April 13th, 2021

Rolling Blackouts

Rolling Blackouts - Dispatches from Turkey, Syria and Iraq is a graphic novel by Sarah Glidden in which she narrates her experiences while accompanying her friends Sarah Stuteville and Alex Stonehill, journalists from The Seattle Globalist, as they visit Iraq and Syria to study and report on the refugee situation there in late 2010 in the aftermath of the Iraq War. Dan, an Iraq War veteran and a childhood friend of Sarah Stuteville, also accompanies them. As part of their visits, Sarah also plans to capture the thoughts and reactions of Dan through a series of interviews.

Rolling Blackouts is not a typical travelogue graphic novel with full-page detailed landscape drawings, etc. Though there are a few panels depicting the local viewpoints from Damascus and Sulaymaniyah, one of the main themes in the book is to explore the meaning and purpose of Journalism itself, and another theme is to point on the utter pointlessness and horrible consequences of the War. These topics are addressed through a series of conversations scattered in the book. The hardships and sufferings of millions of people whose Life was completely destroyed as a result of the Iraq War is also depicted with a balanced and humanitarian outlook in the book.