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Wednesday, July 08, 2009 

Seth Tobocman, a leftist who's merely disastrous

A week ago on Newsarama's blog, they wrote about Seth Tobocman, a leftist graphic novelist/artist with leanings not unlike those of Michael Moore. They say about him:
Disaster and Resistance collect comics created by Seth Tobocman over the past several years, with a particular focus on the plight of the disenfranchised “slum” denizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He also visits Israel to gain firsthand knowledge of the living conditions faced by Palestinians and Tobocman’s a good reporter, often illustrating people he’s met in headline-grabbing locales, and using their own words to explore the problems that they face from their own perspectives. If he has a failing, it’s what I think of as Michael Moore-ism. Even when you agree with Tobocman, he sometimes paints those he disagrees with (the Right, Corporations) as cartoonishly nasty caricatures, dismissing others’ perspectives as maliciously evil rather than looking into some of the greyer nuances between two polar positions.
From what they tell here, I wouldn't be surprised if he even bashes Bush/conservatives as the sole problem behind Hurricane Katrina, Israelis as the sole problem for the living conditions of the palestinians, and I doubt he's got much to agree with from a right-wing perspective, if at all. There's also the question of if he ever visited Israel to gain firsthand knowledge of what citizens of Sderot went through when the Hamas fired rockets at the town. And if Tobocman's going to depict conservatives in such an awful light (and I've got a feeling it's more than just "sometimes"), then that only makes Disaster and Resistance all the more worthless.

Oh, and the latter part of his book's title signals one more thing that could be wrong with it - does he support acts of terrorism perpetrated by palestinians?
A great looking comic that’s smart and examines the causes of disenfranchised and lost citizens of the world, Disaster and Resistance is a comic that we should all read. Even when you disagree with him, Seth Tobocman makes some great point and he’s trying to let you know about important people who are facing terrible circumstances.
From the clues Newsarama's given, I highly doubt this is very smart at all, and probably doesn't do much for the cause of Katrina residents either. Because as they've suggested, this only focuses on what the author considers "lost" citizens, and not more challenging subjects like the residents of Sderot.

Hat tip: Shadow Wing Tronix.

Update: on Amazon's page for this book, one of the reviewers says:
Certainly, this is a book every anti-authoritarian leftist will love.
Yes, I'm sure they will, plus every Marxist. One more reason why Tobocman's work should be avoided by everyone who finds views like his abhorrent.

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