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Wobblies!: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World

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Publisher Comments:

The stories of the hard-rock miners' shooting wars, young Elizabeth Gurly Flynn (the "Rebel Girl" of contemporary sheet music), the first sit-down strikes and Free Speech fights, Emma Goldman and the struggle for birth control access, the Pageant for Paterson orchestrated in Madison Square Garden, bohemian radicals John Reed and Louise Bryant, field-hand revolts and lumber workers' strikes, wartime witch hunts, government prosecutions and mob lynching, Mexican-American uprisings in Baja, and Mexican peasant revolts led by Wobblies, hilarious and sentimental songs created and later revived--all are here, and much, much more.

The IWW, which has been organizing workers since 1905, is often cited yet elusive to scholars because of its eclectic and controversial cultural and social character. Wobblies! presents the IWW whole, scripted and drawn by old-time and younger Wobbly and IWW-inspired artists.

Contributors include Carlos Cortez (former editor of the Industrial Worker), Harvey Pekar (author of American Splendor), Peter Kuper (MAD's Spy vs. Spy), Sue Coe, Seth Tobocman, Chris Cardinale, Ryan Inzana, Spain Rodriques, Trina Robbins, Sharon Rudahl, and the circle of artists for World War 3 Illustrated.

Review:

"The Wobblies, as members of the Industrial Workers of the World were known, were influential in the labor movement at the dawn of the 20th century. A grassroots organization that fought for equality and safe working conditions, the Wobblies also had ties to women's rights and socialism. This book attempts to encapsulate the rich history of the movement through comics (and connective essays) by such contributors as Peter Kuper, Harvey Pekar and Seth Tobocman. It's a colorful story, from Chicago's Haymarket riot in 1886 through epic strikes in Lawrence, Mass., and Patterson, N.J., to the controversial 1915 execution of folk singer Joe Hill. Peripheral characters include a parade of activists, including Margaret Sanger and 'Mother' Jones. Though the group was most active from the turn of the century through the 1920s, later chapters address the Wobbly influence up to the present-day (noting, for example, its protests against Starbucks). The materials are assembled in as anarchic a manner as the substance of the source material, and all the lynchings and riots can start to run together. The loose structure and sometimes crude artwork do succeed in capturing the energy and emotion of the movement, however, and its spirit of activism, which continues today." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Graphic artists celebrate the centenary of the revolutionary labor union with an illustrated history in a wide variety of artistic styles, interspersed with some contemporary art used by the Wobblies. They feature the heroes, victories, glorious defeats, creative tactics, music, and other aspects through 2001. No index is provided, but even bosses looking for secrets should be able to make it through the comic strips.
Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A vibrant history in graphic art of the "Wobblies," published for the centenary of the founding of the Industrial Workers of the World.

About the Author

Paul Buhle, formerly Senior Lecturer at Brown University, produces radical comics, has written and edited many books, and is the coedtior, most recently, of It Started in Wisconsin. With Mari Jo Buhle, he is the coeditor of the Encyclopedia of the American Left. He lives in Madison.Nicole Schulman is an artist and activist on the editorial board of World War 3 Illustrated, to which she frequently contributes work. Her comics and illustrations have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, and are in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. She lives in New York City.Harvey Pekar (1939-2010) was a comic book writer and author of the autobiographical American Splendor series, which was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film. Pekar was also a prolific jazz and book critic.Retired cartoonist and current comics historian Trina Robbins has been writing graphic novels, comics, and books for over 30 years. Her subjects have ranged from Wonder Woman and The Powerpuff Girls to her own teenage superheroine, GoGirl!, and from women cartoonists and superheroines to women who kill. She lives in a moldering 103 year-old house in San Francisco with her cats, shoes, and dust bunnies.Spain Rodriguez is one of the most well-known artists in the comix underground. He (along with Robert Crumb) was one of the founding members of Zap Comics and has a reputation as an outstanding political artist. He is the author of several graphic novels, including Cruisin' With the Hound and the highly acclaimed Nightmare Alley. His work is prominently featured in BLAB!, an annual comic anthology that has also featured Charles Burns, Mark Mothersbaugh, Daniel Clowes, and Chris Ware.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781844675258
Editor:
Buhle, Paul
Editor:
Schulman, Nicole M.
Editor:
Schulman, Nicole
Editor:
Buhle, Paul
Author:
Rodriguez, Spain
Author:
Jones, Sabrina
Author:
ulman, Nicole
Author:
Robbins, Trina
Author:
Schulman, Nicole
Author:
Kuper, Peter
Author:
sch
Author:
Pekar, Harvey
Author:
Buhle, Paul
Author:
Coe, Sue
Author:
Tobocman, Seth
Author:
Alewitz, Mike
Publisher:
Verso
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Industrial Workers of the World
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Australia & New Zealand - Australia
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
World History-Australia and New Zealand
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
April 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
299
Dimensions:
8 x 8 x 1 in 1.715 lb

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Product details 299 pages Verso - English 9781844675258 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The Wobblies, as members of the Industrial Workers of the World were known, were influential in the labor movement at the dawn of the 20th century. A grassroots organization that fought for equality and safe working conditions, the Wobblies also had ties to women's rights and socialism. This book attempts to encapsulate the rich history of the movement through comics (and connective essays) by such contributors as Peter Kuper, Harvey Pekar and Seth Tobocman. It's a colorful story, from Chicago's Haymarket riot in 1886 through epic strikes in Lawrence, Mass., and Patterson, N.J., to the controversial 1915 execution of folk singer Joe Hill. Peripheral characters include a parade of activists, including Margaret Sanger and 'Mother' Jones. Though the group was most active from the turn of the century through the 1920s, later chapters address the Wobbly influence up to the present-day (noting, for example, its protests against Starbucks). The materials are assembled in as anarchic a manner as the substance of the source material, and all the lynchings and riots can start to run together. The loose structure and sometimes crude artwork do succeed in capturing the energy and emotion of the movement, however, and its spirit of activism, which continues today." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A vibrant history in graphic art of the "Wobblies," published for the centenary of the founding of the Industrial Workers of the World.
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