Podcast: Jordan B. Gorfinkel on His New Illustrated Book of Esther https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/arts-culture/2023/03/podcast-jordan-b-gorfinkel-on-his-new-illustrated-book-of-esther/

The former manager of the Batman comics has turned his attention to creating a graphic novel of the book of Esther. Why, and what went into it?

March 3, 2023 | Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic, Jordan B. Gorfinkel
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Podcast: Jordan B. Gorfinkel
This year, Koren Publishers released a new edition of the book of Esther. It contains the complete, unabridged, and Hebrew text of Esther, the same text found in any other volume of the Hebrew Bible. But the rest of it is all new: a graphic novel version of the story illustrated by Yael Nathan and masterminded by Jordan B. Gorfinkel. Gorfinkel, known commonly as Gorf, was an editor at DC Comics for nearly a decade, where he managed its signature Batman franchise. The themes of American superheroes—who disguise their true identity and then at the opportune moment cast off their disguise for a higher purpose—bear not a little on the text of Esther.

This week on the podcast, Mosaic editor Jonathan Silver joins Gorfinkel to discuss the editorial, artistic, and design decisions that went into the presentation of the graphic novel Esther.

Musical selections in this podcast are drawn from the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, op. 31a, composed by Paul Ben-Haim and performed by the ARC Ensemble.