Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013

2013 DEBUT Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013
Book Author(s) Janet Hamlin; Foreword by Carol Rosenberg
Publisher Fantagraphics Books
Book List Price $28.99
All-Ages Appropriate No
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The only public visual record of the notorious, historic, carefully censored military trials at Guantanamo is Janet Hamlin‘s courtroom sketches. She has been the only sketch artist covering these trials from 2006 to early 2013, which have been featured on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Rachel Maddow Show, Democracy Now and more. Sketching Guantanamo is both a collection of her most potent and revealing sketches drawn during this period, as well a chronicle of her experience at Guantanamo.

Before entering the viewing booth behind multi-paneled soundproof glass in the back of the court, Hamlin is daily subjected to thorough searches, wanding, and metal detecting in three separate checkpoints. The U.S. government and even detainees can demand that certain details be “smudged” or even changed. When one detainee who had just pled guilty demanded that sketches of him not be released, Hamlin staged a four-hour sit-in until the authorities relented.

Hamlin’s drawings and her accompanying text provide rare insight into the military courts of Guantanamo. The trials are considered notorious and historic, among the most carefully censored trials in recent U.S. history, and sketches are the only visuals the world is allowed to see.

ISBN: 978-1-60699-691-1

172 page full-color hardcover, 11.25″ x 8.25″