From the great cartoonist-reporter comes a sweeping, original investigation of a forgotten crime in the most tormented of places. Spanning 50 years and moving fluidly between one war and the next, "Footnotes in Gaza" captures the essence of a tragedy.
Joe Sacco, one of the world’s foremost cartoonists, is widely hailed as the creator of war-reportage comics. He is the author of, among other books, Palestine, which received the American Book Award, and Safe Area Gora?de, which won the Eisner Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book and Time magazine’s best comic book of 2000. His books have been translated into fourteen languages and his comics reporting has appeared in Details, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Harper’s, and The Guardian. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
“Solid, old-fashioned war reporting... a superb way into the truth of events, understanding different sides and poking around in people’s minds and houses. Unlike a war photographer, Sacco always gets the best shot, perfectly framed, sometimes years after the event. Unlike a writer, he adds facial expressions to each statement. And unlike a film maker, he can slip between past and present without the jolt of costumed docudrama.... I learned more about the Palestinians, war, the intifada and the best honey pastries in Gaza than I ever had from newspapers or television.” —The Times (UK) “Having already established his reputation as the world’s leading comics journalist, Sacco is now making a serious case to be considered one of the world’s top journalists, period. His newest undertaking is a bracing quest to uncover the truth about what happened in two Gaza Strip towns in 1956… Sacco’s art is alternately epic and intimate, but it’s his exacting and harrowing interviews that make this book an invaluable and wrenching piece of journalism.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “The first good news to report about the massive, fascinating new Footnotes in Gaza hardcover is that the cartoonist is in top form throughout. If there’s something that Joe Sacco’s done in a previous comic that you’ve liked or with which you’ve been impressed, then that same technique or approach is likely to be on display here in a comparable or more effective way… A story soaked to the marrow with heartbreaking insights… One of the best long-form comics of this decade, and Sacco’s greatest work to date.” —The Comics Reporter “Joe Sacco’s brilliant, excruciating books of war reportage are potent territory.... He shows how much that is crucial to our lives a book can hold.” —The New York Times Book Review