Issue 38

world war 3 illustrated #38 facts on the ground

The best of socially conscious comix for 27 years, World War 3 Illustrated is better than ever!

This issue is jammed with true life tales illustrated by a roll call of legends, with cover art by Peter Kuper and inside covers by Nicole Schulman and Christopher Cardinale. A big 104 pages, 8 of them in full color, WW3 is still only $5.00, and is available in finer book and record stores, or through Top Shelf’s online catalogue.

Edited by Schulman, Cardinale, Seth Tobocman and Rebecca Migdal, the issue features the amazing Kyle Baker, Mumia Abu Jamal, Mac McGill, Fly, James Sherman and Susan Simensky.

The thematic lodestone of this issue is Kuper’s journal of life in Oaxaca, penned during the brutal clash there between military police and striking teachers, that claimed the lives of a number of protesters, and of New York IndyMedia journalist Brad Will. Kuper’s lush, colorful narrative maintains a deft tension, juxtaposing simmering outrage with shimmering poetics. A WW3 tribute to Will accompanies the piece.

Other “Facts on the Ground” accounts take place in Iraq, New Orleans, Coney Island and El Salvador, and address endless war, the worldwide land grab, lingering apartheid, immigrants’ rights and more.

Published by a collective of artists dedicated to battling injustice and institutionalized violence, pens and paintbrushes flaming, World War 3 Illustrated continues a tradition of giving voice to those whose voices have been silenced or drowned out. WW3 is today’s antidote to the consensus of denial that cripples the mainstream media’s capacity for truth. Don’t miss this slammin’ new issue!

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Issue 39

world war 3 illustrated #39 the wordless issue

Edited by Peter Kuper and Kevin Pyle

With all this talk about a picture being worth a thousand words and so much chatter in the news, but little being said, World War 3 illustrated presents our first wordless comics issue

With comics and illustrations by
Eric Drooker, Mats!?, Geoffrey Grahn, Rebecca Migdal, Matt Mahurin, Carlo Quispe, Ryan Inzana, Seth Tobocman, Calef Brown,
Peter Kuper, Felipe Galindo, Mac McGill, David Sandlin, Barron Storey, Onur Tukel, Sabrina Jones, Steve Lafler,Andy Singer, Santiago Cohen, Kevin Pyle, Gerard Conte, Paula Hewitt , Edwin Vasquez, Terry Laban and an article on picture novels by scholar David Berona.
This new issue leaps beyond language barriers–sort of a Tower of a Babel, minus the babble.
All of us speaking one language again — through pictures.

Issue 40

world war 3 illustrated #40 what we want

Edited by Seth Tobocman, Sandy Jimenez, Sue Simensky Bietila, Rebecca Migdal and Ethan Heitner.

Cover art by Seth Tobocman; photo: Diane Roehm

While the ‘08 Presidential election is viewed by many of us in America as a turning point, it is uncertain what the ultimate outcome will be. The nation remains distressed, economically and ecologically in the aftermath of 28 years of right wing dominance in politics. World War 3 illustrated asked that artists do more than just criticize things as they are: WORLD WAR 3 ILLUSTRATED is responding with 128 pages of answers from comic book artists; exploring alternatives, making proposals for progress and offering ideas for a better world for all.

Featuring the work of: Seth Tobocman, Sabrina Jones, Jennifer Camper, Rebecca Migdal, Paula Hewitt Amram, Susan Simensky Bietila, Carlo Quispe, Sandy Jimenez, FLY, Melissa Jameson, Colin Matthes, Eric Hadley, Jack Laughner, Erik Ruin, Ethan Heitner, Kate Evans, Katie Fricas, Michael Hew, Sabin Calvert, Zeph Fishlyn, Sylvan Migdal.

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Issue 41

world war 3 illustrated #41 the food chain.

Edited by Ame Gilbert, Ethan Heitner, Sandy Jimenez, Rebecca Migdal, and Edwin Vazquez.

Cover art by Rebecca Migdal

World War 3 Illustrated: Issue #41 – The Food Chain.
Everybody eats … but how do we stop from being eaten? This latest batch of new comics unearths some of the answers and asks the big questions about the food chain, our relationship to it and experiences with it. Featuring work by Jennifer Camper, Sue Coe, Sandy Jimenez, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Mac McGill, Rebecca Migdal, Seth Tobocman and many others.

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The Current Issue

world war 3 illustrated #43 expression! repression! revolution!

