Invisible Wounds: Graphic Journalism (Hardcover)

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Candid, compassionate graphic interviews with returning war vets from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Cartoonist Jess Ruliffson spent five years traveling across the country interviewing veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, from kitchen tables in Georgia and libraries in New York City to dive bars in Mississippi and back porches in Vermont. What she finds is that the real experience of soldiers at war is a far cry from depictions in popular media like Zero Dark Thirty or American Sniper. In these illustrated interviews, Ruliffson shares the stories of men, women, and non-binary ex-soldiers who struggle to reconcile their wartime experiences with their postwar lives. Identity lies at the heart of these stories, as they grapple with their gender, their race, and the brutality they’ve witnessed and caused. In this compassionate, probing book, Ruliffson reveals how America’s endless entanglement in wars have affected the psyches of the people who wage them.

About the Author

Jess Ruliffson is an award-winning cartoonist who teaches comics, gouache, and drawing at The Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, FL and at The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, The Boston Globe, The Nib, and Pantheon books. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Cartoonist Studio Prize.

Praise For…

A stark meditation on the cost of war based on interviews with veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.
— NPR Books

This is an exceptional war chronicle that has something for everyone. ... Each story is wholly unique and touches upon all aspects of identity: age, race, gender, sexuality, and location.
— Booklist (Starred Review)

Ruliffson’s provocative debut profiles 12 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with sensitivity and unflinching honesty.
— Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9781683961901
ISBN-10: 1683961900
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Publication Date: November 1st, 2022
Pages: 178
Language: English