Category: book review

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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. _____ BOOKS OF REPORTAGE OR ABOUT JOURNALISM: Introduction 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...

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Art That Moves You: David Lester’s “The Listener”

The power of art should never be underestimated. All works of art, regardless of their form as mediated expression, offer a message to those that contemplate them. Some works of art are conceived as more deliberate acts of communication with specific intentions. Others allow room for nuance interpretation. Art can inspire to kill for social change and it can inspire to risk death for social change. Without question, art is a potent tool for societal inspiration. Leni Riefenstahl’s film Victory of Faith documents the Nazi Party’s 1933 Fifth Party Rally in Nuremberg and her later Triumph of the Will was...

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Posters of Alter-Globalization Movement in Québec on 10th Anniversary of FTAA Protests

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 7°C] For the 10th anniversary of the April 2001 Summit of the Americas protests in Québec City against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), here is a selection of posters related to the FTAA (and other related) protests, taken from the book: Picture This!: Posters of Social Movements in Québec (1966-2007) by Jean-Pierre Boyer, Jean Desjardins and David Widgington. The book was published in 2007 by Cumulus Press. Each of these posters are archived with over 20,000 others in the impressive collection at the Centre for Research in Popular Imagery (CRIP). À l’occasion du 10ième anniversaire des...

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Extraction! Comix Reportage: mixing comics and journalism about mining

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 1°C] New technologies and new forms of web distribution open up possibilities to republish past works to new audiences and give them new lives. Below is a book that was published back in 2007 at a print-run of only 500 copies. They sold like hotcakes and quickly disappeared from bookshelves, bookfairs and are now occasionally seen in second-hand bookstore windows. A friend of mine just send a link to a new comic he published using Issuu to render it available online. It gave me the idea of rescucitating old publications that were send to obscurity long before...

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Radical Imagination and Direct Action with Pirate Radio

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 32°C] After reading Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada, all I wanted to do was become a pirate. Not the kind that steals from the rich in a capitalist bent to become rich myself at the expense of others. I wanted to appropriate what is already mine: the public airways, and broadcast what corporate media despise most: defiant free-form radio that encourages audio creativity and promotes social justice. The 246-page anthology, edited by Andrea Langlois, Ron Sakolsky and Marian van der Zon, is a collection of 16 essays and a docudrama in seven acts that explain...