Can a comic artist also be a reporter? Though the skill set necessary may be rare, Joe Sacco has certainly provided a promising template with his impressive body of work. Though it might be hard to imagine Garfield's John Davis traveling to war-torn countries and locations of volatile civil unrest, Sacco does so without hesitation. In Palestine: In the Gaza Strip, a two-volume graphic novel, he reconstructs the several months he spent on the West Bank through onsite drawings, hundreds of interviews of both Jews and Muslims, and insightful reporting. He followed up this award-winning work with Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-95, documenting the country's turmoil with similar groundbreaking style. His work has been critically acclaimed, winning the praise of Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman (Maus), as well as an American Book Award for Palestine. Tonight at the Walker Sacco discusses his challenges in drawing war, how comics and graphic art can inform in ways that traditional journalism cannot, and his experiences pioneering a promising new style of reporting.
Tue., Nov. 13, 7 p.m., 2007