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David Rees’ post-Sept. 11 comic strip Get Your War On proves that old adage: “Confused plus angry equals funny.” Indeed, the nameless office workers who populate GYWOwhich was assembled into a book-length collection last yeardon’t offer clarity on world events. Instead, they catalog the contradictions of a mediascape pocked with worn-out pop-culture phrases and poll questions that assume CNN.com readers have direct insight into covert al Qaeda communications. Hence, “Operation Enduring Freedom” becomes “Operation Enduring Our Freedom To Bomb The Living Fuck Out Of You.” Bush’s “Let’s Roll” cry prompts one character to wonder, “I thought we’d been Rolling for a month! Where the fuck are we Rolling to now?” But GYWO’s real coup is its setting. Rees takes on contemporary cubicle culture from within, invading through one of its own tools: His characters live in the clip-art images that would generally grace a memo about that October sales meeting. The scenes of seemingly happy young professionals talking on the phone or at kaffeeklatsches (to which Rees occasionally adds frazzled hair, a five-o’clock shadow, or a random appearance by Voltron) present an eternally optimistic scene of American corporate lifea safe, sterile world of promise and profits for everyone, always. But in Rees’ revamping of this milieu, there isn’t always a way to reach win-win. Rees speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 14, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Joe Dempsey)