It's hard to believe that World War 3 Illustrated has been publishing hard-hitting, cutting edge political cartoons for 35 years.
"Oh sure," some may say, "what's the big deal? What can a cartoon do?"
Ask Muslims offended by the Danish Muhammad cartoons. Ask Ali Frazat, who had his hands smashed by the Assad regime in Syria for his comic criticisms. Ask Mahmoud Shokraiyeh, who was sentenced to 25 lashings in Iran for a caricature.
"Okay," some of you may now be saying, "but what can comics do in America?"
Ask Barry Blitt what kind of backlash he got for his infamous Obama fist-bump cartoon for the cover of the New Yorker. Hell, ask Matt Bors what kind of vile death threats and hate mail he gets for his cartoons.
Political cartoons are like powerful essays that you read in a moment. For the good ones, you spend more time thinking about the cartoon than reading it. And for the great ones, they get stuck in your head and help change the way you think about something. World War 3 Illustrated is the MAD Magazine for the political-minded.
This gorgeous hardcover features work by such important cartoonists as Sue Coe, Eric Drooker, Fly, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, Spain Rodriguez, Kevin Pyle and many more. Arranged thematically, this could also be used as an important history/social/cultural studies text book.
(Posted on 5/30/14)