Part documentary travelogue, part satirical autobiography, part satire pure and simple, Notes from a Defeatist collects all the shorter works that launched Joe Sacco on the path to his book-length masterpiece, Palestine. Before Joe Sacco crafted his two major works of 'cartoon journalism', Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde, he created a number of shorter pieces, ranging from one-page gags to 30-page 'graphic novelettes'. This book finally collects the entirety of Sacco's earlier journalistic and autobiographical work, plus a sizeable serving of his satirical strips, many of them never before collected in book form. The centrepieces in Notes from a Defeatist are a triptych of war stories- 'When Good Bombs Happen to Bad People', a history of aerial bombing that specifically targets civilian populations; 'More Women, More Children, More Quickly', in which Sacco relates his mother's harrowing experiences during World War II in Malta; and, most personally (and closest to Sacco's later work), 'How I Loved the War', Sacco's impassioned but sardonic reflection on the Gulf war, the surrounding propaganda and media circus, and his own ambivalent feelings as both a spectator and commentator.
Joe Sacco was born in Malta. He won an American Book Award for Palestine. He is also the author of Safe Area Gorazde.