"World War 3 Illustrated" 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration


12:00 am - 3:00 am

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Creators of America’s longest-running political comic book storm Capital Region with performances, workshop, gallery show opening

Image from World War 3 Illustrated collectiveJoin the creators of World War 3 Illustrated, the NYC-based independent comic book anthology magazine, for their 30th anniversary gala celebration on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 8 PM at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 Sixth Avenue in Troy.  Admission to the event is by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low income). 

The event will feature live music, multimedia presentations, puppetry, and performances by the producers of America’s longest-running political comic book, the World War 3 Illustrated collective:

PETER KUPER–a founding editor of WW 3 ILLUSTRATED, he also draws SPY VS. SPY for MAD Magazine.  He’s the author of more than 20 graphic books including OAXACA, STOP FORGETTING TO REMEMBER, THE SYSTEM and an adaptation of Franz Kafka’s METOMORPHOSIS.

SETH TOBOCMAN–a founding editor of WW 3 ILLUSTRATED, he is the author of YOU DON’T HAVE TO FUCK PEOPLE OVER TO SURVIVE, WAR IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, DISASTER AND RESISTANCE, PORTRAITS OF ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS, and UNDERSTANDING THE CRASH.  He will project his comics with live spoken word and music by Eric Blitz, Andy Laties and Zef Noise.

REBECCA MIGDAL–an editor of WW 3 ILLUSTRATED and webmaster of worldwar3illustrated.org, will present an original puppet show.  She is the creator of THE YES MEN comic strip, and author of ROSETTA STONE and other self published comics.

SANDY JIMENEZ–a WW 3 ILLUSTRATED editor, cartoonist, and author of the long running Shit-House-Poet series.  He is also a screen writer and motion picture director, whose comic book story “Skips” was adapted into a short film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

MAC McGILL–a WW 3 ILLUSTRATED artist, illustrator and graphic story teller whose work is in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  His drawings have appeared in The Amsterdam News and Tikkun magazine.  He will present a slideshow of his work with live spoken word and music by On Davis and Breeze.

This event takes place as almost every vertical space at The Sanctuary for Independent Media is covered with art by the World War 3 Illustrated collective, a massive 30th anniversary gallery show on loan through June 2010 from the library of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.  Details are available online or by calling (518) 272-2390.

Following their Saturday night performance and presentations, on Sunday, May 9 the World War 3 Illustrated artists will be conducting a workshop called “Visual Journalism: Comics and Graphic Novels.”  Details are available online or by calling (518) 272-2390.

Founded in 1980 by Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper, World War 3 Illustrated is a labor of love, run by a collective of artists working with the unified goal of creating a home for political comics, graphics and stories.

The rotating editorial board has included over the years along with Seth and Peter, Sabrina Jones, Scott Cunningham, Kevin Pyle, Nicole Schulman, Eric Drooker, Susan Wilmarth, Christopher Cardinale, Ryan Inzana, Paula Hewitt, and Chuck Sperry among many others.  The magazine could never have survived without this collective effort and the contribution of so many other artists and writers who have donated their talents.  In the hierarchy of the magazine editors and contributors receive the same pay—a magazine they’ve helped build. Only the printers and distributors are paid, all profits go into producing the next issue.

WW3 isn’t about a war that may happen, it is about the ongoing wars our so-called leaders have been waging all our lives around the world and on our very own doorsteps.  WW3 also illuminates the war we wage on each other and sometimes the one taking place in our own brains.

If they had a manifesto (which they don’t) it might say if you’re going to talk about changing society, a magazine’s not a bad place to start. WW3 has functioned as a microcosm of the kind of society they’d like to see.  Content is valued over style and ideas are not regarded for their popularity, but for their substance.  Artists are given a forum to reach an audience with their work and the opportunity to interact and examine their concepts in a group setting.

WW3 contributors range from first-timers to veteran activists and many artists whose first published pieces appeared in these pages were thereby launched into their careers.  Though numerous contributors have had their work appear in all areas of art from museums to major magazines, they continue to return to WW3 to find one of the few uncensored venues for their art.

World War 3 has served as a document of our collective history—including many aspects ignored by the mainstream press—from the shadow cast by Ronald Reagan to Iran-Contra, the Tompkins Square Riot, the Gulf War, genocide in Bosnia, 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, and the corruption of the Bush administration. They’ve illustrated personal subjects from race to religion to sexual relations and drawn our dreams and nightmares both real and imagined.  They’ve been covering all these areas and more for more 25 years and they’re just getting warmed up!

This presentation is made possible by volunteer labor and hundreds of small donations from patrons of The Sanctuary for Independent Media.  The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a community media arts and production center located in an historic former church in Troy, NY.  The Sanctuary hosts screening, production and performance facilities, training in media production and a meeting space for artists, activists and independent media makers of all kinds.


Cosponsored by Women Against War