Comic creator Kev F Sutherland has just published The Comic Book of Esther, his graphic novel adaptation of the Purim story.
The Book Of Esther (The Scroll of Esther, Megillat Esther), released ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim next month, is retold in humourous comic strip style by Kev, best known for his work on BEANO and Marvel Comics.
Available as a black and white comic strip in A4 paperback format, and in colour for Kindle app and device users, The Comic Book Of Esther follows on the heels of several other enjoyable graphic novels Kev has published recently adapting some of the plays of William Shakespeare.
The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian empire from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.” Literally “lots” in ancient Persian, Purim was thus named since Haman had thrown lots to determine when he would carry out his diabolical scheme, as recorded in the Megillah, the Book of Esther.
The holiday is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). Purim 2022 begins on Wednesday night, 16th March and continues through Thursday 17th March, (extending through Friday in Jerusalem).
Kev F Sutherland is a writer and artist on comics as diverse as Beano, Doctor Who Magazine, Marvel’s Doctor Strange and Star Trek, Oink, VIZ, Zig & Zag’s Zogazine, Red Dwarf Smegazine, and dozens more.
He writes and performs the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre and makes regular appearances as a comedian, presenter, and general know-it-all on TV and radio, as well as teaching kids how to create comics in his popular Comic Art Master Classes. He’s even appeared as a despairing advisor on The Apprentice