Disaster and Resistance: Comics for the 21st Century

Date & Time: 
Friday, October 10, 2008 - 3:00pm

Seth Tobacman

A live multimedia presentation of the work in Seth Tobocman's new book "Disaster and Resistance: Comics and Landscapes for the 21st Century" (just published on AK Press), with drummer Eric Blitz and guitarist Steve Wishnia.

In his bold comic style the longtime artist, activist and educator Tobocman skewers the individuals and institutions wreaking havoc across the globe today, musing not on the chaos of instability and fear but on the struggle against it.

Read an interview with the legendary NYC radical comic artist.

Our press release:

Radical Graphic Artist Brings Unique Multimedia Presentation to Capital Region;
Innovative Live Show Featured at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy

Troy, NY - New York City-based artist, educator and activist Seth Tobocman will offer a stunning multimedia presentation of the work in his new book, "Disaster and Resistance: Comics and Landscapes for the 21st Century" (AK Press, 2008, introduction by Mumia Abu-Jamal), and drummer Eric Blitz and guitarist Steve Wishnia will provide music, all at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue in North Troy (at 101st Street). Admission is by donation ($10 suggested). For more information, visit www.MediaSanctuary.org, email info@MediaSanctuary.org or call (518) 272-2390.

According to former New York Times art director Jerelle Kraus, "I repeatedly tried to get more of Tobocman's work onto our pages, but it was deemed too radical. Tobocman won't compromise his principles for money or fashion."

In his new book, he outlines pressing social and political struggles at the dawn of the twenty-first century, from post 9-11 New York City to Israel and Palestine, to Iraq and New Orleans. Fans of his classic works, "You Don’t Have to Fuck People Over to Survive" and "War in the Neighborhood," will see that his punch has not softened, and his work continues to skewer the individuals and institutions wreaking havoc across the globe today. In his bold comic style, Seth chronicles events as they happen, musing not on the chaos of instability and fear but on the struggle against it. Seth will sign books after the show, which is about an hour long.

Here’s what others have to say:

"For years now Seth Tobocman has been taking on the powers that be for all of us. He's not slowing down either.” -Harvey Pekar, groundbreaking graphic novelist and author of the American Splendor series

"A graphic revelation, an artistic and political document of enormous value in our troubled world." -Paul Buhle, esteemed historian of American radicalism

"Once again Seth Tobocman stares straight into the eye of the storm and casts light on the darkness. His complete command of visual storytelling is perfectly matched by his unwavering ability to dissect and explain the most complex and urgent topics of the day. He brings us a behind-the-scenes view from the frontlines, with heart and clarity, and turns static headlines into flesh and blood realities. When people look back on our history, Seth Tobocman's inspiring comics will provide more insight into this era than a thousand newscasts." -Peter Kuper, author of "Speechless"

Seth Tobocman is one of the founding editors of World War 3 Illustrated, author/illustrator of three collections, an educator,and has shown his work in streets and galleries across the globe—including Exit Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

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"Disaster and Resistance" one sheet:
http://hm.indymedia.org/usermedia/application/8/d+ronesheet.pdf

AK Press website:
http://akpress.com/2008/items/disasterandresistanceakpress

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