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Book Title: The Beginning of the American Fall: A Comics Journalist Inside the Occupy Wall Street Movement|
The author of the book: Stephanie McMillan
Edition: Seven Stories Press
Date of issue: November 13th 2012
ISBN 13: 9781609804527
Format files: PDF
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Can a cartoonist and millions of random strangers change the world? The initial stages of their attempt are chronicled in this book of comics-journalism and written observations.
Stephanie McMillan, long-time activist and cartoonist, has waited her entire life for the American people to rise up. Sparked by uprisings around the world, a new movement bursts onto the national scene against a system that denies the people a decent life and puts the planet at risk.
With delightful full-color drawings, interviews, dialogue, description, and insightful reflections, this book chronicles the first several months of the fragile and contradictory movement. It situates detailed personal experiences and representative narratives within the broad context of a truly unique and historical global conjuncture. This book will stand as a record of the emerging movement in accessible comics form.
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Read information about the authorStephanie McMillan, a lifelong resident of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been a political cartoonist since 1992. She is the creator of the editorial cartoon Code Green, and the comic strip Minimum Security, syndicated through Universal Uclick.
Her cartoons have earned several major awards, including the RFK Journalism Award (2012) and the Sigma Delta Chi from the Society for Professional Journalists (2010). They have appeared in hundreds of print and online publications worldwide including the Los Angeles Times, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Daily Beast, Yes! magazine, Climate Progress, Funny Times, Yahoo.com, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and The Occupied Wall Street Journal (of Occupy Wall Street).
She has seven books, including The Minimum Security Chronicles: Resistance to Ecocide (graphic novel, 2013, Seven Stories Press), The Beginning of the American Fall (comics journalism, 2012, Seven Stories Press); and The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad (a novel, 2012, PM Press), plus another graphic novel, comic strip collection, and a children’s book. Her latest book, Capitalism Must Die! (2014, INIP), combines comics with political theory.
A solo show of her work was exhibited in October 2013 at the West Gallery, California State University, Northridge. In addition, her cartoons have been included in numerous group exhibits, including at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (New York), the San Francisco Comic Art Museum, the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), and the Institute for Policy Studies (Washington, DC).
An organizer all her life, Stephanie is a founding member of the anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist group One Struggle. She also contributes political theory to the publishing project Idées Nouvelles, Idées Prolétariennes.
McMillan is a dynamic public speaker on cartoons, political art, and social change. She has given presentations at political conferences such as the Left Forum and Sierra Summit, on radio programs such as Terra Verde and Air America’s Ring of Fire, and at many other venues..
“McMillan’s expressive style, pared down to the basics and intensified over the years, allows for instant communication of thoughtful rage.”
— Comics Journal
— Washington Post
“This is social satire at its wittiest and most engaging.”
— Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States
“Her politics are perfect, her drawings sly and subtle, and her dialog funny as hell.”
– Derrick Jensen, author of Endgame
“Visionary and honest.”
— Ted Rall, past president of Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, author of Anti-American Manifesto and To Afghanistan and Back
“Minimum Security is like oxygen for our suffocating times.”
— Vandana Shiva, author of Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis
” Razor-sharp critique packaged as cute-kid-and-funny-animal cartoon.”
“Provocative, insightful, and entertaining.”
— Jeff Monson (“The Snowman”), MMA championship fighter