Help kickstart Dry Bones
Even cartoon characters are getting into the digital age. The longest running Israeli comic strip, Dry Bones, created by local legend Yaakov Kirschen, has appeared in The Jerusalem Post since 1973, using humor to comment on the issues facing Israel and the Jewish people
Kirschen’s work has been quoted and reprinted by everyone from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, to Forbes, Time Magazine and Newsweek.
Now, Kirschen’s dream of creating a Passover Haggada with his characters is getting a modern boost, via Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowd-funding platform for creative projects. In a Kickstarter project launched this week, Kirschen is hoping to raise $5,000 to create the new Haggada.
“After the project went online, but even before I told anybody about it, I received seven donations,” Kirschen told me in amazement this week, adding that the Haggada was a perfect subject for Dry Bones’ brand of ironic Jewish humor.
“Even the first identifiably Jewish joke can be found in the story of the Exodus: ‘Are there no graves in Egypt, that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?’ Exodus 14:11,” he said.
In a press release, Kirschen explaine that creating a Dry Bones Haggada has been a long-held dream.
“I always thought of it as a personal project and so it got put on hold, time and time again. Then I saw that this year could be ‘different from all other years,’ the year that I would fulfill my dream. I could use Kickstarter to reach out globally to fans of Dry Bones to make the Haggada a reality. The Jewish community is spread out across the world but we’re all on the Internet.”
The Dry Bones Kickstarter project, like all their others, works on an all-or-nothing basis. Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. Interested funders pledge money; if the project reaches its goal, the backers’ credit cards are charged. If the project falls short, no one is charged. If successful, the backers are rewarded for their pledges, no matter how small.
“The beauty of micro-funding,“ Kirschen explained, “is that anyone can participate. We’ve set a range of rewards for our backers – pledge even one dollar and we’ll recognize that gift with a certificate. Pledge $10 or more and you’ll get an unprotected eBook (pdf) of the completed Haggadah, and we have gifts of original artwork and more.”
The Dry Bones Passover Haggadah project closes on November 16. If you want to have a jolly Pessah next year, go make your pledge now!