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Footnotes in Gaza

Awards: Eisner Award Nominee; Eisner Award Winner; L.A. Times Book Prize - Finalist

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      Contact: Theresa Giacopasi

PUBLICATION DATE: October 12, 2010                          theresa.giacopasi@hholt.com


*Winner of the 2010 Eisner Prize for Best Nonfiction

*2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Graphic Novel Finalist




by Joe Sacco

 “Joe Sacco’s gripping, important book about two long-forgotten mass killings of Palestinians in Gaza stands out as one of the few contemporary works on the Israeli-Palestinian struggle likely to outlive the era in which they were written.” The New York Times Book Review

“Sacco [is] . . . one of this evolving medium’s most skilled advocates.” Los Angeles Times

“[Sacco’s] unique blend of memory and research, offset by depictions of his own experiences collecting information, blur the lines between journalism and travelogue, providing readers with a deeper understanding of whatever topic on which he sets a discerning eye.”Kirkus Reviews


Footnotes in Gaza Joe SaccoJoe Sacco, widely hailed as one of the world’s foremost cartoonists and the creator of war-reportage comics, has spent the past decade researching and creating his latest work—the first since his award-winning Safe Area Goražde in 2000. Highly anticipated by fans of graphic novels and on-the-ground journalism alike, FOOTNOTES IN GAZA (Paperback; Metropolitan Books; Publication date: October 12, 2010) provides a sweeping, original investigation of a forgotten crime in the most tormented of places.


Telling a story of event and consequence; of history and how it is remembered, or misremembered; and, perhaps most invaluably, relating in stark detail life on the ground in a constant state of war, FOOTNOTES IN GAZA recounts fifty years of history across hundreds of absorbing and deftly drawn panels.

Footnotes in Gaza Joe SaccoRafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip and the center of Sacco’s story, is a squalid place. Raw concrete buildings front trash-strewn alleys. The narrow streets are crowded with young children and unemployed men. Swaths of Rafah have been bulldozed to rubble. On the border with Egypt, Rafah is today and always has been a notorious flashpoint in this bitterest of conflicts.


Buried deep in the town’s history is one bloody incident in 1956, where 111 Palestinian refugees were fatally shot by Israeli soldiers. Seemingly a footnote to a long history of killing, that day in Rafah—cold-blooded massacre or dreadful mistake—reveals the competing truths that have come to define an intractable war. In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, Sacco arrives in Gaza and, immersing himself in daily life, uncovers Rafah past and present.

Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, alive with the voices of fugitives and schoolchildren, widows and sheikhs, FOOTNOTES IN GAZA captures the essence of a tragedy. In his most ambitious work to date, Sacco’s unique visual journalism transforms a critical conflict of our age into an intimate and immediate experience.





Joe Sacco is the author of, among other books, Palestine, which received the American Book Award, and Safe Area Goražde, which won the Eisner Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book and Time magazine’s best comic book of 2000. His books have been translated into fourteen languages and his comics reporting has appeared in Details, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Harper’s, and The Guardian. He lives in Portland, Oregon.



Joe Sacco
Metropolitan Books: Paperback, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
ISBN: 0-8050-9277-6; 418 pages; $23.00