Synopses & Reviews
Before Joe Sacco crafted his two major works of "cartoon journalism," and , he created a number of shorter pieces, ranging from one-page gags to 30-page "graphic novelettes." This massive book finally collects the entirety of Sacco's earlier journalistic and autobiographical work, plus a sizable serving of his satirical strips, many of them never before collected in book form. The centerpieces in are a triptych of war stories: "When Good Bombs Happen to Bad People," a history of aerial bombing that specifically targets civilian populations; "More Women, More Children, More Quickly," in which Sacco relates his mother's harrowing experiences during World War II in Malta; and, most personally (and closest to Sacco's later work), "How I Loved the War," Sacco's impassioned but sardonic reflection on the Gulf War, the surrounding propaganda and media circus, and his own ambivalent feelings as both a spectator and commentator: The book derives its title from this sequence, which has acquired a painful new relevance in the past half-year. also includes a roadie's-eye view of an American punk band's eventful European tour, a reminiscence of an awful season spent in his native Malta, and much more. is a fantastic primer to Sacco's work. Sacco's previous two books, and , have earned international acclaim and accolades from such sources as Edward W. Said, Christopher Hitchens, , and .
Sacco's a skillful, subtle storyteller. (Utne Reader)
Call Joe Sacco the moral draughtsman... we're in his debt. (Christopher Hitchens)
Thought-provoking and effective, this collection offers a good look at one of the major independent creators in the comics field today.
A fine collection of material, worthy of occupying coffee-table space.
He will undoubtedly be looked at as one of this generation's most influential creators. (Robert Scott, Comics Buyer's Guide #1512, 8 November 2002)
Collects illustrated, satirical stories about the author's life, war, politics, and sex, including the tales "Voyage to the End of the Library" and "When Good Bombs Happen to Bad People.".
Before Sacco crafted his two major works of "cartoon journalism, " "Palestine "and "Safe Area Gorazde, " he created a number of shorter pieces, ranging from one-page gags to 30-page "graphic novelettes." This massive book collects the entirety of Sacco's earlier journalistic and autobiographical work, plus a sizable serving of his satirical strips.
A collection of comic book journalist Joe Sacco's best shorter pieces.
About the Author
Joe Sacco was born in Malta and currently lives in Queens, New York. He has a journalism degree from the University of Oregon and has taught at New York's School of Visual Arts. In April 2001 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on future projects.