Diario de Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico

Painting a vivid, personal portrait of social and political upheaval in Oaxaca, Mexico, this unique memoir employs comics, bilingual essays, photos, and sketches to chronicle the events that unfolded around a teachers strike and led to a seven month siege When award winning cartoonist Peter Kuper and his wife and daughter moved to the beautiful, 15th century colonial towPainting a vivid, personal portrait of social and political upheaval in Oaxaca, Mexico, this unique memoir employs comics, bilingual essays, photos, and sketches to chronicle the events that unfolded around a teachers strike and led to a seven month siege When award winning cartoonist Peter Kuper and his wife and daughter moved to the beautiful, 15th century colonial town of Oaxaca in 2006, they planned to spend a quiet year or two enjoying a different culture and taking a break from the U.S political climate under the Bush administration What they hadn t counted on was landing in the epicenter of Mexico s biggest political struggle in recent years Timely and compelling, this extraordinary firsthand account presents a distinct artistic vision of Oaxacan life, from explorations of the beauty of the environment to graphic portrayals of the fight between strikers and government troops that left than 20 people dead, including American journalist Brad Will.
Diario de Oaxaca A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico Painting a vivid personal portrait of social and political upheaval in Oaxaca Mexico this unique memoir employs comics bilingual essays photos and sketches to chronicle the events that unfolded

  • Title: Diario de Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico
  • Author: Peter Kuper Martín Solares
  • ISBN: 9781604860719
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. In 2015 cartoonist Peter Kuper published Ruins, about an artist and his wife taking a couple year sabbatical in Oaxaca. It focuses on his relationship with his wife, and with his life as an artist, and his drawing of bugs. And there’s some mention of political activity. I read it a couple years ago./review/showNow I come to read Kuper’s journal/sketchbook of those couple years, which would work as a nice companion to Ruins, of course. It is multi-genre, and gets less at the personal relation [...]

    2. Hace poco empecé a leer novela gráfica y me he convertido en fan. La novela gráfica a diferencia del comic es una historia de extensión larga, ilustrada por viñetas y escrita por un solo autor (apuesto a que hay muchas más diferencias, pero esta definición me pareció muy práctica).Hay alguien del que me he enamorado perdidamente Peter Kuper, él ha colaborado en publicaciones como Newsweek, Time, The New York Times y MAD (revista en la que dibuja la tira Spy vs.Spy) además de ser autor [...]

    3. Don't be freaked out, english-only-speakers, if your library shelves this book in the spanish section. My library does, and I was a bit worried when I opened it to see entire pages full of spanish text.This book is entirely bilingual. Virtually every caption, and all the bodytext is in both spanish and english. Something about Peter Kuper's art speaks to me. I don't always enjoy his aesthetic (maybe because he works in almost every style and medium on the books - all on one page!), but every onc [...]

    4. Diario de Oaxaca opens during a teacher’s strike in a southern mexican town. Apparently the teachers strike every year for a week. The strike always ends after a week because the teachers always get what they want. Until 2006, when they didn’t.The descriptions of the strike seemed mainly observational. At first I wondered why the author didn’t ask questions like “Why is a yearly strike necessary? Why can’t the teachers just negotiate yearly instead?”. Then I realized that the author [...]

    5. This book was beautiful. Originally, I bought it for the first 60 pages documenting the Oaxaca Commune, a seven month struggle that temporarily replaced a fascist police state with a socialist, anarchist, and indigenous inspired series of assemblies. But the book is a travel journal of two years, and after some annoyance that this section was over, I adapted to the style and pacing of the rest of the travelogue.The struggle never went away, it's just sort of bubbling under the surface, and there [...]

    6. Pure. Happiness. And not just because I'm listed in the acknowledgments which I should disclose (though I'm hardly deserving), and not just because I have been a fan for a long time, but because it is beautiful, deeply personal, and brings joy. It is a sketchbook not a graphic novel, it does not pretend to be a deep analysis of the teacher's strike or Oaxacan history or etymology or even a regularly written travel journal. It is a series of impressions accompanied by art in Kuper's idiosyncratic [...]

    7. Peter Kuper, ilustrador, caricaturista y autor estadounidense, llega a Oaxaca durante su año sabático buscando paz y tranquilidad lejos del alboroto de la actualidad internacional. Lo que encuentra es todo lo contrario. Kuper llega a la ciudad de Oaxaca durante el conflicto magisterial del 2006 contra el gobernador Ulises Ruíz Ortíz, uno de los gobernadores más corruptos y sanguinarios que haya tenido esta región pobre de México.En su libro, Kuper mezcla anotaciones y reflexiones de su di [...]

