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Get Your War On IIby David Rees
"[N]obody would claim this strip is subtle. But it sure is cathartic....Even at Rees' moments of maximum hectoring — such as the presence of Uzbekikitty, a cartoon cat designed to remind us of our alliance with the torture regime in Uzbekistan — what carries his work beyond political rant and into a territory I might hesitantly call art is its essential strangeness and loneliness." Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)
Synopses & Reviews
Get Your War On is the comic that became a popular sensation for waking America up and being brave enough to make people think — and laugh — in the months following 9/11. Now, David Rees returns to do it once again — just in time for the most anticipated election in years. He's taking on the Bush Doctrine, Operation Iraqi Freedom, the war in Afghanistan, tax cuts, the 2004 campaign — and much, much more!
"Rees began assembling his comic commentary on U.S. politics after 9/11, and since then he's remained faithful to his simple, remarkably powerful style. In each strip, anonymous office workers (portrayed as one-dimensional clip art figures) discuss the day's political events, either over the phone or while sitting around the conference table. Oddly, this combination of expressionless characters and strident commentary makes for some of the most consistent, wickedly funny political cartooning out there today. This collection presents the series of three- and four-panel comics Rees has posted on his Web site (www.mnftiu.cc) at regular intervals since late 2002. The characters ponder the effect of the war in Iraq on Afghanistan's citizens, wondering, 'Remember those leftover civilians in that country where we waged our last war a few months ago? Do they realize they're one war away from being completely forgotten?' They contemplate the Patriot Act: 'You think once they have Benjamin Franklin's body spinning in his grave fast enough, they'll be able to power an internal combustion engine with it?' And they question the possible reinstatement of Henry Kissinger to the September 11 Commission: 'Jesus Christ, are we fucking MOVING BACKWARDS IN TIME???' Rees's work is a comic juggernaut; with a laugh and a groan in every strip, he never misses. Although this relentless skewering could grow stale, Rees's keen understanding of politics and history, and his passion for American freedoms, keeps the work surging forward. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The brilliant, irreverant clip-art comic returns in this hilarious sequel to the smash cult hit.
About the Author
David Rees is the author of the cult-hit comic books Get Your War On, My New Fighting Technique Is Unstoppable, and My New Filing Technique Is Unstoppable. His "Get Your War On" comic appears in every issue of Rolling Stone and he runs a website, www.mnftiu.cc. In his spare time he writes songs for his band, Skeleton Killers.
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