Event Information
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Presents
An Evening With Jules Feiffer
Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Comics and the Jewish American Dream

Length: 1 hr 30 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Comic books were invented by American Jews in the 1930's and 1940's. Did this come about, as some maintain, because anti-Semitism kept Jewish artists, writers and entrepreneurs out of more "reputable" areas of publishing? And did comics in any way reflect the Jewish background of its original exponents?

In this series three giants in the field, AL JAFFEE, JULES FEIFFER and HARVEY PEKAR, will join moderator Danny Fingeroth to discuss their careers and reflect on how their work has been influenced by their Jewish heritage.


In 1956 Feiffer, who began his career working as an assistant to Will Eisner, father of the modern graphic novel, created the eponymous, satirical cartoon strip that would run in the Village Voice for 42 years. A multitalented man who's also enjoyed success as a novelist (Ackroyd), playwright and screenwriter (Little Murders), he has in recent years turned to writing and illustrating children's books, including The Man in the Ceiling. The first volume of the Jaffee compilation Explainers: The Complete Village Voice Strips was published by Fantagraphics in 2008.


Series curator and moderator DANNY FINGEROTH, a former editor of Spider-Man, has lectured and taught about comics at the Smithsonian Institution and the New School. He is the author of the pop-culture study Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero (Continuum) and The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels (Penguin).

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