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The events are all separated, though – Libicki today isn’t drawing conclusions from these experiences in her past, just presenting them. This might be because she isn’t trying to portray a particular slant on her own life, or just that she hasn’t figured out what these experiences meant to her yet. Either way, Jobnik! sometimes floats in air, with stories that may be true, and may have happened to Libicki exactly this way, but don’t clearly lead from one to the other or to any conclusion.

Andrew Wheeler, ComicMix

This graphic novel delves into the life of a Jewish-American female soldier. In it Miriam explores her relationships, hook-ups and inability to say “no.” In fact, she always says “yes” to whatever, wherever or however—with whomever—in her quest to be liked. But Miriam eventually discovers herself while being immersed in war and surrounded by what she thinks are “hot” guys.

Michele Pinczuk, JVibe

After an unfulfilling year of liberal arts studies in Seattle, Libicki moved to Vancouver for a summer Digital Imaging Class at the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design. It was there that she decided to use an excerpt from her diary covering her worst week in the army to create a 5-page web comic. "It wasn't great looking," she admits, "but people were very encouraging."

Morey Altman, The Jerusalem Report

After a two year absence, Miriam Libicki returns to the Inkstuds for a second interview. Her ongoing autobio series, Jobnik, is one of my personal favorite local comix and always makes me happy when there is a new issue. Recently, Miriam put together a collection of the first six issues, including extensive revisions in the artwork and lettering department, making for a nice solid book.

Robin McConnell, Inkstuds (click to hear full radio interview)

In this unusual but important autobiographical graphic novel, … [t]he artist gives all the characters the startled sense of weight she gives her own character—as if adult bodies were some vast surprise…. [P]art of the deadly innocence of youth is how the young can get inured to awful things, and the story shows this excellently well.

What makes Miriam such a likeable (though at times irritating) character – in a Bridget Jones sort of way – is her “flaw” of wearing her heart on her sleeve. She is extremely naïve; yet this is a naïveté borne out of a belief in the inherent good of people that maintains itself no matter how often she gets burned. This is an admirable quality, even if the reader occasionally shakes his or her head wondering how Miriam could let herself be fooled so easily. This perception is balanced by the knowledge that at her core there is nothing wrong with Miriam as a person. She is merely a gentle sort who has stumbled into a place where gentleness is not a practical quality.

Mordecai Drache, Zeek magazine

Libicki is part of this growing trend of comics and graphic novels with Jewish themes, indicative of an increasing interest in Judaism in the mainstream world and a heightened sense of confidence and maturity in Jewish artists ... Libicki's Jewish content isn't overt, but comes up naturally. The five issues of Jobnik! she has completed thus far describe only the first few months of her army ordeal. Her story is sad, sometimes mundane in a deliberate way, and always honest.

Libicki faithfully relays wince-worthy moments of her struggle to acclimate herself among her IDF peers. There are mercilessly awkward sex scenes; Libicki experiences everyday indignities as a low-level file clerk classified by the army as "excessively emotional," and the story, while politically neutral, conveys the high price exacted by Israeli-Palestinian violence. The second issue of "Jobnik!" documents, frame by frame, the news spectacle involving a 12-year-old Palestinian boy named Mohammed Aldura, whose death by gunfire as his father attempted to shield him was caught on videotape in September 2000.

"Jobnik!" grounds the reader in moral questions of war and Libicki's excruciating loneliness. At the close of the fifth issue, Libicki still had a year left of IDF service, leaving plenty of plotline for her to work her disarming guilelessness into several more issues.

Karen Iris Tucker, The Forward