The internet is blowing up right now with news that Captain America is… a Nazi. Or at the very least, Hydra. Supposedly, Steve Rogers has been Hydra all along, and readers are just now finding out about it. Why is this such an issue for Marvel readers? Steve Rogers has been the voice of the American comic fan since his creation during World War II. With the popularity of the recent movies, that patriotism has had a huge resurgence. There is so much vitriol being spewed at the book’s writer, Nick Spencer, as well as Marvel executives, and this is just the first issue! Geekettes Kayla and Carly teamed up to pen a calmer, but no less thought-provoking examination of the topic.
On the seventh night of Chanukah, Moses gave to me, the poems of Shel Silverstein.
When I was younger, I gravitated towards Shel Silverstein’s poems because of the silly pictures and the silly nature of the poems themselves. In my head, I never imagined that he could be Jewish. I was the only Jewish kid in my class, and my Hebrew School class wasn’t that big. I figured that Jewish people were few and far between. Continue reading Night 7 of Chanukah: Shel Silverstien
One of my non-Jewish friends recently made a joke about Jewish holidays: “They’re all: ‘We survived; let’s eat!'” She wasn’t entirely wrong. Jews have been persecuted and attacked for thousands of years, and yet we’re still here, resilient as ever, and always ready to party down and eat.
Recent current events have brought to mind arguably the worst tragedy in Jewish history: the Holocaust. All over Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, people are connecting Trump’s ideas to Hitler’s. It’s a scary time in our world right now — and the only way I find I can escape is through books; more specifically, comic books.
Happy fifth night of Chanukah all! Tonight I’m going to talk about Jodi Picoult, an American author known for her deep, heart-wrenching novels like My Sister’s Keeper as well as writing for DC Comics’ Wonder Woman. Continue reading Night 5 of Chanukah: Favorite Jewish Authors Edition
Welcome to the fourth night of the Feast of Lights and to DG’s celebration of our favorite Jewish scribes! Night number one had Carly extolling the merits of Cassandra Clare’s Judaic-inspired fantasy; on night two, Kayla shared her love of Anne Frank; Deanna wrote about Lemony Snicket, a.k.a. Daniel Handler, on night three.
Today’s author (and illustrator!) is Maurice Sendak (1928-2012). You may know his seminal picture book, Where the Wild Things Are (1963). Sendak had a reputation for his curmudgeonly disposition just as much as his haunting illustrations and stories. However, one look at his life’s experiences–largely related to his Jewish background–and I find it easy to sympathize with his outlook.
One of my favorite authors growing up– and to this day– is Daniel Handler. You may know him better by his pen name: Lemony Snicket, behind A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions. Handler is Jewish, so on this night of Hanukkah I would like to celebrate him.
It’s that time of year again! The Geekettes plan to celebrate this year’s Festival of Lights by sharing with you some of our favorite Jewish authors and how their faith/culture influences their works. For Night One, I would like to talk about Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series and creator of the first famous Jewish vampire. Continue reading Night 1 of Chanukah: Favorite Jewish Authors Edition
On the second day of Book Expo America, I had the opportunity to attend a panel in which Geraldine Brooks, well-known author of People of the Book and March, discussed her newest upcoming novel, The Secret Chord. I then got to meet her both after the panel and again at the signing for the book. The Secret Chord is a historical fiction retelling of the life of King David. In the panel, Ms. Brooks discussed her research process, the role of faith in her writing, female characters, and more. Continue reading Geraldine Brooks at BEA: The Secret Chord Review and Panel Overview
Ever thought about a Star Wars-esque cosplay of Queen Amidala in one of her ornate, over-the-top, regal outfits? Perhaps a The Emperor’s New Groove’s Kuzco costume is more your speed. Or, maybe you have an OC that has some awesome millinery, but you’re just not sure how or where to get started on such a project. Well, hopefully this tutorial will be of some assistance!
This summer’s productions have taken me a little out of my comfort zone as a costume designer, which is great in the long run, as it helps me to build and develop new skills. Plus, with the amount of trial-and-error that occurred, my projects also taught me a lot about what doesn’t work, which, while frustrating at the time (for myself and the people assisting me), is beneficial going forward.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them! I don’t love how little attention Jewish characters get for being awesome characters, in the same way that female characters do. However, one female character got to be beautiful and popular and Jewish, a rarity in films.