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The Great Anti-War Cartoons Paperback – May 29, 2009
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“The rape of the innocent. The callousness of the machine. The girth of the profiteers. The threat of the bomb. The hollowness of the victories. Yoe has collected more than 220 of those anti-war cartoons in a book of indelible images that remind us those confrontations aren't what they used to be.”
- Steve Duin, The Oregonian
“In The Great Anti-War Cartoons, Craig Yoe has gathered an amazing assembly of peaceful protests that seeks to prove that the pen is truly mightier than the sword. ... All of it is thought-provoking and deserves a look. And where else will you see a collection like this? Art Spiegelman, Robert Crumb, Rube Goldberg, Honore Daumier… my god. Even if you don’t dig the message, you gotta dig the art. In the end, it’s obviously a book that’ll stick with me and would make a worthy addition to your collection.”
- Chad Derdowski, Mania
“War sucks, and Yoe has selected a wide range of cartoons that make the point with elegance and grim wit. ...[I]n terms of craft, vision, and passion, political cartoons simply don't get much better.”
- Noah Berlatsky, Chicago Reader
“[W]hile being the spark for various brilliant cartoons over the decades doesn't justify the institutional addiction to war (or its always-looming threat), these cartoons can at least provide some solace. Or good fallout shelter reading.”
- Mark London Williams, The SF Site: Nexus Graphica
About the Author
Craig Yoe is the author and designer of over 25 books on popular culture. He is the former VPGM/Creative Director of The Muppets, working closely with Jim Henson and is a former Vice President Art Director for Disney. He was a Consulting Creative Director of Nickelodeon and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Art at Syracuse University. He has garnered a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, an Addy, and a Will Eisner Award, holds six patents for toy inventions, and has curated exhibits in museums from Japan to New York. His books include the Hotwire series and Bella Donna: The Pin-Up Girls of Kremos.
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What's most fascinating about this collection is that the material covers a span of hundreds of years, yet little has changed except the uniforms. It's chilling to look at a cartoon from World War I alongside a similar image from World War II and realize how little progress mankind has made. The killing goes on and the graphic themes - skulls, graves, guns, devils - are still relevant today.
Craig Yoe has done a terrific job of collecting these cartoons from many different periods in history and from countries all around the world. By juxtaposing them he gives us a unique global perspective of the horrors of war.
I should also mention that it's nicely designed and beautifully printed. As digital books grow in popularity, this is one that you'll want to own in paper form.
Although it's tempting to flip through and just look at the pictures, I recommend taking the time to read the biographical index. It was interesting to see some familiar names (Syd Hoff, Winsor McKay, Sir John Tenniel) among those of foreign cartoonists I'd never heard of. Even more interesting was the number of cartoonists jailed, tortured or killed for creating these works.