Edited by Seth Tobocman, Carlo Quispe, Hilary Allison and Rebecca Migdal.

Cover art by Sue Coe; back cover by Ganzeer

Contributors: Mike Diana, Magdy El Shafee, Dario Margante, Gianluca Costantini, Sandy Jimenez, Hilary Allison, Seth Tobocman, Jordan Worley, Kenly Dillard, Rebecca Migdal, Susan Wilmarth, Carnell Hunnicutt, Peter Kuper, Jessica Wehrle, Bill Weinberg, Marina Naprushkina, Isabella Bannerman, Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz, Carlo Quispe, Scott Cunningham, Kevin Pyle, Tom Keough, Oreet Ashery, Larrissa Snsour, Ethan Heitner, Steve Brodner, Adrian James, Nidal El-Khairy, Frances Jetter, Blu, Rabi’a, Diablo, Ganzeer, Sue Coe


This issue of World War 3 was inspired first by the Smithsonian’s censorship of the work of David Wojnarowicz, then the destruction of graffiti artist Blu’s anti-war mural, then by the persecution of Wikileaks. Our concerns about growing state repression were confirmed on November 15th when simultaneous attacks were launched against Occupy camps worldwide.

As advances in communications allow people greater opportunity to speak out, the state reacts with violence. In attempting to silence their critics, regimes demonstrate their moral bankruptcy and hasten their demise.

A censorship issue begs the question: What are the limits of free speech at this magazine? To be sure, this magazine is not a chat room with open posting. It is edited. World War 3 Illustrated has always been anti-war and anti-capitalist. But under that umbrella we practice left pluralism. In this issue you will find pieces for and against Obama.

Our tolerance was put to the test when Bill Weinberg asked us to publish an article criticizing Wikileaks. Was the pursuit of total accountability worth damaging that valuable organization? We decided that our readers were intelligent enough to draw their own conclusions.

Accusations of nonconsensual sex should be taken seriously. But the sex charges leveled against Assange, be they true or false, serve a sinister state agenda. This contradiction is hard to resolve.

And what about situations where the Left engages in censorship? Is it right to destroy a work of art if the content is oppressive? Do Nazis deserve tolerance? Several artists explore these questions.

No idea should be unspeakable. No emotion can be forever repressed. No one is above criticism. But critique, speech, and expression, are only meaningful in relation to the goals of liberating humanity and preserving nature.

Issue 42

world war 3 illustrated #42 tahrir : liberation from the mideast to the midwest

Edited by Seth Tobocman, Ethan Heitner and Jordan Worley.

Cover art by Magdy El Shafee

World War 3 Illustrated, the independent political comix magazine, presents its new issue, dedicated to the Arab Spring and the spirit of world-wide revolt it has inspired, at a gallery opening exhibiting original art and new work made in conjunction with the Occupy Everywhere movement.

“Tahrir : Liberation from the Mideast to the Midwest,” issue #42 of World War 3 Illustrated, features new stories by cartoonists from Egypt, Lebanon, Kashmir, and Palestine as well as the United Kingdom and across the United States. The editors, Seth Tobocman, Jordan Worley, and Ethan Heitner proudly present new work about the revolution in Egypt by Egyptian cartoonist Magdy El Shafee, whose graphic novel Metro was banned by the previous Egyptian regime and will be published by MacMillan in 2012 in English.

The new issue also features work from artists present at the massive protests in Madison, Wisconsin, including Mike Konopacki, Nick Thorkelson, Paul Buhle and Sue Simensky. Other featured artists include Eric Drooker, Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, Sabrina Jones, Jordan Worley, Sandy Jimenez, Ahmad Nady, Malik Sajad, Mazen Kerbaj, Tayseer Barakat, Ethan Heitner, Edd Baldry, and many others.

The opening and release party will feature live performances of pieces from the new issue and a planned live video conference with international artists. The Sixth Street Community Center will also be hosting a month-long exhibit of original art from issue #42 and new work made in response to this fall’s iteration of the global protest movement, with work by: Tayseer Barakat, Jennifer Camper, Sue Coe, Marguerite Dabaie, Molly Fair, Ganzeer, Ethan Heitner, Sabrina Jones, Tom Keough, Peter Kuper, Carlo Quispe, Malik Sajad, Sue Simensky, David Solnit, Nick Thorkelson, Seth Tobocman, Tamara Tornado, and Jordan Worley.