What is Hereville?

On April 16, 2010 · 34 Comments

Hereville is a comic book about an 11-year-old troll-fighting Orthodox Jewish girl.

Spunky, strong-willed, eleven-year-old Mirka Hirschberg isn’t interested in knitting lessons from her step-mother, or how-to-find-a-husband advice from her sister, or you-better-not warnings from her brother. There’s only one thing she does want: to fight dragons!

Granted, no dragons have been breathing fire around Hereville, the Orthodox Jewish community where Mirka lives, but that doesn’t stop the plucky girl from honing her skills. She fearlessly stands up to local bullies. She battles a very large, very menacing pig. And she boldly accepts a challenge from a mysterious witch, a challenge that could bring Mirka her heart’s desire: a dragon-slaying sword! All she has to do is find – and outwit – the giant troll who’s got it!

A delightful mix of fantasy, adventure, cultural traditions, and preteen commotion, Hereville will captivate children and grown-ups alike with its exciting visuals and entertaining new heroine.

Hereville is a graphic novel, in bookstores this November

Hereville is published by Abrams, and will be in bookstores everywhere in November of 2010. It will be a hardcover book, 139 pages long (plus a couple of sketchbook pages), and it’ll have a cover price of $15.95 (or $19.95 in Canada).

You can read some reviews of Hereville here.

Hereville the book is written and drawn by Barry Deutsch, with colors by Jake Richmond. Before Hereville was a book, it was a webcomic; the webcomic version has colors by Barry.

Hereville’s Cast of Characters


Eleven-year-old Mirka is the hero. Just ask her, she’ll tell you!

She hasn’t actually fought any monsters yet, and she doesn’t even have a sword. But she’s absolutely positive she’ll be great at being a hero. Someday.


Mirka’s little brother Zindel is nine years old. He’s nice, but sometimes a bit of a brat. Zindel thinks it’s fine for Mirka to pretend to fight off dragons, or even to fight real-life bullies, but doesn’t want her facing any monsters in real life.


Gittel is Mirka’s older sister. Fourteen years old, and very grumpy! Gittel loves Mirka a lot, but wants Mirka to be ordinary and fit in, so that she can grow up and marry a nice boy.


Rochel is ten years old, and she’s Mirka’s stepsister. She’s very nice, but also very giggly. Rochel thinks Mirka being a hero is silly. Rochel thinks everything is silly.


Fruma is Mirka’s stepmother. Even though Fruma is has the longest nose of anyone in Hereville, she’s not an evil stepmother. But she loves an argument! When she’s not making Mirka clean or set the table or learn how to knit, Fruma makes Mirka argue over every little thing.


Mirka discovers this mysterious women’s bizarre and beautiful house, hidden in the woods not far from Mirka’s school. And from that point on, Mirka’s life spins out of control.


There are a lot of interesting things I could tell you about this pig. But I don’t want to give anything away, so you’ll just have to wait to read the comic!

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34 Responses to “What is Hereville?”

  1. nobody.really says:

    Your timing is excellent; my next daughter will be turning eleven in October. Where do I place my order? And are you gonna offer books with autographs? How ’bout them cool, hand-drawn sketches?

    I’ve got a PayPal account that’s just … just … well, it’s empty, but it’s linked to my checking account that will have some funds by Friday. But by November, who knows? Not rushing you or anything….

  2. nobody.really says:

    Your timing is excellent; my next daughter will be turning eleven in October. Where do I place my order? And are you gonna offer books with autographs? How ’bout them cool, hand-drawn sketches?

    I’ve got a PayPal account that’s just … just … well, it’s empty, but it’s linked to my checking account that will have some funds by Friday. But by November, who knows? Not rushing you or anything….

  3. Barry says:

    Thanks, NR!

    I guess I will be offering signed and sketched-in copies, but I don’t yet know the details. But I won’t be offering any for sale before they’re in bookstores… and I’m afraid that it definitely won’t be shipping until November.

    Professional book publishing companies take things like announced publication dates and shipping schedules very seriously, it turns out!

  4. Barry says:

    Thanks, NR!

    I guess I will be offering signed and sketched-in copies, but I don’t yet know the details. But I won’t be offering any for sale before they’re in bookstores… and I’m afraid that it definitely won’t be shipping until November.

    Professional book publishing companies take things like announced publication dates and shipping schedules very seriously, it turns out!

  5. nobody.really says:

    Professionals: feh. Bunch of killjoys.

    But those professionals at Amazon do take pre-orders. If you get to the stage where you’re taking pre-orders for books (especially the signed/sketched varieties!) let us all know. And when November comes, keep your pencils sharpened. Or your electronic pen thingy charged. Or … whatever.

    What post-release duties do you anticipate? Will you be touring around promoting the book? And, more specifically, will those post-release duties preclude doodle duty for your legions of loving fans? Seriously, you posted a lot of sketches that you drew for your last edition; I know that must have consumed some serious time.

    Finally, as for shipping dates: double feh. As luck has it, my soon-to-be 11-yr-old is not an Orthodox Jewish girl; we’ll go for Xmas.

  6. nobody.really says:

    Professionals: feh. Bunch of killjoys.

    But those professionals at Amazon do take pre-orders. If you get to the stage where you’re taking pre-orders for books (especially the signed/sketched varieties!) let us all know. And when November comes, keep your pencils sharpened. Or your electronic pen thingy charged. Or … whatever.

