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Liana Finck

Liana Finck finds new angles of approach into her life and Jewish history through her whimsical and expressive autobiographical cartoons. Finck graduated from The Cooper Union in New York in 2008 and earned a Fulbright Fellowship in Belgium to work on a project about the life of Georges Remi, the cartoonist who created the Tintin books. It was there, in 2010, that she first got the idea for her graphic novel, A Bintel Brief, which she published in 2014. The graphic novel interweaves illustrations of the eponymous advice column that ran in the Forward newspaper in the early 1900s with vignettes on Finck’s imagined conversations with the paper’s editor, Abraham Cahan. In 2012 she also created a short collage series on the golem for Tablet, and for several years ran an illustrated column in the Forward online. As of 2017 she regularly draws cartoons for the New Yorker and on Instagram, where her 40,000 followers devour her illustrated commentary on heartbreak and social anxiety.

Topics: Art, Memoirs
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Your recent New Yorker cartoon about cave art - It turns out that the picture caption was invented around 700 BC by a Greek vase painter.  Nobody had ever thought before that of putting words and pictures together.  Around 500 B.C. some artist invented the idea of showing words coming from a person's mouth - the :"baloon caption" that we are so used to now. 

- Dave


Cartoonist Liana Finck in 2009, photo courtesy of Liana Finck.

Date of Birth

Warwick, NY
United States

Cartoonist, Artist, Journalist

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