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Jewish Images in the Comics

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Jewish Images in the Comics showcases than 150 comic strips comic books and graphic novels from all over the world stretching over the last five centuries and featuring Jewish characters and Jewish themesThe book is divided into chapters on Anti Semitism the Old Testament the Holocaust I. This book was an absolute trainwreck 1 I am glad that Stroemberg was upfront about not being Jewish but he should have had a Jewish editor His explanations of Jewish holidays and customs were often nonsensical oddly esoteric monolithic or generally misinformed I'm also not sure he understands that someone can be a non practicing Jew but still retain a strong Jewish identity It was clear he assumed he would be writing for a non Jewish audience but I can't imagine a Gentile reader would understand even the basics of Shabbat or kashrut enough to appreciate their presence in comics2 Often times this would lead to his text being plain wrong or he would make oddly adamant assertions about certain Jewish debates that he has no authority to weigh in on For example several times he referenced that Judaism is matriarchal and so if only your father is Jewish that means you're not Jewish He presented this as an all encompassing fact when in reality this is a highly divisive issue that is handled differently in different communities and actually and congregations are becoming welcoming to patriarchal Jews Oh he also referenced the dual citizenship of Jews to their home country and to the global Jewish community an argument often used by antisemites to justify their prejudice3 Since this book was written by a professor of comics I was hoping for a little bit of analysis This is nothing than a collection of examples with a superficial explanation of what is going on in each example This leaves a lot of missed opportunities one of the biggest in my opinion being the parallels between Superman's origin stories and the story of Moses4 He often identified which comic authorsartists are Jewish without a similar label for others besides perhaps their nationality Normally this is something I'd appreciate in terms of what perspective each is bringing to their comic but together with my first point above it just made me feel uncomfortable and othered I think in this circumstance the opposite would have been appropriate single out which authorsartists are not JewishSo this review isn't entirely negative here are two things I did enjoy about this book1 I appreciate the wide geographic and temporal range of comics used as examples 2 This has given me a lot of great titles to add to my to read list Domicile 1 retain a strong Jewish identity It was clear he assumed he would be writing for a non Jewish audience but I can't imagine a Gentile Individual Motivation Within Groups reader would understand even the basics of Shabbat or kashrut enough to appreciate their presence in comics2 Often times this would lead to his text being plain wrong or he would make oddly adamant assertions about certain Jewish debates that he has no authority to weigh in on For example several times he Why I Am A Jew referenced that Judaism is matriarchal and so if only your father is Jewish that means you're not Jewish He presented this as an all encompassing fact when in Cursed by Darkness (Befallen Tides, reality this is a highly divisive issue that is handled differently in different communities and actually and congregations are becoming welcoming to patriarchal Jews Oh he also Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, referenced the dual citizenship of Jews to their home country and to the global Jewish community an argument often used by antisemites to justify their prejudice3 Since this book was written by a professor of comics I was hoping for a little bit of analysis This is nothing than a collection of examples with a superficial explanation of what is going on in each example This leaves a lot of missed opportunities one of the biggest in my opinion being the parallels between Superman's origin stories and the story of Moses4 He often identified which comic authorsartists are Jewish without a similar label for others besides perhaps their nationality Normally this is something I'd appreciate in terms of what perspective each is bringing to their comic but together with my first point above it just made me feel uncomfortable and othered I think in this circumstance the opposite would have been appropriate single out which authorsartists are not JewishSo this Kick-boxing pour la ligne review isn't entirely negative here are two things I did enjoy about this book1 I appreciate the wide geographic and temporal Firm Abs Flat Stomach range of comics used as examples 2 This has given me a lot of great titles to add to my to Vacaciones Fatales 2/ Fatal Vacations 2 read list

review ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ð Fredrik Strömberg

Srael the Golem and much featuring everything from well known comics like Art Spiegelman 's Maus and the work of Will Eisner to much obscure and in some cases far less savory but no less culturally and historically interesting examples of how Jewish culture has been depicted in comicsAs. Interesting historiography of Jewish characters and depictions of Jewish people in graphic novels comics and other illustrated stories from all countries of the world Special emphasis is put on different aspects of the depictions from the situation in Israel to the Holocaust A huge number of Jewish artists and cartoonists are represented from Siegel and Schuster who created Superman to comic legends Joe Kubert Jack Kirby and Stan Lee

Fredrik Strömberg Ð 3 review

With Str mberg 's previous two books for Fantagraphics each strip comic or graphic novel is spotlighted via a short but informative 200 word essay and a representative illustration The book is augmented by a context setting introduction as well as an extensive source list and bibliograph. Interesting but not written by a Jewish author and it shows

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