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 …

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 …

My Year in Yiddish (week 12)

It has been another rich week in my Yiddish diary. Of course food is always part of the story! Along with backaches, walks in nature, meeting new young friends and more. Here are the pages form the last seven days. Enjoy! When my lower back aches, I wrap a yoga belt around it. “Now that’s …

My Year in Yiddish (week 11)

This week, in my Yiddish diary, I have journeyed through different landscapes: the rich terrain of dreams and the unfolding of the Purim story, set in ancient Persia. It has been a week of attempting to solve various puzzles: the labyrinth of life (which seems to be unsolvable!) and the challenge of a sudoku puzzle …

My Year in Yiddish (week 10)

This week I am relying on Yiddish jokes and sayings to make sense of life. Actually the joke below started out in English. Does translating it into Yiddish mean it is now a Yiddish joke? Something to ponder. (It probably depends on how you tell it?) Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? …

My Year in Yiddish (week 9)

I think it's now a given that each week in my Yiddish diary, there will be at least one page that's about food! And so the week begins with a pot of soup... A big pot of soup A groyser top zup ‎אַ גרויסער טאָפּ זופּ carrots מײערן meyern onions ציבעלעס tsibeles leeks פּראַזשעס prazhes …

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