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graphic details confessional comics jewish women


Graphic Details Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, JW3. Jewish Community Centre for London

Design by Corinne Pearlman

Conference at Ben Gurion University 2016

to accompany Negev Museum exhibition

Corinne Pearlman and Sarah Lightman


Ariel Schrag

Diane Noomin

Laurie Sandell

Ilana Zeffren

Miriam Katin

Space Station 65, London

All Photos: Miki Shaw

Yeshiva University Museum, New York

All Photos: Zachary Paul Levine . Copyright YUM


Comics Study Morning, Slade School of Fine Art. UCL


Negev Museum of Art

Negev Museum of Art

Dalia Manor and Nirit Dahan (Negev Museum of Art)

Racheli Rottner, Sarah Lightman, Trina Robbins and Ilana Zeffren.





Curated by Sarah Lightman and Michael Kaminer.

Sponsored by The Jewish Daily Forward


Watch the artists speak about their work in London in 2014 here


Vanessa Davis; Bernice Eisenstein; Sarah Glidden; Miriam Katin; Aline Kominsky-Crumb; Miss Lasko-Gross; Sarah Lazarovic; Miriam Libicki; Sarah Lightman; Diane Noomin; Corinne Pearlman; Trina Robbins; Racheli Rotner; Sharon Rudahl; Laurie Sandell; Ariel Schrag; Lauren Weinstein; and Ilana Zeffren


This well-reviewed and often-startling exhibition provides the first in-depth look at a vibrant 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 still largely unexplored. This exhibition of original drawings, full comic books and graphic novels presents the powerful work of artists whose intimate and complex work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades. Sophisticated yet raw, nakedly diaristic storytelling is what makes these comics so compelling. By turns funny, outrageous, poignant and embarrassingly intimate, the works reflect each artist’s individual journeys refracted through a distinctively Jewish lens in a pop-culture art form. Some bare their bodies. Some expose their psyches. All are fearless about experiences, emotions, desires, romance and politics.


2016 Negev Museum of Art

2014/5 Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, Ohio State University

2014 Space Station Sixty Five, Kennington, London

2013 Jewish Museum Florida, Miami

2012 Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland

2012 The Washington DC JCC, Washington.

2011/12 Yeshiva University Museum, New York

2011 The Gladstone Hotel, Koffler Centre for The Arts, Toronto

2011The Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco.

Conferences and Events

2016 : Drawing The Line: Womens Comics Art Conference, Ben Gurion University, Israel

2015 Graphic Details Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.

2014 Graphic Details Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, JW3. Jewish Community Centre for London

2012 Talking about Jewish Women and Comics, Yeshiva University Museum

 Press (selected)


A Jewish Woman's View, The Jerusalem Post June 2016

Two aspects of girl power on view at Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum,

The Columbus Dispatch May 2015

Comics Grid November 2014

Riposte- A Smart Magazine for Women November 2014

The Jewish Chronicle October 2014

Southwark Weekender September 2014

614 HBI eZine 2014

The Lilith Blog 2014

Jewish News 1 May 2012

The Washington Jewish Week May 2012

Naamat Magazine December 2011

The Jewish Week, New York,October 4 2011

The Chicago Jewish News 31 December 2010

Animation Insider

Toronto Star November 15 2010

Haaretz Nirit Anderman 11 October 2010

JWeekly Rachel Leibold October 8 2010

New York Times David Itzkoff July 23rd 2010

Bay Area Reporter Sura Wood, 30 September 2010

San Francisco Arts Monthly Jean Shiffman October 2010



sarah lightman

sarah lightman

Courtesy of the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Photos: Nick Kozak

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, Ohio State University

 The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, Ohio State University


Panel Discussion with Sarah Glidden, Miriam Katin, Trina Robbins and Sarah Lightman.

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, Ohio State University 2015

The Jerusalem Post (June 2016)


© Sarah Lightman 2013