Life just works out sometimes.
When Karen and I started Seraphic Press we were determined to publish graphic novels. Only problem was, how were we ever going to find a great graphic novelist who would write and illustrate a book appropriate for our audience. Almost every graphic novel out there is just filled with unbelievable profanity, sex, and extremes of violence, what the mainstream media calls “cutting edge material.”
And then, about a year ago, for a Shabbos, Karen and I hosted a few boys from the Orthodox community with developmental problems. It was a deeply moving and humbling experience. A few days later, Neil, the brother of one of the boys, wrote to thank me. I wrote back a polite note and as notes flew back and forth I learned that Neil–I promise I am not making this up–was an award winning graphic artist.
An idea sprouted in my mind and I asked Neil if he would be interested in writing a graphic novel for Seraphic Press about his brother and the unique problems an Orthodox family faces when a developmental disability strikes.
Migdal David will not be finished until 2007, but we wanted Seraphic Secret readers to get a preview of this beautiful and touching book. Needless to say, Karen and I are proud to be a part of this great enterprise, a first in Orthodox Jewish publishing. When you navigate to the next page, just click on the thumbnails and the images will get big enough for you to read.
release of Migdal David, his cartoon memoir about developmental disability in an orthodox jewish home from Seraphic