Thursday, May 20, 2004

Examining Yossel: New York's Jewish Press talks with comics legend Joe Kubert about Yossel: April 19, 1943, about a young boy in the Warsaw Ghetto who is ultimately murdered by Nazis:

"A few important and very experimental decisions distinguish Yossel from other graphic novels and Holocaust literature. No individual move makes Yossel so particularly fascinating, but the combination proves an exciting recipe. Firstly, the creative non-fiction component of writing a fictional story based on research and commitment to fact creates a complex dynamic. Kubert draws the novel in pencil, because, 'How could Yossel get ink?' The work reflects the reality of Yossel`s circumstances: pencil stubs and crumpled pieces of paper."