Tuesday Satire

The cover of Joe Sacco’s satirical comic “Bumf” shows a hooded figure wearing a black suit with an Obama campaign button and, Moses-like, clutching two large stone tablets. But each commandment has been replaced by the word “CLASSIFIED.” The Twin Towers explode in the background like two Fourth of July firecrackers, and in the bottom left corner is an inset drawing of Richard Nixon—wearing the same Obama campaign button. Nixon’s thought bubble says: “MY NAME IS BARACK OBAMA … AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE.”


Sacco, with whom I wrote my last book, “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,” has produced graphic journalistic masterpieces such as “Footnotes in Gaza,” one of the finest works on the Palestinian and Israeli conflict. He is also a brilliant satirist. And “Bumf” is a radical, savage and hilarious comic. Its main title is slang for toilet paper and also refers to superfluous documents and publicity material that is destined for recycling or the trash. “Bumf” is a good word for the mindless information—the results of opinion polls, celebrity trivia, sports and empty chatter—that dominates mainstream journalism.

“Bumf” plays on themes found in Thomas Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow,” in which war, violence, military culture and sexual deviancy intertwine. It is in the vein of Robert Crumb’s ribald underground comic art in ZAP Comix and the Weirdo anthologies, as well as the work of the cartoonist Chester Brown, who created a character, Ed the Happy Clown, whose penis is topped with the miniature talking head of Ronald Reagan. This subversive art, largely abandoned by established writers and artists, shatters our perceptions of reality. It excoriates the motives and goals of the powerful. And, in a time of corporate totalitarianism, it is one of the last windows of truth.



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17 Responses to Tuesday Satire

  1. Den says:

    More busy today, tons more to do before I rest, many weeks worth left,
    too much stuff me thinks.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Definite rain today.


  3. º¿carol says:

    Posted this just now on yesterdays thread, duh. I was in regards to Den moving.

    º¿carol says:
    November 4, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    It wasn’t too long ago you moved all your stuff to that house. During THAT move I bet you got rid of lots of stuff. The same will happen with this move, I’m sure. Lightening your load.

    You’ve been there 4 years, almost 5, I think. Man, that 4/5 years went fast. Calendar time sure flies.


  4. º¿carol says:

    I also posted THIS on yesterday’s thread:

    º¿carol says:
    November 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Well, I voted. I’m always so grouchy when I walk into the voting place. HUGE chip on my shoulder….over everything. Number 1 White Oak Twp’s officials are all republican. Farm country, ya know.

    2nd – the new rule of having to show my license just frosts my cake!

    3rd – I know my vote means SHIT!!!


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Alice stopped by at dinner again. Looks like we will go to Saturday’s concert together. 😊


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Even Samsung can’t manage to fall back. Jeez.


  7. Den says:

    The time change is wreaking havoc on my experience, drat!


  8. Den says:

    They’re baaaaaaack!


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