I’m proud to say one of my favorite cartoonists, Mr. Guy Delisle, came by the shop this morning to deface copies of his new graphic novel, Jerusalem Chronicles From the Holy City. The book released today and Forbidden Planet NYC has signed copies available at no extra charge… call to put one on hold, come on by or place your mail orders ASAP as they’re going quickly and we only have a limited amount remaining!
Guy Delisle expertly lays the groundwork for a cultural road map of contemporary Jerusalem, utilizing the classic stranger in a strange land point of view that made his other books, such as Pyongyang, required reading for understanding what daily life is like in cities few are able to travel to.
In Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, Delisle explores the complexities of a city that represents so much to so many. He examines the impact of the conflict on the lives of people on both sides of the wall while drolly recounting the quotidian: checkpoints, traffic jams, and holidays.
When observing the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim populations that call Jerusalem home, Delisle’s drawn line is both sensitive and fair, assuming nothing and drawing everything.