First released in 2000, Safe Area Gorazde confirmed Sacco as one of the pre-eminent journalists of his time, and earned him a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship. Now for its 10th anniversary, Fantagraphics is releasing an expanded hardcover edition which, much like 2007’s Palestine: The Special Edition, supplements the original work with page after page of special features, listed below.
In the wake of his acclaimed Palestine, Joe Sacco spent four months in Bosnia in 1995-1996, immersing himself in the human side of life during wartime, researching stories rarely found in conventional news coverage. The book focuses on the Muslim enclave of Gorazde, which was besieged by Bosnian Serbs during the war; Sacco spent four weeks in Gorazde, entering before the Muslims trapped inside had access to the outside world, electricity or running water.
Features of this special deluxe edition include:
- A lengthy illustrated essay by Joe Sacco on how the project came together.
- A side-by-side comparison of Sacco's reference photos and the final comics panels drawn from them.
- A "Where Are they Now?" update on Gorazde's most colorful characters.
- A long interview with Sacco on Safe Area Gorazde from The Comics Journal.
- Plus of course the complete Safe Area Gorazde including Christopher Hitchens's introduction from the first edition.