Paul Jamiol's World – A Collection of Political Cartoons from the Pen of Paul Jamiol (2008-2010) is not just a book of cartoons. It showcases snapshots of a time period, and the person taking those snapshots is cartoonist Paul Jamiol, using his pen and drawing board as the camera.
2008 through 2010 were years of upheaval and change. It was the end of the Bush era and the beginning of the Obama era. We, as a nation, all looked at what happened during those years with a very different perspective. This book of political cartoons is how Jamiol saw this period. These “snapshots” were selected from over 450 cartoons that Paul drew on issues throughout these years.
Is it a slanted view? Many would say it is. Is it an honest view? Paul Jamiol would say “most definitely.” What matters most is that it's an unflinching view.
There is a purpose to this book. First, it is to share with readers who are unfamiliar with Jamiol's work. Second, it is to fill in some of the cartoon gaps and share once again with those who are regular followers of his work. Third and most important, it is a record, if you will, of a time that many have revised, distorted or were less than truthful about. Jamiol's book tries to keep that record as straight and accurate as possible.
Jamiol's political cartoons have an effect on folks, both from the Right and the Left. The Right hates him for his depiction of Bush and the GOP. The Left hates that President Obama is not “off limits” but relish his slapping down the GOP for its excesses. Both sides look deep at his stands on torture, war and human rights.
This book will not change how you look at the world. It will only show you how Jamiol looks at it...and whether you love it or hate it, you will be enthralled by his creativity, poignancy, toughness and honesty. You will not finish this book unscathed but taking a walk through Paul Jamiol's World will leave you glad you did.