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Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Jewish Side of TCAF 2017 - this weekend

On Saturday, May 13th & Sunday May 14th,, readers, writers, artists, publishers and fans of comix will converge at the Toronto Reference Library ( and nearby venues)  to take part in the the FREE Toronto Comic Arts Festival (aka TCAF).This year marks the 14th anniversary since the first TCAF was held (at a much smaller venue) in 2003.

Among the talented people who will be at TCAF this year are a small number of comix professionals who have done comic art using Jewish characters or themes.

AH Comics Inc. (table 277) is the publisher of Jewish Comix Anthology, volume 1.

Julia Alekseyeva (table 307) is the author illustrator of the graphic memoir Soviet Daughter : A Graphic Revolution.

Hannah Blumenreich (table 278) is a freelancer who has done work for Marvel and Boom. One of her Tumblr illustrations titled "jew crew: ASSEMBLLLLEEE!!" shows a montage of 9 Jewish superheroes.

Chester Brown (signing 10-12 on Saturday)  is the author and illustrator of Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus : Prostitution and Religious Obedience in the Bible which includes adaptations of the stories of Cain and Abel, Job, Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Basthsheba.

Barry Deutsch (table 202) is the 2011 Sydney Taylor Award winner for Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword.

Drawn  and Quarterly (tables 145, 148-150) is the publisher of The PropertyExit WoundsJamalti and Other StoriesThe Golem’s Mighty SwingJerusalem : Chronicles from the Holy CityMary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, and Toward a Hot JewD+Q also published the story "The Peasant and the Snake" in one of its anthologies, which has been reprinted in Jewish Comix Anthology.

Fantagraphics Books (tables 132-134) is the publisher of Jewish Images in the Comics, Palestine, and Barracuda in the Attic.

First Second Books (tables 204-205) is the publisher of Klezmer : Tales of the Wild East, the Rabbi's Cat books, and the Resistance series.

Guy Delisle (signing 11:30-12:30, 1:30-2:30 & 2:30-3:30 on Saturday, 12:30-1:30, 4:00-5:00 on Sunday) is a French-Canadian cartoonist, well known for his graphic travelogues, including Chronicles : A Year In Jerusalem.

Sammy Harkham (table 129) is the author-illustrator of "Lubavitch, Ukraine 1876", which appeared in Kramer's Ergot #6.

Joe Infurnari (Masonic Temple) is the cartoonist who wrote and illustrated "Workin' Girl Golem", which is reprinted in The Jewish Comix Anthology (copies for sale at table 277).

Keren Katz (table 233) is the illustrator of the story "Solomon ibn Gabirol's Golem" in The Jewish Comix Anthology (copies for sale at table 277).

 Matt Lubchansky (tables 321-323) is a Jewish cartoonist who writes and illustrates the webcomic Please Listen to Me. His 3-ingredient Passover brisket recipe comic was published online at Saveur and his response to the use of Holocaust imagery in Trump's America was included in the piece "Never Again?" (The Nib).

NBM Graphic Novels (tables 250-251) is the publisher of the Jew in Communist Prague books, BrownsvilleThe Big Khan, and the Isaac the Pirate books.

Hope Nicholson (table 218) is the editor of the forthcoming A Minyan Yidn un Andere Zacken — A Bunch of Jews and Other Stuff. 

Jonathan Rotsztain (table Q12) is the author-illustrator of the self-published works Self-Loving Jew and Journey into Jonathan.

Koren Shadmi (signing 1-2 and 2-3 on Saturday and 1-2 on Sunday) is the illustrator of the graphic book Mike's Place: A True Story of Love, Blues, and Terror in Tel Aviv, "Snapshots from Israel" (for the New York Times) and "Childhood Heroes" (for Tablet Magazine).

Robert Sikoryak (table Q18) is a cartoonist who has adapted classic stories into comic-style retellings, including a Dagwood-style "Adam and Eve", which was reprinted in Masterpiece Comics.

Andy Stanleigh, who illustrated the story "Pillow of Feathers", is the owner of AH Comics (which published the 1st volume of Jewish Comix Anthology). He may be found at the AH Comics Inc. table (277) during TCAF.


TCAF panels which may be of interest to those who study Jews and Comics.

Saturday May 13

Hinton Learning Theatre, Toronto Reference Library

  • 01:30 PM – NBM Publishing 40th Anniversary Celebration! – For 40 years now, NBM Publishing has been at the forefront of publishing smart and sophisticated comics from North America and Europe. Join founder Terry Nantier as he talks about the company’s legacy and impact with Rick Geary (Treasury of 20th Century Murder), Metaphrog (The Little Mermaid), and Larry Hancock & Michael Cherkas (The Silent Invasion).

Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

  • 01:30 PM – Spotlight: Guy Delisle – Guy Delisle has become one of the most well-known cartoonists in the world with his bestselling travelogues about everyday life in faraway and complex countries Pyongyang, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, and Burma Chronicles are defining works of graphic non-fiction. Now he returns with Hostage: many years in the making, it marks a new direction for Delisle. HOSTAGE tells the true story of the kidnapping of a Doctors Without Borders employee, who was held in captivity for over 100 days before escaping. Drawn from interviews with Andre himself, it’s a powerful account of life under an imprisonment that has no foreseeable end.

The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St.

  • 04:00 PM – Comics Carousel – Back for another round! R. Sikoryak’s long running comics performance/reading series, returns to TCAF with shows and readings from a slew of the top talent at the festival this year! Featuring Eleanor Davis, Glynnis Fawkes, Keren Katz, and more!

