Joe Sacco is a Maltese-American cartoonist and journalist based in Portland. In the early 90s, Sacco spent two months in Israel and the occupied territories. He then combined the techniques of eyewitness reportage with the medium of comics storytelling to explore this complex, emotionally weighted situation in his graphic novel Palestine.
In the years subsequent to the release of Palestine, Sacco has gained widespread praise for the depth of his research, the sensitivity of his handling of a delicate subject, as well as for the craft exhibited in his dynamic, sophisticated layouts and bold narrative.
Sacco has published three more books, Footnotes in Gaza, on Israeli-Palestinian relations, and Safe Area Goražde and The Fixer on the Bosnian War. His work has earned him the American Book Award, Guggenheim Fellowship and the Eisner Award and was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.