Thursday, February 17, 2011

Graphic Details - Opens tonight at the Gladstone!

Wow, it’s finally here! Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women opens tonight from 7:30 to 10 PM at the Gladstone Hotel! This traveling exhibition has received some great press - the links are available in this post - so I’m excited it’s almost here. 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 final installment.

Diane Noomin
Diane Noomin was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1947. Noomin was an early contributor to Wimmen’s Comix, and helped create the first edition of Twisted Sister Comics--an anthology of women cartoonists she still edits. Noomin has also published a number of books, been nominated for Harvey and Eisner Awards, received the Ink Pen Award, and curated several exhibits. Noomin is probably best know for her character, DiDi Glitz, a hilarious suburban mother trying vainly to revamp her life.

Sharon Rudahl
Sharon Rudahl, born in 1947, now lives in Hollywood. She has been in graphic art since the 1970s and, like Noomin, helped create Wimmen’s Comix. She is well known for Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman (2007), though it’s not her most confessional work. Rudahl’s sequences, Two Timer and Star Sapphire, and her own comic, Adventures of Crystal Night (1980) draw more on her own personal experiences.

Laurie Sandell
Laurie Sandell, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, spent many years travelling and working as a writer before creating her first graphic memoir, The Impostor's Daughter: A True Memoir (2009). This memoir was first written as a piece for Esquire in 2003 before it became a book. Sandell has also written for Glamour , GQ, and InStyle--to name a few--and her cartoons have appeared in Glamour, New York, and the Wall Street Journal.

Ariel Schrag
Ariel Schrag, who works out Los Angeles and New York, also has an established career as a writer. She is the author of several autobiographical graphic novels titled, Awkward and Definition, Potential, and Likewise. One of the memoirs, Potential, is being developed into a film. Schrag is also currently a writer for the HBO series How to Make it in America. Schrag has even put on live performances of her comics with slides, a musical soundtrack, and Schrag reading the voices!

Lauren Weinstein, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, is a woman of many talents. She is not only a cartoonist, but also a cartooning teacher, and a rock singer in a band called Flaming Fire. Weinstein’s first solo comic, Inside Vineyard, was published in 2003. Since then she has published Girl Stories (2006), and Goddess of War (2008). Weinstein has received an Ignatz Award for “Promising New Talent” in 2004, and her work has appeared in publications such as Glamour, The New York Times, and McSweeney’s.

I hope to see you tonight at the Gladstone Hotel and don’t forget to check out Michael Kaminer's Graphic Details blog!

Casandra Campbell

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