The World Cup may have focused the world’s attention on South Africa, but when cartoonist Eli Valley’s angry protagonist, Stuart the Jewish Turtle, hops a plane to Johannesburg, it’s not to see the games. Stuart’s gone on a mission to stop Judge Goldstone from attending his grandson’s bar mitzvah, and he meets Michael Oren, Alan Dershowitz and Nelson Mandela along the way.
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Eli Valley is finishing his first novel. His column, “Comics Rescued From a Burning Synagogue in Bialystok and Hidden in a Salt Mine Until After the War,” appears monthly in the Forward. His Web site is www.evcomics.com.