David and The Big Khan

* Miriam Libicki, author of the jobnik! series, the first volume of which has been collected in trade paperback

* Chari Pere, author-illustrator of the Jewish humor calendar "A Yearly Shpritz of Jewish Bits: The Ultimate Illustrated Calendar of Jewish Jokes (Old and New)"

1 comment:

Daniel E. Levenson said...

An interesting post - I've noticed that the Jewish roots of comic art seem to be getting more attention lately. We actually just published an article on this by Steven Lee Beeber at, which might be of some interest to you and your readers.