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Monday, October 06, 2014

The Jewish Side of NYCC 2014

Thursday October 9th (which will also be the 1st day of Sukkot), will be the 1st day of the 4-day New York Comic Con which will be held at the Javits Center.

Several creators of Jewish comic stories and graphic novels (i.e. ones which have at least one Jewish character in them) will be in attendance. Below is a list of the ones which I've identified.

Howard Chaykin is the author-illustrator of American Flagg, as well as Batman / Houdini : The Devil's Workshop.

* Chris Claremont is the writer who introduced the Jewish character Kitty Pryde (aka Shadowcat) and who wrote stories which implied that Magneto was Jewish (both in the pages of The Uncanny X-Men).

Peter David infamously used the names of seder plate items for aliens in a Star Trek novel and wrote the stories for The Incredible Hulk #386-387 ; see and

Joe Infurnari is the cartoonist who wrote and illustrated "Workin' Girl Golem", which is reprinted in The Jewish Comix Anthology (for sale at table AA11 ; please see below).

Peter Kuper is theauthor-illustrator of the short biographical story "Promised Land"(Bleeding Heart #2), as well as the book-length autobiographical Stop Forgetting to Remember : The Autobiography of Walter Kurtz).
Stan Lee is the Jewish comics legend who co-created the Fantastic Four (which has a Jewish character called The Thing) and who appeared in the story "What if the Original Marvel Bullpen was the Fantastic Four?" in What If? #11.

 * Rob Liefeld is the illustrator of stories in the Youngblood series of comics, which included the Israeli superheroine Masada.
Greg Pak is the illustrator of the X-Men : Magneto : Testament miniseries.
Jimmy Palmiotti is the co-creator of the short-lived golem series The Monolith from DC Comics. 

* Ron Randall is the illustrator of the first 2 issues of the comic book series Jewish Hero Corps.
Bill Sienkiewicz is the illustrator of the story "Night Screams" in X-Men#159, in which Kitty is saved from Dracula by her Star of David necklace and illustrator of the story "Into the Abyss" in New Mutants #27, which had the Israeli mutant character Legion.

Louise Simonson is the co-author of issues of a Superman storyline (Superman : Man of Steel # 80-82), in which Superman went to the Warsaw Ghetto.
* Dov Smiley is the author-illustrator of the self-published Biblical graphic novel Jonah and is also the illustrator of one of the adaptations in The Jewish Comix Anthology. Dov will be at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art table (AA11) for 5 hours on Sunday only. A limited number of copies of The Jewish Comix Anthology will be available for sale at AA11 and Dov will happily autograph a copy for you. You may also get it signed by Joe Infurnari (please see above).

Brian K.Vaughan is the author of the comic book series Y : The Last Man and The Escapists.

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