Reading reportage and comics journalism

I have an interest in journalistic practices and am particularly interested in when they are combined with comicx. Below is a list of books of journalism both written and illustrated. They are definitely worth the read/view.

* Here is a comprehensive reading list about comics journalism by Kenan’ın Akademik Penceresi.

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BOOKS OF REPORTAGE OR ABOUT JOURNALISM:

reportageIntroduction by Ian Jack (2007) The Granta Book of Reportage, third edition — isbn 9781862078154 (“Since its relaunch in 1979, Granta has championed the art and craft of reportage—journalism marked by vivid description, a novelist’s eye to form, and eyewitness reporting that reveals hidden truths about people and events that have shaped the world we know. Featuring distinguished writers and reporters such as James Fenton, Martha Gellhorn, Germaine Greer, Ryszard Kapuscinski, John le Carré, Marilynne Robinson, and John Simpson, as well as new talents Elana Lappin, Suketu Mehta, and Wendell Steavenson, the book covers some of the signal events of our time, including the fall of Saigon, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the massacre in Tiananmen Square, and the aftermath of the American invasion of Iraq.”)

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Ryszard Kapuscinski (2001) The Shadow of the Sun — non-fiction/history/Africa — isbn 978-0-679-77907-8 (Kapuscinski is Poland’s first and only foreign correspondent in the 1950’s. He is sent to cover Africa as the continent unravels from colonialism, providing him with insight into a continent where he has witnessed firsthand more than 38 revolutions. His knowledge of this period in Africa’s history—and the journalistic integrity of his descriptions of the events and people he meets—has been invaluable for me, this first-time visitor to sub-saharan Africa.) —> link

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NON-FICTION COMICS, MEMOIRE AND COMICS JOURNALISM:

These are some of my perennial favourite comic books. I have a particular interest in non-fiction and comics journalism.

Extraction! : comix reportage Frédéric Dubois, Marc Tessier, David Widgington (eds) (2007) Extraction! comix Reportage — non-fiction/comics/mining — isbn978-0-9782474-1-6 (“I’ve always thought mining is the perfect idea for a graphic treatment, and in my fantasies I’ve even wanted to do a comic about mining myself.” Joe Sacco. The book is being republished by Ad Astra Comix.

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Joe Sacco (2009) Footnotes in Gaza — non-fiction/comics/history — isbn 978-0-8050-7347-8 (“Joe Sacco’s brilliant, excruciating books of war reportage are potent territory… He shows how much that is crucial to our lives a book can hold.” the New York Times Book Review.) Read interview with Joe acco about his latest book of comics journalism.

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Guibert, Lefèvre & Lemercier (2003) Le Photographe — non-fiction/comics/photo journalism — isbn 2-8001-3372-4 (This excellent book follows photographer, Didier Lefèvre, on his first major photo assignement following a Médecin sans frontières (Doctors Without Borders) team through Afghanistan in 1986, during the war between the Soviet Union and the Mujaheddin.)

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Guy Delisle (2005) Pyongyang: a journey in North Korea — travel/comics/memoir — isbn 1-89659-789-0 (An unfamiliar, inside view of North Korea from the perspective of Delisle who is sent to the reclusive communist country to supervise the work his French animation studio subcontracted to a North Korean firm. It is a rare glimpse inside a country at odds with itself and the world.

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Jason Lutes (2004-2008) Berlin: City of Stones — history/comics — isbn 1-896597-29-7 (This first of a trilogy that is published in individual comic books with eight more issues to come, is set in the twilight years of Germany’s Weimar Republic. With meticulous documentation, the book covers the struggle between the communist Left and the rise of fascism in a late 1920’s Germany.

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Rash & Tamada (2007) Chroniques du proche étranger en Tchétchénie — history/comics — isbn 978-2-84999-046-9 (In July 2000, nine months since the beginning of the second Chechnya conflict, a young French doctor and his driver attempt to deliver medical aid to refugees. The country is administered directly from Moscow and its residents live in constant terror. Thousands of civilians have sought refuge in neighbouring republic of Ingoushetia, which is where the aid is to be delivered.)

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Joe Sacco (2000) Safe Area Gorazde: The war in Eastern Bosnia (1992-95) — history/comics/journalism — isbn 1-56097-470-2 (Cartoonist/reporter, Joe Sacco, traveled four times to Gorazde in late 1995 and early 1996. The area was a U.N.-designated safe area during the Bosnian War and was always on the brink of extinction during that period.)

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Joe Sacco (1993) Palestine — history/comics/journalism — isbn 978 (Cartoonist/reporter, Joe Sacco, traveled to the West Bank and Gaza in 1991 and 1992 to tell the story of the Palestinian occuppied territories. This grondbreaking book of comics journalism won an American Book Award in 1996.)

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OTHER BOOKS:

Douglas H. Johnson (2007) The Rood Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars — isbn 978-9970-02-299-1 (“It is a unique and authoritative guide to the war in Sudan, deeply informed by historical understanding and the first-hand research of an eminent scholar.” John Ryle, Rift Valley Institute and International Eminent Persons Group on Slavery in Sudan)

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