You Don't Have to Fuck People Over to Survive
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You Don't Have to Fuck People Over to Survive

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Cofounder of the magazine World War 3 Illustrated, Tobocman documents a decade of gentrification and fierce struggle in New York and the world at large.
Paperback, 139 pages
Published June 15th 1999 by Soft Skull Press (first published 1990)
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This collection of Tobocman’s work is truly amazing. I will recommend this to everyone I know. The fragments and stories selected for this book offer an opportunity to consider closely the rhetorical effects of images combined with various samples of print-texts. I think Tobocman’s collage and collaboration with different textual media here is inseparable from the messages he’s trying to convey. I love the emotion that threads the line-drawings, and the newspaper print incorporated into sketched...more
This is the book that all punks have to read, and if especially obsessed, will photocopy pages and hang on their bedroom walls. If you pay attention to patches, you will have seen half of these graphics plastered on someone's back of their sweatshirt at some point in your life.
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You Don’t Have to Fuck People Over to Survive is a collection of graphic work by comic artist and activist Seth Tobocman. The artwork dates back to 1980, when Tobocman and Peter Kuper founded the political comix magazine War World 3 Illustrated, and critical issues of this era are addressed, including Reaganomics, the AIDS pandemic, gentrification struggles in New York City, the occupation of Palestine, and the imprisonment of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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Jose Palafox
I love Seth's work so much I even got a tattoo from this book (many long years ago). I first came across his work in the early 1990's and asked him to do the artwork for a 12" LP for Struggle, a band I was in (a band from the early 90's in San Diego, CA). I have followed his work ever since. AK Press just reprinted a 20th anniversary edition with a nice introduction by Alan W. Moore that contextualizes Seth's work. Below is a sample/review of the book from Zack at AK Press and info on ordering t...more
i remember sitting on the floor of bound together books in san francisco when i was eighteen. this was the first book i grabbed from the shelves, and i read it all there, and it blew open my little mind. now, ten years later, i happened to find it in the zine section of my library (i guess it's too much for the card catalogue!) and it was still an interesting and vital read.
Mar 24, 2007 jerx rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes to think about society and our system
this book is mostly pictures and a few words but when i read it i was in awe and the raw images and hard hitting morals of each story in it made me think alot about society, cops, the enviorment, and mumia abu-jamal.
its very powerful and a very good read and the art is very strong in my opinion.
check it out if you can seriously.
I had a chance to perform with Seth with (1/3 of) Urchestra - a band that I am part of. Seth - vocals, Eric Blitz - percussion, Andy Laties - sax, GLOVE - guitars, pronoblem - bass.
this isn't really a graphic novel so much as a collection of illustrations and comics seth tobocman produced over the years. it's surprising (and a little disheartening) to see how relevant his political images remain today.
This book has a great spirit and sense of humor. Really lovely stuff. Came across it by chance in a used bookstore in Somerville.
not as story oriented as war in the neighborhood, but seths art is soo good! lotsa great stencil style bits in here.
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Radical comic book artist who has been living in Manhattan's Lower East Side since 1978. Tobocman is best known for his creation of the political comic book World War 3 Illustrated, which he started in 1979 with fellow artist Peter Kuper. He has also been an influential propagandist for the squatting, anti-globalist, and anti-war movements in the United States.
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