Graphic Depictions of War by Cartoonist/Journalist Joe Sacco

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco signs a book for John Hockenberry after their interview. (Jim Colgan/The Takeaway/WNYC)

When you conjure up the image of the typical gonzo war correspondent, you don’t necessarily envision a graphic novelist. But author Joe Sacco has been telling of the wrenching stories of war in comic book form for a decade. We talk to him about his new book, the future of journalism and why he prefers to tell gruesome war stories with drawings.


Joe Sacco's new book is called "Footnotes in Gaza: A Graphic Novel." Check out a slideshow of images from the book.

I think there's a lot you can do with the drawings that you can't do with regular sorts of journalism. I think you can really take a person to a place, or a time. --Joe Sacco


Joe Sacco
from P. 98 of "Footnotes in Gaza"
Joe Sacco
from P. 99 of "Footnotes in Gaza"
Joe Sacco
from P. 100 of "Footnotes in Gaza"
Joe Sacco
from P. 101 of "Footnotes in Gaza"
Joe Sacco
from P. 137 of "Footnotes in Gaza"
Joe Sacco
from P. 145 of "Footnotes in Gaza"
Joe Sacco
from P. 191 of "Footnotes in Gaza"
Joe Sacco
from P. 194 of "Footnotes in Gaza"
Joe Sacco
from P. 265 of "Footnotes in Gaza"
Joe Sacco
from P. 266 of "Footnotes in Gaza"
Joe Sacco
from P. 267 of "Footnotes in Gaza"


Joe Sacco

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [1]

Leslie Landau

Joe Sacco is a self-described biased cartoonist reporting the situation in Gaza. You asked him to provide "historical underpinnings" of the situation. He then said "Israel, Britain and France attacked Egypt........" in 1956, minimizing Egypt's guerrilla fighting as provocation. In fact, Egypt greatly intensified its attacks, and purchased a tremendous amount of arms from the USSR which substantially threatened Israel. Providing brief historical underpinnings is a challenge. But when your guests imply that Israel attacks without a great deal of provocation, please have the information and courage at hand to correct that impression.

Jan. 21 2010 10:56 AM

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