The comic zine World War 3 Illustrated was founded in 1980 by Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper and run by a collective of artists working with the unified goal of creating a home for political comics, graphics and stories.
The rotating editorial board has included over the years along with Seth and Peter, Sabrina Jones, Scott Cunningham, Kevin Pyle, Nicole Schulman, Eric Drooker, Susan Wilmarth, Christopher Cardinale, Ryan Inzana, Paula Hewitt, and Chuck Sperry among many others.
“WW3 isn’t about a war that may happen, it is about the ongoing wars our so-called leaders have been waging all our lives around the world and on our very own doorsteps. WW3 also illuminates the war we wage on each other and sometimes the one taking place in our own brains. If we had a manifesto (which we don’t) it might say if you’re going to talk about changing society, a magazine’s not a bad place to start. WW3 has functioned as a microcosm of the the kind of society we’d like to see. Content is valued over style and ideas are not regarded for their popularity, but for their substance. Artists are given a forum to reach an audience with their work and the opportunity to interact and examine their concepts in a group setting.” – from the publisher
The 43rd issue of World War 3 was inspired first by the Smithsonian’s censorship of the work of David Wojnarowicz, then the destruction of graffiti artist Blu’s anti-war mural, then by the persecution of Wikileaks. Our concerns about growing state repression were confirmed on November 15th when simultaneous attacks were launched against Occupy camps worldwide.
Contributors: Mike Diana, Magdy El Shafee, Dario Margante, Gianluca Costantini, Sandy Jimenez, Hilary Allison, Seth Tobocman, Jordan Worley, Kenly Dillard, Rebecca Migdal, Susan Wilmarth, Carnell Hunnicutt, Peter Kuper, Jessica Wehrle, Bill Weinberg, Marina Naprushkina, Isabella Bannerman, Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz, Carlo Quispe, Scott Cunningham, Kevin Pyle, Tom Keough, Oreet Ashery, Larrissa Snsour, Ethan Heitner, Steve Brodner, Adrian James, Nidal El-Khairy, Frances Jetter, Blu, Rabi'a, Diablo, Ganzeer, Sue Coe