Comic Books Go To War

What happens when the comic book goes to the battlefield? Comic Books Go To War, airing Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC News Network, explores the journalistic, aesthetic and political implications of using comic strips to report from a war zone in an effort to reach new audiences.

For nearly 100 years, comic books have provided fantasy and escape for youth who often felt powerless and misunderstood in their own lives. Yet in this age of 24-hour news, comic books have become a journalistic tool. Viewers are introduced to some of the masters behind this craft, from the likes of Joe Sacco, a pioneer in the industry whose first book, Palestine, launched the genre of comic book journalism in 1992; cartoonist Ted Rall, who wrote To Afghanistan and Back on the American invasion in Afghanistan; and Marjane Satrapis, writer of Persepolis, whose comic book was turned into an Oscar-nominated film that provides a window into childhood during the 1980 Iranian Revolution.

Comic Books Go to War is directed by American filmmaker Mark Daniels.

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