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The Comic Torah: Reimagining the Very Good Book
     

The Comic Torah: Reimagining the Very Good Book

by Aaron Freeman, Rosenzweig Sharon (Illustrator)
 

A hilarious, gorgeous, off-beat graphic version of the Bible's first five books! In the Comic Torah, stand-up comic Aaron Freeman and artist Sharon Rosenzweig reimagine the Torah with provocative humor and irreverent reverence.

Prepare to meet God (referred to by the ineffable Hebrew name YHWH) imagined as a female with green skin, a love of grilling (see

Overview

A hilarious, gorgeous, off-beat graphic version of the Bible's first five books! In the Comic Torah, stand-up comic Aaron Freeman and artist Sharon Rosenzweig reimagine the Torah with provocative humor and irreverent reverence.

Prepare to meet God (referred to by the ineffable Hebrew name YHWH) imagined as a female with green skin, a love of grilling (see Leviticus for menus) and a bloody awful temper. Moses plays her romantic lead, part of a multi-ethnic cast of characters featuring celebrities such as Barack Obama playing Joshua ("Yes, we Canaan!"). Each weekly portion gets a two-page spread. Like the original, the Comic Torah is not always suitable for children. This is a Torah experience like no other.

"Sensational!" -Bleeding Cool Comic Book News
"Sacred and profane at the same time!" -Paul Krassner
"Awesome!" -Alison Bechdel
"Genius!" -Douglas Rushkoff
"Fantastic!" -Rabbi Harold Kudan
"Blasphemous, Wrong, Accurate, Addictive!" -Navidad Arnett

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
An irreverent and occasionally amusing interpretation of sacred texts, this imagines the Jewish Lord as a green-skinned woman, one of many deities; a god whose personal failings are all too human, more akin to those of a spoiled child playing with its toys than the actions of an all-knowing, all-powerful god. Familiar stories are recast in this light; we see JHWH manipulating both Moses and Pharaoh to make them play the roles she has assigned for them and her interest in the Land of Milk and Honey--personified as an open-minded platinum-haired blonde--is not territorial but rather overtly sexual. Some people may find this imaginative approach offensive, even heretical; although not as specifically focused or as detailed about this specific period as this work, Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the Universe covered similar ground decades ago and did so more skillfully. While theologists may be puzzled, the hyperactive, colorful art brings the story to life far more than more reverent versions. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934730539
Publisher:
Yehuda, Ben Press
Publication date:
10/28/2010
Pages:
106
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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