From The First Jewish Comic Con In Brooklyn, Last Weekend

Posted by November 18, 2016 Comment

By Jason Borelli

My original plan for this weekend was Long Island Who in Hauppauge, NY. I went there — my first Doctor Who convention — last year, and I had a decent time. The problem is that I’d have to drive a couple of hours to get there, and I would have needed to spring for a hotel. Even if I didn’t have to commute from hotel to hotel, November seldom offers optimal convention weather. While I could have used an escape from the events of the past week (even if things had swung in the other direction), I had to take a pass.

Every few weeks, I check Convention Scene to see if there are events near me. Imagine my surprise when I found out about the first-ever Jewish Comic Con in Brooklyn. Held at Congregation Kol Israel, the convention’s intent was inclusive, with an emphasis on Jewish identity in comics. I was still a bit upset at myself for missing out on FlameCon months ago, so I figured this was a good way to make up for it.

While the show itself was held on Sunday, there was a “preview night” on Saturday. I wound up driving over, lucking into good parking, which is at a premium in Brooklyn. I spent most of my time travelling between two floors, eating too many snacks when I knew there would be dinner waiting for me at home. The downside was that there were a lot of problems with the microphones. It got jarring as Jeff Newlet performed scenes from Harvey Pekar’s comics, and he kept smacking the mic. I wound up bailing out before the band ConSoul performed, because I wanted to get a jump on the following day.

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For a first-time effort, Jewish Comic Con did very well. Both floors were full once the show got going. The creators had interesting material on hand, and I got a copy of The Book Hitler Didn’t Want You to Read. I also got two sketches to fill out my book: Kyle Rayner as Omega Lantern from Isaac Goodheart, and Death by Fabrice Sapolsky, a co-founder of the convention.

death-fabrice1I visited two panels, both of which were well-attended. In particular,The Mezuzah On The Batcave Door: Jewish Elements Of Batman” was standing-room only, as former editor Jordan Gorfinkel likened 1999’s “No Man’s Land” storyline to the story of Moses. And there were a few people in costume at the show . . . less than what I anticipate at the upcoming New Jersey Comic Expo, but more than what I’d expected.

In a rather stressful week, Jewish Comic Con provided a pleasant respite from “real life.” While I probably would pass on trekking to Brooklyn on a cold November evening, I would not mind coming back to the show.

(Last Updated November 22, 2016 6:54 am )