Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Jewish Comics Anthology Needs Your Help

Our exclusive interview with contributor Liat Shalom

By: Zak Edwards

Published: February 25th, 2014 in Culture » Art » News

As a Toronto-based illustrator and student at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Liat Shalom has encountered her fair share of Jewish comics, both in her own work and her interest in graphic novels.

“I am a huge fan of Art Spiegelman,” the illustrator told me in an exclusive interview, “and I love graphic novels, where stories are a bit longer and meatier.” Now her work is set to appear alongside Spiegelman and other Jewish artists like Joe Kubert, Harvey Pekar, and Will Eisner in The Jewish Comix Anthology: Volume One.

All she and these other talented Jewish artists need is a little help to publish. If you’re a big fan of Jewish comic creators (like we are) and want to get some exclusive and signed merchandise, then head over to The Jewish Comix Anthology Kickstarter page and contribute.

“I’m an illustrator and I was contacted by Steve [Bergson, editor of the anthology] because I expressed interest in a Jewish comic book project.” And Shalom (no relation, we swear!) is set to join 27 other artists in making an anthology of some truly legendary comic creators, and “young and budding artists” like herself.

“I do a lot of work regarding Jewish ethnicity,” Shalom says. “Personally, I’m Jewish and Israeli and Canadian and a lot of my work is political.” In addition to her “Talmudic representations of stories into animation” with animation company G-dcast, Shalom says her website attracted the editors as well.

“My portfolio contains a lot of Judaic themes, which is why I think they were interested,” says Shalom. Her thesis for OCAD is a part of her exploration of her own history and Jewish ethnicity, themes which may appear in her contribution if the project meets its goal. “My thesis is interested in how Jewish history intertwines with the history of comic books,” Shalom notes, which will blend her own experiences in the IDF with Jewish artists who have had an impact on her own work.


(Liat Shalom, illustration by Vili Greenberg Vertical Graphics)

The anthology combines reprints of classic Jewish comix creators with 27 artists who will “illustrate additional fascinating folk tales and stories from Jewish culture.” All together, each story will touch on Jewish folklore and themes, ranging from “spiritual to supernatural to humorous to tales of wisdom, adventure and discovery.”

Jewish cartoonists and comic book writers are responsible for a staggering amount of comics, both in the mainstream superhero work and the underground movements, and creators from all types of publishing backgrounds will be represented in the anthology. Art Spiegelman, Harvey Pekar, and R. Crumb, who rose to prominence in the seventies and sixties with their subversive underground comix, will be published alongside the more personal work of mainstream legends like Joe Kubert, who created the popular Sgt. Rock character for DC Comics.

For those interested in the project and want to contribute or learn more, please visit their website here. Also, those who contribute $72 will receive, on top of a bunch of other merchandise, a signed hardcover copy of the anthology with signatures from Liat Shalom and four other artists.

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