Today I’m featuring another book by comic journalist Joe Sacco entitled Footnotes in Gaza. This is not a sequel to his 1993 comic Palestine, but it does share its similarities. In both instances, Sacco visits troubled places to gather first hand experience of war. It’s his way of humanizing the conflict. In Footnotes in Gaza, Sacco is investigating one specific tragedy, which took place in Khan Younis and Rafah in 1956. Hundreds of Palestinians died, but there wasn’t much media attention. This is Sacco’s motivation behind Footnotes in Gaza.
For more information on the history of Gaza in the late 1940s and 1950s, I highly recommend the video below. It features the author himself giving a little history lesson. It’s about 10 minutes long. You can also watch the full version (roughly an hour long) on Vimeo.
If you’d like to read more about Palestine (the graphic novel) you can click here.
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