Der Tshaynik – A Yiddish Folktale (part 5)

This last instalment has been quite a ride! After writing the text for the story, I was suddenly faced with all manner of challenges: how exactly do I depict letters of light, heavenly realms, and angels? So I took my time and felt my way along. I love what came out of the process. I …

Der Tshaynik – A Yiddish Folktale (part 4)

When I began working on Der Tshaynik (The Tea Kettle), I imagined the process would be similar to that of The Tale of the Silent Woman which I wrote and illustrated during the 100dayproject back in 2018. Each day, I produced a single page, not knowing what would follow on from there. 'Der Tshaynik' has …

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 …

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