Posts tagged “stephanie mcmillan”
September 23, 2013
We love our author Stephanie McMillan and her political cartoons. Her adorable drawing style contrasts wonderfully with the seriousness of her messages to create an unique and (dare we say) fun way to be informed.
Check out her upcoming book Minimum Security Chronicles in October for more great artwork and political commentary.
September 18, 2013
Henry Chamberlain’s recent interview with cartoonist Stephanie McMillan gives insight to her passion for both activism and comics to make the world a better place. McMillan describes how postmodernism ideology has impaired our ability to fight against capitalism, an enemy that society should try to overthrow. Click here to read the full interview: Stephanie McMillan and Activism in Comics.
HENRY CHAMBERLAIN: Stephanie, thank you for doing this interview. You are an activist, a journalist, and a cartoonist. You have created significant work, like “The Beginning of the American Fall,” which gives readers an inside look at how the Occupy movement came into existence. You have an ongoing comic strip, “The Minimum Security Chronicles,” that combines humor and discourse on being an activist. Your background is very interesting. You studied film and animation and you’ve always been an activist. Would you give a look at how you came to use words and pictures?
June 11, 2013Capitalism Must Die: Stephanie McMillan Tuesday, June 11 @ 8pm People’s Arts Collective 121 College St. New Haven, CT
Stephanie McMillan will be at the College Street People’s Arts Collective on Tuesday, June 11 to present an easy-to-understand introduction to capitalism in the United States and the dangers of the system.
Stephanie McMillan, the cartoonist behind “Minimum Security” and “Code Green,” presents a basic introduction to what capitalism is, how it works, and why it’s a flawed system that isn’t working. This talk will be accompanied by cartoons and illustrations. Stephanie McMillan is also an organizer with the anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist group One Struggle.
Stephanie McMillan, a long-time activist, cartoonist, and the organizer behind the anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist group One Struggle, has waited decades for the American people to rise up. Inspired by uprisings across the globe, a new movement bursts onto the national scene against a capitalist system that denies people decent lives and puts the planet in jeopardy.
June 8, 2013Capitalism Must Die: Stephanie McMillan Saturday, June 8 @ 8pm Bluestockings Bookstore 172 Allen St. New York, NY
Stephanie McMillan, the cartoonist behind “Minimum Security” and “Code Green,” presents a basic, easy-to-understand introduction to what capitalism is, how it works, and why it’s evil. This talk is accompanied by cartoons and illustrations. Stephanie McMillan is an organizer with the anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist group One Struggle.
Stephanie McMillan, a long-time activist, cartoonist, and the organizer behind the anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist group One Struggle, 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. Her book The Beginning of the American Fall chronicles the first several months of the fragile and contradictory movement with delightful drawings, interviews, dialogue, description, and insightful reflections.
May 6, 2013
On May 04, 2013, about 45 South Floridians rallied at Walmart Super Center in Davie to express solidarity with workers in Bangladesh. The death toll of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh currently stands at 547.
The protesters chanted, “Walmart profits come in coffins!” “When human rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” and “Hey Walmart, what do you say, how many workers have you killed today?”
Walmart makes $15.4 billion annual profit by maintaining exploitative and dangerous working conditions around the globe. In the last 6 months, at least 659 Bangladeshi workers have been killed making clothing for them and other retail brands. In the U.S., Walmart store employees and
warehouse workers suffer low wages, long hours, no benefits, and no union organization.
March 18, 2013
Stephanie McMillan, author of Beginning of the American Fall (Seven Stories Press, 2012), recently took part in and wrote about an important student protest put on by the Stop OwlCatraz Coalition. Angered with a $6 million donation to Florida Atlantic University from GEO Group (an organization which runs more than a hundred for-profit prisons and youth and immigrant detention facilities known for horrible treatment of persons held within their walls) that lead to the school’s stadium being named for them, students, Earth First!ers, an ACLU attorney, FL Immigrant RightsCoalition, and members of the media gathered on February 25th to protest and march on the school President’s office.
After a sit-in in her office and heated negotiations, the school President, Mary Jane Saunders, agreed to meet with students. Though Saunders scheduled the open meeting for the first day of spring break, over 250 people attended. The final outcome of the talks was that the school intended to keep the money and name the stadium after the donor, despite the students’ concerns.
November 18, 2012
Stephanie McMillan, author of The Beginning of the American Fall, will be at the Miami Book Fair on Sunday, November 18 at 1pm.
McMillan will be part of the presentation “Comics and Social Change”. From political revolution and memoir to same-sex marriage, comics and graphic novels are tackling real-world social change on all fronts in 2012. Sometimes it comes from mainstream comics publishers who began addressing social issues in the 1960s and 70s, as with DC and Marvel Comics storylines touching on racism and sexual politics. Recently it’s come from more surprising sources, as Archie Comics, once the last enforcer of the Comics Code, has now featured gay characters and an Occupy Riverdale storyline. And memoir, the most popular genre for graphic novels in traditional publishing, has brought stories of stigmatized identity and political conflict to an increasingly wide readership. The reputation of the medium as a forum for socially conscious literature is growing, as its themes and authors continue to diversify along the lines of gender, racial, sexual, ethnic and political identity.
November 16, 2012
Stephanie McMillan will be speaking at the Miami Book Fair International on Sunday, Nov. 18th at 1pm in a panel on Comics and Social Change.
“The Beginning of the American Fall, for which [McMillan] won the RFK journalism award, follows her work in 2011 when Occupy was just emerging and the BP oil spill in the Gulf had energized a lot of Americans, radical or not. A collage of essays, comics, and journalistic observation, American Fall opens with “How I became politicized,” a brief account of when McMillan’s “life changed,” and follows with a graphic list of U.S. “conditions in 2011″: more than 54 percent of the U.S. discretionary budget was spent on imperialist aggression; six million Americans had lost their homes; average college tuition in the U.S.
January 30, 2012You can read the article -- in German or translated into English -- on the Der Spiegel website.
August 3, 2010The content of my cartoons is absolutely determined by my work as an activist. Without that experience, I would know much less about how the system works or how to combat it. The purpose of my work is to expose the crimes of the system in a way that’s accessible to readers, and to use ridicule to inspire contempt for those who run things. I think if we can laugh at those in power, we will fear them less, which makes us stronger about fighting back. The stories I tell in my comics, the points I make, are all intended to help inspire resistance, to help people who are on that path to make sense of things, and to cheer them on. Resistance and revolution are at the core of my life’s purpose. Art is merely a means, one way I have found that I can help further this objective. — Stephanie McMillan, artist behind As The World Burns