Lewis Helfand was born on April 27, 1978 in Philadelphia. With a political science degree and a passion for comic books, Lewis's first comic book was Wasted Minute, the story of a world without crime where superheroes are forced to work regular jobs. With the first issue well received, he was soon collaborating with other artists and released four more issues over the next few years.Lewis continues to work as a freelance writer and reporter for a number of national print and online publications.
"Mother Teresa shines brightly both figuratively and literally in this graphic portrait of her life and mission. Mother Teresa glows in a spotless white sari against jumbles of dim, run-down streets and impressionistically rendered inhabitants. Her slight, erect image anchors both the stately art and Helfand's solemn account of her devotion to helping others, from childhood on. Mixing commentary with (invented but characteristic) dialogue, the author chronicles her compassionate works and, occasionally, captures just a hint of her strong personality too: "How much medicine do you need to purchase today, Mother Teresa?" a pharmacist asks. "Purchase? I thought you might want to do something beautiful for God." Closing with her continuing progress toward formal sainthood and a spread of additional anecdotes, this account will leave readers deeply affected and perhaps even inspired by her profound devotion to the poor, ill and needy in India and the world. "Why did she want to help? Why could she not turn a blind eye to those in need?" A searching and reverent treatment." -- Kirkus Reviews
"The life story of the famed charity worker is summarized in this lavishly illustrated biography. . . . Nagar's art is striking, painting scenes in watercolors that evoke the powerful emotions of Mother Teresa's story." -- Publishers Weekly