THEY WERE WITH US IN 2016. GUESTS FOR 2017 TO BE ANNOUNCED.
The Brooklyn based creator, currently working on THE RED HOOK at Webtoon (www.webtoon.com) is a combination of talent, culture and lots of fun! We're hugely proud to have him at the Jewish Comic Con with probably a lot of surprises in his pocket…
Indie favorite Josh Neufeld is a man of many talents. A cartoonist, a comics journalist, a writer and an artist. He created the Eisner and Harvey Awards nominated A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. He's also known for working with the late comic book legend Harvey Pekar. He'll bring his vast set of talents to the Jewish Comic Con! Prepare for some indie goodness.
Danny Fingeroth was a longtime editor and writer for Marvel Comics. He is the author of Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society; Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics and the Creation of the Superhero; The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels; In addition to tabling at our con, Danny will moderate the panels, along with Arie Kaplan.
The California native is a multi-layered über talented creator with TV, books and comics experience.
She is the author of the
Eisner nominated graphic novel Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise (Simon & Schuster), which chronicle her four years at Berkeley High School. Potential is currently being developed into a feature film by Christine Vachon’s Killer Films (Carol, Boys Don’t Cry, Mildred Pierce). Schrag was a writer for Season Two of the HBO series How To Make It In America and a writer for Seasons Three and Four of the Showtime series The L Word. We couldn't be more proud to have Ariel at the Jewish Comic Con.
Mort Gerberg is a longtime cartoonist and author best known for his magazine cartoons in The New Yorker, Playboy and numerous other publications. He was voted as Best Magazine Cartoonist of 2007 and 2008 by the National Cartoonists Society, the international organization for professional cartoonists, and was a founding member and president of The Cartoonists Guild. Gerberg is also a popular public speaker, particularly on the subjects of creativity and positive aging. He'll be at the Jewish Comic Con and will bring all sorts of funny vibes with him!
Arie Kaplan is an author and comic book writer. He has written several graphic novels, including Speed Racer: Chronicles of the Racer (IDW Publishing, 2008), Shadow Guy & Gamma Gal: Heroes Unite (Penguin Young Readers Group/Disney Club Penguin, 2010), and The New Kid From Planet Glorf (Capstone, 2013). Arie is the author of the nonfiction title From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books, which was a 2008 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and a 2009 Sophie Brody Honor Book (awarded by the American Library Association) Recently, Arie wrote two LEGO Star Wars books for Scholastic. The first one, Face Off, will be published in September 2016. Over the years, Arie has also penned numerous humor articles for MAD Magazine. Arie is proud to be part of the Jewish Comic Con, where he'll moderate the panels, along with Danny Fingeroth.
The curator and co-founder of the Jewish Comic Con was born in Paris, France, where he fell in love with American comics at an early age. After founding the first newsmagazine about comics, COMIC BOX, in 1998, he switched to writing. His smashing debut was SPIDER-MAN NOIR for Marvel Comics. He co-wrote, with Dave Hine, two mini-series with this character before moving on other projects, both in France and USA. In 2014-2015, he published the mini-series ONE-HIT WONDER at Image Comics. He currently writes a new series INTERTWINED, at Dynamite Comics.
For nearly a decade Gorf was on the team that managed the Batman comic book franchise at DC Comics. His creations, such as the most successful female superhero team in history, Birds Of Prey). Gorf writes and illustrates JewishCartoon.com, published weekly as Everything’s Relative in newspapers internationally, from America to Israel to Germany. The Munich Jewish Museum commissioned a series of his cartoons that is featured in their permanent exhibition; Gorfinkel is the first cartoonist in the world to be so honored in a Jewish museum. At summer camps and schools, he leads the Jewish Cartoon Workshop, instructing participants of all ages and backgrounds to draw Jewish stories and themes into comics, and then collecting them into a comic book for everyone to enjoy and learn from. Gorf’s current comics projects are Michael Midas Champion and 3 O’Clock Club co-created with Butch Hartman (Nickelodeon’s “Fairly Odd Parents); he is presently in production on the Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel.
Julian Voloj is the type of creative talent that this industry will always be proud to have in its ranks. The photographer and writer was working on a series on Jewish diversity, when he met Benjamin Melendez, a former gang leader (and Crypto Jew!) who brokered a gang truce in 1971 that consequently led to the emergence of hip hop in the South Bronx (and inspired the cult movie "The Warriors"). Melendez became the subject of Julian's graphic novel "Ghetto Brother" (illustrated by Claudia Ahlering, published in the U.S. by NBM). The book has so far been translated into French, German, Portuguese and Spanish. His next book, "Die Judenbuche" ("The Jew's Beech"), based on a 19th century novella, retells the story of a historic murder in his native Westphalia and will be published in February. Also in 2017, "Truth, Justice, and the American Way: The Joe Shuster Story" (with artist Thomas Campi), a graphic novel about the Superman co-creator, coinciding with his 25th yarzeit, is scheduled for publication.
Will Torres is a Hispanic/American comic book artist from New Jersey. Will Torres has worked on Image Comics/Topcow Productions comic book FRESHMEN SUMMER VACATION#1 as the back-up artist, winning pin-up artist on rap legend Darryl "DMC" McDaniels hit comic book, DMC #1, contributing pin-up artist om The Official WALKING DEAD MAGAZINE #5, and now his up-coming creator-own comic book titled Mr.Venture: Man of Adventure #1! Together with artist William Olmo, Mr.Torres teamed up with Richard Hoffman to in producing the adventures of the Jewish super hero titled the AMERICAN SCREAMING EAGLE!
RAFAEL MEDOFF & CRAIG YOE
Appearing together at the Jewish Comic Con, Holocaust scholar Dr. Rafael Medoff and comics historian & publisher Craig Yoe will bring their unique talent to the panel "Cartoonists Against the Holocaust". They will discuss their latest cutting-edge projects, including Cartoonists Against the Holocaust, their collection of 1940s political cartoons that tried to alert America about the Nazi genocide; They Spoke Out, the new animated series with Disney Educational Productions; and the new line of Holocaust-related comic books illustrated by award-winning Mr. X creator Dean Motter. And a special sneak preview of their forthcoming Holocaust project with Neal Adams!
JEFF NEWELT AKA JAHFURRY
Jeff Newelt AKA JahFurry is a comics editor of Heeb Magazine, reggae performer and social media / pr specialist. He edited and produced the late Harvey Pekar's webcomics series The Pekar Project as well as his graphic novel CLEVELAND. Current and recent clients include National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, Art Spiegelman, Douglas Rushkoff, Toon Books, The Fifth Beatle / Tiwary Entertainment Group, The Zappa Family Trust / Universal Records, and Paul Pope.
Isaac Goodhart is a New York based comic artist. He got his start in comics after being one of the winners of the 2013 Top Cow talent hunt. His first work was Artifacts issue 38 and is currently working on the ongoing series, Postal which started in February 2015.