Why Is This Crowdfunding Campaign Different From All Other Crowdfunding Campaigns?
Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel IndieGoGo Officially Launched
(The Nile, Egypt – April 27, 2016 – 6th Day Of Passover Holiday) Acclaimed Batman comics creator and Jewish cartoonist Jordan B. “Gorf” Gorfinkel announced a crowdfunding campaign for The Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel. Combining the traditional text and sequential art on alternating pages, this will be the first ever sequential art rendering of the Passover night Seder ritual “guide book” called the Haggadah. Be part of the creation of the next chapter in the Passover story by making your tax deductible donation on the crowdfunding site today at www.JewishCartoon.com/haggadah
The Seder is dinner theater writ large, as Jewish families and guests are instructed on Passover night to see themselves not as if they are coming out of Egypt, rather as they are coming out of Egypt. What better way to create this immediacy, to put the audience into the story in print, than with a graphic novel. The epic, action-packed story traverses 4000 years of Jewish history, tradition and philosophy, taking us from ancient Egypt when the Jews baked matzohs (flat breads) in their rush to leave slavery; to modern times, when Jews eat those very same matzohs; and back again, with philosophy, allegory and poetry from myriad epochs interspersed.
(Matzohs sold separately.)
The Graphic Novel Passover Haggadah promises to be one of the most beautiful and engaging Haggadahs ever offered. Reflecting the diverse character of the Seder service itself, this book will appeal to both family members and guests of all backgrounds and religions. To borrow from the Haggadah’s parable of the Four Sons, whether you’re “wise” and knowledgeable from birth, or “simple” and want the basics, The Graphic Novel Passover Haggadah will play a central role in guiding you from slavery to freedom authentically and entertainingly. After all, whether you’re Jewish or not, aspirational stories of liberation and history and hope, reenacted over a sumptuous, are universal. And there’s no more universal medium for telling stories, one that bridges all cultures, backgrounds and languages, than the sequential art form of comics.
(Bickering relatives not included.)
Writer/Creator Jordan B. Gorfinkel (Batman, Birds Of Prey, Michael Midas Champion), said, “Adapting the non-linear Passover Haggadah story into comics will be the greatest challenge and most passionate achievement of my career. This book will be an evergreen product that will sell year after year, for educational, theological and ecumenical use, for personal enjoyment, and as a treasured gift. ”
Creator/Writer Jordan B. Gorfinkel (Gorf) led a team of writers, illustrators and creators who ran the Batman franchise for DC Comics. His creations, such as Batman: No Man’s Land and Birds Of Prey, have resulted in critically acclaimed and commercially successful publications (over 2000 comic books), film (The Dark Knight Rises), television series (Cartoon Network, The WB), toys, games, merchandise and more. Gorf writes and draws JewishCartoon.com, his “reverentially irreverent” comic strip that appears online and in newspapers around the US and the world. A specially commissioned series is featured in the permanent exhibition of the Munich Jewish Museum in Germany. His forthcoming Lion Forge Comics series, “3 O’Clock High”, co-created with Butch Hartman (Nickelodeon’s Fairly Odd Parents), drops Summer 2016.
Artist Erez Zadok is a top graduate from Jerusalem’s acclaimed Bezalel Academy of Art. Erez was selected after a months-long worldwide search to identify the best new talent from Israel. His immense talent is evident from his stunning pages previewed on the crowdfunding site, for which he did layouts, pencils, inks and colors. His next project is the summer 2016 Lion Forge Comics series “3 O’Clock High”, co-created with Butch Hartman (Nickelodeon’s Fairly Odd Parents).
What others are saying about Gorf’s work:
“Full of action, adventure, humor and suspense”—Denny O’Neil, Batman Group Editor
“Absolutely charming”—Paul Levitz, President/Publisher, DC Comics
“Loaded with talent”—G.B. Trudeau, Doonesbury
“I was quite impressed”—Charles Schulz, Peanuts
“Comics? On this he can earn a living?”—Gorf’s Bubbe