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The Great Anti-War Cartoons

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
For centuries, cartoonists have used their pens to fight a war against war, translating images of violent conflict into symbols of protest. Noted comics historian Craig Yoe brings the greatest of these artists together in one place, presenting the ultimate collection of anti-war cartoons. Together, these cartoons provide a powerful testament to the old adage, “The pen is ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 30th 2009 by Fantagraphics (first published May 30th 2009)
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Gary Stocker
Does not pull any punches. Shows war in all of its inglorious nastiness. Although the cartoons are from Renaisance times onwards, the majority are from the first world war, the twenties (when the attitude of, "Never again" was understandably prevalent), the thirties (when rearmament was happening) and the mid 1940's when total annihlation from atomic bombs became a real possibility. The trouble is that the right people (ie. warmongerers) do not read books like this.
May 15, 2010 John rated it it was amazing
An astonishing collection. Worth every penny. Make cartoons, not war.
Jun 25, 2012 Joshlynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-and-comix
Your uncle Craig Yoe loves comics, and so do you. In fact, Uncle Craig has devoted his life to gathering and meticulously preserving some of the best comics and cartoons ever drawn, and he's a veritable fountain of knowledge. So when Uncle Craig invited you over to check out his extensive collection of anti-war cartoons, why do you hesitate? Because Uncle Craig doesn't know when to shut the fuck up. He means well, he really is an intelligent guy, and he's jazzed that you actually understand his ...more
Therese  A.  Brink
Dec 25, 2015 Therese A. Brink rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who want to remember why war is bad
Covering no war in particular (a sad comment in the ubiquity of war), these mainly black and white cartoons cover the various horrors of war and war-making. These anti-war cartoons are from various periods of history. Some are from the 1600s. The book is divided into several topics. The cartoons that are used to illustrate that topic, such as famine, suffering, weapons, and the horrors of war. Muhammad Yunnus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, introduces the cartoons. He concludes his ...more
Bill Wallace
Jan 28, 2015 Bill Wallace rated it really liked it
Another fine collection of vintage cartoon art assembled by Craig Yoe. The emphasis here is on anti-war cartoons that are mostly nonpartisan, though the historical context of many of them is apparent. Not surprisingly many of them are from World War I, a war pretty much everyone agrees was worth opposing. One thing I came away from this book with was a strong desire to revisit more work by Ron Cobb.
Dec 15, 2014 Garren rated it it was ok
Some interesting stuff. However, people were uncomfortably gung-ho about portraying Peace as a white woman being raped by not-white-men, as if that's the only thing readers would find offensive and consider war to be like that.
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