Talkin’ Toons with Sacco and Spiegelman

Let’s see, what’s in the news? Ah yes, there was something to do with certain countries getting upset about cartoons recently. We spent a lot of time being appalled and shocked and confused during the thick of it. It took this interview with Joe Sacco and Art Spiegelman, “Only Pictures?” in this newest issue of The Nation to put a whole bunch of everything into perspective. A terrific read and we always love getting the chance to hear from Spiegelman. Here’s some:

[From Spiegelman] “The public has been infantilized by the press. It’s escalated to the point where it’s moot whether one should reprint these pictures or not because now to do it puts you firmly on the side of the libeler, the defamer. And yet, it seems to me that to write about this without access to the pictures is an absurdity. The answer to speech, in my religion, is more speech, a lot of yakking–and a lot of drawing. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, very often it requires 2,000 words more to talk about the picture, but you can’t replace that thousand words with another thousand words.”