I drew this diary comic over the summer–some folks have seen it since it was in the collection from Sangría Editora, “Not in Our Name: Against US Aid to the Massacre in Gaza/Contra la ayuda de los Estados Unidos a la masacre en Gaza” (you can download the e-book for free at the link). In a rather indirect way, I am putting it online now because of the attacks on the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo–because I think their comics are racist and Islamophobic and I nevertheless support the right of journalists and critics and artists to produce whatever they feel like saying whether or not I agree. The best things I’ve read so far have been “Unmournable Bodies” by Teju Cole in the New Yorker, and this smart, pointedly offensive comic by Joe Sacco. Additionally, tons of folks are pointing out in blogs and on social media the ways in which so-called world leaders are rallying around the cry for freedom, liberty, free speech etc., often to recuperate their own violence against these very ideals. This also is a time to remember cartoonists around the world, particularly Arab and Muslim cartoonists, like Naji el-Ali, who have been targeted for their critique, or have been killed senselessly in the rippling violence that is loosely labelled the War on Terror.
It’s a doozy. You can get it on Storenvy or pick it up at the New York Feminist Zinefest next week! I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationship between decolonizing Palestine and decolonizing Judaism (see this excellent and thought-provoking piece from Heike Schotten and the other pieces in that series) and I am grateful to all the contributors to this issue for participating in these kinds of conversations, and writing some beautiful pieces!
After 7 issues of Sassyfrass Circus, I have decided that #8 is going to take the zine in a new direction—I am opening it up officially to submissions with a central issue theme of the cross sections of Jewish and queer identity, and how those identities might inform an anti-Zionist or Palestinian solidarity politic. Some organizing frames include the concept of “doykeit” or “hereness,” decolonization of Judaism, and experiences of queer identity as a Jew or in a Jewish context. Submissions should take the form of personal narrative, whatever mediums you want to use to express that. The issue will be ¼ size and black and white. Send submissions to email@example.com. Also I’m trying to get the issue out before the Philly Zinefest, so the deadline is November 4th!
Q: Do I need to be queer to submit?
A: Nope! If you’re interested in submitting to this zine you probably should.
Q: Are you a self-hating Jew?
A: Go back to AIPAC.