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Wolfman & Ruiz team-up for “Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of Israel”

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Wolfman & Ruiz team-up for “Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of Israel”

Official Press Release

Marv Wolfman is a multi-award winning writer of comic
books, animation, children’s books, novels,
television, and more. Mario Ruiz is the creator-artist
of the critically acclaimed graphic novels, Samson:
Judge of Israel and Testament. Together, they will
create a very unique book, HOMELAND: The Illustrated
History of the State of Israel. Valor Comics, a new
graphic novel publisher started last year by Ruiz
along with Nachshon Press, an imprint of the Community
Foundation for Jewish Education of Metropolitan
Chicago (CFJE), have burst upon the graphic novel
scene with a story straight from history and today’s
current events. Valor and Nachshon have taken up the
challenge to tell the story of one nation’s struggle
throughout history and how it relates to people, young
people especially. “We’re currently in a society where
everything is just “That’s so five minutes ago!” You
can’t convince people that history directly affects
what is going on now. Hopefully they’ll be interested
in this project not at first because it’s history but
because it looks like comics, which everyone loves.
Then, as they read the sections, I hope they’ll come
to appreciate the stories. If they do read the stories
then whether they know it or not they’ll pick up info
that might be relevant down the line.” explained
writer Marv Wolfman.

“HOMELAND is much more than a graphic novel. It’s an
accurate, historical account of the birth of one of
the great nations of the world. It’s an important
project to be involved in and I am truly honored to be
doing it. Working with a writer of Marv Wolfman’s
caliber is truly a privilege.” added Ruiz. “In
combination with the CFJE’s extensive effort to
identify the key historical highlights to include in
the body of work,” said William J. Rubin, Executive
Director of CFJE who is overseeing the project, “we
are confident that Mr. Ruiz and Mr. Wolfman will be
able to create a dynamic story that covers the
Biblical period through 2005.”

Rubin first contacted Ruiz with the idea for the
graphic novel last March. Rubin had seen Testament, a
retelling of much of the Old Testament that Ruiz had
created during his tenure as editor-in-chief at Metron
Press. Rubin said Testament showed evidence of Ruiz’s
ability “to offer thoughtful rendition of the Hebrew
Scriptures.” Rubin decided to contact Rabbi Brad
Hirschfield, vice president for the National Jewish
Center for Learning and Leadership in New York City.
Hirschfield had written the introduction to Testament.

“The novel will travel through time and explore the
history of the land, why the modern state came into
being and its importance for the Jewish people and the
world.” “Nothing like this exists currently.” “The
CFJE believes very strongly that the novel will have
wide appeal to the American public, children and
adults of all ages — Christians, Jews and Muslims. To
that end, the CFJE has every expectation that the
novel will be marketed for a broad audience — both urban
and rural — throughout the country,” Rubin said.

HOMELAND: The Illustrated History of the State of
Israel will be 120-pages with high-quality varnished
cardstock covers and glossy interiors, available in
November. It’s written by Marv Wolfman and illustrated
by Mario Ruiz. For more information visit Valor Comics
at www.valorcomics.com or www.cfje.org.

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