sarah lightman

Sarah Lightman is an artist, writer and curator. She is a co-curator of "Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women" and PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow. She is a co-founder and co-director of Laydeez do Comics. In this website you can find out more about her publications, lectures and artwork.


Photography by Louise Beecham

Sarah Lightman on the 'Graphic Details: Confessional Comics By Jewish Women' exhibition

Artwork in exhibits (2015)

"Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women"

Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and Library, Ohio State University (2015)

Web of Water

India (2015)

JOMIX: Jewish Comics & Their Art

UJA Federation, NYC, (Feb 27-May 11)

'No Set Rules: a century of works on paper from the Schlee Collection, Southampton and Ben Uri Collection, London'

Ben Uri Gallery, London (April 2015)


Upcoming talks (2015)

for a full list of recent talks please see here

"The Art of The Graphic Novel" with Rutu Modan, Yirmi Pinkus - chaired by Ariel Kahn

Rutu Modan, Yirmi Pinkus, Sarah Lightman, Chair: Ariel Kahn
Sunday, 1 March 2015 - 2:00pm
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Jewish Book Week (1 March)


Recent publications/press (2014)

for a full list of publications please see here

"Celebrating the Confessional"

Jewish Quarterly Volume 61, Issue 3-4, (2014)

"ICON - Charlotte Salomon "

Riposte- A Smart Magazine for Women

(7 November)

"Putting Women in The Frame"

Ariel Kahn

The Jewish Chronicle (10 October)

"It's all in the Graphic Detail"

Michael Holland

Southwark Weekender (19 September)

"Life Drawing: Autobiography, Comics, Jewish Women",

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Jewish Cultures

Eds. Laurence Roth and Nadia Valman

"Metamorphosing Difficulties: The Portrayal of Trauma in Autobiographical Comics "

The Unspeakable: Narratives of Trauma

Eds. Magda Stroinska, Vikki Cecchetto, Kate Szymanski.

Peter Lang.







Graphic Details:

Jewish Women's Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews (McFarland)

Edited by Sarah Lightman is out now.







"While the book can be seen as an accompaniment to the exhibition of the same name, Graphic Details succeeds as a stand-alone guidebook to some of the best Jewish women comics artists working today"

Wendy Weitzner Wasman for Jewish Book Council


A "marvellous anthology of essays, interviews and artwork"

Steven Bergson in the Association of Jewish Librarians

"Ultimately, this collection succeeds because it subverts the male gaze: Instead, these Jewish women artists and writers look inward. These women tell their own stories. Their raw confessional comics are creating a revolutionary way for us to recover the hole in the bagel, recognizing the absence in the genre that we weren’t even aware was missing, and while the artists are diverse in sexuality, age, region, and religious affiliation, the shared commonality of grappling with Jewish identity, simultaneously disavowing and embracing Jewish culture, adds immeasurably to the complex web of Jewish comics and graphic novels."

Andrea Greenbaum in Moment Magazine

"I am constantly asked, 'Are there any Jewish women comics artists? Really? Enough to have a whole exhibition about them?' I knew I had to find a way to get the word out about the talented women working in comics today."

Editor Sarah Lightman is interviewed by Ariel Kahn in The Jewish Chronicle

Interview: Sarah Lightman in The Jewish Chronicle

The Very Surprising History of Jewish Women in Comic Books

Danica Davidson in Lilith


The Book of Sarah,

(Myriad Editions 2016)

A Visual Autobiography by Sarah Lightman

Distilled from thousands of diary drawings begun in her parents’ garden shed back in 1996, Sarah Lightman's The Book of Sarah is an alternative bible to the one she moved away from, along with the religious Jewish lifestyle she followed as a teenager.

Whether it is recording the empty dining room chair where her late grandfather no longer sits, inheriting handmade lace from a great-great-aunt she has never met, or contemplating her future by filling an empty egg-box with eggs, Sarah Lightman's fine pencil drawings, with a minimal, exquisite and often witty commentary, juxtapose both the joy and sadness that make up our everyday lives, transforming them into a personal and universal narrative to which we can all respond. 

The theme of exile-inspired-creativity forms the backdrop of her visual autobiography, as the narrative moves from childhood sibling rivalries through to schoolgirl misery, adolescent religious fervour and beyond, charting heart-break, comfort eating, deaths, separations, and the big Jewish wedding.



Photography by Old Dominion University Photographer Anne M. Peterson.

Photography by Rachel Watts, Space Station 65, London


© Sarah Lightman 2013