We are so excited for the opening program and reception for GRAPHIC DETAILS: CONFESSIONAL COMICS BY JEWISH WOMEN this Sunday, April 19th at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum! You can find out more information about the program and exhibit here: http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/03/11/new-exhibit-graphic-details-confessional-comics-by-jewish-women/

This event is FREE and open to the public!
For now, we thought we’d give you a taste for what these fabulous women have in store for you by sharing a bit about their histories:


MIRIAM KATINkatin_sevenspoonfuls1
Miriam Katin was born in Hungary in 1942, and immigrated to Israel after the Hungarian uprising of 1956. She apprenticed in a graphic arts studio in Tel Aviv, and from 1960-1962 served in the Israel Defense Forces as a graphic artist. She has had no formal education except for a passion for drawing her entire life. From 1981-1989, Katin worked in Ein Gedi Animation in Kibbutz Ein Gedi as a background designer, and from 1990 -2000 as a background designer for Jumbo Pictures/Nickelodeon, MTV Animation, and Disney Studios in New York. In 2000, Katin started creating her own comics. Her graphic novels are We Are On Our Own (Drawn & Quarterly, 2006) and Letting It Go (Drawn & Quarterly, 2013). Her work has been included in Best American Comics for 2007 and 2014. Katin’s awards include: 2006 Eisner Award nomination for Outstanding Short Story, 2006 Ignatz Award nomination for Outstanding Artist category, 2007 Grand Prix de la Critique of the Association des Critiques at Journalistses de Bande Dessinee, 2007 Inkpot Award for Outstanding contribution to the world of comics, and a 2013 nominated for Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist. Miriam currently lives in Washington Heights, NY with husband Geoff and a giant Ficus Benjamina tree. http://www.miriamkatin.com/
Award-winning herstorian and writer Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over forty years. She has written and drawn comics from Wonder Woman to Barbie. Her 2009 book, The Brinkley Girls: the Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons from 1913-1940 (Fantagraphics), and her 2011 book, “Tarpe Mills and Miss Fury,” were nominated for Eisner awards and Harvey awards. Her all-ages graphic novel, Chicagoland Detective Agency: The Drained Brains Caper, first in a 6-book series, was a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her graphic novel, “Lily Renee: Escape Artist,” was awarded a gold medal from Moonbeam Chidren’s Books and a silver medal from Sydney Taylor Jewish Library Awards. Trina’s most recent book is Pretty in Ink, her final and definitive history of women cartoonists. In 2013, Trina was voted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. http://www.trinarobbins.com/Trina_Robbins/Welcome.html



SARAH GLIDDENhow-to-understand-israel-in-60-days-or-less-main
Sarah Glidden’s first book, a graphic-memoir called “How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less”, was published by Vertigo in 2010 and was later translated into five languages. Her short comics and essays have been published in Ha’aretz, Symbolia Magazine, the Nib, and the Jewish Quarterly. Her second book, “Rolling Blackouts”, will be published by Drawn and Quarterly in 2016. sarahglidden.com



SARAH LIGHTMAN graphic details book cover copy
Sarah Lightman is  co-curator of Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, and editor of “Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews” (McFarland 2014) which was just awarded The Susan Koppelman Prize for Best Feminist Anthology. She has contributed writings on comics to many books, newspapers and journals including The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Jewish Cultures ( Routledge 2014), The Unspeakable: Narratives of Trauma (Peter Lang 2014), Trauma Narratives and Herstory (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and is a frequent contributor to Studies in Comics (Intellect Publishing). She is an award-winning fine artist, currently working on her autobiographical graphic novel The Book of Sarah (Myriad Editions 2017). She has also been making animated films from her drawings which she has exhibited in galleries in UK, US and Israel. She is director, with Nicola Streeten, of Laydeez do Comics, the UK’s only women’s led monthly comic forum now with branches worldwide.  www.sarahlightman.com