Where to Buy

where to buy world war 3 illustrated


Book and Comic Stores:

(We recommend you contact these merchants before visiting to make sure that WW3 #40 is in stock. On second thought, visit these guys anyway!)

St. Mark’s Bookshop
31 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Tel: 212-260-7853

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401
(btwn. Houston and Prince)
New York, NY 10012
Tel. 212-254-3511

forbidden planet
840 Broadway NY NY 10003

Midtown Comics Times Square
200 W. 40th Street
New York, NY 10018

Midtown Comics Grand Central
459 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Newbury Comics
50 Main Street
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 256-8840

711 W. 40th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211

Guapo Comics and Coffee
6350 SE Foster Road
Portland, Oregon 97206

Velocity Comics | 904 West Broad Street | Richmond, VA 23220 | 804.225.7323
Velocity Comics Express at Chop Suey Tuey | Cary Street | Richmond, VA 23220

Bargain Comics
19 East Bijou St. Colorado Srpings, CO
Phone: 719.578.8847

Alternate Worlds
76 Chapel Street, Windsor 3181, Victoria AUSTRALIA .
Phone 03 9529 2255 : Int: 61 3 95292255
Fax 03 9529 2040 : Int 61 3 95292040

Gosh Comics
39 Great Russell St
London WC1B 3NZ
United Kingdom
Contact: 0207-636-1011

Order Online:

Top Shelf Comix



777 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA
94110 USA


607 DeGraw Street
Brooklyn NY
11217 USA

674-A 23rd Street
94612 USA

695 Westney Road South
Suite 14

7310 South La Cienega Blvd.
Inglewood, CA
90302 USA

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submission guidelines

If you’re interested in contributing to World War 3, the editors can be contacted at the following email address:


Please submit links to online files or medium resoultion jpg files for consideration. If you wish to mail copies of artwork, please inquire at the above address for further information.

Note: all final artwork must conform (with legible type) to the dimensions of the magazine: 8″x10.5″.

About World War 3

about world war 3 illustrated

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 we had a manifesto (which we 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 the kind of society we’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 our pages were 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 ongoing corruption of the Bush administration. We’ve illustrated personal subjects from race to religion to sexual relations and drawn our dreams and nightmares both real and imagined. We’ve been covering all these areas and more for over 25 years and we’re just getting warmed up.

Back Issues

world war 3 back issues

Yearning to revisit a bygone era of welfare queens, Iran-contra hearings, and Berlin Walls? Many back issues of World War 3 are still available. They can be ordered from Top Shelf’s online catalogue. Issues 1–7 and 33 are currently unavailable.

There are also two World War 3 collections in trade paperback form:

  • 1980-1988 (120 pages, Fantagraphics, 1989)
  • Confrontational Comics (255 pages, Four Walls Eight Windows, 1995)

Issue 36

world war 3 illustrated #36

Edited by Ryan Inzana and Peter Kuper. Cover by Sue Coe. 72 pages. Available in finer book and record stores, or through Top Shelf’s online catalogue.

Neo-con doublethink got you down? World War 3 is here to help. This 25th anniversary issue features work by Eric Drooker, Sabrina Jones, Joe Sacco, and many others.

Complete list of contributors:

  • Jack Aguirre
  • Penny Allen
  • Anonymous
  • Tauno Biltsted
  • Barry Blitt
  • Matt Bors
  • Steve Brodner
  • Sue Coe
  • Eric Drooker
  • Sam Evans
  • Thomas Fuchs
  • Ryan Inzana
  • Sabrina Jones
  • Knickerbocker
  • Peter Kuper
  • Eric Laursen
  • Mac McGill
  • Rebecca Migdal
  • Sgt. R.
  • David Rees
  • Spain Rodgriguez
  • James Romberger
  • Joe Sacco
  • Nicole Schulman
  • Felix Sockwell
  • Chuck Sperry
  • Barron Storey
  • Seth Tobocman
  • Tom Tomorrow
  • Sam Weber
  • Justin Wertham

Issue 37

world war 3 illustrated #37: unnatural disasters

Edited by Rebecca Migdal, Tom Keough, Nicole Schulman and Seth Tobocman. 104 pages. Available in finer book and record stores, or through Top Shelf’s online catalogue.

What do New Orleans and Baghdad have in common? One, a victim of Hurricane Katrina; a “natural disaster” caused by Global Warming and governmental neglect. The other a city ravaged by an unnecessary war fueled by corporate greed and our addiction to oil. The radical artists of World War 3 Illustrated take on these issues of man-made disasters, and what hope we have to stop the cycles of violence and environmental destruction.

With contributions by: James Romberger, Art Speigelman, Sabrina Jones, Seth Tobocman, Penny Allen, Mac McGill and many more.

This is not your average comic book. Included in this issue:

Part II of “War Is Hell”, a 4-page comic created in collaboration with a US Army Sergeant in Iraq. The story is told through a series of exclusive photographs and video stills taken by soldiers in the war. This is a must see for all Americans as we continue to pay for this bloody war with our tax dollars.

“Agent Alpha” by Rebecca Migdal gives an in-depth look at the US military’s use of depleted uranium weapons. This is one of the most serious environmental problems of our age and a major breach of international law. These weapons are causing intense suffering to the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, the former Yugoslavia, the US soldiers ordered to transport or use them and to the families of those soldiers.

First hand accounts by Christopher Cardinale and Seth Tobocman who traveled to New Orleans and worked with the organization Common Ground in the lower ninth ward.

Also stories of alternative fuel sources, South Korean farmers facing eviction by the US military and the question of our time: what is Global Warming exactly.

WW3 has been a collectively run, self funded publication since 1980 and has produced the best hard hitting, independent comics in the U.S.

Complete list of contributors:

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!

Complete list of contributors:


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.

Click here to download a preview of the issue in pdf format.

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.

Click here to download a preview of the issue in pdf format.