If you grew up watching the Rugrats Chaunkah special in the '90s, then you're gonna love what Boom! Studios has cooked up in honor of the Festival of Lights. The publisher is releasing a one-shot holiday-related comic book, Rugrats: C Is for Chanukah #1.
Written by Daniel Kibblesmith & Cullen Crawford (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert) and drawn by Kate Sherron (The Amazing World of Gumball), the story finds the Rugrats gang going on vacation in the mountains while Grandpa Boris and Grandpa Lou argue over which winter holiday is better, Chanukah or Christmas.
To sway Tommy and his young friends to the side of Chanukah, Boris tells them the story of the Golem, a man-like automaton shaped from clay and given life by the mystical name of the Jewish God. The 16th-century rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel is said to have created one in Prague.
“The Rugrats have always managed to put their own unique stamp on the holidays and this Chanukah Special continues that tradition in new and exciting ways! ” said Matthew Levine, editor, BOOM! Studios. “Daniel & Cullen’s script is blisteringly funny. These guys just nail the characters' voices. But Kate’s art is what brings it all to life, drawing everything from ancient Israel to wild sled rides. This adventure is not to be missed!”
Thie comic is a nice little surprise for Rugrats fans, especially in the wake of the news that the show is coming back.
Check out the Miyazaki-esque cover below, drawn by Chrystin Garland (Steven Universe).
Kibblesmith and Crawford's tale is obviously different from the now-iconic Chanukah special that aired on Nickelodeon in December of 1996. It was a fun retelling of the holiday's story, in which the Jews rose up against the ancient Greeks when the latter attempted to wipe out their customs and culture. It also involved Grandpa Boris' longtime feud with Shlomo, voiced by famous Yiddish theater star Fyvush Finkel.
Despite claims by the ADL that the episode was somewhat anti-Semitic, the episode continues to be watched every year by Jews and non-Jews alike. The most famous line comes when Tommy Pickles (Elizabeth Daily) declares, "A Maccababy’s gotta do what a Maccababy’s gotta do!"
The Maccabees were a group of Jewish guerrilla warriors (led by Judah) who fought against the occupying Greeks.
Rugrats: C Is for Chanukah #1 goes on sale Nov. 14, but you can check out five interior pages in the media gallery below. And yes, they do include Reptar!