Joe Sacco

Capturing the intifada with pen and ink

It’s a sad comment on the world that Joe Sacco’s early ’90s journalism, first rendered in comics and now being reissued in hardcover, is still timely. Palestine: The Special Edition (Fantagraphics, $29.95) collects his original dispatches and adds a new essay about his non-traditional coverage of the seemingly intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His up-close method could be described as sympathetic listening and sketching, but his finished vignettes are anything but propaganda. The pages of Palestine are full of bluster and bravado, delusion and sadness, heroism and hardship; and if comparable stories from Israel are wanting—well, that’s another book with another title. Sacco will attend the opening-night reception, then gives a free talk on Saturday at 2 p.m. (the exhibit continues through Nov. 20).

Fri., Oct. 26, 7 p.m., 2007

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