Bumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser


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Fantagraphics Books
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7.0 X 0.5 X 10.4 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Joe Sacco is the author of Footnotes in Gaza, for which he received an Eisner Award and the Ridenhour Book Prize, as well as Palestine, Journalism, Safe Area Gorazde (also an Eisner winner), and other books. His works have been translated into fourteen languages and his comics reporting has appeared in Details, The New York Times Magazine, Time, and Harpers. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


Sacco's return to satire after years of steely-eye reportage has been informed by his journey as a journalist, resulting in a brutally acidic, profane, and stunning assault on American politics, exceptionalism, and overall image. Sacco takes as much time taking shots at himself as a reporter and cartoonist as he does in conflating Richard Nixon with Barack Obama in a surreal, grim, but still funny evisceration.--Rob Clough
Knowing where Sacco has been, knowing what he's seen and drawn humans do to each other, and having seen him talk about his experiences in conflict areas when he was at Erlangen this June, makes this furious indictment of the United States's human-rights violations infinitely more terrifying and disturbing. This is satire all right, but not the funny kind. It's ugly, it's haunting and it's going to send chills down your spine.--Marc-Oliver Frisch
It's a cracking, wonderfully sick slice of satire, the sort of satire that has a ragged edge to it to leave an open, oozing wound afterwards, not a clean slice or cut, and even when some scenes make you laugh you'll also feel guilty and uncomfortable because of what else is going on. And you should. An unusual, funny (filthy too) and darkly satirical work from one of our most acclaimed comics creators, prodding the dark underbelly of Western foreign policy to see what comes out.--Joe Gordon
Bumf is a weird and arrant narrative with an astute political edge. It's the kind of work you might expect from Robert Crumb, Bill Griffith, or S. Clay Wilson more than you would from the creator of Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde. ... This first volume of Bumf pulls no punches and is certainly one of the great comics of late 2014.--Derek Royal