But before those works came such squishy, non-stoic titles as Honk!, Centrifugal Bumble Puppy, and Yahoo. Sacco's success in the literary and political has hidden his roots in satire — hilarious satires that rip on and upstart the squeamish social systems of the office and the rhetoric of politics, with the occasional dip into tongue-in-cheek historical commentary. Spotlight features an astonishing amount of rare and previously unseen Sacco art — at least one third of the comics herein have never been published before, and most of the remainder has appeared in spots so obscure that even the most diligent Sacco fan has never heard of them.
Within these full-to-bursting pages you'll meet Arnold Homecastle, an unassuming milquetoast of a man who harbors a secret Marxist struggle to overthrow capitalism through abuse of the office beverage privilege. Tears will well in your eyes as you follow the heartrending protest of Zachary Mindbiscuit, a man who fights the construction of a nuclear reactor near his home by placing his cat on a media-watched hunger strike. Nausea will fill your guts on reading "Meat," Sacco's mock-attack on vegetarians. And "Apocalypse Then," presented here for the first time anywhere, will laugh you to bursting with its Monty Pythonesque sitcom of Black Plague and holy relics.
The package is filled to the limit with skits and spats too many to mention, but don't fret: the inside front cover "liner notes" by Sacco and one of those obnoxious British critics will guide you over every page with smug self-satisfaction.