Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Graphic Details: The Artists, Part 3

In a about 2 weeks Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women will be opening at the Gladstone Hotel. This traveling exhibition has received some great press - the links are available in this post - so I’m getting excited for its arrival. In the meantime, I’ve been reading up on some of the women who are a part of it. Here’s what I’ve learned about the women in this third installment.

Vanessa Davis
Davis, born in West Palm Beach, Florida, is now living in Santa Rosa, California. Though she is young, Davis has already published two books: Spaniel Rage in 2005, and Make Me A Woman in 2010. Make Me A Woman, is like looking into Davis’s diary as she tells intimate stories from her youth .Check out this preview from Drawn and Quarterly and you will definitely laugh out loud! In addition to her own publications, Davis has also done work for The New York Times, Dissent Magazine, and Tablet Magazine, to name a few.

Sarah Gideon
Gideon, who works out of Brooklyn, New York, is best know for her graphic novel, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less. It was initially a self-published Zine Gideon created after going on a Birthright trip to Israel. There is a great interview about the new expanded version in Comics Alliance. Gideon was a contributor to Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays, and I Saw You...Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections. Gideon has also won an Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent in 2008.

Miriam Katin
Katin, who was born in Hungary during WWII and later immigrated to Israel, now lives in the United States. She has been a graphic artist for many years but only published her first graphic novel--a Holocaust autobiography called We Are On Our Own--in 2006. You can preview the book on her website. Prior to publishing her book, Miriam served as a graphic artist in the Israel Defense Forces, and worked as a background designer for MTV Animation and Disney Studio.

Miss Lasko-Gross
Lasko-Gross, currently working in New York, is best know for her semi-autobiographical graphic novels, Escape from “Special(2007), and A Mess of Everything (2009). She is a graduate of the Pratt Institute where she began her career by editing the school’s comic book, Star Fish. Lasko-Gross also wrote her own comic series called AIM from 1993-2001, and has contributed to many others including the latest issue of House of Twelve.

Watch for more information about the contributors to Graphic Details in the weeks to come and don’t forget to check out Michael Kaminer's Graphic Details blog!

Casandra Campbell

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