Joe Sacco on Journalism and War, interviewed by Chris Hedges

with Chris Hedges
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Dandelion Salad
June 6, 2011

Joe Sacco is one of the world’s foremost cartoonists and is widely hailed as the creator of war-reportage comics. He is the author of Palestine, which received the American Book Award, and Safe Area Goražde, which was named a New York Times Notable Book. After completing a degree in journalism at the University of Oregon, Sacco set out to crisscross the globe, producing comics along the way. In the early 1990s he spent two months in Israel and the occupied territories, traveling and taking notes. When he returned to the U.S. he recorded what he had witnessed and heard during his Middle Eastern travels, combining the techniques of eyewitness reportage with the medium of comics storytelling to explore this complex, emotionally weighted situation. Palestine, the resulting book, set new standards for the use of the comic book as a documentary medium, and was the first nonfiction graphic novel to invite serious comparison with Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus. In 2000, Sacco finished Safe Area Goražde: The War In Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995: a 240-page exploration of a small Muslim enclave in Bosnia called Goražde. Sacco’s most recent major work is a book about the southern Gaza Strip, called Footnotes in Gaza, published by Metropolitan Books in early 2010. Joe Sacco is a citizen of Malta and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

Joe Sacco with Chris Hedges: On War Journalism and more

Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

From the archives:

Joe Sacco: Footnotes in Gaza + Footnotes to a forgotten war by Laura Durkay

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Is the Arab Spring spreading to US Congressional staffs? by Franklin Lamb

6 thoughts on “Joe Sacco on Journalism and War, interviewed by Chris Hedges

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  5. Footnotes in Gaza was absolutely brilliant and free copies should be sent to Bliar, Hague, Obama, Clinton, Netanyahu et al, Then they should be locked in a room (together?) to read it.

    They should also see what is on this link – the truth of what is going on at Rafah told in video and word. There is no way the crossing can be descrtibed as ‘OPEN’ which is the propaganda being given out.

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