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04/01/2006
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Megillat Esther
Megillat Esther

Millions of people around the world love graphic comics, whether it is Sin City or Japanese Manga, the popularity of graphic novels is enormous.

With a storyline mixed with illustration, graphic novels are much more than just kid's comics.
 
Putting a Jewish spin on them is the new Megillat Esther published by the Jewish Publication Society.  In what is probably first Jewish religious story put to graphic novel form, it tells the tale of Queen Esther and how she saved the Jews of Persia from death.
 
The novel was created by JT Waldman and puts a unique spin on the Purim story.  It's a bold approach to engage the reader through the striking black and white illustrations which contain English and Hebrew text.
 
It certainly isn't for everyone, but it is an approach that will find a fanbase with those who wish to explore Jewish texts in a very fresh way.
 
Running to over 160 pages, Megillat Esther provides rabbinic citations to help readers put everything into perspective.
 
Overall it works as a graphic novel, at times it can be a bit confusing as to how to read it, left to right one side and right to left the other, but this does allow the reader to dip in and out of the novel.
 
Whether you know the story of Esther or are looking to a refresher, JT Waldman's Megillat Esther is a major achievement that shows that Jewish stories can be interpreted through modern publishing.
 
For more information: www.megillatesther.com

 
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