Posts tagged “sean michael wilson”

  • Fight the Power! Learn how to protest by looking at history

    September 27, 2013

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    Think the Occupy Movement had no impact in reining in Wall Street and calling attention to massive economic inequality? What would you have done differently? There’s no better way to become a more engaged protester (and citizen) than by looking at protest movements of the past. 

    Fight the Power!: A Visual History of Protest Among the English Speaking Peoples just released this week.

    In Fight the Power! authors Sean Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson team up with illustrators Hunt Emerson, John Spelling, and Adam Pasion to recreate the history that matters to the masses through a visually stunning and accessible art form. 

    From Dublin to Birmingham, from Nelson Mandela to Rosa Parks, Fight the Power! chronicles the protests of the English-speaking nations and shows how, slowly but surely, rights have been won and liberties have been protected by the people, for the people. Fight the Power! illuminates history through the struggles of the Luddites and Swig Riots of the early 1800s up to the Occupy movement, and shows the valuable connections among them.

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  • Graphic Policy reviews Parecomic!

    August 12, 2013

    Parecomic, written by Sean Michael Wilson and drawn by Carl Thompson, received a rave review on the Graphic Policy  by Brett Schenker, who excellently described what Wilson wanted his audience to feel.

    “This graphic novel challenged me to think through new ideas as well as the world we live in. Even better it did so in a way I didn’t find boring or grating to read, much like some of the works referenced within it. Parecomic is a fine example of how far the comic medium has come. It’s no longer ruled by only heroes in tights, it’s now a tool in our greater understanding of the world and further education.”

    Schenker  declares that Parecomic “challenges the reader,” in a way that makes the reader stop to contemplate the material he/she is reading and connect it to different concepts. He says “Wilson makes what might not be easy to understand ideas digestible.” Along with praising Wilson, he complements Thompson’s art by saying it is “simple but engaging, with great renditions of many real life people who are easily recognizable.”

    Parecomic is a great tool to educated oneself on “Participatory economics” (parecom), a proposed alternative to capitalism.

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  • What Does Michael Albert think of Parecomic?

    July 12, 2013

    Michael Albert is an activist, writer, speaker, and economist known for his involvement in Students for a DemocraticWIlson_Parecomic Society, the anti-Vietnam movement, ZNet and Z Magazine. In their new book, author Sean Michael Wilson and artist Carl Thompson use a graphic form to tell the story of Albert’s life and the birth of participatory economics. What does Michael think about this new book?

    “I admit that I was nervous when I finally sat down to read the whole book. But it was just my creaking bones worrying, I guess, because the book is incredibly effective, in my view, at creating a friendly path into the ideas it offers. Sure, one can read longer full text books on the topics to get longer full text renditions. But there is something about seeing the images along with the more succinct text that really does help communicate the ideas. Parecomic is fun to read, but no less informative and, I hope challenging, as a result.”

    Read more of Michael’s review on his blog here.

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  • Parecomic: get your economic theory in palatable graphic novel form

    May 7, 2013

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    Parecomic: Michael Albert and the Story of Participatory Economics is on sale today!

    Sean Michael Wilson and Carl Thompson, the creative team behind the progressive comic strip “Green Benches,” have united once more to bring us Parecomic—the story of political and economic revolutionary Michael Albert and his ideas for an alternative to capitalism.

    Noam Chomsky, in his first ever introduction for a graphic novel, calls the book and its message “a vital stimulus for the activist engagement that contemporary society desperately needs if urgent problems are to be confronted seriously and constructively.”

    Michael Albert has spent years developing an alternative economic vision, called “participatory economics,” and Parecomic outlines the principles of Albert’s ideas in a dynamic and accessible fashion, with appearances from Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, and the ghost of Karl Marx. Albert has traveled around the globe for more than thirty years to investigate working conditions, political movements, and alternative systems of management and compensation.

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  • Carl Thompson, illustrator of Parecomic, speaking at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis with the co-founder of Kickstarter

    October 25, 2012

    Carl Thompson, illustrator of the upcoming graphic novel Parecomic, about Michael Albert and his life’s struggle as a left-wing activist in the US, will be speaking at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct 25th at 7pm as part of a panel on Kickstarter with the co-founder Yancey Strickler. Sean Michael Wilson, the writer of Parecomic, and Thompson raised money through Kickstarter to fund the work put into the graphic novel’s production. More info on the event here.

    Eighteen months after Kickstarter.com went live, Details magazine declared its “potential to … spark a modern Renaissance.” Currently it’s on track to channel more than $150 million to thousands of creative projects in 2012. 

    Cofounder Yancey Strickler speaks on Kickstarter’s inspiration and evolution, its social fund-raising model, and its huge impact on artists and creative industries of all kinds. He also addresses ways that its success is affecting the wider world of arts funding, and speculates about what the future holds for this platform.

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  • Donate to the Parecomic Kickstarter campaign!

    April 23, 2012

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  • Parecomic video and Kickstarter campaign

    March 14, 2012

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