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9-11: Emergency Relief

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The terrorist attacks in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001 touched people worldwide, and cartoonists have turned to art to express their grief and support. 9-11: Emergency Relief is a comic book project to benefit the American Red Cross featuring some of the comic world's leading talents. From legendary creators such as Will Eisner and Harvey ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 4th 2002 by Alternative Comics (first published January 1st 2002)
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Sara Forsberg
Jul 07, 2014 Sara Forsberg rated it liked it
I found this when I was cleaning up some old shelves, and I vaguely remember getting it many years ago at a comic book sale, but I'd never read it. It's a book created shortly after 9/11 to benefit the American Red Cross, and features stories from many different comic artists and writers. The stories are focused on the day itself and on how the different contributors experienced it. The quality is varied, even though it doesn't feel quite right to judge stories that are this raw and personal.

Great collection of short biographical and autobiographical post 9/11 reaction comics. It captures the intensity of emotion of that time. But it is fucking weird to read 8 years later, after Bush and Iraq and "enhanced interrogation" and hate crimes against Muslim-looking people in the US have stripped 9/11 of the sense of togetherness through tragedy. Now it is just a sad look back at a long ago time, when things were terrible and when the loss potential of the now is terrible too.
A so-so comics anthology when read around the 10th anniversary. The comics were all made soon after the attacks, so they mostly boil down to "what I was doing on 9-11" type memoirs. Not sure what I was expecting from this book, but skipped over some comics, and found none to be that interesting. This is probably better for younger people who don't remember that day for themselves.
Oct 11, 2011 Peacegal rated it liked it
It's surprising how many comics artists were living in NYC at the time of the attacks. I wish some of them would have written about the experiences of people in Pennsylvania and Washington, DC, as well. The story of Flight 93 was an amazing one, yet it was barely mentioned.

It's difficult and draining to read a book that is nothing but 9/11 stories.
Stephen Snyder
Excellent book. This book really turned students on to doing further research on the topic.

Thank you Franklin Public Library for the loan.
Apr 29, 2008 kelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels, yuck
just ok
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