Joe Sacco's comics are entirely unique in the field. No one else writes and draws international political reportage in a comic-book format. Joe was born in Malta in 1960 and moved around the world to Australia before settling in Los Angeles in 1972. He studied at the University of Oregon, graduating with a journalism degree in 1981. Joe travelled to the Middle East for the first time in 1992 and came away from Israel and the occupied territories with the material that would make up his groundbreaking book Palestine, which won the prestigious American Book Award. In 1995, he travelled to Sarajevo and its surrounding areas, where he began his book Safe Area: Gorazde. His work has been exhibited at art galleries and universities around the world, and he has lectured on political conflict, journalism, and the art of comics. Joe continues to travel internationally, chasing news stories.