There is a very short way to define a compelling mixture of excellent storytelling, exceptional comic art and the attractive presentation of historic facts and documentation: Joe Sacco. The Maltese-American, born October 2, 1960, has defined the word comics journalism unlike anyone else – and a long time before the word itself even came into existence. Sacco uses the art of comics like few do to document contemporary history. His career started while he was working for the Sunset High School Newspaper in Beaverton, Oregon, from where he graduated in 1978. His special sense of humour and staire started to develop during that period. He then graduated from University of Oregon as a journalist in 1981. Sacco decided to turn his hobby of drawing comics into a job and founded the satirical comics magazine "Portland Permanent Press" in 1985, featuring mainly underground and alternative comic book artists. His fondness of travelling brought him to Europe in 1988. His first comics travel report "Yahoo" documented his preoccupation with the first gulf war, a crisis that was looming over Europe and the Middle East – a region he soon was to grow an acute interest in. He started preparations for his work on "Palestine" in 1991 – a book that earned him international approval and recognition. His next travel was going to be to Bosnia to bring about "Safe Area Goražde" – for which he received the famous Eisner Award for Beste Original Graphic Novel in 2001. He has published many short comics reports in magazines like The Guardian or Harper's ever since, some dealing with the second Iraq war. His most recent work "Footnotes in Gaza" is about two forgotten massacers that took place in Khan Younis and Rafah in November 1956 and was awarded best international comic book at Comic-Salon Erlangen in 2012. His cooperation with journalist Chris Hedges will bring about a book on poverty in the United States. No doubt: Joe Sacco is definitely material for school history lessons.
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