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Joe Sacco

Author of Palestine

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Image credit: Joe Sacco in Pimlico , London. Photograph: Richard Saker

Series

Works by Joe Sacco

Palestine (2001) 1,804 copies, 43 reviews
Footnotes in Gaza (2009) 731 copies, 23 reviews
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012) 525 copies, 18 reviews
The Fixer: A Story from Sarajevo (2003) 454 copies, 14 reviews
Journalism (2012) 299 copies, 7 reviews
Paying the Land (2020) 265 copies, 14 reviews
Notes from a Defeatist (2003) 250 copies, 6 reviews
Palestine, Vol. 1: A Nation Occupied (1993) 175 copies, 2 reviews
War's End: Profiles From Bosnia 1995-1996 (2005) 153 copies, 3 reviews
Palestine: The Special Edition (2007) 115 copies, 5 reviews
The Fixer and Other Stories (2009) 94 copies, 3 reviews
Palestine, Vol. 2: In the Gaza Strip (1996) 92 copies, 2 reviews
But I Like It (2006) 76 copies, 4 reviews

Associated Works

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) — Illustrator, some editions — 24,314 copies, 296 reviews
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 759 copies, 10 reviews
The Best American Comics 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 533 copies, 13 reviews
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America (2008) — Contributor — 519 copies, 11 reviews
An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories (2000) — Contributor — 366 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Comics 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 182 copies, 7 reviews
Granta 89: The Factory (2005) — Contributor — 176 copies
The Big Book of Hoaxes (1996) — Illustrator — 162 copies
The Big Book of the Unexplained (Factoid Books) (1997) — Illustrator — 161 copies, 1 review
An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories: v .2 (2008) — Contributor — 156 copies, 2 reviews
The Best of McSweeney's {complete} (1800) — Contributor — 145 copies, 1 review
The Big Book of Losers (1997) — Illustrator — 127 copies
The Big Book of Bad (1998) — Illustrator — 124 copies
The Big Book of Martyrs (1997) — Illustrator — 118 copies
The Big Book of Scandal! (1997) — Illustrator — 116 copies, 1 review
The Best American Comics 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 94 copies, 1 review
The Best American Comics 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 81 copies, 1 review
A Child in Palestine: The Cartoons of Naji al-Ali (2009) — Introduction, some editions — 70 copies
The New Comics Anthology (1991) — Contributor — 68 copies, 1 review
Dark Horse Maverick: Happy Endings (2002) — Contributor — 50 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Comics 2017 (The Best American Series ®) (2017) — Contributor — 45 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Comics 2019 (2019) — Contributor — 42 copies, 2 reviews
War With No End (2007) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Narrative Corpse: A Chain-Story by 69 Artists (1995) — Contributor — 26 copies
Prime Cuts #2 (1987) — Contributor — 4 copies

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Non-fiction graphic novel E. Europe in Name that Book (November 2010)

Reviews

Joe Sacco’s Paying the Land tells the story of the Dene around the Mackenzie River Valley, whose livelihoods are threatened by the oil, gas, and diamond industries in the Canadian Northwest Territories. Industrial and economic changes transform the landscape while dividing communities between traditionalists, those who embrace the new systems, and people who remain conflicted but undecided. Elements of the environmental story and its impact on the locals resemble Kate Beaton’s recent book, Ducks, though the indigenous perspective sets Paying the Land apart. Sacco interviews members of the Dene in order to bring their words to the world. In addition to the costs of resource exploitation, Sacco recounts how the residential school system represented an institutional effort to destroy First Nations cultures (pg. 121-149).

Like his other graphic novel journalism projects, Sacco acknowledges the observer’s paradox and how his entry into these communities and interviews only capture his own perspective or others’ perspectives filtered through him and the limitations that process involves. He notes that his interviews are another form of extraction similar to the oil industry on Dene land (p. 107). He also acknowledges that processing First Nations’ experiences through a western medium can repeat – albeit on a smaller scale – the cultural genocide of the residential schools and their efforts to force Euro-Canadian culture upon the Dene. Despite these concerns and his somewhat disarming portrayal of himself in a self-deprecating manner reminiscent of R. Crumb or Harvey Pekar, he strives to illuminate stories that might not receive as much attention in the standard press. Sacco concludes with a look at different efforts for decolonization work that members of the Dene are undertaking. The result is the type of work that Sacco’s readers expect and that sheds light on the lingering effects of colonization.
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DarthDeverell | 13 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |
Art Spiegelman, the author of Maus, once said "In a world where Photoshop has outed the photograph to be a liar, one can now allow artists to return to their original function — as reporters." And that’s what Joe Sacco is: an artist and a reporter. Joe Sacco spent five months in late 1994 and early 1995 in Bosnia interviewing people who’d survived the Bosnian War. The result was this book, Safe Area Gorazde, which is basically a written and visual documentation of what he experienced and learned there. If you don’t know, Gorazde is a town in eastern Bosnia that was a UN-designated “safe area” during the Bosnian War. But, as you’ll learn from this book, the Gorazde was anything but safe.

I think you should read this book if you’re interested in history and human nature. But this book is more than a history lesson, it’s a way to meet real people who survived a great human rights tragedy and to see the destruction wrought by the conflict.
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LibrarianDest | 29 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
Another tale from the former Yugoslavia by Joe Sacco. I enjoyed this a lot - a good comic. The book focuses on Neven, a "fixer" for international visitors (mostly journalists) who need someone to show them the ropes of Sarajevo. Through Neven, it tells the story of Sarajevo in the Yugoslavian war - the sieges and the internal struggles. One thing it does really well is show the relationship between the unofficial paramilitary groups and the Bosnian government - naturally, it's a pretty ugly story.

Some of Sacco's writing seemed a little off here - too much talking to the reader as if they were Neven. Felt a bit disorienting, but not in they way that might have worked. Also the jumping around in time seemed a little gratuitous at times. Still, another wonderfully drawn, powerful book by Sacco.
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thisisstephenbetts | 13 other reviews | Nov 25, 2023 |
Interesting, but I wanted to like this more than I did.
 
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Rating
4.1
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ISBNs
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