World War 3 Illustrated, Issue 44

Welcome to the website of World War 3 Illustrated, a semiannual political comix magazine. Since 1980, we have made it our mission to shine a little reality on the fantasy world of the American kleptocracy.

World War 3 Illustrated Anthology

May 23, 2014

release Party:

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June 19 at 7:00 pm

Where: Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street New York, New York 10002

Speakers: Nicole Schulman, Peter Kuper, Mac McGill, Sandy Jimenez, Seth Tobocman

Stay tuned for more information.

World War 3 Illustrated Anthology

February 11, 2014

kickstarter launch:
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February 11-March 11 2014

Visit our Kickstarter page and check out our awesome new video!

At this very moment our hardcover, 320-page, full-color anthology is in production with PM Press. This book is packed with some of the best pieces from the last 35 years.

The book will be available in stores this spring, but we're asking readers to stake a claim in its publication now.
Here's your chance to help make it all happen by pre-ordering a copy of the anthology.

Plus you'll have the opportunity to get striking, original, and iconic pieces of art from WW3 contributors including Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, Isabella Bannerman, Sabrina Jones, Kevin Pyle, Paula Hewitt Amram, Eric Drooker, Nicole Schulman, Rebecca Migdal, and Tom Keough.

More prints, original art, books and prizes will be added throughout the campaign, so stay tuned!

World War 3 Illustrated #45 release event

February 3, 2014

release event:
world war 3 illustrated #45 - before and after

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00-9:45 PM
School of Visual Arts, 209 E. 23rd Street (3rd Fl. Auditorium)

With readings by:

Seth Tobocman, Sabrina Jones, Sandy Jimenez, Peter Kuper, Steve Brodner, Anthony Freda, Hayley Gold, Paula Hewitt Amram, Thomas Woodruff, and a screening of the animated film "Death and the Mother" by Ruth Lingford.


december 23, 2013

world war 3 illustrated #45 - before and after

A new issue is on newsstands and in comic stores now. Stay tuned for information about the upcoming release party.

Edited by Peter Kuper and Scott Cunningham
Front Cover by Peter Kuper (after Roland Topor)
Back Cover by Thomas Woodruff

The one experience all living things face and yet it remains our greatest mystery. The longest running political comic in history, tackles mortality. With contributions from cutting edge political cartoonists including:

Seth Tobocman, Tom Hart, Stephanie McMillan, Scott Cunningham, Sabrina Jones, Sandy Jimenez, Mumia Abu Jamal, Peter Kuper, Isabella Bannerman, Steve Brodner, Mac Mcgill, Anthony Freda, Hayley Gold, Kayla Escobedo, Susan Willmarth, Frank Reynoso, Nik Moore, Ethan Heitner, Jordin Isip, Melinda Beck, Ryan Inzana, Maelle Doliveux, Edel Rodriguez, and many more! Published by World War 3 and distributed by Top Shelf. -- A 160-page, perfect bound anthology, Full color covers, black and white interiors.





April 4, 2013

News update

•Above: Photos from the release party for WW3 Illustrated #44 the other issue

•Anarchist Book Fair 2013

•Check out Paul DeRienzo's interview with Ethan Heitner and Sabrina Jones on Let Them Talk

World War 3 Illustrated will be performing and tabling at at New York Anarchist Book Fair, April 5 & 6 2013.

Join this event on Facebook

Multi-media presentation by Artists and Editors of North America's longest running political comic book


Seth Tobocman
Hillary Allison
Ethan Heitner
Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

with music by:
Eric Blitz, Ben Barson, Joe Merolla

Rebecca Migdal MC

At the New York Anarchist Book Fair
107 Suffolk Street, Main Floor, Back Room
3pm Sturday April 6th

World War 3 Illustrated #44

February 11, 2013


WW3 Illustrated #44 the other issue

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
7:00pm – 10:00pm | FREE
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Between Jefferson and Melrose
1.5 blocks from the Broadway/Myrtle JMZ

“To approach the Other in conversation is to welcome his expression. The relation with the Other, or conversation, brings me more than I contain. . . .
If one could possess, grasp, and know the Other, it would not be Other.”

