Joe Sacco, regardingPalestine
On the occasion of the French release of Palestine, Joe Sacco defines his book as comic strip journalism. He comments Israeli-Palestinian news and criticises the Oslo Accords. His book is sold in the United States and in London but not in Israel.
Born in Malta in 1960, Joe Sacco grew up in Australia than in the United States, where he graduated in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1981 before turning towards comics. After an interlude in Malta, he founded and edited the monthly Portland Permanent Press between 1985 and 1986, before joining the Fantagraphics Books team in Los Angeles, writing a column in The comic journal.
At the same time, he created the satirical journal Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy. Publishing his comic strip autobiography Yahoo (1988 to 1992), he travelled throughout Europe in 1988 then in Israel in 1992, creating Palestine which brought together the albums Palestine: An occupied nation (1993) and Palestine: in the Gaza Strip (1995). This non-fiction graphic novel, the first of its kind, in which she puts graphical innovation at the service of journalistic activism, earned him the prestigious American book award in 1996.
After Palestine, it was Sarajevo in 1995 - an experience from which he created Soba (1998) and other stories brought together later in War's End (2005) - and La Hague, where he covered the trials of Bosnian war criminals for Art Spiegelman's magazine, Details, in 1998. In 2000, Gorazde, based on his experience in the former Yugoslavia, confirmed him as one of the most innovative authors of comics on the planet.