Situationist International. Address to New York City Public School StudentsNew York: Situationist International, 12 November 1968. 4 p.; 21 x 29.5cm.; ill. B&W comics.

Stunning detourned Pogo comic by Bruce Elwell and Robert Chasse, published by the American section of the Situationist International in late 1968.

A translation of this comic into French is available  courtesy of Editions CMDE here . It is worth noting that CMDE issued the first French-language translation of the writings of the American Section of the Situationist International (2012).

In his preface to the French translation, translator Fabrice de San Mateo explains the context behind this comic: “At the moment that Chasse joined the SI, Elwell prepared a comic strip, “Address to New York Public School Students,” [created] in the vein of the comic-strips detourned by the [European] situationists. He composed these four-page comics with images borrowed from three anthologies of Pogo. The subject of this detournement was the union-led strike of the teachers in New York in the autumn of 1968, of which the Council had made a review in its text “The Newest School Buildings Are Indistinguishable From the Newest Prisons or the Newest Industrial Complexes”…These detourned comics appeared on 12 November 1968 as a publication of the Situationist International.At the same time, Elwell became a member of the SI in his turn.” (translation borrowed from http://www.notbored.org/ecrits-preface.html)

Not in Ford. We locate a single OCLC copy at New York University’s Tamiment Library, where it can be found in the “Ben Morea and Aldo Tambellini Papers” archive (TAM.530, Box 1, Folder 63)

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