—Emmanuel Levinas

The release party for Issue #44 ("Being the Other") will feature performances by cartoonists Seth Tobocman, Peter Kuper, Egyptian street artist Ganzeer, and more.

Contributors include Sandy Jimenez, Sabrina Jones, Joel Schechter, Hilary Allison, Jesse Staniforth, Dan Buller, Clément de Gaulejac, Leila Abdul Razzaq, Tom Keough, Carlo Quispe, Pat Perry, Crystal Clarity and Barrack Rima.

The Silent Barn is a DIY venue, a "multi-functional all-ages art incubation space" and home of the Ditko zine library.

All ages are welcome.

Check out the World War 3 Illustrated #44 Release Party Event page on Facebook.

World War 3 Illustrated #44

July 12, 2012



Thursday, July 19th 7:30 pm
Le Petite Versailles Garden
346 East Houston Street
New York, NY

"No idea should be unspeakable. No emotion can be forever repressed. No one is above criticism. But critique, speech, and expression, are only meaningful in relation to the goals of liberating humanity and preserving nature."

World War 3 Illustrated presents its newest issue at a release party, with an evening of comic performances, music and of course, comics!

Mike Diana, Carlo Quispe, Seth Tobocman, Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz, Hilary Allison, Kenly Dillard, Rebecca Migdal, Eric Blitz, Andy Laties, Angeleyedealism, and Peter Kuper present comics addressing the topics of censorship and repression in all forms, from the banning of works of art to the busting of demonstrations to the self-censorship of our own thoughts.

Our international group of artists this issue includes: Sue Coe, Mike Diana, Peter Kuper, Magdy El Shafee, Kevin Pyle, Seth Tobocman, Gianlucca Costantini, Blu, Ganzeer, Sandy Jimenez, Frances Jetter and many others. With stories about Occupy Wall Street, Julian Assange, The Comics Code Authority, Bradley Manning, Art School, David Wojnarowicz, A.R.A., the Arab Spring and many other controversial subjects. Published by WW3 Illustrated.

Comic New York

March 23, 2012

comic new york

March 24-25
Columbia University
Low Memorial Library
New York, NY

WW3's Peter Kuper and Sabrina Jones will join an all-star gathering of comics professionals for the Comic New York symposium. The two day event brings together creators and academics to discuss the intertwined histories of American comics and the town where they were born: New York City. From the role of New York as breeding ground for generations of comics talent to the political, periodical, and alternative nature of the comics themselves, the best NYC has to offer celebrates this unique medium.

Check out the program here.

january 6, 2012

Drawn to New York
-a new book by Peter Kuper
, available now

Drawn to New York

In “Drawn to New York,” Kuper depicts: A climb to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge; homelessness in Times Square; roller skaters in Central Park; the impact of 9/11; Wall St.; street musicians and an array of moments unique to the Big Apple.
In 200 full color pages Kuper paints a vibrant picture of Manhattan. Through comics,illustrations and sketchbook drawings he delivers everything from the low life to the high energy that has long made New York the most exciting city in the world.

Drawn to New York

As Kuper describes in his introduction:
"Drawn to New York is a portrait of this city I love, both its darkness and light. It's a reflection of thirty-four years on twelve miles of island with eight million people in a city whose story is ever being written."

Drawn to New York

The E-Book is now available though Apple's iTunes store.

Twnty Four Hours by Kuper

December 2, 2011

World War 3 at MoMA now! Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now

World War 3 at MOMA

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World War 3 at MOMA

World War 3 Illustrated #42

october 25, 2011


Friday, November 18th, 2011 - 8pm to 11pm
Sixth Street Community Center
638 East Sixth Street (between Avenue B & C)
New York, NY

World War 3 Illustrated, the independent political comix magazine, presents its new issue, dedicated to the Arab Spring and the spirit of world-wide revolt it has inspired, at a gallery opening exhibiting original art and new work made in conjunction with the Occupy Everywhere movement.

