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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Reading: Miriam Libicki - Toronto, May 10th, 2009

Cover of jobnik! #7

FREE event!

Miriam Libicki brings her innovative comics reading/slideshow to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival! Join the acclaimed autobiographical cartoonist as she dramatically reads from her Israeli Army memoirs, as well as her provocative drawn essays "Towards a Hot Jew," Ceasefire," and "Jewish Memoir Goes Pow! Zap! Oy!" In between, Miriam will discuss her influences, what led her to choose comics as a format, why she started the jobnik! series, her self-publishing experience and how her work has been received thus far (in Israel and elsewhere).

May 10, 2009
Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Toronto Reference Library - Learning Centre 2
789 Yonge St.
Toronto, Ont., CANADA
4:30 - 5:00 PM

Miriam's illustrated essay "fierce ease" was nominated for a Stumptown Trophy Award in the category "Outstanding Art". Alas, it lost.

A podcast of Miriam's presentation at last year's Association of Jewish Libraries conference may be listened to by going to However, it's more entertaining to be at the presentation in person, so that you can see her slides as well as hear what she has to say about them.

Here a selection of what bloggers have been writing about Miriam and her work .

Minds in the Gutters : Class blog for WMST 425B, a University of British Columbia student directed seminar about gender and women in comics.
"The drama of Miriam’s life is an interpersonal following of her relationships up and downs with a kind of brutal honesty one can only expect from the finest of auto-bio creators. Taking a cue from creators like Phoebe Gloeckner and Justin Green, Miriam is working with what she is comfortable with, in turn, that may make some readers uncomfortable. It would easy for Miriam to follow the lead of Joe Sacco and just focus on the political aspect of her time in the IDF, but that’s not the story she wants to tell."

4 Down, 48 To Go "Jobnik!" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)
"The autobiographical story of Miriam Libicki's enlistment in the Israeli Army builds interest, though, as she entwines her youthful passions (and often bad romantic decisions) with the political and armed conflicts in the area. By the end of the book, I found myself totally wrapped up in Libicki's world."

jobnik! Brings Sexy Back
" jobnik! is a tale of loneliness, sadness and humor. Even though it occasionally feels mundane, it’s always honest and very entertaining. She records the details of day-to-day life in the IDF in frank terms, which are often a mystery to Americans."

ComicsBulletin - Daily Reviews
"In its depiction of the banality and charm of everyday life in Isreael, Miriam Libicki's Jobnik presents a wonderfully unique world. I always find myself enjoying seeing life through her eyes."

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