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The Comics of Joe Sacco - Journalism in a Visual World

The Comics of Joe Sacco

Journalism in a Visual World

Edited by Daniel Worden
Series: Critical Approaches to Comics Artists Series
Tom Inge Series on Comics Artists

Paperback : 9781496814708, 294 pages, 29 b&w illustrations, September 2017
Hardcover : 9781496802217, 298 pages, 29 b&w illustrations, July 2015

The first book-length study of the acclaimed artist who brought journalistic reportage to comics


Named a Notable Scholarly Publication of 2015 by the Comics Studies Society

Contributions by Georgiana Banita, Lan Dong, Ann D'Orazio, Kevin C. Dunn, Alexander Dunst, Jared Gardner, Edward C. Holland, Isabel Macdonald, Brigid Maher, Ben Owen, Rebecca Scherr, Maureen Shay, Marc Singer, Richard Todd Stafford, and Øyvind Vågnes

The Comics of Joe Sacco addresses the range of his award-winning work, from his early comics stories as well as his groundbreaking journalism Palestine (1993) and Safe Area to Goražde (2000), to Footnotes in Gaza (2009) and his most recent book The Great War (2013), a graphic history of World War I.

First in the series, Critical Approaches to Comics Artists, this edited volume explores Sacco's comics journalism and features established and emerging scholars from comics studies, cultural studies, geography, literary studies, political science, and communication studies. Sacco's work has already found a place in some of the foundational scholarship in comics studies, and this book solidifies his role as one of the most important comics artists today.

Sections focus on how Sacco's comics journalism critiques and employs the standard of objectivity in mainstream reporting, what aesthetic principles and approaches to lived experience can be found in his comics, how Sacco employs the space of the comics page to map history and war, and the ways that his comics function in the classroom and as human rights activism. The Comics of Joe Sacco offers definitive, exciting approaches to some of the most important--and necessary--comics today, by one of the most acclaimed journalist-artists of our time.


"Daniel Worden's edited collection of graphic journalist Joe Sacco's critically acclaimed work makes a valuable contribution to several intersecting fields: comics studies, memory and trauma studies, and journalism, as well as visual and popular culture. This is a welcome first full-length collection of essays on Sacco's graphic reportage. . . . The Comics of Joe Sacco is an important editorial venture that can serve both as an introduction and an in-depth study of Sacco's work, and also as an important platform for some of the most heated current conversations on contemporary journalism and the medium of comics. Daniel Worden's editing has produced a well-structured series of in-depth close readings of Sacco's comics, with clearly articulated theses, expert and sometimes fresh critical approaches, as well as a coherent conversation among contributors. "

- Mihaela Precup, Biography, Volume 40, No. 2, Spring 2017