While trying to free up some space for a project I'm working on, I found this test drawing of a graphic novel I never finished writing. It brings back memories (also nightmares).
Hope everyone is staying healthy and safe.
Nice to hear that the Spanish version of The Tattooed Torah,
LA PEQUEÑA TORÁ TATUADA, has been accepted to its first festival
the Baja California International Film Festival in Tijuana, Mexico.
Also working on a new book. (A sample below.) Lots of work. Exhausting but fun.
photos Ben Lemelman
It's been about 3 weeks since these pictures were taken at the showing of The Tattooed Torah in Chicago. It seems so long ago - so much has happened in the world.
The photos are of some of the many talented people that created this wonderful film.
Bottom photo from left --
Daniel Alcheh, Beth Kopin, Christian Robins, Lisa Effress, Brett Kopin, Marc Bennett, and me.
To find out more about these amazing folks go to www.thetattooedtorah.com
Stay Home and Stay Safe.
The movie is being submitted and shown at film festivals throughout the country.
Here is a link to
THE TATTOOED TORAH - Trailer:
Link to JCC Chicago Film Festival
Thanks to Beth Kopin, the driving force behind the making of the movie,
The Tattooed Torah, for this article about creating the art. Click on the link to view.
Initial construction of background.
Initial painting of background
Actually this old (like me) comic was done about a Christmas walk years ago but
New Years Eavesdropping is a better title.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
I recently received the book, Holocaust Graphic Narratives (Rutgers University Press, 2020) by Victoria Aarons. Dr. Aarons is a Professor of English at Trinity College where she teaches courses on American Jewish and Holocaust literature.
I was pleased to see that she devotes a chapter to my graphic memoir, Mendel’s Daughter (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2006). Her thoughtful analysis of my work was perceptive and spot on.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
Was trying to clean up my desktop and found these old promos.
I forgot I did them.
Old age, I guess.
The movie was based on the children’s book, The Tattooed Torah
written by Marvell Ginsburg
Illustrated by Martin Lemelman
The three screenings at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, the Solomon Schechter Day School, and Temple Beth Am reached approximately 700 viewers - a truly amazing experience in Chicago.
There are more showings scheduling in L.A., Florida, London, and Prague. A Spanish version will be shown in Mexico City and Panama City. More coming up. Whew...
I met such delightful and friendly people - some who were the talented folks that created this wonderful movie. Amazingly, there were a few I had only spoken to over the phone or emailed!
Beth Kopin, daughter of Marvell Ginsburg, made this movie happen. Her tireless work brought people together from all over the country. She made us all feel comfortable and was an incredible host.
Panel Discussion at the Illinois Holocaust Museum
From left to right-
Marc Bennett - Author Screenplay, Director and Energizer Bunny in human form
Martin Lemelman - Illustrator
Melinda Goldrich - Executive Producer, President Director The Goldrich Family Foundation
Beth Kopin - Executive Producer
Lisa Effress - Producer, Managing Partner 11 Dollar Bill
Brett Kopin - Author Screenplay (holding the actual Tattooed Torah)
Jeffrey Pittle - Animator
Christian Robins - Animator
Daniel Alcheh - Original Music
Just finished this final painting needed for a shot in the film.
Working up to the deadline of the premiere in Chicago, October 24.
Music, sound effects and narration are being mixed, as well.
Everyone working hard-- very dedicated.