The Rise Of Jewish Women In Comics

This interview was first published in The Sisterhood blog at the Forward.

‘Different Combos,’ a piece by Lauren Weinstein featured in ‘Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Women.’

Steven Bergson has loved comics since he was a kid, but over the past decade and a half his interest has been focused on a particular subject: Jewish women.

The 42-year-old librarian, who works in the research department of Toronto’s UJA Federation, has several blogs on Jewish women in comics, both as characters and creators, including one called “Jewish Women in Comix.” He suspects his having grown up with two sisters in a family headed by a divorced working mother might have something to do with this interest.

Bergson recently spoke with The Sisterhood about how the portrayal of Jewish women in comics has changed over time, his favorite Jewish female characters, and his thoughts on the current exhibition “Graphics Details: Confessional Comics By Jewish Women.”

Renee Ghert-Zand: How did you get interested in Jewish comics, and specifically Jewish women in comics?

Click here to read the interview.

© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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