Get Your War on Paperback – October 1, 2002
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- Publisher : Soft Skull Pr; Cmc edition (October 1, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 100 pages
- ISBN-10 : 188712876X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1887128766
- Item Weight : 5.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 9 x 0.25 x 6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,475,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've tried to share this with my left-leaning sixty something mom and she just couldn't get past the profanity. I tried to share it with some left-leaning twenty somethings and they couldn't get past the clip art. I tried to share it with some politically conservative hipsters and they couldn't get past the politics.
So, sadly, a narrow demographic. But for that demographic, it just doesn't get much better. These are the kinds of WTF? conversations that you had with your friends after 9-11, trying to make sense of a world in which even the good guys seemed nuts. A world in which the question "Why do they hate us?" was answered in record speed with the trite "because of our freedom."
Get Your War On has all the emotions of the post 9-11 world: ambivalence, fear, dread, rah-rahing in spite of oneself, and finally resignation to living in a world that is dominated by religious extremists and misguided actors.
If you're reading this review, you likely know what Get Your War On is all about from looking at the strips at [...] So your last remaining question may be what the book's production values are like and whether it is worth buying. The answers are: very good and yes, buy it, the profits go to clearing mines in Afghanistan. Besides, it's more convenient to leave the book on your coffee table instead of a dedicated monitor displaying the comics from the website.
President Bush seizing the moment, all the absurd speeches, ubiquitous yellow ribbons and flags, the first days of "The War On Terror", United We Stand, the lap dog Washington press corp and the whole stinking media behaving as if owned by the state, the words coming out of your co-workers, friends, and family, the push for war and then the wars that followed and disaster that unfolded (and of coarse still is).
This satirical online comic strip gave many Americans just what we needed at the time. The characters featured in "Get Your War On" are mostly office workers drawn in red on a white background and are featured in conversation about the topics of the day. Consistently hilarious dialogue is what the reader is treated to. Most would call it cynical and it is profoundly disillusioned. Looking back now, it doesn't appear so cynical.
I remember the first time I saw this and just laughing my --- off. Clearly like most intelligent comedy this stuff is not for everybody and so calling it divisive and not everybody's cup of tea goes to show there is something maybe worth checking out. You want safe mainstream comedy then watch Jay Leno's suck monologue on the Tonight Show and be all the dumber for it. If you've not enjoyed David Rees's now classic clip-art based comic strip documentation of surreal post 9-11 America it's not too late. Sadly much of the content is still relevant. You can check out GYWO at [...] but if you want to help make a difference instead of just laughing then buy Rees's books because all royalties go to a charity that clears landmines from Afghanistan.
With biting wit and startling insight, Rees ignores the myth and legend of our government's "official proclamations", and cuts to the chase. Self-healing minefields? Enron as the next al-queda? Osama bin Laden, Gollum's long lost brother? Voltron? And of course, the mythical invisible Dick Cheney. Its all here, ready to split your side, and when you're done laughing, make you feel guilty for that American flag sticker you blindly stuck on the rear window of your SUV.