Joes Sacco is an illustrator, cartoonist and journalist, best known for his comics journalism, particularly his works Palestine created in 1993 and Footnotes in Gaza Area Gorazde created in 2000. Spending a lot of his time criss-crossing the globe, He produced six issues of his own comic book ”Yahoo for Fantagraphics” between 1988 to 1992.
Joe Sacco’s combination of the techniques of eyewitness reportage with the medium of the storytelling ability in comics to explore this complex, emotionally weighted situation, then led to the release of Palestine, the first issue of which was released in January, 1993. His depth of research, the sensitivity of his handling of the delicate subject, as well as the craft exhibited in his dynamic, sophisticated layouts, in addition to his bold narrative style, I must mention are remarkable and accorded Sacco the deserved widespread, earning him the American Book Award in 1996, Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001, and the Eisner award in 2001.
Palestine as a comic book set new standards for the utilisation of the documentary approach within the comic book medium, attracting the similarities and comparison with Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize winning Maus.
Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s (where he conducted over 100 interviews with Palestinians and Jews), Palestine was the first major comics work of political and historical nonfiction by Sacco, whose name has since become synonymous with this graphic form of New Journalism.