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Joe Sacco Quotes

Joe Sacco Quotes & Quotations
Name:
Joe Sacco
Type:
Journalist
Nationality:
Maltese
Birth year:

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    And I think I find, I know a lot of people around, in different cities, and so it's not - it might sound strange - but it's not that hard to say good-bye, because I know there's other people where I'm going. I can sort of fit in in a lot of places. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    And, in some ways I like traveling, in other ways I'm sort of fed up by the whole notion. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    For me, one advantage of comic journalism is that I can depict the past, which is hard to do if you're a photographer or filmmaker. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    I don't like just traveling in for a short time. I've done that before, because sometimes you work for magazines and they have a budget, and if you're working for them, they want something by a certain time. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    I don't often go to a place just to check out all the cultural sites of a city. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    I like good, straight reporting, too. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    I like listening to people, it's not even out of - I'm not like a professional listener or anything like that, but I enjoy people's stories. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    I think any journalist who spends time in a place realizes that there are lots of stories around beyond their primary story. You meet so many interesting people and have all kinds of experiences. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    I think I'm generally a good listener anyway. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
  • 10
    I try to ask visual questions. I'll ask what someone was wearing, if that seems relevant. If possible, I'll walk over the same ground that they're depicting. Of course, I can never get it precisely as it was. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    I'd much rather hang out in a cafe. That's where things are really happening. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    I'm not a good tourist, I don't like tourism. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    It became clear to me that I had to push it toward a more representational way of drawing. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    It's like a film director trying to represent a scene that took place in the 1700s. You reconstruct it to the best of your ability. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    Of course, I'm drawn to a place like Iraq because It's the biggest story of our generation. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    Oh, it's essential. I mean, you have to - if I'm writing about the Middle East, I have to go there, and if possible, stay long enough to get a real feeling for what's going on. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    Robert Crumb is an influence on how I draw, but not on the subject matter I take or my approach. One thing I do like about Crumb is that he's chronicled his age, his times, and I think that is what artists should do. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    The people whose work I've admired are people like George Orwell and others like Michael Herr and, of course, some of Hunter S. Thompson's work. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    There's probably one more story about Bosnia that I'd like to do, because I spent a fair amount of time on the Serb side of the lines, which isn't apparent in the other books. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
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    What I've learned is that people like to talk about themselves. And that's kind of the advantage you have when you're asking people questions. Joe_SaccoJoe Sacco
  • 21
    When I was there, something clicked in my head; I found myself interviewing people, searching out facts and figures. Later on I became much more self-conscious of what I was doing. Joe_Sacco/21.php">Joe Sacco
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    When I went to Bosnia, I was there to tell someone else's story and I was more methodical. Joe_Sacco/22.php">Joe Sacco