Strip!: The Art of Rutu Modan

Concluding cross cultural comics month on Resonance FM’s Strip! radio show, Roehampton University Illustration lecturer Ariel Kahn talks to award-winning graphic novelist Rutu Modan about her work, in an interview conducted live at the Jewish Community Centre in North London.

Illustrator and comic book creator Rutu Modan is a chosen artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation. She’s created comic strips for the Israeli newpapers Yedioth Acharonot and Ma’ariv and illustrations for The New Yorker, Le Monde, The New York Times, along with many other publications. Her first graphic novel, Exit WoundsExit Wounds, received much critical acclaim and she’s had equally postive reviews for her new collection Jamilti and Other Stories.

Discussing her career, from Exit WoundsExit Wounds to Jamilti and Other StoriesJamilti and Other Stories, released in April, Rutu and Ariel talk about her influences, the difficulties in depicting a city as rich and diverse as Tel Aviv in print and adjusting to life in England.

Strip!: The Art of Rutu Modan is broadcast today, Thursday 25th June on Resonance 104.4 FM (London), streamed at, repeated 11.30pm Sunday 28th June. An extended podcast of the first half of the interview is online now on Panel Borders, with Part Two to follow after the Resonance broadcast.

Read an online strip by Rutu Modan, Honey Talks, on Stripburger

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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