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Art Market

Graphic novelist James Sturm turns his attention to a struggling Eastern European rug maker

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With his graphic-novel trilogy James Sturm’s America, comic-book artist James Sturm gained a devoted following for his skillful storytelling, sharp eye, and deft hand. The books examined 18th- and 19th-century America through the lens of religious revivalists, desperate gold miners, and a scrappy team of Jewish (and presumed to be Jewish) baseball players. Now, in Market Day, Sturm imagines Jewish life in industrializing Europe, following 24 hours in the life of Mendelman, a highly skilled rug maker who confronts economic changes that might destroy his livelihood—and with it, the pleasure he takes in seeing the world through his craft. Influenced by Art Spiegelman and R. Crumb, among others, Sturm is not only a cartoonist but also the director and co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. He spoke to Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry about his introduction to shtetl life, his grim (or, he argues, not so grim) choice of subject matter, and his Center’s spiritual founder, Inky Solomon. 

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I love on the 3rd page the “I love the children, oblivious to everything but their own fun.” Such a great quote and great graphic work.

Iolanthe says:

I enjoyed this podcast very much. Sturm was very good at articulating the artistic process, and Sara Ivry, as always, was well-prepared and asked insightful questions.

I do agree with all of the ideas you’ve presented in your post. They’re really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for starters. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.


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Art Market

Graphic novelist James Sturm turns his attention to a struggling Eastern European rug maker

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