“Tahrir : Liberation from the Mideast to the Midwest,” issue #42 of World War 3 Illustrated, features new stories by cartoonists from Egypt, Lebanon, Kashmir, and Palestine as well as the United Kingdom and across the United States. The editors, Seth Tobocman, Jordan Worley, and Ethan Heitner proudly present new work about the revolution in Egypt by Egyptian cartoonist Magdy El Shaffee, whose graphic novel Metro was banned by the previous Egyptian regime and will be published by MacMillan in 2012 in English.

The new issue also features work from artists present at the massive protests in Madison, Wisconsin, including Mike Konopacki, Nick Thorkelson, Paul Buhle and Sue Simensky. Other featured artists include Eric Drooker, Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, Sabrina Jones, Jordan Worley, Sandy Jimenez, Ahmad Nady, Malik Sajad, Mazen Kerbaj, Tayseer Barakat, Ethan Heitner, Edd Baldry, and many others.

The opening and release party will feature live performances of pieces from the new issue and a planned live video conference with international artists. The Sixth Street Community Center will also be hosting a month-long exhibit of original art from issue #42 and new work made in response to this fall’s iteration of the global protest movement, with work by: Tayseer Barakat, Jennifer Camper, Sue Coe, Marguerite Dabaie, Molly Fair, Ganzeer, Ethan Heitner, Sabrina Jones, Tom Keough, Peter Kuper, Carlo Quispe, Malik Sajad, Sue Simensky, David Solnit, Nick Thorkelson, Seth Tobocman, Tamara Tornado, and Jordan Worley.

october 25, 2011

graphic radicals poster

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Pictures of the Graphic Radicals show in North Dakota.

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April 6, 2011

april 9-10, 2011- ww3 illustrated takes ny!

World War 3 Illustrated will be out in force April 9th and 10th with booths and events at both the NYC Anarchist Book Fair and MoCCA Fest this year.

World war 3 at the mocca festival

The MoCCA Festival's 2011 poster (pictured above) was crafted by our own Peter Kuper! We will celebrate our 30th anniversary once more with a panel discussion on Sunday at 4:30 pm. Come by booths D2, D3 or D4 at any time during the festival and pick up the latest issue, a back issue, peruse books by WW3 contributors, or just say hi.

mocca festival
Lexington Avenue Armory
68 Lexington Ave (Between 25th &26th Streets)
New York City

Saturday April 9th and Sunday April 10th 11am-6pm

World war 3 at 30: a look back on 30 years of groundbreaking progressive cartooning

A panel discussion moderated by Douglas Wolk, featuring Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, Sabrina Jones, Sandy Jimenez and Rebecca Migdal

Sunday April 10th 4:30 pm

World war 3 at the nyc anarchist book fair

ww3 will have a table at the book fair on Saturday April 9 at Judson Church. That evening at 6 pm we will present a slide show. lecture and live music by Eric Blitz and Andy Laties, featuring the following artists:

Ethan Heitner, Carlo Quispe, Seth Tobocman, Rebecca Migdal.

nyc anarchist bookfair
Judson church
55 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

Our table will be open Saturday April 9th 11am-7pm

November 26, 2010

"Graphic Radicals": World War 3 Illustrated retrospective Dec. 7 - Feb 5 at exit art in NYC

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GRAPHIC RADICALS: 30 Years of World War 3 Illustrated

Exit Art
475 Tenth Ave (at 36th)
New York, NY 10018

December 7, 2010 – February 5, 2011

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Closing Reception: Friday, February 4, 7-9 pm

Graphic Radicals is a 30th anniversary retrospective of World War 3 Illustrated, an independently published political comic magazine founded in 1980 by artists Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper. Comprised of original comics, drawings and paintings, posters, commissioned murals, documentary film, animation and a complete set of issues, Graphic Radicals will be the largest World War 3 exhibition to date and will highlight the history that World War 3 has scrutinized, documented, and participated in for three decades.
World War 3 Illustrated was first established in response to the Iran hostage crisis and impending election of Ronald Reagan and since then has confronted social and political issues ignored by the mainstream press. The magazine is an annual publication produced by a collective of artists with each issue addressing a particular theme. WW3 has covered topics as diverse as the Tompkins Square riot, homelessness, first-person accounts of 9/11, the prison industrial complex, a teachers’ strike in Mexico, Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts and, in the upcoming issue, the food chain.
Critic Lucy Lippard wrote of World War 3 Illustrated that its “ecological and social prophecies are coming to pass, and the apocalyptic vision that gives WW3 its desperate force and unique identity is the present.”

