This is an excerpt from the comic art book Hands Up, Herbie! by Joey Perr, based on the life of his father, art teacher and art activist Herb Perr. Born into a mob-connected, lower-middle-class Jewish family, Herb studies art, works with leading Abstract Expressionists, joins the radical movements of the 1960s, and co-founds Political Arts Documentation/Distribution (PAD/D) in the 1980s. As depicted in this excerpt, PAD/D — led by Village Voice art critic Lucy Lippard, among others — offers artists a way to oppose Reaganism and its war-mongering policies and attacks on women’s rights.

—Paul Buhle, editor of Hands Up, Herbie!
Hands_Up_Herbie_p127 Hands_Up_Herbie_p128 Hands_Up_Herbie_p129 Hands_Up_Herbie_p130 Hands_Up_Herbie_p131 Hands_Up_Herbie_p132 Hands_Up_Herbie_p133

Joey Perr

Joey Perr is a comics artist and public high school history teacher in New York City. His comic artwork has been published in Jewish Currents and elsewhere. Hands Up, Herbie! is his first graphic novel.

At Guernica, we’ve spent the last 15 years producing uncompromising journalism.

More than 80% of our finances come from readers like you. And we’re constantly working to produce a magazine that deserves you—a magazine that is a platform for ideas fostering justice, equality, and civic action.

If you value Guernica’s role in this era of obfuscation, please donate.

Help us stay in the fight by giving here.