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My Influences Are Showing

Earlier this week, Liana Finck let us peek behind the curtain at the source material for her comic based on A Bintel Brief. She showed us the first two pages and the second story. Her blog posts are being featured this week on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog Series. For more information on the series, please visit:


I keep a collection in my head of the names of stories, movies, pictures that seem perfect to me. They all have a certain feel to them.

  • “The Artist of the Beautiful,” a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • “The Black Monk,” a story by Anton Chekhov
  • “Charulata,” a movie by by Satyajit Ray
  • “The Rules of the Game,” a movie by Jean Renoir
  • “The Deleuge at Norderny,” a story by Isak Dinesen
  • “The Tempest,” a play by William Shakespeare
  • “The Enchanted Castle,” a novel for children by Edith Nesbit
  • “Alice in Wonderland,” by Lewis Carroll
  • “Ponyo,” an animated movie by Hayao Miyazaki
  • “Aladdin” and other stories from the “Arabian Nights”
  • A lot of Japanese prints, Chinese scrolls, Islamic pictures

What do these things have in common? A certain magic. I think it’s that they are all miniatures, stories glimpsed through a keyhole. I think comics are miniatures, too.

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