“World War 3 Illustrated 1979-2014,” edited by Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman, with an introduction by Bill Ayers, is essential reading. Activism and comics are a natural together and this impressive collection is a shining example. It is a balancing act to make sense out of what can appear to be utter chaos. Of course, it’s this chaos that demands close scrutiny since it is likely orchestrated by others in power with a ruthless need to manipulate, cheat, and steal. Sure, you’ve heard of The Tea Party and you may think you know what they’re about. But do you really? Well, they’re not real. They were created by the Koch brothers. And maybe you know that. But, just like Thomas Nast “exposed” the corruption of New York City politics one hundred years ago by distilling dense information into compelling cartoons, so too do cartoonists today, like Peter Kuper, provide that same valuable service.
A tradition of activist comics is honored by the good work you’ll find in this 322-page anthology published by PM Press, available as of July 15, 2014. This post is just a taste of what you’ll find. A full review will be posted soon.
WW3 Illustrated Release Party @ Bluestocking Books, Thursday, June 19, 7pm
If you happen to be in the New York area on Thursday, June 19, you will want to attend the WW3 Illustrated Release Party at Bluestockings Books, starting at 7:00pm.
With presentations by Seth Tobocman, Peter Kuper, Nicole Shulman, Mac McGill, James Romberger, Sandy Jimenez, Eric Blitz, Andy Laties, Steve Wishnia, Breeze, On Davis and Mat Metzgar.
World War 3 Illustrated magazine is a labor of love run for the 35 years by a collective of artists and political activists working with the unified goal of creating a home for political comics, graphics, and stirring personal stories. WW3 Illustrated 1979-2014 is a full-color retrospective of the magazine’s history covering housing rights, feminism, environmental issues, religion, police brutality, globalization, and depictions of conflicts from the Middle East to the Midwest.
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“World War 3 Illustrated 1979-2014” will be released July 15, 2014 and is published by PM Press. Visit our friends at PM Press right here.