RESIST in Comic Book Form
The second issue of Resist!, a free comic book-sized 96-page anthology of comics and cartoons will be handed out during the July 4th weekend by volunteers, as well as in the comic shops and bookstores who pre-ordered it. The comic is entirely funded by supporters and the artists waved monetary compensation.
The free distribution of Resist! is intended as an Independence Day celebration of the First Amendment, of our diverse country, and of resilience.
Sixty thousand copies of the first issue of Resist! were handed out before and during the women’s marches in January 2017. The mother-daughter team of legendary comics editor Françoise Mouly and writer Nadja Spiegelman created the magazine. This zine is created by mostly female artists, who range in experience from beginning to being published in top tier publications.
The current issue contains some of the biggest names in comics, such as Roz Chast, Kristin Radtke, Miriam Katin, Cathy Malkasian, Laura Park, Lauren Weinstein, Daniel Clowes, Art Spiegelman and many more. There is powerful work by them as well as by new names, some never-before-published.
“We watched this issue take shape like a photo appearing in the developer,” says Françoise Mouly. When looking through the thousands of images they had received, the editors couldn’t help but notice, and then embrace, the anger of many of them. “The theme of the second issue, ‘Grab Back!,’ says it all: Women are angry,” adds Nadja Spiegelman. “They’re not afraid to say it. And they don’t plan on staying silent any longer.”
One of the artists is an 18-year-old from Stockton, California. Autumn Farris drew a picture of a young Angela Davis holding a gun under the heading “I Am Not Your Negro.” Art Spiegelman, of “Maus” fame, drew a fairy tale about the Frog Prince. Roz Chast, from The New Yorker, shows us “What Democracy Looks Like.”
A thousand different tee shirts could be made from the panels in this zine. Mine would be by Fiona Smith, urging Nasty Women to unite, and saying “Grab This.” Brilliant.
Get Your Copy July 4th Weekend
at your local comic shop or indie bookstore.
July 4th 2017 is No Picnic
Marches and protests will be held around the US on July 4th to protest Trump. Plan to spend your holiday celebrating your independence by protesting the man who is limiting our rights every day he is in office. Several cities will hold Impeachment Marches, including Washington DC. In Portland, Oregon they’re calling it the Fourth of the Lie, and holding a rally/protest from noon to 3 pm. On July 4th, in NYC, you can join CAIR-NY for a Muslim-led rally and teach-in in the heart of Trump Tower, highlighting how the United States has repeatedly broken our founding promises and targeted groups on the basis of race, religion, or ideology.
Find your Protest
Sandra de Helen, author of the lesbian thriller Till Darkness Comes also pens the Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson series. She is a poet, journalist, and a playwright. Her plays have been produced in the Philippines, Ireland and Canada, Chicago, New York City, and in thirteen states. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Dramatists Guild. Her books are available online, at Another Read Through Bookstore in Portland, Oregon, and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego. Samples of her work are available on her website.