In a country where prescription medication is easily given to people with the slightest inclination towards anxiety and depression, frank talk about what it means to have mental ill is still pretty scarce.
The rising wave of violence in Israel is already having a real impact on Israeli tourism and culture.
Coinciding with Comic Con NY, an audience of comic book aficionados filled The Center for Jewish History’s auditorium for the American Jewish Historical Society-sponsored October 7th “panel discussion “Comics and the Jews.” Karen Green, Columbia University graphic novels librarian [“the funnest job ever”] introduced writer-panelists former editor in chief of DC Comics Paul Kupperberg author of 100 stories including “Jew Jitsu-Hebrew Hands of Fury”, Arie Kaplan, author of “From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books,” Danny Fingeroth longtime writer and editor for Marvel Comics, and Paul Levitz, editor and former publisher of DC Comics.
Levitz recalled the early days of the comic book industry as peopled by “a bunch of scrappy Jewish entrepreneurs at the absolute bottom of the publishing profession…. The comics in America basically began their flourish when LaGuardia became mayor of New York City and started an anti-porn campaign and pushed the [porno] publishers out…Late in the 1930’s Depression, there was virtually no opportunity in the arts for the young in general…. Yiddish theater was fading away [and] Jewish cartoonists were literally drawing in chalk on the sidewalks and the fact that they could get work and get paid for [it] was astounding regardless of how lousy the pay was.”