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A Month of Writing Stars – Rutu Modan

Every day this month I have featured a current comic book writing “star,” someone who I think is a very good writer.

I’m mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis?

Here is the archive of all the writers featured this month.

Today we look at a writer who soon may be way too famous for this feature (if she isn’t already)!



Rutu Modan was born in Tel Hashomer, Israel, and moved to Tel Aviv when she was 10. She graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and soon became an accomplished artist in Israel, doing work for the Hebrew version of Mad Magazine as well as many other illustrative works (children’s books, etc.).

In 2005, she was she was chosen as an outstanding artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation (a major honor).

Her 2007 graphic novel, Exit Wounds, was released to widespread acclaim, and ended up winning the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel.

Here, courtesy of New York Magazine, is a snippet of Exit Wounds, which is about a cab driver in Tel Aviv who is accosted by a young soldier who is searching for the cab driver’s father, who she believes died in a suicide bombing.

The book is a beautiful character piece of two people (the cab driver and the soldier, who he learns was his father’s girlfriend) who act like they live in a world where death is an accepted daily risk, and while they may actually think that they believe it, they really go about life in such a manner so as to protect themselves from the pain of caring. It’s a wonderful work of art by Modan, and if this is what she is producing in her FIRST graphic novel, one can only imagine how much better she will get.

For a time, she was doing an illustrated blog for the New York Times. Click here for the archive of blogs. They’re equally wonderful.

This is perhaps a bit too much to take from the Times, but eh, it’s a great, great story and I think it is worth the risk of “over-taking” by sharing it with you all, so please to enjoy…The Queen of the Scottish Fairies…

That’s the month!

I hope you enjoyed this look at a bunch of great current comic book writers!!!



Exit Wounds was very good–thanks for the heads up on her Times stuff.

Heh…I enjoyed that.

Wow. Simply, wow. I mean, I had heard of Exit wounds before, but that sequence is amazing… and that NY Times stuff is brilliant. Really Great!

That was good stuff.

I’ll have to get Exit Wounds.

She’s definitely not too well known for me.
I just lost a very happy hour to that blog and forwarded it on to my girlfriend and my Mum, which I almost never do.

That said I got my Mum Persepolis and my girlfriend Zot for christmas.

How I wish adult magazines would run strips like these.
Imagine how cool the Sunday magazines would be with this, or Little Nemo or Spirit reprints?

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