Cartoon strategies to fight
History Denial, Antisemitism, and
to promote Continuity.
The Dry Bones Haggadah
2013 was the 40th year of continuous publication of Dry Bones cartoons. That milestone made us think about the future. Could Dry Bones speak to future generations of Jews the way it speaks to folks today? I decided that the platform for such a message should be the one book that’s in every Jewish home. It should be the book that we read aloud to each other each year, on nights that are “different from all other nights.” The Dry Bones message of Jewish Continuity would be in …a Dry Bones Passover Haggadah. A traditional Hebrew/English Passover Haggadah with Dry Bones cartoon commentary framing every page. A Dry Bones Haggadah that would unite us and future generations of Jews the way that Dry Bones cartoons online or in newspapers so often do.
To tackle the problem and create a manuscript would require a grant or some other kind of funding. We (me and the LSW, Long Suffering Wife) turned to the public. We appealed for funders through Kickstarter.com . The Haggadah appeal was wildly successful. Fans and followers became backers and soon provided the funds.
November 2013 became the target date for publication. Exactly one year since the LSW and I had begun working on it, along with our team of hard-working graphic artists, rabbis, advisors, proofreaders, printers, etc. .
To distribute the Haggadahs an online store was set up.
To find out how we solved the problem and created a serious Haggadah with the Dry Bones cartoon message of unity, love, Jewish humor and a touch of Jewish sarcasm you’ll have to peek inside. To leave this Dry Bones Project site and peek inside the gorgeous Haggadah just click on store.drybones.com
NOTE: No Project funds were used in the creation of the Dry Bones Passover Haggadah, but its sales will be used to help support our tax-deducible academic and educational projects and outreaches.