Workshop on Graphic Novels
Sarah Lightman, Rutu Modan, Yirmi Pinkus, Zoom Rockman
Come and learn the secrets of creating comics from a team of celebrated graphic novelists. Bring your existing work and produce new work at the workshop. The team includes teenage graphic artist Zoom Rockman, creator of The Zoom, winner at the International Comics Festival in Korea and of the Spirit of London award, who helped commemorate WWI in a cartoon strip on the BBC’s website. A creative workshop for children in school years 3 to 8. Older aspiring cartoonists are welcome subject to availability of places on the day.
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.
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.Zoom Rockman
Zoom Rockman is a 14-year-old graphic novelist whose self-published comic The Zoom! won a Spirit of London Award. He has also received a prize for Britain at the International Comics Festival in South Korea.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.