New ‘Banana Republic’ Book for Cartoonist Kirk Anderson

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By: Dave Astor

Kirk Anderson has just come out with a new political-cartoon book collecting his weekly “Banana Republic” feature that ran on the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s opinion pages for several years.

The cartoons were unusual in that they filled a quarter page and were essentially a serialized graphic novel in a daily paper. The issues tackled were both local and national — “although more often than not,” Anderson told E&P in an e-mail, “the strips dealt with the ‘War on Terror’ and its accompanying ‘War on Civil Liberties,’ ‘War on the Rule of Law,’ and ‘War on Respect for Basic Human Rights For Crying Out Loud.'”

Some people labeled the cartoon “radical,” but Anderson notes in the book’s introduction: “I disagree; there’s nothing radical about being against torture or despotism.”

More information about the 214-page book — called “Banana Republic: Adventures in Amnesia” — can be found at the Molotov Comix Press Web site here.

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