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The Communist Manifesto: The Comic Book

When my father was in high school, my grandfather became convinced that comics were a communist plot, and so he burned all my dad’s Ditko/Kirby/Lee era Spider-Man and Fantastic Fours.

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Sure, everybody has that story about parents throwing away their comics, but this one seems particularly relevant now that George Rigakos has written a graphic novel version of The Communist Manifesto, quite a few years too late for my grandfather to use in justifying his actions.

From the Toronto Sun:

“We’ve barely started advertising and there have already been requests from England and Germany,” said Rigakos, who is also head of the editorial collective for Red Quill Books, a new peer-reviewed publishing house.

We’d like to nominate this project as the topic most likely to cause people who are unfamilar with comics history to reveal their unfamiliarity.  For example,  in that group of people requesting the book, there are at probably at least a few who are outraged that someone would make a book about communism for children (because ALL comics are for kids, of course).  Just listen to how the Sun describes it:

A local university professor is taking theory – the staple of a university classroom – and blending it with colourful pictures – the staple of elementary school books.

The Sun also helpfully mentions that “Shakespeare has also been turned into a comic,” as if the adaptation of classic literature was a new development in the graphic novel world and not, in fact, something that’s been going on since the 1940‘s.

I leave you with the somewhat unnecesarilly dramatic video preview for the four part comic:

(via Bleeding Cool.)

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Susana Polo
Susana Polo thought she'd get her Creative Writing degree from Oberlin, work a crap job, and fake it until she made it into comics. Instead she stumbled into a great job: founding and running this very website (she's Editor at Large now, very fancy). She's spoken at events like Geek Girl Con, New York Comic Con, and Comic Book City Con, wants to get a Batwoman tattoo and write a graphic novel, and one of her canine teeth is in backwards.

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