Der Tshaynik – A Yiddish Folktale (part 3)

The method of storytelling I wanted to follow in creating this tale is as follows: Turn up each day and find out what happens next! This is the method I used when I wrote 'The Tale of the Silent Woman' several years ago. Somehow, over a period of 100 days, the story had a complete …

Der Tshaynik – A Yiddish Folktale (part 2)

With the second instalment of Der Tshaynik (The Tea Kettle), we are well and truly underway. I am enjoying working within several new constraints: no speech bubbles, keeping the text concise, and a muted colour palette. After three months of diary comics, however, it is taking all my willpower not to add speech bubbles to my …

Der Tshaynik – A Yiddish Folktale (part 1)

The next 3 months of my yearlong Yiddish project will be dedicated to telling a story. All I know about this story is how it begins. And that it involves a tea-kettle (a tshaynik)! I hope to turn up each day and be as surprised as anyone to learn what happens next. This is a very …

My Year in Yiddish (week 13)

This week's post is slightly shorter due to the fact that the first little book, along with the first season of the year, has come to an end. It has been an absolute joy and an incredible learning process to chart my days in Yiddish these last three months. A new little book is about …

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