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  • Illustrator J.T. Waldman draws on Harvey Pekar’s ‘Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me’

    July 5, 2012 | 11:08 am

    The Avengers, Spider-Man, Superman, Batman ... and Harvey Pekar?

    Illustrators J.T. Waldman and Arlen Schumer captured the Jewish-American comic book experience as they delivered back-to-back lectures during the 47th annual Association of Jewish Libraries Convention on June 18. The...

  • Meet Steve Blum

    By Adam Wills

    July 1, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    Animation fans have grown up with Steve Blum. From T.O.M., the laconic host of Cartoon Network’s anime block “Toonami” to snarling Wolverine in “Wolverine & the X-Men” to the nasally Guilmon of “Digimon,” his voice is instantly recognizable to many teens and...

  • Patriot games: Is Captain America too American?

    July 18, 2011 | 2:00 pm

    In March 1941—nine months before the attack on Pearl Harbor impelled America to enter the Second World War—one colorful American hero already had joined the battle: Captain America.

    The famous front cover of “Captain America #1” showed its titular hero punching Hitler straight in...

  • Paul Reiser on Playing Himself on (What Else) “The Paul Reiser Show”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 2011 | 6:39 pm

    Paul Reiser eyes his agent warily in an upcoming episode of “The Paul Reiser Show,” the writer-actor-comedian’s new half-hour comedy on NBC, which closely resembles his real life.  In the scene, it’s been some years since Reiser’s megahit “Mad About You” went off the...

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  • ScarJo complains home cluttered with comics

    By Adam Wills

    September 14, 2009 | 2:13 pm

    Scarlett Johansson, who plays Russian super spy Black Widow in “Iron Man 2,” says her home is being overrun with comic books because of all the research she and hubby Ryan Reynolds, who played Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” have done for their roles. And while this sounds...

  • Doonesbury angers Jews and their ‘crabby and snarky’ old God

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 2, 2009 | 4:59 pm

    I didn’t know anyone still reads the Sunday comics, but apparently Doonesbury still has its fair share of followers. And quite of few of them are ripe pissed about a strip Sunday, which, according to JTA’s Ron Kampeas, “which manages to raise two classical anti-Jewish tropes in just...

  • Comics invade Sderot

    By Avi Liberman

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Just 45 minutes from the hustle and bustle of beautiful downtown Tel Aviv is Sderot. Just 47 minutes from there is the Gaza Strip.

    Location, location, location.

    You know the old joke.

    So who books Sderot? Answer is Avi Liberman.

    Besides himself, this year, he brought Mark Schiff...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, November 19

    Keshet Chaim Dancers and the Idan Raichel Project come together tonight to raise funds for some 20,000 Ethiopian Jews awaiting immigration to Israel. Raichel hasn't made it to L.A. since last February, so this one-night-only concert might be your only chance...

  • Meow With a French Accent

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Comic books aren't just for kids anymore. In both the United States and France, they've been enjoying a popular explosion among readers of all ages.

    One of the stars of the explosion in France is Joann Sfar, an enfant terrible whose work has become so popular, that it can be found on...

  • Drawing on Sept. 11

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    As he outran the toxic cloud of the dying World Trade Center, Art Spiegelman heard the voice of his father, the Holocaust survivor: "The world is treacherous. Keep your bags packed."

    "My initial response was 'grab the family and flee,'" the famed cartoonist said of Sept. 11....

  • Laughter From Experience

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Hollye Leven's new rock 'n' roll musical, "Funny Business," comedians vie for attention at a seedy nightclub. They include Will, an intellectual African American, whose producers want him to be just "a little more black"; Art (Will Durst), whose career is so dead, if it were "a...

  • Funny in Love

    By Adam Wills

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On the outside, the interfaith comedic coupling of Lahna Turner and Ralphie May seems like an odd match: Lahna is a stunning Jewish Canadian who blends witty spoken-word pieces with off-color songs, while Ralphie is a morbidly obese Southern comic who delivers jokes with...

  • Comic Book Icon Battles Everyday Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the biopic "American Splendor," cranky comic book icon Harvey Pekar frets in the supermarket. "This may be the shortest line, but I'm taking a risk because it's an old Jewish lady," he says. When the woman argues with the manager, he storms out of the store.

    The banal but...

  • A Graphic Anniversary

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    During the Golden Age of comic books of the 1930s-1940s, cartoonist Will Eisner broke ground, both commercially (by founding the first comics production studio) and artistically (with his cinematic storytelling). When San Diego ComiCon 2003 convenes July 17-20, the industry's most...

  • A Man Without Fear

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Marvel Comics founding father Stan Lee created Daredevil in 1964, he tagged his blind superhero: "Man Without Fear." The nickname also applies to Avi Arad, head of Marvel Studios, Marvel Enterprises' film/television division. Israeli-born Arad rescued Marvel from Chapter 11...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday



    Beware the Yiddish Culture Club's karma chameleon. Dwindling membership may mean those who value the group but are slow to join may find themselves without it soon enough. Tonight, they sponsor a concert by Cantor Hershl Fox titled "Let Us Sing Yiddish." Check it out. No...

  • The Way of the Samurai

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    You couldn't miss animation director Genndy Tartakovsky at last week's San Diego Comic-Con International.

    Like Secret Service agents blanketing a presidential gala, Cartoon Network operatives plastered posters everywhere, spreading the word of "Samurai Jack," Tartakovsky's new series...

  • Comic Book Central

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish American contribution to the comic book world is so vast and invaluable it can fill a library. In addition to James Sturm, here's a look at some Jewish talent scheduled to appear at the July 19-22 San Diego Comic-Con 2001 at the San Diego Convention Center.

    • Brian Michael...

  • Remembering Poland’s Jews

    By William Yelles

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish roots in predominantly Catholic Poland canbe traced back to the 11th century. But when an estimated 88 percentof the 3.3 million Jews in Poland died in the Holocaust, thecountry's thriving Yiddish theater, literature and culture ceased toexist as well.

    The Jewish response to...

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