A Public Service Announcement! ;)

A Public Service Announcement! ;)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

"Looks Good To Me:" I Live Here

Comics have a long history of detailing the plight of the poor and displaced, or those looking for a new home and life after dealing with crisis or disaster, from Will Eisner to Joe Kubert to adaptations of Kafka to Joe Sacco to the upcoming Hurricane Katrina tale After the Deluge to the following new title, as detailed in a press release from Pantheon:

"Gut–wrenching and hauntingly beautiful" —Glamour

For the past two months, you've listened to me tell you how excited I was about I Live Here. I couldn't be more pleased now to tell you that it's finally on sale! If you don't already know what I Live Here is about, here's the short version: the book—or more precisely the four books that are contained within a slipcase—is a stunning visual documentary, in which the lives of refugees and displaced people become at once personal and universal. I Live Here is a raw and intimate journey to crises in four corners of the world: war in Chechnya, ethnic cleansing in Burma, globalization in Mexico, and AIDS in Malawi.

The voices we encounter are those of displaced women and children, told in their own words or by noted writers and artists, including Joe Sacco, Ann–Marie MacDonald, Phoebe Gloeckner, Chris Abani, and many others. The stories unfold in an avalanche: an orphan goes to jail for stealing leftovers. A grieving mother snaps photos of spaces left vacant by her vanished teenaged daughter. A child soldier escapes his army only to be saved by the people he was trained to kill. An elderly woman recounts the tumultuous history of fellow refugees. Threaded throughout these accounts is Mia Kirshner's intimate travel narrative, brought vividly to life in collaboration with writer J.B. MacKinnon and designers Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons.

I Live Here is a truly groundbreaking work.

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--Hillary Tisman

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