Preview: “The History of Nonviolence” from Occupy Comics #3

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Occupy Comics #3, the final issue of the Kickstartered anthology, came out today, and to celebrate the release — as well as the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech—Black Mask Studio made a preview of “The History of Nonviolence” by Caleb Monroe and Theo Ellsworth available.

Occupy Comics #3 has a cover by Charlie Adlard and contributions by Molly Crabapple, Alan Moore, Joshua Dysart, Kelly Bruce, Caleb Monroe, Theo Ellsworth, Mark L. Miller, Brea Grant & Zane Grant, Jonathan Spies, Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz, Patrick Meaney, Eric Zawadzki, Allen Gladfelter, Salgood Sam, Kevin Colden, Matt Bors, Jerem Morrow, Swifty Lang, Frank Reynoso, Shannon Wheeler, and Eric Drooker. More information here.

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Comments

  1. CLiNT Poon says:

    I doubt no more than 3 or 4 comic shops nationwide will even carry this book. Comic fans and especially shop owners are the kind of people that are still arguing that Vietnam was a tie, and the Travyon Martin deserved to die. Comic fans have never been progressive. The whole industry reeks of sexism, homophobic homoeroticism, and virulent racism. There idea of the civil rights movement is something akin to “The Help,” where in spite of that loudmouth spade Dr. King who only succeeded in needlessly riling people up, a few virtuous white people deigned to spearhead the end of segregation. They’re probably huge fans of that Uncle Tom fantasy “The Butler,” too.

    I have a lot of admiration for OWS, but outside of their members, they’ll only sell a couple dozen copies. Granted, at least this is the kind of project Kick Starter is ideal for, as opposed to Spike Lee’s next movie. An admirable project that has no chance of being seen unless some generous people are willing to support a project that will lose money.

  2. Rich Harvey says:

    CLINT, like Mr. Brady said, when you point the finger at someone, there’s three fingers pointing back at you (or something like that).

    OCCUPY COMICS #3 has a pretty impressive cover. The sample interior pages … well, that style of artwork doesn’t very much appeal to me. I don’t think anyone should be obligated to like it just because someone goes on a sexist/homophobic/racist rant.

    A couple of years ago, a phalanx of Occupy Wall Street people marched through Trenton, NJ on their way to the Big Apple. A bunch of lovely people, marching for a noble cause, but again I don’t feel obligated to purchase a comic book that doesn’t appeal.

  3. This will definitely sell more than a ‘couple dozen’ comics, Mr. Poon. Just because a number of comics fans can be described by the retrograde attitudes you listed, that doesn’t mean that describes the whole of fans. You underestimate the variety of comics fans that exist. And, for what it’s worth, I think the Theo Ellsworth art here is brilliant.

  4. CLiNT Poon says:

    I think a bigger issue will be getting any stores to carry a OWS book, Mr. Jeske. As I said, comics shop owners are almost always in the crowd that thinks Jane Fonda needs to be hung for treason, and that the Black Panthers will soon kill us all.

  5. Rich Harvey says:

    Comic shop owners need to sell books. Does this look like a book that would appeal to people? That’s what everyone has to ask themselves before ordering it. I don’t care for that line of reasoning, but at the end of the month, I don’t have to write the check to Diamond, the landlord, the utility company, or whoever is trying to separate the store owner from his/her money.

  6. Actually Occupy Comics was supported tremendously by retailers, and my understanding is it performed very strongly in terms of in-store sales. Issue 1 shipped over 11k and it held fairly firm through the 3 double-sized issues. For an eclectic indie anthology under the banner of a movement that was polarizing at its peak and had faded from the headlines long before the book was solicited, I think comic shops and readers deserve a lot of credit for supporting something way outside the norm. A lot of us working on it assumed the direct market would completely ignore this book, but we were very wrong. Comic shops and readers are looking for new ideas and they’ll support risky endeavors like this one. Whether you dig the content or not, you’ve gotta hand it to the comic market for seeing a challenging book like this and getting behind it and championing it.

  7. Roberto Photos says:

    I picked up all the issues. I didn’t mind the issues. Sure, it was VERY far left, but its pop culture, satire.

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