Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women

Curated by Michael Kaminer and Sarah Lightman

23 September to 13 December 2014

Graphic Details is a groundbreaking touring exhibition providing the first in-depth look at a unique and prolific niche of graphic storytelling – Jewish women’s autobiographical comics.

While the influential role of Jews in cartooning has long been acknowledged, the role of Jewish women in shaping the medium is largely unexplored. This exhibition of original drawings, full comic books and graphic novels presents the powerful work of eighteen U.S., Canadian, and international artists whose intimate, confessional work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades, creating an entirely new genre.

Many of the original artworks on display have never been exhibited in public until now. Artists run the gamut from pioneering Wimmen’s Comix and Twisted Sisters artists of the 1970s and 1980s to the superstars of the new generation. Graphic Details is co-curated by Michael Kaminer, a New York journalist and collector whose December 2008 story on confessional comics in the Forward, the national Jewish newspaper, provided the impetus for the show. His collaborator, Sarah Lightman, is an award-winning artist, curator and arts journalist based in London who is researching a PhD at The University of Glasgow on Autobiography in Comics.

Read the full Press Release here

Watch the artist talk here

Programme of Events

The Big Draw - The world's biggest drawing festival
Comics workshops

At Space Station Sixty-Five
With Daniel Locke

Saturday, 18th October at 14.00
Using a short piece of newspaper text as their starting point participants
will learn how to create a dynamic page of comic art that considers
composition, expressive colour use and pacing. Participants will learn
about panel layout and the golden ratio, complimentary and opposing
colours and they will be introduced to some of the cartoonists' tools.

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With Hannah Berry
Saturday, 25th October at 14.00
A workshop on the dramatic potential of comics, looking at the powerful
subtleties that can be conveyed through the artwork and exploring
methods of characterisation and storytelling using image alone. Open to
participants of all skill levels.
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Artist Guided Tour

Tuesday 11 November, 18.00-19.30
A special guided tour of the exhibition with five of the Graphic Details
artists talking and discussing their work before the Symposium on the
12th. With Miriam Katin, Diane Noomin, Corinne Pearlman, Ariel Schrag and
Ilana Zeffren. Alongside Sarah Lightman (co-curator) introducing and
guiding the conversation.
This is a very exciting chance to meet and hear these women discuss their confessional comics in person.

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Communities of Experience?
A Symposium on Autobiographical Comics by Jewish Women

Wednesday 12 November 2014
JW3, The Jewish Community Centre, London
For more info see
Chaired by Sarah Lightman and Dr Heike Bauer

Speakers include Prof. David Brauner (University of Reading) and Dr
Ariela Freedman (Concordia University), Dr Ariel Kahn (University of
Roehampton), Dr Pnina Rosenberg (Israel). And Graphic Details Artists: Corinne Pearlman, Miriam Katin, Diane Noomin, Ariel Schrag and Ilana Zeffren.

The day will conclude with a cartoonist roundtable with six of the internationally acclaimed Graphic Details artists Miriam Katin, Sarah Lightman, Diane Noomin, Corinne Pearlman, Ariel Schrag and Ilana Zeffren. Introduced and chaired by SS65 Directors Rachael House and Jo David. Join us for a lively discussion with some of the most celebrated female graphic artists in the industry.

Here's the event page

The full programme can be viewed here

Graphic Details Symposium Logo By Corinne Pearlman

Study Day

14 November
UCL, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT
A day for Artists at The Slade School of Art, jointly with the Department of Jewish and Hebrew Studies University College London

Laydeez do Comics

20 October, 24 November, 15 December
Monday Evenings 18.30-20.30
Foyles Bookshop,  107 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0DT
Places are FREE but must be booked in advance.
Laydeez do Comics website here

Laydeez do Comics is a unique monthly graphic novel forum with a focus on comic
works based on life narrative, the drama of the domestic and the everyday.

The Book

Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews.
Edited by Sarah Lightman


A little about the Book:
Comics, along with original essays and interviews with the artists
provide insight into the creation of autobiographical comics that
resonate beyond self, gender and ethnicity. Intimate, often awkward,
details fill the lives of 18 Jewish women artists who bare all in their
work. as featured in the internationally acclaimed exhibition “Graphic
Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women.”

SS65 have a stock of the book in our gallery bookshop
So even if you missed the exhibition you can take the show home with you!

Alternatively you can purchase a copy from the publishers here

Further Information

You can find out more about the touring exhibition and where its going next here
You can find out more about the artists here
You can read Michael Kaminer's catalyst article here