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This graphic collection gathers the work of more than thirty artists who represent both the extreme edge of the comic art and its future. They are radical voices for the 21st century. Included are artists such as Peter Kuper, a frequent contributor to Time magazine, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and The New York Times (where he had the first and only comic strip to ru This graphic collection gathers the work of more than thirty artists who represent both the extreme edge of the comic art and its future. They are radical voices for the 21st century. Included are artists such as Peter Kuper, a frequent contributor to Time magazine, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and The New York Times (where he had the first and only comic strip to run regularly in that paper); Eric Drooker, author/artist of the award-winning Flood! A Novel in Pictures: James Romberger, whose work is in the permanent collection of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Mike Diana, famous now as the first cartoonist in U.S. history sentenced to jail as a result of his work. Here, politics is mixed with the personal. Stories range from Sandy Jiminez's tale of homophobia in the Latin community to Sabrina Jones's articulate defense of her right to have an abortion, from Seth Tobocman's account of the squatters' movement on New York's Lower East Side to a piece by Mumia Abu Jamal commenting on the "three strikes" judiciary guidelines.


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This graphic collection gathers the work of more than thirty artists who represent both the extreme edge of the comic art and its future. They are radical voices for the 21st century. Included are artists such as Peter Kuper, a frequent contributor to Time magazine, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and The New York Times (where he had the first and only comic strip to ru This graphic collection gathers the work of more than thirty artists who represent both the extreme edge of the comic art and its future. They are radical voices for the 21st century. Included are artists such as Peter Kuper, a frequent contributor to Time magazine, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and The New York Times (where he had the first and only comic strip to run regularly in that paper); Eric Drooker, author/artist of the award-winning Flood! A Novel in Pictures: James Romberger, whose work is in the permanent collection of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Mike Diana, famous now as the first cartoonist in U.S. history sentenced to jail as a result of his work. Here, politics is mixed with the personal. Stories range from Sandy Jiminez's tale of homophobia in the Latin community to Sabrina Jones's articulate defense of her right to have an abortion, from Seth Tobocman's account of the squatters' movement on New York's Lower East Side to a piece by Mumia Abu Jamal commenting on the "three strikes" judiciary guidelines.

41 review for World War 3 Illustrated: Confrontational Comics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dominick

    Mixed Bag. World War 3 is an explicitly political/polemical magazine, as its Confrontational Comics subtitle makes explicit, and this volume collects a bunch of stories, focusing on an array of topics, from across its run up to 1995. There are a few cartoonists I recognize here--Seth Tobocman, Peter Kuper, Mike Diana, James Romberger, Eric Drooker, a few others. There are several others who are unfamiliar to me. In at least some cases, I think it's because they are not (or not primarily) cartoon Mixed Bag. World War 3 is an explicitly political/polemical magazine, as its Confrontational Comics subtitle makes explicit, and this volume collects a bunch of stories, focusing on an array of topics, from across its run up to 1995. There are a few cartoonists I recognize here--Seth Tobocman, Peter Kuper, Mike Diana, James Romberger, Eric Drooker, a few others. There are several others who are unfamiliar to me. In at least some cases, I think it's because they are not (or not primarily) cartoonists but political activists who use comics (or comics-adjacent) art to advance their agendas. In some cases among this latter group this means that content trumps form, and the comics themselves are at best crudely rendered and hard to read (not that that doesn't apply to some of the more familiar names, notably Mike Diana, who could best be described as amateurish, from a skills perspective). As a result, there is a remarkable array of styles on display here, and quite a range of success. Almost everything is at least interesting to look at, some does some quite innovative stuff with comics form, and some pieces are actually pretty good. Possibly the stuff I found most successful was Peter Kuper's work, especially his account of testifying in the Mike Diana trial. There's also a very amusing piece on Donald Trump by Irene Ledwith, from 1993, that makes pretty clear that his douchebaggery is so far from a new thing that him ever getting elected President is one of the biggest black eyes on the face of a country that's had more than a few. Ledwith is one of the figures with whom I was not familiar, but she has a simple, distinctive, and effective style. Several stories are very New York-specific (e.g. Ledwith on Trump, several stories about New York squatters), but a range of broad issues get explored--sexism, reproductive rights, the welfare system, the justice system, etc. This book is definitely worth reading for anyone interested in the use of comics as a political tool.

  2. 4 out of 5

    jack

    well done far left comics from the 90's well done far left comics from the 90's

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    Nick Boldrini

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    Barbikat60

    An honest and historical piece of life in the world in the early 1990s.

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    Laura Quilter

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    Meaghan

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