Hands Up, Herbie! follows artist and activist Herb Perr from a mob-linked Jewish family in Brighton Beach of the 40s and 50s, through the studios of Helen Frankenthaler and Mark Rothko, Reagan-era art activism, and a reckoning with the responsibilities of raising a family. In his stunning debut, Joey Perr tells his father’s story with sensitivity and warmth, bringing moments of deep struggle and bright comedy to life with equal panache.


— Lucy Lippard
Author of Get The Message? A Decade of Art for Social Change

“A highly accessible and lively read.”

—  Sabrina Jones
Artist and Author of Our Lady of Birth Control: A Cartoonist’s Encounter with Margaret Sanger

“If you care about comics, or if you don’t care about comics, but you care about human beings, you should read this book.”

— Seth Tobocman
Founding editor of World War 3 Illustrated and author of War In The Neighborhood

Hands Up, Herbie! was successfully funded through Kickstarter in the Spring of 2019, more than doubling it’s goal. See the original video pitch here or check out the Kickstarter page

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