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Monday, January 14, 2008

Israeli cartoon exhibition (UK)

New Spiro Ark Tzavta Centre
25-26 Enford St, W1

Sunday 17 February to 14 March 2008

Israeli cartoon exhibition

This cutting-edge contemporary exhibition highlights the work of a group of young Israeli illustrators and graphic novelists and is organized by some of the leading British experts in this field.

Feb. 17th at 7.30pm, opening and wine reception


phone : 020 7723 9991


Although I don't know which works or cartoonists will be featured in this exhibition, the graphic at (where I copied thsi info from) suggests that artwork from Rutu Modan's Exit Wounds will be part of the exhibit.

Rutu Modan at Jewish Book Week 2008 (UK)

Rutu Modan, author-illustrator of the graphic novel Exit Wounds will be one of the featured guests at this year's Jewish Book Week. She will be one of the panelists discussing the portrayal of families & relationships in fiction. It's interesting to me that this year JBW has a cartoonist who is not on a panel alongside other cartoonists.

The description of the panel is below :

Family Affairs
Here, three highly distinctive writers explore dysfunctional families; mining relationships, love and betrayals, secrets and lies.

When We Were Bad, Charlotte Mendelson's novel, tells the story of a high profile woman rabbi’s family in total disarray. In Rutu Modan’s beautifully drawn graphic novel, Exit Wounds, the search for a man feared dead in a terrorist attack reveals someone neither his son nor his lover knew. Blake Morrison wrote two moving memoirs uncovering the lives of both his parents.

Rutu Modan, an illustrator and comic book creator, is a chosen artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation. She has created comic strips for the Israeli newpapers Yedioth Acharonot and Maariv and illustrations for The New Yorker, Le Monde, The New York Times and many other publications. Her first graphic novel, Exit Wounds, will be published in June. Rutu Modan, usually based in Tel Aviv, is currently in Sheffield, England.

Charlotte Mendelson was born in London in 1972 and grew up in Oxford. She has written and reviewed for the Guardian, the TLS, the Independent on Sunday, the Observer and elsewhere. Her first novel, Love in Idleness, was largely written in her lunch breaks at work. For Daughters of Jerusalem, she was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award, and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Charlotte also received the London Arts New London Writers’ Award and was shortlisted for Le Prince Maurice Roman d’Amour Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her third novel, When We Were Bad, was published in May 2007. She has been named one of Waterstone’s 25 Authors for the Future.

Blake Morrison is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a former Chairman of the Poetry Book Society, a member of the Literature Panel of the Arts Council of England and Vice-Chairman of English PEN.
His non-fiction books include And When Did You Last See Your Father?, an honest and moving account of his father's life and death and Things My Mother Never Told Me, a memoir of his mother. As If is about the trial of the two young boys convicted of killing the toddler James Bulger in Liverpool. His poetry includes the collections Dark Glasses, The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripperand Pendle Witches. He is also a novelist, The Justification of Johann Gutenberg and most recently South of the River. He has written a number of essays, plays and a children’s book.

Hephzibah Anderson is Fiction Editor of the Daily Mail

In association with JLifestyle

Royal National Hotel
Bedford Way
London WC1 0DG

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"Maus is in the house"- Simpsons episode #407

Those who missed the episode the first time around (i.e. on Nov. 18, 2007) will have to wait for a rerun to air to hear Jewish cartoonist Art Spiegelman utter the phrase "Maus is in the house".

However, thanks to the screen captures in this post, you can see how Art was drawn - with and without the mask.

Jews, Comics, and Graphic Novels - course at Skirball Centre

8-session weekly course at the Skirball Center for Adult Learning at Temple Emanu-El in New York, taught by Danny Fingeroth

Jews, Comics, and Graphic Novels
Danny Fingeroth
Tues 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar. 4, 11, 18

Not unlike their role in movies, Jews have been key players in all aspects of the comic book and graphic novel on both creative and business levels. Discuss the Jewish aspects of the content of the comics and graphic novels, as well as the influence the Jewish backgrounds of key creators of the comics had on their work and on American popular culture in general. Read significant works from the past one hundred years, including the work of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, and Harvey Pekar. Touch on everything from the beginnings of comics during the days of radio drama to their modern incarnation in the graphic novel.

Danny Fingeroth was the longtime Group Editor of Marvel Comics' Spider-Man line and has written many comics featuring Spider-Man and other characters. He is the author of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero and Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society, both published by Continuum. Danny is also editor-in-chief of Write Now! magazine (published by TwoMorrows) and teaches comics writing and analysis at The New School, New York University, and the Media Bistro.