    What post-release duties do you anticipate? Will you be touring around promoting the book? And, more specifically, will those post-release duties preclude doodle duty for your legions of loving fans? Seriously, you posted a lot of sketches that you drew for your last edition; I know that must have consumed some serious time.

    Finally, as for shipping dates: double feh. As luck has it, my soon-to-be 11-yr-old is not an Orthodox Jewish girl; we’ll go for Xmas.

  7. Barry says:

    I expect I will take pre-orders, good point. I will definitely post when I’m ready to begin that. Thanks!

    I don’t think I’ll be going on a book tour or anything, but I will be doing at least some comic book conventions. Alas, I don’t have any details yet, but when I do I’ll post them on hereville.com.

  8. Barry says:

    I expect I will take pre-orders, good point. I will definitely post when I’m ready to begin that. Thanks!

    I don’t think I’ll be going on a book tour or anything, but I will be doing at least some comic book conventions. Alas, I don’t have any details yet, but when I do I’ll post them on hereville.com.

  9. neil kleid says:

    Dude, this looks amazing. I can’t wait to read this… three people have suggested it’d be right up my alley, and now I’m counting the days ’til it’s in my hands.

    Good luck with it!

    Neil Kleid

  10. neil kleid says:

    Dude, this looks amazing. I can’t wait to read this… three people have suggested it’d be right up my alley, and now I’m counting the days ’til it’s in my hands.

    Good luck with it!

    Neil Kleid

  11. [...] book–or, frankly, anything else he writes! For more information on Mirka and her world, visit the Hereville website. And, if any of you are interested in the books Barry mentioned, we do have nearly all of them at [...]

  12. [...] book–or, frankly, anything else he writes! For more information on Mirka and her world, visit the Hereville website. And, if any of you are interested in the books Barry mentioned, we do have nearly all of them at [...]

  13. katie says:

    I just read it. It was great. I loved the translations. Will Mirka be having more adventures?

  14. katie says:

    I just read it. It was great. I loved the translations. Will Mirka be having more adventures?

  15. Andrea says:

    My husband and I were just saying how much we wanted a book with Jewish characters, not necessarily about Judaism or a holiday and this came across my path. We live in Iceland in a remote village and cannot wait for our next visitors to bring this for us.

  16. Andrea says:

    My husband and I were just saying how much we wanted a book with Jewish characters, not necessarily about Judaism or a holiday and this came across my path. We live in Iceland in a remote village and cannot wait for our next visitors to bring this for us.

  17. Colin says:

    Will there be a sequel? I know, the book hasn’t been out that long but…

  18. Colin says:

    Will there be a sequel? I know, the book hasn’t been out that long but…

  19. Barry says:

    Colin, I’m currently working on book 2, and there will definitely be a third book after that. And I hope more after that!

  20. Barry says:

    Colin, I’m currently working on book 2, and there will definitely be a third book after that. And I hope more after that!

  21. [...] Barry Deutsch is the 2011 Sydney Taylor Award winner for Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword. [...]

  22. [...] Barry Deutsch is the 2011 Sydney Taylor Award winner forHereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword. [...]

  23. Bruce says:

    Thank goodness for the sequel. After devouring the book, my daughter read the title and asked where the other graphic novels about 11-year-old sword-wielding orthodox Jewish girls were. I looked confused. She explained the implication and meaning of “yet another” was. She’s 8. Thanks for a great work for father and daughter.

  24. Bruce says:

    Thank goodness for the sequel. After devouring the book, my daughter read the title and asked where the other graphic novels about 11-year-old sword-wielding orthodox Jewish girls were. I looked confused. She explained the implication and meaning of “yet another” was. She’s 8. Thanks for a great work for father and daughter.

  25. Bruse, that’s hilarious! Sorry my little tag line joke caused you trouble, though. :-p

  26. Bruse, that’s hilarious! Sorry my little tag line joke caused you trouble, though. :-p

  27. Darcy says:

    I’m a librarian with Houston Public Library, and I included this Web comic in a recent Graphic Books newsletter. Our library got the book, and I’ve been recommending it widely.

    Thank you for your work!

  28. Darcy says:

    I’m a librarian with Houston Public Library, and I included this Web comic in a recent Graphic Books newsletter. Our library got the book, and I’ve been recommending it widely.

    Thank you for your work!

  29. [...] in Excalibur #9-11) Barry Deutsch(author of the Eisner-nominatedHerevillewhich won the 2011Sydney Taylor Award{Older Readers category}) Tony [...]

  30. [...] in Excalibur #9-11) Barry Deutsch(author of the Eisner-nominatedHerevillewhich won the 2011Sydney Taylor Award{Older Readers category}) Tony [...]

  31. [...] Comicarts – booth 1144 Published titles include Auschwitz, Hereville : How Mirka Got Her Sword and [...]

  32. [...] I picked up Barry Deutsch’s Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Swordbased almost entirely on the tag-line at the top – “Yet another troll-fighting 11-year old Orthodox Jewish girl.” It seemed like the sort of thing that my daughter would be very into. Mirka is certain that she’s destined to be a hero. She argues constantly with her step-mother, Ferma, and gets into all sorts of trouble. Along the way she learns lessons about tradition and how to be a strong woman and a hero. My daughter loved it. (Check out more about Hereville at the author’s website.) [...]

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