First panel from my contribution to APUCKALYPSE, an Italian anthology featuring 100 artists from around the world, each imagining a separate day and hour of the apocalypse. My story takes place ion the Fifth Day, in New York City, at 2 PM; this is just the first panel. The anthology should be released in Europe by the end of 2013 and hopefully in an American edition in 2014. For more on the anthology, check out its Facebook page or this page.
Originally published in The Forward, May 14, 2013. For background, Hawking’s decision and the ensuing outrage was covered in The New York Times, CNN and The Guardian. After the comic appeared, the columnist and translator Hillel Halkin published a piece insisting that such a work should never have been allowed to appear in a Jewish newspaper. I replied to Mr. Halkin and, more broadly, to other self-styled gatekeepers of critical commentary, here.
Originally published in The Daily Beast Open Zion, January 24, 2013, after Yair Lapid surprised many with his strong showing in the Israeli elections. Widely considered a “centrist” on peace despite behavior to the contrary, Lapid’s reputation seemed confounding. For a somewhat obscure topic, this one might be especially esoteric, so here’s a key: cottage cheese refers to this, E1 refers to this. Finally, Events after the election have seemed to bear out the comic’s skepticism.
Originally published in The Forward, December 7, 2012. The background to the story can be found in this New York Times article. The synagogue, B’nai Jeshurun, is widely considered to be the bastion of progressive Jewish politics and values in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country. The rabbis’ about-face on an email expressing support for the Palestinian cause was surprising, but even more surprising, to me at least, was the outrage the comic engendered. The Forward printed some of the reactions here, and then additional reactions here. A Johns Hopkins student wrote a thoughtful piece exploring the issues for New Voices, and I talk about the comic a little bit at the 3:25 mark here. Finally, weeks after the comic came out, further details emerged on the influence of wealthy donors on rabbinic values and progressive thought.
A Golem/Frankenstein/Sci-Fi/Horror comic for Halloween, originally published in The Forward, November 2, 2012 issue. Click the Forward link for reader comments. This year’s Halloween trick comes from Commentary, which dubbed the piece “Anne Frankenstein.” The Halloween treat comes in the form of this delightful rejoinder and overview of my work in general. Oh, a bonus (arguably): I discuss the comic in this podcast, starting at the 18:12 mark.
Originally published in The Forward, July 20, 2012 issue. For background on the topic, watch this CNN Special Report, or see the links to several reports in this NYT Public Editor Column. For background on the anti-internet hysteria, see this or this.
I discussed and debated the comic with Forward reporter Paul Berger, who has covered the issue of Orthodox sex abuse, in this podcast.
Finally, if you’re not familiar with Bucky Shvitz: Sociologist for Hire, you can find his first appearance here.