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Tuesday, December 7 / 7-9pm
Opening Night: Issue #41 Release Party
The opening of Graphic Radicals coincides with the release of World War 3 Illustrated: Issue #41 – The Food Chain. Copies of the issue will be available for purchase and artists from the magazine’s long history will be on hand to sign
Everybody eats … but how do we stop from being eaten? This latest batch of new comics unearths some of the answers and asks the big questions about the food chain, our relationship to it and experiences with it. Featuring work by Jennifer Camper, Sue Coe, Sandy Jimenez, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Mac McGill, Rebecca Migdal, Seth Tobocman and many others. Edited by Ame Gilbert, Ethan Heitner, Sandy Jimenez, Rebecca Migdal, and Edwin Vazquez.

Friday, January 14 / 7-9pm
Picture the Homeless
With artist talks by Seth Tobocman, Mac Mcgill and Rebecca Migdal and
music by Eric Blitz and Andy Laties
Picture the Homeless is a grassroots organization of homeless men and women who fight to impact and change policies and systems on issues that directly effect the homeless population such as housing, police violence, and the shelter industrial complex.

Friday, January 21 / 7-9pm
Friends of Brad Will
With artist talks by Peter Kuper, Fly and Susan Simensky Bietila
Friends of Brad Will is a network of activists which promotes enhanced public awareness about the human rights abuses linked to the “war on drugs.” In that context, it works to promote government policies and actions that result in accountability for the murder, in Mexico, of U.S. journalist Brad Will; the release of and end to harassment of innocents and witnesses to his murder, who are being scapegoated with it; and the rejection of Plan Mexico.

Wednesday, January 26 / 7-9pm
Milk Not Jails
With artists talks by Sabrina Jones and Kevin Pyle
Milk Not Jails is a consumer campaign to mobilize New York residents to support the dairy industry and the long-term sustainability of the rural economy. It advocates for criminal justice and agriculture policy reform to bring about positive economic growth.

Read the New York Times Review of the show

“Graphic Radicals: 30 Years of World War 3 Illustrated” is the real thing, a fully fleshed-out picture.

Best of all, World War 3 Illustrated, like Exit Art, is still alive and well. A new issue, called “The Food Chain,” is out. As always it mixes newcomers and veterans, emphasizes content over style (but has plenty of style), keeps that content accessible and critical, and pays its printers and distributors but no one else.

If it had nothing more than that kind of dedication to recommend it, it would be invaluable. But it has much, much more.

-Holland Cotter

August 30, 2010

"Graphic Radicals": World War 3 Illustrated Show and Events In Victoria, BC

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"Graphic Radicals"

Legacy Gallery
630 Yates Street, Victoria BC

Aug 11 to Oct 31, 2010

Opening Reception: Saturday September 11 7:30 PM

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Anarchist Festival and Bookfair

Friday, September 10th

510 Fort Street, 2nd Floor
7:00 pm sharp (Suggested donation $5-$15)

World War 3 Illustrated artists Seth Tobocman, Rebecca Midgal and Kevin Pyle present visual and spoken word stories of protest and resistance. TESTAMENT, Blank Space & mONKEYwRENCH bring the heat with their Revolutionary Lyricism and Battle Style Beatboxing. While the Revolutionary Cyborg Wedding Band gets you up off your seat for a little electro hip hop, Chase & Zaccheaus Jackson ground you with their stories and slam poetry.

Anarchist Bookfair Workshop

Saturday September 11th 2:30 3:20 pm

Graphic Radicals Panel Discussion Seth Tobocman, Rebecca Midgal, Kevin Pyle and Gord Hill with Allan Antliff Artists from the World War 3 Illustrated collective and Indigenous graphic artist Gord Hill will discuss the dynamics of community activism and artistic production. The panel is being organized as part of the Graphic Radicals exhibit at the Legacy Gallery in downtown Victoria. What role can art play in galvanizing a community? How do aesthetics figure in the communication of an anti-authoritarian outlook? Are there lessons to be learned from past artistic practices? Should radicals pay more attention to art? This workshop will provide a forum for reflection and debate.