Sunday May 14

Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

  • 12:00 PM – Comics As Political Resistance – Comics are amazing tools for communicating. This is never more vital than when telling your stories involves speaking out against oppressive systems or political climates. Join Nate Powell (March), Ben Passmore (Your Black Friend), Julia Alekseyeva (Soviet Daughter), Matt Lubchansky (The Nib), and Krittika Ghosh, (Senior Coordinator, Violence against Women’s Program from the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants) as they talk about how creating and sharing comics can be an act of political resistance in these troubling times.

02:45 PM – Canada 150 – Canada at Home and Abroad – As the polarizing celebrations around Canada 150 continue across the country, we sit down with four cartoonists with compelling takes on our national identity. Whether they’re exploring our rural communities (Jeff Lemire), being our eyes abroad (Guy Delisle), interpreting one of our icons (Sandrine Revel), or telling stories that could only be told here (Gengoroh Tagame), one thing that brings these artists together is Canada.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Un livre pour enfants: Mickey au Camp de Gurs as Picture Book - May 11,2017 in Toronto

Philip Smith (associate professor at College of the Bahamas) will be presenting his paper "Un livre pour enfants: Mickey au Camp de Gurs as Picture Book" during the European Comics session at the annual Canadian Society for the Study of Comics / Societe Canadienne pour l'Etude de la Bande Dessinee (CSSC / SCEFBD) conference in Toronto tomorrow afternoon.

The session will take place at the Bloor-Yorkville Marriott Hotel in the Summerhill Room from 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Jewish Side of MOCCA Fest 2017 - April 1st & 2nd

This weekend, the annual MOCCA (Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art) Festival will take place at the Metropolitan West in New York City, with programming taking place at Ink48.

Among the creators & publishers of Jewish comics, Jewish graphic novels, and other Jewish graphica are :

Abrams ComicArts is the publisher of the Hereville books, the English edition of Pascal Croci's AuschwitzYiddiskeit, and the English edition of Boxer: The True Story of Holocaust Survivor Harry Haft by Reinhard Kleist

* Julia Alekseyeva is the author-illustrator of the graphic novel Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution.

* C Cassano is one of the artists who contributed to the Schmuck graphic biographical anthology.

*  The Center for Cartoon Studies is the publisher of Houdini : The Handcuff King. 

Fantagraphic Books is the publisher of Jewish Images in the Comics, Palestine, and Barracuda in the Attic.

First Second Books is the publisher of Klezmer : Tales of the Wild East, the Rabbi's Cat books, and the Resistance series.

Drew Friedman is the cartoonist who illustrated "What If Chris Rock Performed At A Bar Mitzvah?" (MAD Magazine #419) and "Marnin Rosenberg in 'Bad Luck with Women'" (National Lampoon - June 1987).

Dean Haspiel is the illustrator of the Harvey Pekar autobiography The Quitter, Ego & Hubris : The Michael Malice Story and Jonathan Ames' The Alcoholic.

* Keren Katz is an artist who adapted the story of Solomon ibn Gabirol's golem for Jewish Comix Anthology volume 1.

Peter Kuper is the author-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 and illustrator of some stories which appeared in the anthology Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land.

* NBM Publishing is the publisher of the Jew in Communist Prague books, BrownsvilleThe Big Khan, and the Isaac the Pirate books.

Josh Neufeld is the author-illustrator of A Few Perfect Hours.

* Pantheon is the publisher of Maus, Unterzakhn, and The Jew of New York.

Hadar Reuven is a visual artist and storyteller employing a variety of mediums; collage, painting, installation, video, sound, graphic novels and artist books. 

Ellis Rosen is the illustrator of the story "Aaron Lansky and the Recovery of Yiddish", published in Yiddishkeita 1 page of an adaptation of "Fire" written by Isaac Bashevis Singeras well as the adaptation of the Moshe Yess song "My Zayde" in Jewish Comix Anthology volume 1.

Robert Sikoryak is a cartoonist who has adapted classic stories into comic-style retellings, including a Dagwood-style "Adam and Eve", which was reprinted in Masterpiece Comics.




12:30PM / Helvetica Room
Drew Friedman: Heroes of the Comics
In Heroes of the Comics and his new follow-up volume More Heroes of the Comics, illustrator and cartoonist Drew Friedman has produced a series of affectionate, beautifully rendered portraits of important figures from the history of American comic books, accompanied by short informative biographies. Friedman will discuss selected figures from his two books with Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth, special guest Al Jaffeewho is featured in the first volumeand Karen Green, ‎Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library, who provides the second volume’s introduction. 


2:00PM / Garamond Room
Rutu Modan and David Polonsky in Conversation
Israeli artists Rutu Modan and David Polonsky are both known for the excellence of their artwork and for their provocative approach to blending historical and current events into their imaginative works. Modan is best known in North America for her graphic novels Exit Wounds and The Property and for her short story collection Jamilti. Polonsky is best known in North America as the art director for the animated film Waltz With Bashir, directed by Ari Folman. He is also the illustrator of the graphic novel based upon the film. Modan and Polonsky will discuss their work with comics scholar and writer Tahneer Oksman (How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?).  

3:30PM / Garamond Room
Anthologies as Art: Kramers Ergot and Lagon
The great anthologies of comics history — ZapWeirdoRAW, and others — have both made an assertion of comics’ aesthetic ambition at a certain time and place while functioning as a personal expression by each series’ editors. Sammy Harkham is the editor of Kramers Ergot, the anthology which, since 2003, has generated excitement with each volume as a strong statement about contemporary art comics in North America. Alexis Beauclair is the co-editor of Lagon, which debuted in 2014 as a risographed encapsulation of French avant-garde comics, and has metamorphosed with each volume leading to the latest, Gouffre. They will discuss their work as artists and editors with Bill Kartalopoulos