The Art of the Graphic Novel

Yirmi Pinkus, Sarah Lightman, Rutu Modan

01/03/2015 2:00 pm

Join leading Israeli graphic novelists Rutu Modan (The Property and Exit Wounds) and Yirmi Pinkus (Petty Business and Professor Fabrikant’s Historical Cabaret) and British artist and curator, Sarah Lightman, editor of Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women to celebrate this most contemporary form of storytelling, which has exploded in popularity over recent decades. The event is chaired by Ariel Kahn.

Rutu Modan

Rutu Modan is an Israeli illustrator and comic book artist. She is co-founder of the Israeli comics group Actus Tragicus and has published the critically acclaimed graphic novels Exit Woundsand The Property.

Yirmi Pinkus

Yirmi Pinkus is a prominent Israeli illustrator and comics’ artist as well as an associate professor at the Shenkar College of Design. He is co-founder of the Israeli comics group Actus Tragicus.

Sarah Lightman

Dr. Sarah Lightman is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. She is currently co-editing Bodies and Borders in Jewish Women’s Comics for Syracuse University Press (2020), and co-editing a special issue of Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics (2020). To accompany the launch of The Book of Sarah she will be hosting a solo show of the artwork in the graphic novel at The Koppel Gallery, Poland Street, Soho, and co-chairing the one day symposium, Feminism and the bible: contemporary responses in art, literature, poetry, film, theatre and comics at Birkbeck, University of London.

Ariel Kahn

Ariel Kahn is a prize-winning writer and academic. He initially trained to be a rabbi in Israel. Whilst in Israel, he set up a writing group at the rabbinical school with fellow student, Matt Eisenfeld. Ariel was also the driving force in the Arab Israeli Book Club, which he set up with Palestinian novelist Samir El Youssef. The club was dedicated to building bridges through literature and shared discussion. The book club will be resurrected in 2018. He has won the Bloomsbury New Voices competition and came runner-up in the national Pulp Idol Fiction competition in 2017.