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Will Deutsch: Notes from the Tribe

Artist Will Deutsch creates a wonderful intersection between his love of comic books, his love of Judaism and his quirky artistic talent. I dig his work and there are a lot of pieces that would be of interest to Jewish people of all levels of religious observance. Specifically interesting in the context of Tattoo Jew is this:

According to the Jewish Journal article Will Deutsch: Drawing on Jewish Culture,"Deutsch’s imagery draws from a rich tradition of immigrant Jewish woodcut artists, also a major influence on Will Eisner’s “A Contract with God,” widely recognized as the first graphic novel. Most of the founding comic book artists and writers were Jewish, and Deutsch can cite the pantheon like a music critic listing the great composers: Maxwell Gaines, a pioneer of the comic book form; Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman; Bob Kane, creator of Batman; Al Jaffee of Mad Magazine; and Stan Lee, former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. Deutsch’s drawings reflect the lack of agreement of what it means to be Jewish. The Jews in his drawings are wrapping tefillin, but they’re also doing the electric slide at a bar mitzvah and getting Hebrew tattoos on their arms. “My work is meant to function as a lens, not a pulpit,” Deutsch said. “It’s how I see things, not how they are or how they should be.”"
Check out his site here: Notes from the Tribe.
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