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Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women DIANE NOOMIN, ARIEL SCHRAG, VANESSA DAVIS, MIRIAM KATIN, and MICHAEL KAMINER. Moderated by Professor LAURIE SHRAGE

Sunday, Nov. 24, 12:30 p.m., Centre Gallery (Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room 1365)

Author(s) and Guest(s)

Diane Noomin

Graphic Details:  Confessional Comics by Jewish Women is a groundbreaking touring exhibition that originated at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.  The exhibit provides the first in-depth look at a unique and prolific niche of graphic storytelling – Jewish women’s autobiographical comics. Some bare their bodies. Some expose their psyches. All are fearless about sex, romance, politics, body functions, experiences, emotions, and desires. Noonan is the creator of DiDi Glitz and editor of the Twisted Sisters anthologies of women cartoonists. One of the early contributors to Wimmen's Comics, Noomin created the first issue of Twisted Sisters Comics with Aline Kominsky Crumb in 1976.  

Ariel Schrag

Graphic Details:  Confessional Comics by Jewish Women is a groundbreaking touring exhibition that originated at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.  The exhibit provides the first in-depth look at a unique and prolific niche of graphic storytelling – Jewish women’s autobiographical comics. Some bare their bodies. Some expose their psyches. All are fearless about sex, romance, politics, body functions, experiences, emotions, and desires. Ariel Schrag is the author of the graphic memoirs Awkward, Definition, Potential and Likewise. She was a writer for the TV series "How To Make It In America" and "The L Word." Her debut novel, Adam, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014.

 

Vanessa Davis

Vanessa Davis uses blends her illustrations with her Jewish identity, intimacy, self-deprecation, and candor in her autobiographical comic Make Me a Woman (Drawn and Quarterly; $24.95).  "It's hard not to find something to identify with or smile at in these pages."--Publisher's Weekly.  Davis is also a contributor to Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists.   

Miriam Katin

Miriam Katin's debut graphic novel, the 2006 memoir We Are On Our Own, was a unique portrait of how one family survived the Second World War. Letting It Go (Drawn & Quarterly; $24.95) shows Miriam, now an adult, struggling with her son's move to Berlin, an event that triggers some long-held grudges.    

Miriam Katin was born in Hungary during World War II. She later immigrated to Israel and then the United States, where she worked in background design for animation studios such as MTV and Disney. Her debut graphic novel was the award-winning memoir We Are On Our Own, which was followed by 2013's Letting It Go. She currently lives in Washington Heights with her husband and a giant Ficus benjamina tree.

Michael Kaminer

Graphic Details:  Confessional Comics by Jewish Women is a groundbreaking touring exhibition that originated at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.  The exhibit provides the first in-depth look at a unique and prolific niche of graphic storytelling – Jewish women’s autobiographical comics. Some bare their bodies. Some expose their psyches. All are fearless about sex, romance, politics, body functions, experiences, emotions, and desires. Co-curator Michael Kaminer's story on confessional comics in the Forward, the national Jewish newspaper, provided the impetus for the show.  He is also the dining critic for the NY Daily News.   

Laurie Shrage

Graphic Details:  Confessional Comics by Jewish Women is a groundbreaking touring exhibition that originated at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.  The exhibit provides the first in-depth look at a unique and prolific niche of graphic storytelling – Jewish women’s autobiographical comics. Some bare their bodies. Some expose their psyches. All are fearless about sex, romance, politics, body functions, experiences, emotions, and desires. Shrage, the moderator of the panel, is a Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies at Florida International University.    

Schedule
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Miami Book Fair International * Miami Dade College
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Centre Gallery (Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room 1365)

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