A Classic Look at What it Means to Belong to a New Country and to Old Traditions; Into these troubled times, when people around the world are questioning concepts of religion, nationality and identity, comes this thought-provoking and sensitive exploration of the lives of a team of Jewish immigrants. Set in the 1920s, this compelling picture novella opens as the Stars of David, a Jewish baseball team, travel from town to town earning a living by playing local squads, sporting beards as a gimmick to attract patrons. When financial difficulties threaten to end their season, they cast their lot with a Chicago promoter, Victor Paige, who proceeds to transform every baseball game into a mythical pageant, filling the stadium but also stoking the flames of anti-Semitism. Suddenly, winning the game for the Stars of David becomes less important then surviving it.
James Sturm's first comic book series, The Cereal Killings, was followed by an ambitious series of stories, The Revival, Hundreds of Feet Below Daylight and The Golem's Mighty Swing, a trilogy Sturm refers to as American historical fiction. He was a Production Assistant for Art Spiegelman's RAW magazine, co-founded The Stranger, a free weekly alternative paper in Seattle and currently teaches at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.