<<•>> edited by Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman <<•>>
The longest running, politically active, North American comicszine anthology of our, World War 3 was (and still is!) unabashedly radical left and NYC-centric in its outlook. Shepherded for over three decades by Kuper and Tobocman, who in addition to editing and publishing WWIII, produced a substantial percentage of the work that graced its pages, the best of which is reproduced here – in black and white and full color – along side that of a diverse group made up of many other contributors, including leftist luminaries like Sue Coe, Eric Drooker, Spain Rodriguez, Art Spiegelman, Tom Tomorrow and many others whose work is not as widely known and whose presence here is perhaps the greatest attraction of this hefty 300+ page hardcover volume, as readers encounter their work for the first time
This is one of the best WW 3 anthologies yet (perhaps the best). The stated theme is "addressing social, political, and environmental damage, charting a path toward healing and repair," and the comics here fill the bill. Featuring over twenty artists, this value priced volume contains over 200 pages of comics. Most are black & white on newsprint, but there are three bonus full color sections included for good measure. There are many excellent stories here, and plenty of great art – most of which is by lesser known artists whose passion more than makes up for their lack of renown, but there also some high profile artists such as Ben Katchor (in full color, no less) and Sue Coe. The highlight of the issue – at least, certainly, for us here at Copacetic – is Seth Tobocman's mini-memoir, "Rage" which pithily and beautifully sums up a life long struggle with anger in twenty pages of hard won and heart felt comics. This piece alone is worth the price of admission.