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graphic novels


A Granddaughter’s Visual Journey Through Her Bubbe’s Tragic Past

By On October 13, 2016

Amy Kurzweil’s The Flying Couch is an engrossing, graphic new take on a rich topic: third-generation reckoning with the legacy of the Holocaust. Through whimsical and moving cartoons, Kurzweil weaves together her own hypochondriacal girlhood, her… Read More


An 11-Year Old Orthodox Superhero Named Mirka

By On April 7, 2016

Meet Mirka. Sure, she wears a uniform from her Bais Yaakov (that is, her Orthodox girls’ school) and long braids, but this 11-year-old Hasidic girl is also a superhero who fights trolls,… Read More


Why These Israeli Twins Are Drawing Htoo Warmongering Twins

By On August 12, 2015

The plot of The Divine—a new graphic novel from the comic virtuosos behind Waltz with Bashir—goes something like this: Mark, a war veteran, accepts a promising yet sketchy military contract for mining… Read More

A Jewish Ghetto Brother from the South Bronx

A Jewish Ghetto Brother from the South Bronx

By On June 11, 2015

  It wasn’t easy growing up in the gang-riddled Bronx of the 60s and 70s, especially for the son of Puerto Rican immigrants—and doubly especially when your family were descendants of Marranos:… Read More

When a Russian Mom Starts Online Dating

A Russian Jewish Mom Turns to the Internet For Dating

By On August 26, 2014

Here is what’s less than stellar about Anya Ulinich‘s graphic novel, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel: The title is confusingly clunky, and certain pages feel overstuffed with text. But that’s it! This lavishly illustrated, imaginative,… Read More


Stomping Through Warsaw in Search of the Past

By On June 10, 2014

In a complicated tale of family ties, old loves, and chutzpadik tourists, an Israeli granddaughter and grandmother set off for Warsaw to file a property restitution claim. It could read like a madcap adventure,… Read More


A Dear Abby For The Lower East Side

By On June 2, 2014

Liana Finck’s graphic novel A Bintel Brief blends history and imagination to create an experience that is rich, immersive, and satisfying. It begins when a young woman receives a notebook from her grandmother filled… Read More


A Graphic Novel with Jerusalem as its Hero

By On August 28, 2013

Boaz Yakin’s latest graphic novel, Jerusalem, based on his family history, begins and ends with a boy running: first to arrive at school on time, and later, to escape the grisly scene of… Read More


Letting It Go: A Post-Holocaust Delight

By On May 9, 2013

The world of Holocaust literature is filled with horrific stories of murder and gritty survival – think Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi and Art Spiegelman. Seldom does a book come along from a Holocaust survivor that can… Read More


Unterzakhn: The Graphic Novel

By On February 21, 2013

In the beginning, there was the Lower East Side – the place where it all began for hundreds of thousands of Eastern European Jews. Crowded, dirty, poor. Home to more hopes and tragedies than… Read More


Santa Fe’s Crypto-Jews, Illustrated

By On January 31, 2013

Quick, name 3 centers of Jewish culture. New York, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv? Why not include Santa Fe, New Mexico? A new graphic novel, El Iluminado, depicts present-day Santa Fe as the center… Read More


Garbage Pail Kids

By On April 16, 2012

Every artist has a day job, at least at first. In the mid-80s, Art Spiegelman was editing Raw, his underground comics magazine, and writing and drawing issues of a comic book that would later become Maus. In… Read More