    8. The Oaxaca Diary is a lovely book filled with the author's own illustrations and photographs. It begins with a description of the teacher's strike of 2006 and the political situation in Oaxaca but then moves on to more personal experiences. Among these are a trip to Michoacan where millions of Monarch butterflies go in the winter, a trip to Puerto Escondido and another to Chiapas. Kuper also writes about street art/graffiti, dogs of the street, and the insects in his own back yard. Text is in bo [...]

    9. Highly recommended. a journal-like book describing one of my fav political cartoonists accidental life in Oaxaca Mexico during the teacher's uprising a few years ago. from the perspective of a sympathetic outsider (who is very reluctant to get involved), the book serves as a good overview of what happened during the uprising, although lacks any real details, as you'd imagine if reading someone's journal. for instance, the murder of brad will was only mentioned in passing. regardless, his writing [...]

    10. hm, seems like most people really love this book. and generally I am a fan of graphic/sketchbook travelogues, but maybe i am pickier about drawing style than I even knew. and honestly i was annoyed with how enamored kuper was about he and his family living in oaxaca for two years and how lucky he was to catch the teacher's strike. there is one passage where he talks about walking past tourists who have no idea all the strike madness that had just past and how awesome it was that he and his wife [...]

    11. Diario de Oaxaca offers the singular pleasure of browsing an artist's sketchbook, a beautifully curated one in this case; my only complaint is that I wish it were longer. Kuper combines colored pencil and black ink drawings with occasional photographs and other ephemera, plus narrative diary in both English and Spanish, and this additive approach is well suited to both the breadth of his interests and the eclectic beauty of Oaxaca. Like any really engaging sketchbook, it left me wanting to be a [...]

    12. A charming little book about the author's experiences living in Oaxaca amid protests, scorpions, wild dogs, ancient ruins, and amazing beauty. I would not ordinarily have selected this book to read, given that the majority of it is the author's often surreal water colors. But the paintings really added something magical to the book, which if it were published alone would have been quite boring. The text is often repetitive and is certainly not intended to provide a deep analysis of Oaxacan life. [...]

    13. I enjoyed this book very much. It seemed to have all of the things I like - travel experience in Mexico (in my favorite city of Oaxaca), lots of drawings because the author is an artist, and even a parallel translation into Spanish. I also liked the author's relaxed point of view on spending time in an area that was going through a crisis, and his descriptions of how the crisis did and did not affect his stay. But I cannot give it 5 stars, because there just was not enough content for a "Journal [...]

    14. I was more familiar with Peter Kuper's political stencil work so this full-color sketchbook from Mexico was a real surprise. It's a way more personal work than his strident, overtly-political pieces, and appealing in the way that drawing is such an intimate human endeavor. Of course there's still a huge teacher strike going on that he documents but we also get pages of nature sketches, insects & him geeking out about butterfly migration. The comic at the end is so good!

    15. This is a keeper. Thanks l'il bro. I read this whenever I need a "Oaxaca " fix. We have been there several times and this book puts a return trip on the top of the to do list. Gorgeous cartoons. Witty language. Explore the Spanish version. You will be pleasantly surprised how much is added to your experience of the book.

    16. I have to be honest. I was not a big fan. I thought the book would cover the teacher strikes more. I do not know if Kuper is really apart of the movement to bring justice to the world, or just an artist who had the luxury of going on a sabbatical. I know I am being too harsh, but I just wished every internationalists was like the wobblies and zapatistas. Note: I do not know Spanish.

    17. This is mostly a picture book, so it's funny to say that I've "read" this book. Beautiful sensitive and thoughtful book. Peter Kuper obviously respects the culture he was lucky enough to be immersed in for two years. It's thoughtful, funny, and beautiful.I also really appreciated that it was in English and Spanish.

    18. Amazing art work, gives a feeling of being in Oaxaca and seeing just how bad things have gotten (and how beautiful things are). His little short stories within the journal are pretty darn funny.

    19. Peter Kuper, the well known artist, reports on his stay in Oaxaca with his family during the Teachers Strike. I loved his insights and his art.

    20. Best illustrated sketchbook ever! The author on a sabbatical in Mexico keeps a lavishly illustrated sketchbook where he records street scenes, architecture, as well as everyday moments.

    21. As one of the few Americans around Oaxaca when the big strike action was happening, this journal is a valuable, casual firsthand account for us in the EEUU. And it's pretty.

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