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.

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Photography by Louise Beecham

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

Artwork in Exhibitions and Commissions

Comixs Creatrix, House of Illustration, London (February - May)

Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women

Negev Museum of Art, Israel

Women of The Book

Parashat Beehaalotecha.

Portrait of Sir Gavin Lightman

Commissioned by The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn

Upcoming talks (2016)

for a full list of previous talks please see here

'Do You Miss Your Country?',  In Conversation with Polish visual artist Monika Szydłowska

19 May: Free Word Centre, London

The Graphic Details of The Star Sapphire: An Exploration of the themes of Graphic Details Confessional Comics by Jewish Women through the panels of Sharon Rudahl's four-page comic

23 May: Drawing The Line: Womens Comics Art Conference, Ben Gurion University, Israel

Bobby Baker, The Virgin Mary and Sarahs: Comics and Motherhood

July 8: Stages and Pages, Graphic Medicine Conference, Dundee

Recent publications/press

for a full list of publications please see here

 

Comix Creatrix: 100 women making comics

MK Palomar

Studio International (5 April 2016)

The Beautiful Bug in My Head

Review of Graphic Details; in Essays and Interviews

Helen Blejerman

Berfrois (24 February 2016)

Contemporary Comics by Jewish Women:

Special Issue, Studies in Comics 6:2.(2015)

Edited with Andrea Greenbaum and Heike Bauer

Also includes artwork from The Book of Sarah

 

 

Photography by Rachel Watts, Space Station 65, London

 

FOR ALL ENQUIRIES

PLEASE CONTACT SARAH'S AGENT

KIRSTY MCLACHLAN:

Kirsty@davidgodwinassociates.co.uk

 

 
 

Graphic Details:

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

Edited by Sarah Lightman is out now.

   

WINNER OF THE 2015 WILL EISNER COMIC INDUSTRY AWARD

FOR BEST SCHOLARLY/ACADEMIC WORK.

WINNER OF THE 2015 SUSAN KOPPELMAN AWARD

FOR BEST FEMINIST ANTHOLOGY

NOMINATED FOR A 2014 BROKEN FRONTIER AWARD

FOR BEST BOOK ON COMICS

 

"The journey of Lightman’s book is a journey of empowerment of Jewish women, and a reminder, as psychoanalysis tells us, of the value of the creative personal expression. Hopefully it will also be an inspiration for any person interested in what needs to be said, even if it is said in a beautiful way, as an antidote to a legendary curse of just echoes."

Helen Blejerman for Berfrois

"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

 

Graphic Details is a much-needed book both because of its specific information and for the fact it touches on subjects long ignored. While supplying added depth for people who are already fans of the medium, it gives insights to non-fans about why comics are so popular.

In words and pictures, the women in Graphic Details show what it’s like to be a woman, what it’s like to be Jewish, and what it’s like to be human and find universal connections in the despair, triumph and love they experience in their lives.

- See more at: http://lilith.org/blog/tag/danica-davidson/#sthash.vd0PgdX5.dpuf

Graphic Details is a much-needed book both because of its specific information and for the fact it touches on subjects long ignored. While supplying added depth for people who are already fans of the medium, it gives insights to non-fans about why comics are so popular.

In words and pictures, the women in Graphic Details show what it’s like to be a woman, what it’s like to be Jewish, and what it’s like to be human and find universal connections in the despair, triumph and love they experience in their lives.

Danica Davidson "The Very Surprising History of Jewish Women in Comic Books" in Lilith

 

The Book of Sarah,

(Myriad Editions 2018)

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.

 

 

© Sarah Lightman 2013