Freedom Of Speech? Maybe Not As GN Enemy Of The People By Rob Rogers Reveals

by Oliver MacNamee

Now, this is a graphic novel that’s a little bit different from your usual book. Enemy of the People: A Cartoonist’s Journey, by Rob Rogers, is the very personal story of Rogers’s sacking from the  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the the event that unfolded in the aftermath of his termination.

Here’s a little bit more information on this graphic novel, available for pre-order now from IDW.

After 25 years as the award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rogers was fired for drawing cartoons critical of the President. The story of Rogers’ public termination, picked up by the press and shared on social media, captured the public’s imagination. This book chronicles his final weeks at the paper, including an unprecedented six cartoons in a row that were spiked by his publisher.

Rogers himself had this to add:

Satire is the ultimate expression of free speech. It reminds us that we live in a healthy democracy. But we are living in a time like no other in our country’s history, a time when the media is under attack, a time of extreme partisanship. We need satire and editorial cartoons more now than ever.

It’s a colossal 184-page collecting many of Rogers’ political cartoons over the last three years, as well as two long-form comics, essays by notable cartoonists and journalists championing the First Amendment and lauding the craft of editorial cartooning. A must for any politically-minded individual and at a time when many believe the free press is under attack. Just ask John Acosta about that one.

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