Parecomic

By Mike Small

From Alan Grant (Batman), to Mark Millar (Kick-Ass), Frank Quitely (New X-Men) and Grant Morrison (St Swithin’s Day) Scotland has had a major impact on the comic world.

Michael Molcher, a spokesman for 2000AD, recently noted: “The cornerstone of 2000AD since issue two has been Judge Dredd, which was created by John Wagner, who is one of the most famous Scottish comic book writers out there.The success of 2000AD rests on a whole coterie of Scottish writing talent that has joined us over the years – Our Scottish writers lend a specific voice to 2000AD, which is cynical, satirical, sarcastic and darkly humorous. John Wagner is the king of hard-edged, action-based dystopian writing and a lot of our writers and artists, being Scottish, have really brought out a lot of the satirical nature of the content. 2000AD really does excel at the subversive, anti-establishment, Scottish voice – and that voice is the comic’s success.”

Now this thread has taken a new twist with the emergence of a brand new project led by Sean Michael Wilson, a Scottish writer based in Japan. From Art Spiegelman’s Maus, to V for Vendetta, to Joe Sacco’s Palestine, the comic genre has always had a deep political narrative, but Wilson’s project takes this a step further, entering the fray to support the occupy movement and explain the PARECON project.

‘Parecomic: Michael Albert and the Story of Participatory Economics’ by Sean Michael Wilson and Carl Thompson is:

“a graphic novel about something that affects us all: the system we live in – what’s wrong with it, and how we might be able change it for the better! The recent upsurge in popular protest in the USA and around the world shows that people are not happy with the state of things. The Occupy movements show us that many people would prefer a better system, a model that will work for the 99%, not just the 1%.”

If you want to support the project – all the details are here at Kickstarter.

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Categories: Arts & Culture, Autonomism, Banking Crisis, Death of Capitalism

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