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
Graphic Details: Jewish Women's Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews is a wonderful resource... Lightman is clearly a tour de force and the energy and care required to assemble Graphic Details produced a vital, hybrid, indubitably important... volume from which people can discover and appreciate new idioms.
Hillary L. Chute in Images
"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 in Berfrois
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.
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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
(Myriad Editions 2018)
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.