[Image description: A crocheted doll with brown skin wearing purple clothing; the first picture has her posed next to a book with a yellow-orange cover for size comparison]
In honor of Jewish Comics Day, I would like to present Shulamit bat Noach, Queen of Perach! She’s one of the main characters of @shiraglassman‘s Mangoverse, the first book of which, The Second Mango, can be seen in the first photo. Shulamit took a little while to find her footing as queen, but she now rules with peace and justice in her heart and mind. It’s not a series of comics, but it is by and about Jewish people without focusing on either historical Jewish tragedies or dripping with queer angst. If you’re looking for books with LGBTQIAP+ Jewish characters, you could do a lot worse than the Mangoverse!
Shulamit’s outfit here is based on an amalgam of a lot of the stuff she wears in the official art. It’s all in purple, because purple is Shulamit’s favorite color. It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but her hair is braided and curled up (and held in place by hot glue, because I like to avoid actual sewing whenever I can); she also has two strands of chain stitch around her hairline to resemble the smaller braids in much of the art. Her skin is also a little darker than it’s usually depicted, but it’s hard to find good shades of brown yarn, and I thought it would be better to err on the side of darker than lighter. I had been hoping to have her sweetheart done as well, but Shulamit took longer than I thought, so Aviva will have to wait. Anyway, all in all, I’m pretty pleased with how Shulamit turned out.