Jacob makes zines on themes of hope, love/loss, change, pain, heartbreak, family, pet companionship, friendship, Judaism, more.
"In the face of historic persecution and erasure, Jewish people have told stories as an act of rebellion. Towns, property, and even life has been taken from Jewish people time and time again, but spoken word and generational mythos cannot be taken and has served as a bridge between many generations of Jews.
Storytelling is an art form that has been emphasized and passed down on both sides of my family. Jewish people tell stories of triumph, struggle, pride, and loss. My grandparents once succinctly told my dad,'We want them to know where they came from'. That they did - I know so much about David Atlas, my great grandfather, whose Hebrew name I carried in a Jewish tradition wherein you take the name of an ancestor to allow their soul to rest.
I tell stories and hone my craft as a storyteller to honor the legacy of my ancestors, to connect with the people around me, to process pain, joy, loss and all in between.
Born in Minneapolis, I grew up going to Camp Snoopy, an homage to Peanuts. As a kid, my parents took me to Fiesta Bowl, the storied Family Circus ice cream shop. I met Stephen Pastis as a kid, and my earliest memories include reading the full Far Side anthology in the office at my childhood home. It simply felt intuitive to make comics.
I have moved many times over the past 6 years, and comics have always been the means by which I most meaningfully connect with those around me. I am now brand new to Phoenix by way of Denver, and I have once again begun to find community here through comics. Thank you to WIZD for supporting me by having my work in your shop, and to all involved who I have met so far for your exceptional kindness and support. - Jacob"