Posts Tagged ‘comics’

The Rise Of Jewish Women In Comics

June 27, 2012

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.

Comics, Papercuts And Prayer

January 10, 2012

This post first appeared on The Arty Semite blog at the Forward.

"Geulah" by Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik

That’s not just vibrant color peeking out through artist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik’s papercuts — that’s Flash Gordon, the Green Lantern, Spiderman and Wolverine. Brynjegard-Bialik, whose “Paper Tefillah” exhibition opens January 10 at Temple Israel in Memphis, Tenn., combines the traditional art of papercutting with the power of comics to explore prayer and the human striving for connection with God.

Temple Israel commissioned Brynjegard-Bialik to create 16 works exploring the Jewish liturgy, covering the key components of the prayer service, from Barchu to Aleinu. Brynjegard-Bialik, 39, poured himself into studying the texts and reflecting on his own prayer experience. He looked through genizot to salvage pages from worn out siddurim, and raided his childhood comic book collection for the right colors and images to convey the ideas and feelings that were percolating in his imagination.

Click here to read more and to view a slideshow of the images from “Paper Tefillah.”

© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Case Study Comics

September 7, 2011

This piece first appeared as “Education Case Studies That Are Also Comics” on The Arty Semite blog of the Forward.

If it could work for the Holocaust, an Algerian rabbi’s cat, and a Birthright Israel trip, then it could also work for a Jewish day school governance and administration case study. So thought Ken Gordon, social media manager at the Boston-based Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, and he was right.

Looking for a way to re-imagine “A Case Study of Jewish Day School Leadership: How Way Leads on to Way” written by Professor Alex Pomson of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Gordon turned to author and graphic novelist Steve Sheinkin, author of the Rabbi Harvey series, asking him to use his graphic storytelling skills to give the 50-page case study a second life on PEJE’s webzine, “Sustained!”

Click here to read more and see the entire comic.

© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.