'Hipster Hitler' Comic Upsets Jews in London

Creators maintain that the comic satirizes the Nazi tyrant and is not intended to offend anyone.

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Frames from the 'Hitler Hipster' comic.
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A comic series named "Hipster Hitler," which purports to satirize both the Third Reich and hipster culture, has aroused the ire of Jewish activists in London, who are threatening to protest outside stores that sell the comic.

"Hipster Hitler" creators, Americans James Carr and Archana Kumar, say on their website that the comic wasn’t created “with the intent of offending people,” according to London-based website Ham&High.

By presenting Hitler as a hipster, they say, they are "offering a new way of disliking Hitler and laughing at the "lazy dictator" he was, who is known for being indolent, maniacal at times, with violent bursts of enthusiasm.

“In the process of satirizing Hitler’s thoughts, actions and logic, we’re taking a few digs at a contemporary subculture of urban, middle-class youth that fetishize the ‘authentic’ and conform to non-conformism.”

Members of London Stands with Israel, a group set up to defend Israel and Jews from attack, have threatened to boycott and protest outside stores selling the comic. “The book is a disgrace and should be banned,” said activist Shania Angel.

One target is Mega City Comics, a Jewish-owned store in Camden Town. Owner Martin Kravetz said he doesn’t find the comic offensive.

“The book doesn’t contain references to the Holocaust. It’s a satirical piece, making jibes at the expense of both Hitler and hipster,” he said. “Our customer base is predominantly adult, and I think they can identify a satirical piece for what it is.”

The comic's Adolf Hitler wears trendy glasses, skinny jeans, thrift-store sweaters and shirts with slogans like “Death Camp For Cutie” and “Eastside Westside Genocide.”

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