Left2Right / Right2Left

I recently got linked to Israeli cartoonist and illustrator Asaf Hanuka‘s blog because of this succinct demonstration of the Israel-Hamas conflict, out of Tel Aviv I believe.

Asaf Hanuka, Realist Comics, 90 SecondsCopyright Asaf Hanuka

Going back in his archives though, I found another comic that eerily foreshadowed the current situation, and interesting and well-done as it was, the big thing I noticed was how he handled the English-Hebrew translation:

Asaf Hanuka, The Realist, The Existential Threat and UsCopyright Asaf Hanuka

Which one did he draw first?  I guess he just reflected it in Photoshop or something later, right?  Does he have to consider the fact that it’ll be read in both directions when planning and drawing somehow?  The linguistics major in me is intrigued

T. Hanuka, New Yorker illustrationCopyright Tomer Hanuka

I feel like any mention of Asaf should go hand-in-hand with his brother, Tomer Hanuka; they’re both great cartoonists and illustrators, and Tomer‘s illustration process blog is a fascinating resource for wannabe illustrators.

Leftover Pilgrims

This is the BBC Radio 3 streaming opera that I’ve been most excited about all season as I figure English National Opera is at its best when performing English Opera.

The Pilgrim’s Progress by Ralph Vaughan Williams, premiered in 1951 at the Royal Opera House and infrequently performed since then, is based on a 1678 “Christian allegory” of the same name by John Bunyan.  Perhaps because of this it’s more meditative than plot-driven, leading Williams himself to refer to it as “more of a ceremony than a drama”, though he insisted it belonged in the theater.  Seems like it could be tough going for an evening-length night at the opera, but it’s been getting generally positive reviews so far, with universal praise for the music and performances, which is what counts for us!

ENO The Pilgrim's ProgressCopyright Mike Hoban

The Pilgrim’s Progress will be available here today starting at 1:15pm, East Coast time, then up for a week, until next Sunday.