JOE SACCO

Several excerpts from Joe Sacco’s comic novel The Unwanted are exhibited in CHAPTER B – SAN PAWL MAGNUS, CHAPTER Ġ – SUBJECTS TO AVOID WHEN TALKING TO STRANGERS and CHAPTER I – STRANGERS COMING TO STAY

Joe Sacco (b. 1960) is a cartoonist and journalist specializing in political themes. Born in Malta, he moved with his family first to Melbourne and then Los Angeles, where he spent his childhood. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon. Sacco frequently chronicles his travels in works that have become well known in the field of comics journalism, including Palestine (1996), The Fixer: A Story from Sarajevo (2003), and Footnotes in Gaza (2009). He has won several awards for his graphic work, including the American Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Ridenhour Book Prize.

Joe Sacco, images from The Unwanted, published in the Virginia Quarterly Review in two parts in the Winter 2010 and Spring 2010 issues. The Unwanted is a work about African migration in Malta, a story in 48 pages. This image shows the last page, with St. Paul, perhaps Malta’s most famous immigrant, being shipwrecked on the island. About this work, Sacco has written: ”Few peoples, I’m afraid, are up to the challenge of absorbing large and sudden influxes of outsiders, especially those of a different colour. My own people are no better than anyone else” (Sacco, J. Journalism, 2012. London: Jonathan Cape, p. 157).

Joe Sacco, image from The Unwanted, published in the Virginia Quarterly Review in two parts in the Winter 2010 and Spring 2010 issues. This page portrays Norman Lowell, leader of Imperium Europa, a far-right political party.

Joe Sacco, excerpts from The Unwanted, published in the Virginia Quarterly Review in two parts in the Winter 2010 and Spring 2010 issues.