A similar sensibility informs French Canadian comics artist Guy Delisle's "Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City," although he and Sacco have different points of view. Delisle, after all, is not a journalist; he is a father, in Jerusalem for a year with his young children and girlfriend, who works for Doctors Without Borders. Still, if his book is less reportage than travelogue, a biblically inflected "Stranger in a Strange Land," the intent, to re-create real events in comics form, is very much the same.
"Hey! These paving stones date back to the first century," Delisle realizes, wandering the Old City. "Baby Jesus could've walked on these … And Judas … And Paul and James and Luke and John and Peter and Andrew … and Simon and Matthew and Mark and … uh … I've hit a wall." That tone of both discovery and befuddlement becomes the defining sensibility of "Jerusalem," which is, remarkably, a book about the miraculous serendipity of the everyday.