We're excited and honored that the Capital Region's altweekly, Metroland, chose to feature our current gallery show, a 30-year retrospective of political comics and graphic art by the NYC-based World War 3 Illustrated collective, on its cover this week!
You can read the full story at http://metroland.net/features.html, but the online version sacrifices much of the presentation. So I recommend you find a hard copy! We have a number here at The Sanctuary — or you can just click on the images below to download full-size scans.
Remember, if you haven't seen the show yet, it's up for almost another full month. Our gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus two hours before any event. As always feel free to contact us for more information.
Seth Tobocman, a renowned artist and activist and founding member of the World War 3 Illustrated collective, sent us these thoughtful words about why the collective is still creating and publishing its magazine.
Why is this political comic book, which started in 1980, still publishing?
The oil slick off the gulf coast, the collapse of a speculative housing bubble, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina, the bombing and siege of Gaza, the massive anti-globalization protests in Seattle and other cities, the election of America’s first Black president. All of this proves us right.
We started this magazine in 1980 because we believed that Ronald Reagan was taking this country in the wrong direction. We believed that a new, radical movement would emerge to challenge these right wing policies.This was not a popular position at the time and even many who agreed with us cautioned us that it was unwise to be so bold and upfront about our politics.
Please register by clicking here! Scholarships are available!
An arts activism intensive with members of the World War Three Illustrated collective, including a discussion on zines and comix, and a hands-on collaborative workshop to make a digital mini-comic.
1-3 PM-- Small Press and DIY Publishing and Promotion of Activist Comics and Zines (Panel discussion with World War 3 Artists/Editors.) Digital tools make it easier and cheaper than ever for individuals, groups and collectives to publish comics independently. But the most significant challenge remains that of creating work that is relevant and responsive to the community it represents. What are the opportunities for using the comic medium for social change? What strategies and tools are artist activists using to get their work out into the community, and how is that changing?
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.
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