Diario de Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico [NOOK Book]

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Diario de Oaxaca is artist Peter Kuper's chronicle of two years living in Oaxaca, Mexico, encountering its modern conflicts against the backdrop of the country's ageless beauty and enduring rhythms. From a town held hostage by soldiers to the miracle of the Monarchs' sanctuary, Kuper renders his experiences in vivid detail, capturing both the light and shadows that define life in Mexico.

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Diario de Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico

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Overview

Diario de Oaxaca is artist Peter Kuper's chronicle of two years living in Oaxaca, Mexico, encountering its modern conflicts against the backdrop of the country's ageless beauty and enduring rhythms. From a town held hostage by soldiers to the miracle of the Monarchs' sanctuary, Kuper renders his experiences in vivid detail, capturing both the light and shadows that define life in Mexico.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kuper has long been among the most politically engaged and stylistically distinctive artists working in comics, and both qualities take center stage here. This dazzling annotated sketchbook recounts two years Kuper and his family spent living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Anticipating a sojourn from American politics, Kuper instead found himself in a city roiled by a teachers' strike that was violently suppressed by the regional government. He recorded his observations in his sketchbook and in illustrated letters home, crisply reproduced in this bilingual (English and Spanish) book. Kuper's facility with diverse art media shines in early pages covering political action, as colorfully penciled protestors stand against rigidly inked military barricades set against the lush backdrops of Oaxaca. As the populist forces are rapidly suppressed, Kuper records a panoply of further visual impressions: beaches, stores, dogs, vendors, ancient ruins, street art and many, many insects. Throughout, Kuper's letters, rooted in personal observation but clearly intended as eyewitness reports for public consumption, provide helpful context. And if his increasingly profuse style mixing suggests a departure from earlier visual in the book, the final observations about a beautiful, merciless natural order obliquely ratify the political convictions that open the book. (Sept.)
Boston Globe
The book, its text in English and Spanish, is beautiful, a real production: The textured, embossed cover evokes Mexican tiles, giving this Diario de Oaxaca elegant gravity and permanence.

New Yorker
[Kuper's] attempt to escape the last years of the Bush Administration led him to relocate to a town that turned out to be under martial law, in an area plagued by riptides, eco-tourists, and stray dogs, all faithfully-and hilariously-documented here.
Library Journal
Diario de Oaxaca. (Oaxaca Diary: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico) Kuper, Peter. U.S.: PM Press. 2009. 209p. ISBN 978-1-60486-071-9. $29.95. GRAPHIC MEMOIR STARIn 2006, illustrator Kuper moved from New York to the impoverished but ethnically and historically rich southern Mexican city of Oaxaca, bringing his wife and pre-teen daughter. The region was wracked by a massive teachers’ strike that made headlines worldwide, by the corruption of the state’s notorious governor, and by conflicts in the streets involving tens of thousands of protesters and troops—an interesting place for a politically minded artist to be. Kuper has done covers and other illustrations for a host of major topical publications including TIME, Newsweek, the Progressive, and the New York Times, and has for more than a decade drawn the “Spy vs. Spy” comic series for MAD Magazine. This is the appealing product of his two years in Mexico. Kuper’s diary entries, paired with a side-by-side translation into Spanish, help set the context for the 150-odd pages of paintings, sketches, cartoons, and collages that are the highlight of this book. Kuper’s offbeat eye and his MAD sensibility make for some striking images—comical ones, too, such as his Day of the Dead tribute to the Peanuts gang, which shows the skeletal dog Znupé digging through a boneyard while his Charlie Brown ruminates about death. Fans of comics and art lovers will appreciate Kuper’s unusual take on a remarkable place. Recommended for libraries, particularly those with graphic art and design collections, as well as general bookstores.—Bruce Jensen, Rohrbach Lib., Kutztown, PA
Comics Journal by Rob Clough
May be Peter Kuper's greatest accomplishment as an artist. It flatters all of his strengths as an artist and limits his flaws.
From the Publisher

"Kuper is a colossus; I have been in awe of him for over 20 years. Teachers and students everywhere take heart: Kuper has in these pages born witness to our seemingly endless struggle to educate and to be educated in the face of institutions that really don't give a damn. In this ruined age we need Kuper's unsparing compassionate visionary artistry like we need hope."  —Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

"Kuper has long been among the most politically engaged and stylistically distinctive artists working in comics, and both qualities take center stage here. An artist at the top of his form."  —Publisher's Weekly

"Fans of comics and art lovers will appreciate Kuper's unusual take on a remarkable place. Recommended for libraries, particularly those with graphic art and design collections, as well as general bookstores."  —Library Journal

"[Kuper's] attempt to escape the last years of the Bush Administration led him to relocate to a town that turned out to be under martial law, in an area plagued by riptides, ecotourists, and stray dogs, all faithfully—and hilariously—documented here."  —New Yorker

"Peter Kuper is undoubtedly the modern master whose work has refined the socially relevant comic to the highest point yet achieved."  —Newsarama.com

"The book, its text in English and Spanish, is beautiful, a real production: The textured, embossed cover evokes Mexican tiles, giving this Diario de Oaxaca elegant gravity and permanence."  —Boston Globe

"Maybe Peter Kuper’s greatest accomplishment as an artist.  It flatters all of his strengths as an artist and limits his flaws."  —The Comics Journal by Rob Clough

"In the hands of an illustrator with such creative gifts, Oaxaca is a brilliant dreamscape whose bugs and vegetation are as visually appealing as its protest graffiti and wild dogs."  —World Literature in Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604862522
  • Publisher: PM Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,132,525
  • File size: 49 MB
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Meet the Author


Peter Kuper is a cofounder and editorial board member of political graphics magazine World War 3 Illustrated and a teacher who has taught at New York's School of Visual Arts and Parsons The New School for Design. Best known for drawing Mad magazine's Spy vs. Spy comic since 1997, he has also illustrated covers for Newsweek and Time magazines. He is the author of the graphic novel Sticks and Stones, which won the New York Society of Illustrators gold medal, and his autobiography, Stop Forgetting to Remember. He lives in New York City. Martín Solares is the author of Los Minutos Negros (The Black Minutes).
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