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Notes from a Defeatist

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A collection of comic book journalist Joe Sacco's best shorter pieces.
Before Joe 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 finally collects the entirety of Sacco's earlier journalistic and autobiographical work, plus a sizable serving of his satirical strips, many of them never ...

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Overview

A collection of comic book journalist Joe Sacco's best shorter pieces.
Before Joe 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 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 Notes from a Defeatist 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. Notes from a Defeatist 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. Notes from a Defeatist is a fantastic primer to Sacco's work.
Sacco's previous two books, Safe Area Gorazde and Palestine, have earned international acclaim and accolades from such sources as Edward W. Said, Christopher Hitchens, Time, The New York Times Book Review, and The Washington Post.

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Editorial Reviews

Utne Reader
Sacco's a skillful,subtle storyteller.
Christopher Hitchens
Call Joe Sacco the moral draughtsman... we're in his debt.
Publishers Weekly
This collection of early work by cartoonist/journalist Sacco, of American Book Award-winning Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde acclaim, assembles pieces ranging from early reportage to Sacco's young attempts at satire. Of the two genres, Sacco finds his clearest voice in reportage. Stories such as "In the Company of Long Hair," in which Sacco tours with a rock band, find him in a kind of neurotic, Gonzo-journalism mode, following the rock and rollers down the road of excess, but entertainingly complaining all the way. "When Good Bombs Happen to Bad People" soberly examines the rationales behind wartime bombing campaigns, while its companion piece, "More Women, More Children, More Quickly," based on the recollections of Sacco's mother during WWII, looks at the same subject from the perspective of the people on the ground. "How I Loved the War," conversely, bitterly and satirically examines Sacco's own obsession with media coverage during the first Gulf War, covering himself, the conflict and, of course, television. These pieces highlight Sacco's gift for caricature and cartoon hysterics, perhaps more so than the artist's later, more sober work. Sacco creates terrifying scenes of bombs dropping, and when he himself is scared, panels buckle and words stretch out and explode, turning Sacco into a funhouse mirror version of himself. Readers of his later books already know that his commentary is never less than intelligent and generally quite brilliant. Those looking for a larger dose of Sacco's reportorial talents should seek out and enjoy Notes from a Defeatist. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560975106
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: GRAPHIC NO
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Sacco lives in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of many acclaimed graphic novels, including Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, But I Like It,
Notes from a Defeatist, The Fixer, War's End, and Footnotes in Gaza.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Pt. 1 Cartoon Genius 9
Pt. 2 Eight Characters 17
Pt. 3 Social Studies 51
Pt. 4 In The Company Of Long Hair 63
Pt. 5 A Disgusting Experience 95
Pt. 6 Voyage To The End Of The Library 109
Pt. 7 When Good Bombs Happen To Bad People 119
Pt. 8 More Women, More Children, More Quickly 131
Pt. 9 How I Loved The War 155
Pt. 10 Epilogue, On My Day Off 191
Apocrypha 201
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