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Zindel woke up in a sweat, in a strange bed.
“I am Wolf,” said the gray-bearded man standing over him. “I know why you’re here.”
For the first time in Zindel’s life, he felt, strangely, no need to accuse. Why should he, when the face in front of him shone like the face of an angel?
Zindel waited there on Wolf’s doorstep, steeling himself for the dog to open the door, and then Zindel would deliver the biting prayer that Wolf in turn would swallow; it would stick in the animal’s throat and then all the sparks of goodness the dog had swallowed would be vomited out. It would be unpleasant, but if he wanted a baby it had to be done.
A Hebrew letter” she said to the wolf, “can eventually transform an ignoble animal into a magnificent man. Look here!” She turned her head; Wolf had stopped straining at the rope...
bs"d Some artists are fun to work with; you ask for a girl scrooching down to draw letters in the dirt, and you get a wild scene of a girl who is flying and stabbing a rock with her sword. The wolf, which was supposed to be straining at the rope, seems tame while the girl is going crazy. Does it make sense? Maybe, but who says it has to make sense?
Shalom! my name is Alizah Teitelbaum, founder of Holy Zowie! Comics, which exists, in a nutshell, because twenty years ago a man walked into our house like a character from Harry Potter and left on the table a magical book. A few years later the power of its words and pictures launched us into the Negev.
Does every book have this power? No. It comes from the writer’s soul, heart and holy boldness. Holy Zowie! Comics looks for this power here in the Negev. When we catch it, we draw another artist or storyteller into the magical alliance. We create our own kind of magic. The readers in turn begin to believe that the whole world is theirs, and it is.
We found three artists in the Negev to create three unparalleled comic books this year.
We found a publisher too. And sometimes we reach straight to our readers.
With the money, we will buy sketchbooks, ink, paints, graphic tablets, photoshop, and computers that work. We will use it to keep us going until the comics take off.
Thank you, boot camp. See you at that safe and holy place for the next wild, heart-stirring adventure.