February 16, 2010

Release party!

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friday, february 26, 2010 8-11 pm

The SOHO Gallery for Digital Art
138 Sullivan St. NYC, NY 10012

Join us to celebrate the publication of the new issue with live performances by contributors, a digital gallery show on the theme of "What We Want", music and refreshments. Admission is free.

June 1, 2009

Latest reviews!


"There are a ton of reasons to love World War 3 Illustrated #39. It’s extremely left leaning, angry, funny and – best of all – top to bottom beautifully drawn, featuring everything from Kevin Pyle’s effectively saccharine tribute to the power of communication and sharing to Santiago Cohen’s brutal attack on attitudes toward immigrants. Essentially, it’s like every other issue of the magazine published in the last thirty years: a powerful document of its times and the frustrations faced by citizens of the world today. World War 3 Illustrated remains the preeminent political and social comics magazine in America today."

"WW3 offers true creative freedom and a rare outlet for some inspired artists.... a splendid read."

Ain't It Cool News

"Highly recommended to those with a brain, those with a heart, and those who want to enlighten both."

Daily Cross Hatch

"The recent release party for the latest issue of World War 3 Illustrated featured a live improvisational jazz band playing in time with projections of the book’s strips..."

March 30, 2009

Release party!


Thursday, April 30, 2009 7-9PM

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401 (Between Houston and Prince st.)
New York, NY 10012

Featuring multi-media presentation of art by:
and many others
with an animated film by Onur Tukel
live music by
Eric Blitz, Steve Wishnia, Andy Laties, Breeze and others

February 3, 2009

Peter Kuper interview on Newsarama

Read "Peter Kuper on the Silence of World War 3" By Michael C. Lorah in the January 29th issue of Newsarama.

January 20, 2009



With all this talk about a picture being worth a thousand words and so much chatter in the news, but little being said, we've decided to make the next World War 3 illustrated our first wordless comics issue.
This will make it more international, beyond language barriers--sort of a tower of a Babel (minus the babble.)



A taste of what's to come:

bubel"Bubel" by Sabrina Jones

"Steps of another man's house" by Onur Tukel, based on a song by David Yazbek

walk"Last Walk" by Peter Kuper

"Telling" by Kevin Pyle

Back cover by Mats!?

(art © to the respective artists)

Check back for regular updates and new postings.

October 31, 2008

Peter Kuper and Fuente Ovejuna:
Day of the dead

November 25, 2006

World War 3 Illustrated Book release party

Friday December 14th, 7:30 pm
Times Up! space
49 E. Houston Street, NYC


Multi-media performances by WW3 artists

  • With music by the I.E.D.s


December 4, 2006

Peter Kuper in Oaxaca

Read Peter Kuper’s ongoing journal of his stay in Oaxaca, Mexico. The above illustration is from the update of November 26.

November 25, 2006

World War 3 Illustrated Book Party

Saturday, December 2, 7:00 pm
MOCCA, Museum of Comics & Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401
(212) 254–3511


Multi-media performances by WW3 artists

  • A puppetshow by Rebecca Migdal
  • Slideshows of comics by Seth Tobocman, Christopher Cardinale, Fly, Mac McGill, and Tom Keough with music by Eric Blitz, Steve Wishnia and Zef Noise
September 19, 2005

Release Party/Show Opening

Exit Art presents the release of the World War 3 Illustrated 25th Anniversary Issue.

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005
6–8 pm
475 10th Ave. (at 36th St.)

The release party will also be the opening of a show of original art from WW3 with many of the artists in attendance. The show will remain on display through Oct 27th. Gallery hours:

Tues–Thurs 10–6
Fri 10–8
Sat 12–8

© World War 3 Illustrated, inc. Art and stories are © the individual artists. Site design by Sylvan Migdal.

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