Summer is winding down (though I hear the horrific 90s-plus weather might be back to accost us soon,) and the slow, Jewish schedule from the last couple months is about to speed up dramatically in preparation for High Holidays. It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged here about actually attending any events in the public arena, but that will probably change in the next few weeks! I can’t wait to get back into it with all of you. 🙂
Meanwhile, I’ve been finding other ways to keep Jewishly active. Last week, I attended a friendly ice cream social with the ladies of Yachad Hadassah. This week, I’m prepping to go out of town for a very Jewish event…the massive science fiction convention in Atlanta called DragonCon. 😛
Arching your eyebrow a little bit about the Jewish connection? Well, hear me out! DragonCon covers the gamut of geekery…from television and movies to role-playing games, comics and more.
Jews have had an extreme influence on the American comic book scene from the get-go. In the 1930s, tribesmen Jerry Siegel and Joel Schuster created the first American superhero—Superman. Although not overtly Jewish, Superman’s transformation from the nebbish Clark Kent into the suave caped hero could be seen as an allegory for American Jewish attempts at assimilation. Superman fought for the undertrodden, and even against Hitler. His wild popularity helped to spur the comic book movement—which featured even more Jews. Stan Lee, the head of Marvel Comics (and a Heeb) will be at DragonCon, along with many others in the biz.
Judaism pervaded other parts of science fiction as well. As pictured above, the “live long and prosper” sign, introduced by Jewish Leonard Nimoy for his Star Trek character, Dr. Spock, was a play on a Jewish symbol. Maybe Jews feel like aliens? 😛 Either way, both stars of the influential 1960s tv show, “Star Trek” were Jewish in faith.
Science fiction writing has also been littered with Jews. Check out Isaac Asimov, the biochemist who was known as a sci-fi master in the mid to late 20th century.
Still not convinced? Well, I can’t deny that my main goal for going to DragonCon is not to write a thesis about Jews and sci-fi (though I sure do like reading them. 😛 Check out this fascinating book review about the dearth of Jews in fantasy media.) I’ll see you back here in time for Rosh Hashanah!
Note: This blog is going on hiatus for the next week as I will be out of town. Early Chag Sameach!