It’s the lot of a comic book anthology to be believed not to perform well in comic book stores. Despite many fine stalwarts of the form from Dark Horse Presents to Raw to Phoenix Weekly to 2000AD to Meanwhile… to Resist! to Pop Comics, it’s always been a hard sell to the direct comics market as a whole, even though individual comic book stores do a lot better.
Which it seems is why the upcoming anthology of the work of Max Perlson, written in Yiddish in 1930s New York and adapted into comics and into English, won’t be distributed by Diamond Comics Distributors. It’s hard to find a market, ironically considering the another New York anthology of comic book stories from Jewish creators in the nineteen thirties, Action Comics, seems to have gone on to do okay.
But, again, for A Bunch Of Jews (And Other Stuff) – or A Minyen Yidn (un andere zakhn) individual stores might do better amongst their own customers.
The book was translated and adapted into comics by Perlson’s daughter, who happens to be the famous cartoonist Trina Robbins. She has found a number of prominent writers, a publisher in Hope Nicholson’s Bedside Press who is also editing the book, for this series of small town stories and a move from the old country to the big city, bringing along fables from the old to the young, to life.
Artists include Steve Leialoha, Robert Triptow, Joan Steacy, Ken Steacy, Shary Flenniken, Sarah Glidden, Eve Furchgott, Elizabeth Watasin, Anne Timmons, Caryn Leschen, Jen Vaughn, Terry Laban, Miriam Libicki, Miriam Katin and Willy Mendes.
Here are a few pages for flavour. Interested retailers should contact Bedside Press directly.