An Eye For An Eye! Mad Cave Announces Kosher Mafia

Mad Cave Studios brings gripping new crime series, featuring beloved writer David Hazan with art by noir master Sami Kivelä.

Mad Cave Studios is proud to announce KOSHER MAFIA, the gripping new crime thriller series, written by acclaimed author David Hazan (Nottingham, Death Drop Drag Assassin) with interior art and cover A by Sami Kivelä (Deer Editor, Machine Gun Wizards).

“I poured my heart and soul into Kosher Mafia,” said David Hazan. “The characters live and breathe and talk like people I know, love, or would love to have known, family or otherwise. It’s a crime thriller that’s more than a little transgressive and provocative, and it’s steeped in Jewish Cleveland, where our modern comic book industry was born. This comic is about antisemitism, specifically that it neither started nor ended with the Holocaust. When I took the idea to Mad Cave, they didn’t just take a chance on this book, they threw their support behind it, full-throated, and that kicked off with reaching out to Samï, who is a singular talent whose work I’d admired for so long…and the work, once we got started, exceeded all expectations. I hope what we’ve created provides not only a feast for the eyes, but also for the soul, and to that, ess gezunt!”

“As a huge fan of crime and noir comics, it’s been exciting to work with David and bring his vision of the Cleveland’s Mafia scene of the 1930s to life,” said Sami Kivelä. “I hope readers will enjoy diving into this adventure where our heroes Howard and Eph try to escape the wrath of the mobsters.”

Cover Artist: Shawn Martinborough

Writer: David Hazan – Artist: Sami Kivelä
Colorist: Ellie Egleton – Letterer: Simon Bowland
Release Date: August 7th, 2024

Synopsis: In Cleveland, Ohio, in 1936, Howard Berkowicz, the bookkeeper for the Jewish Mob finds himself on the wrong end of an enforcer’s gun when he tries to spur the Kosher Mafia into action against the rising tide of domestic Nazism in the German American Bund.

Meet the Creators!

Writer, David Hazan
David Hazan is a comic book writer and editor based in Melbourne, Australia. After winning the Mad Cave Studios 2019 Talent Search, David exploded onto the comics scene as writer and co-creator of the hit medieval noir comic series, Nottingham, which is now entering its third volume alongside multiple spin-offs.

David has worked with a number of publishers on both work-for-hire and creator-owned stories, including Mad Cave Studios, Aftershock Comics, Scout Comics and more. His work has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards and the Comic Arts Awards of Australia and has been featured in the New York Times and even in a question on Jeopardy!

Artist, Sami Kivelä
Sami is a comic book artist from Finland. You may recognize him from titles such as Abbott (BOOM!), Undone By Blood (Aftershock), Machine Gun Wizards (Dark Horse) and Beautiful Canvas (Black Mask).

In addition to Kosher Mafia, Mad Cave Studios is putting Deer Editor – an antler-noir miniseries by Ryan K Lindsay and Sami – into print in 2024, so you will see a lot of Sami’s art on the Mad Cave pages next year.


Never mess with the Kosher Nostra. We’ve got your first look inside the pages of Kosher Mafia – check it out below!

Kosher Mafia #1 is now available for pre-order on the official Mad Cave Studios website, and will be available at your favorite bookstore, local comic shop, and digital comic reader on August 7th, 2024!


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