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Interview: Camp Pock-A-Wocknee is NOT A Book For Kids!

Interview by Troy-Jeffrey Allen

Camp Pock-A-Wocknee by Eric Glickman

In comic shops now from Black Panel Press, Camp Pock-A-Wocknee And the Dyn-o-mite Summer of '77 (FEB231220) combines the nostalgic mood of The Wonder Years, the raucousness of Superbad, and the adolescent angst of Pen15. But through the lens of a Jewish sleepaway camp.

What happens when the innocence of childhood crashes into the messiness of adolescence? Well, I mean...I'm sure we already know. Regardless, we hung out with Camp Pock-A-Wocknee writer-artist Eric Glickman to hear his take.

Eric Glickman 

PREVIEWSworld: What is Camp Pock-A-Wocknee And the Dyn-o-mite Summer of '77?

Eric Glickman: Camp Pock-A-Wocknee And the Dyn-o-mite Summer of '77 is a 300-page coming-of-age graphic novel celebrating all of the magic, memories, and mishegas that make up summers at Jewish sleepaway camp. Mashing up a nostalgic mood similar to The Wonder Years with the teenage rambunctiousness of a SuperbadCamp Pock-a-Wocknee combines cute, black & white, comic strip-style art with an R-rated story to capture the tension created when the innocence of childhood crashes into the messiness of adolescence. 

Camp Pock-A-Wocknee by Eric Glickman

PREVIEWSworld: How did this graphic novel come about as a project?

Eric Glickman: I am one of three generations that all went to the same Jewish sleepaway camp in Pennsylvania - my parents met there, my brothers and I went there, and all three of my kids went there. I went to camp for ten summers (5 as a camper, 2 as a waiter, and 3 as a counselor) and like many Jewish kids, I had some of the most memorable times of my life there. I really wanted to create a story based on those amazing memories. I worked for 8 years, writing, drawing, rewriting, redrawing and eventually inking the story of a dorky 15-year-old boy who wants to hang out with his best friends, and find a girlfriend, fall in love, and maybe, finally get to 2nd base. Andrew Benteau at Black Panel Press loved my art and my story… and the rest is history!

Camp Pock-A-Wocknee by Eric Glickman

PREVIEWSworld: Tell us about Jewish sleepaway camp. Why set the story there?

Eric Glickman: Jewish sleepaway camp has all so many fantastic elements for a coming-of-age story: living in a cabin with your best friends, the ever-present possibility of a summer romance, quirky adult characters, time-honored traditions, myths & legends, and tons of activities. When I went to camp, the 8 weeks always felt like it had this great dramatic arc to them - almost like we were in a movie. And because Jewish sleepaway camp is this unique, insular world, I felt like I could share a story that was nostalgic and timeless at the same time.

Camp Pock-A-Wocknee by Eric Glickman

PREVIEWSworld: Is this the first creator-owned book for you?

Eric Glickman: Yes.

PREVIEWSworld: And this is definitely not for kids?

Eric Glickman: Well, I put a little burst on the cover that says “WARNING! This is NOT a book for kids”

Camp Pock-A-Wocknee by Eric Glickman

PREVIEWSworld: Looking forward, what can readers expect from Camp Pock-A-Wocknee And the Dyn-o-mite Summer of '77?

Eric Glickman: Right now, I just want to share this story with as many people as possible. But who knows, maybe I’ll create a sequel -  Camp Pock-a-Wocknee: The Waiter Years

PREVIEWSworld: In terms of audience, who is this book for?

Eric Glickman: Obviously, it is for anyone who ever went to Jewish sleepaway camp. But honestly, I think this book is for anyone who loves coming-of-age stories, the 70s, needs a good laugh, or was ever 15-years-old.          

 Camp Pock-A-Wocknee by Eric Glickman

Camp Pock-A-Wocknee And the Dyn-o-mite Summer of '77 (FEB231220) is available now at your local comic shop. Reserve your copy today using PREVIEWSworld Pullbox!

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BLACK PANEL PRESS
CAMP POCK A WOCKNEE & DYNOMITE SUMMER OF 77 GN (O/A) (MR)
(W) Eric Glickman (A) Eric Glickman
Camp Pock-a-Wocknee & the DYN-O-MITE Summer of '77 is a coming-of-age, graphic novel celebrating Jewish sleepaway camp and the ways boys find friendship and love during those seminal summers. Combining the nostalgic mood of The Wonder Years, the raucousness of Superbad, and the adolescent angst of Pen15, this 300-page graphic novel juxtaposes classic, black and white, comic strip art with an R-rated story to capture the tension created when the innocence of childhood crashes into the messiness of adolescence.
In Shops: Mar 15, 2023
SRP: $29.99
PREVIEWS Page #288

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Troy-Jeffrey Allen is the producer and co-host of PREVIEWSworld Weekly. His comics work includes MF DOOM: All Caps, Public Enemy's Apocalypse '91, Fight of the Century, the Harvey Award-nominated District Comics, and the Ringo Award-nominated Magic Bullet.

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