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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

2 comics exhibitions at Brown University


Two student-curated exhibitions of comic book art showcasing the work of Jewish artists and exploring Jewish themes will be on display at Brown University’s John Hay Library and the John Nicholas Brown Center Carriage House this fall and winter.

Jews and American Comics: An Exhibition of Popular Art captures the contributions Jewish writers and artists made to comic art since its origin in the Yiddish press of the early 1900s. On display are examples of the art form drawn from the Hay’s collection of more than 70,000 comic books. Artists included in the exhibit include Rube Goldberg, Harvey Kurtzman, Al Capp, Will Eisner, Trina Robbins, and Aline Kominsky Crumb, on display in works from Action Comics to Mad Magazine to the Vault of Horror. The Hay exhibition is open through Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. On Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, the student curators will hold an exhibition open house from 2 to 4 p.m.

Jews and American Comics: The New Generations, at the John Nicholas Brown Center’s Carriage House Gallery, presents images of recent comic book art. It considers the ways the artists address social issues — violence, prejudice, the threat of war, environmental devastation, and media manipulation — as well as issues of individual and collective identity, and Jewish history. Artists in this show include Art Spiegelman, Miriam Katin, Eric Drooker, Sharon Rudahl, and James Sturm. The exhibition runs Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, through Friday, Jan. 30, 2009.

Both exhibitions are based on work done by students in Paul Buhle’s course, “Jewish Americans: Film and Comics,” with the assistance of John Hay Library curator Rosemary Cullen, public humanities graduate student Leah Nahmias and the staff of the John Nicholas Brown Center.

The John Hay Library is located at 20 Prospect St., Providence. The Library is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage is located at 357 Benefit St., Providence. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (401) 863-1177 or e-mail

The exhibition and events are sponsored by the Creative Arts Council, the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, and the Department of Visual Arts.

James Sturm lecture at Brown University - Nov. 20th


As part of the opening celebrations for the student-curated exhibition Jews and American Comics: The New Generations, famed comic artist and director of the Center for Cartoon Studies, James Sturm, will give a keynote address and participate in a panel discussion that will explore Jewish themes in comics strips and comic books, and the ways that Jews have shaped this popular American art form. The panel will also include Jason Lutes, a 1991 RISD graduate and artist of the renowned Berlin comic book series (collected in the books Berlin : City of Stones and Berlin : City of Smoke) and Sara Rosenbaum ’00, a former comic artist and former Providence Journal staff writer. This event begins at 5 p.m. in Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001. A reception and the exhibit opening will follow immediately at 6:30 p.m. at the John Nicholas Brown Center, 357 Benefit St.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sarah Glidden to be interviewed on the Comic Book Club show - tonight!!!

Sarah Glidden (author-illustrator of the autobiographical How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less!, which will be published by Vertigo) will be one of the guests who will be interviewed tonight at 8:00 PM at the Comic Book Club show at the Peoples Improv Theater (154 W. 29th Street, New York City).

Hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben. The show is sponsored in part by Midtown Comics! Tickets are only $5 and may be purchased online by going to

Apparently, the show is podcast. The archive of podcasts may be found at

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ranen Omer-Sherman at Miami Book Fair International - TODAY!!!! (Sun., Nov. 16th)

Ranen Omer-Sherman (Associate Professor of English and Jewish Studies at University of Miami) will be part of a panel being held at the Centre Gallery (Building 1, 3rd Floor) at 10:30 AM during the Miami International Book Fair. Ranen will be talking about the book The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches, which he is co-editing with Samantha Baskind (Associate Professor of Art History at Cleveland State University). More information about the book may be found at Among the contributors is Prof. Laurence Roth (Associate Professor of English and Jewish Studies at Susquehanna University).

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Israeli comics lecture at Library of Congress - Nov. 6th

Courtesy of Washington DC comics scholar Mike Rhode, who posted this


Drawing both from Judeo-European and American cultures, comics have
been a mainstay of Israeli newspapers and readers' markets since the
early 1930s. Little known outside the Middle East, these comics open
an interesting window into Israeli society, past and present.

Ofer Berenstein will deliver a lecture titled "Israeli Comics: Past and Present" at the Library of Congress at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James
Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave S.E., Washington, D.C.

The lecture, which is sponsored by the Library's Prints and
Photographs Division
, Serial and Government Publications Division and
the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, is
free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Ofer Berenstein is a founding member of the Israeli Comic Book
Readers and Collectors Society. He served in the Israeli Army Home
Front Command as a photographer, graphic designer and editor. He is a
graduate student at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Library of Congress
African/Middle Eastern Reading Room Second floor Thomas Jefferson
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20540
Phone: (202) 707-2905
Fax: (202) 707-9199