Jewish Wolverine at the San Diego Comic Con 2015 39 Photo: JCD Images
Jewish Wolverine at the San Diego Comic Con 2015 39 Photo: JCD Images

If you’re a huge comic book enthusiast and didn’t make it out to last Saturday’s Comic Con event, or if you did make it but you just want more … then you’re in luck: Prospect Heights is hosting its own version on November 13!

But wait, this cartoon showcase comes with an Hasidic twist! It’s a Jewish Comic Con, taking place at Congregation Kol Israel, the oldest-running Orthodox shul in Brooklyn.

It all started in a synagogue with “a thing for art.” 

As described on its website, it started with a Shabbat dinner between the President of Congregation Kol Israel Fred Polaniecki, and comic book creator Fabrice Sapolsky. Together, they outlined the Jewish Comic Con, a place to explore how Jewish identity has influenced comics both on the page and behind the scenes. Featuring panel discussions, artist tables and lots of shmoozing!

And why not? You do not have to be a practicing Jew to participate; all are invited, so no yamakas required!

“I’m not interested in doing a Jew-centric comic con,” Sapolsky told Brooklyn Paper. “This industry was created by Jews for everyone, and we have to keep that message alive.”

Fifteen contemporary Jewish comic artists — including “The Red Hook” creator and Carroll Gardens resident Dean Haspiel and veteran New York cartoonist Mort Gerberg — will appear at the St. John’s Place synagogue.

Kol Israel, located at 603 St Johns Pl., was built in 1924 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. All proceeds from the comic con will go to help preserve and restore Congregation Kol Israel.

For more information, on Jewish Comic Con, go here.

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