Archive for ‘January, 2012’
From Earth Day (April 22) 2010 to late 2012, Minimum Security comic strips comprise a single, coherent narrative. Each strip doesn’t have its own joke, but there’s plenty of humor, as well as a long-term plot, suspense, and lots of explosions. Here’s the start of the story: http://stephaniemcmillan.org/2010/04/23/all-means/.
“The Minimum Security Chronicles: Resistance to Ecocide” will be published as a graphic novel, Fall 2013, Seven Stories Press.
“The Minimum Security Chronicles: Resistance to Ecocide” tells the story of a group of friends who live on a planet being destroyed by evil corporate overlords (that would be, take a wild guess, Earth). Some of them vow to do whatever it takes to stop ecocide. How? They aren’t sure. As they build a resistance movement, those who love them the most can be their biggest obstacles.
Here are the main characters:
|Kranti : Her name means “revolution” in Hindi. Beneath her harsh, uncompromising exterior is a person really hard to get along with. After spending two years erasing her carbon footprint by living as a re-wilded neo-primitivist in her brother’s back yard, wearing leaves and eating grubs, she noticed that her grueling lifestyle went unnoticed by those in power, and did nothing to hinder their destruction of the planet. She decides to try a more effective strategy: fighting back.|
|Bananabelle: Kranti’s best friend since preschool, Bananabelle is a lovely, cheerful person with a good heart, but her loyalties are divided. A sustainable economy, or swanky shoes? She’d like both. She’ll help out at a community garden or attend a protest, but she’s not sure about all this revolution business – a little love and being a good example ought to be sufficient.|
|Nikko: Kranti’s younger brother, a computer genius, knows that the Earth is doomed. Rather than waste his life on a lost cause, he plays video games like it’s 1999.|
|Javier: Nikko’s boyfriend is a musician. His genre, Animist Riot-Polkacore for the accordion, ensures that he’ll always be a frustrated one. Nevertheless, he’s dedicated his art, such as it is, to the struggle. The struggle expresses polite gratitude while turning down the volume.|
|Bunnista: He’s an action-oriented rabbit, furious about the shrinking wilderness, the vivisection that took his eye, and pretty much everything else as well. Impatient with the fine points of political philosophy, all he wants is to destroy human civilization. His favorite method is blowing up infrastructure.|
|Victoria: A guinea pig with a vision, she’s the brains of the Resistance and its Minister of Agit-Prop. She’s all about plan, strategy, tactics, ideology and method. Possessing logic and clarity, she serves as the fuzzy, potato-shaped mastermind of the revolution.|
|Chip: The cultured son of a major corporate bigwig, he has everything except the one thing he really craves: Kranti’s love. He’d settle for her lukewarm indifference, but he doesn’t even get that. When he calls her on his diamond-studded, solid gold cell phone, she never answers — alas, alas. Bananabelle, however, thinks he’s the hottest thing since this season’s Manolo Blahniks.|
Deep Green Resistance, the organization inspired by the book of the same name, is holding a fundraising raffle.
One of the items offered to winners is to name a character of the upcoming novel co-written by Derrick Jensen and myself. The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad will be published in 2012 by Flashpoint/PM Press. It’s a comedy about a group of women who kill rapists (in the words of one reader: “Andrea Dworkin meets Monty Python”).
Enter this raffle for the unique opportunity to choose the last name for one of the smaller characters in the book (provided the name doesn’t distract from the book. In the words of Derrick Jensen, “Moonbeam or Cannibal or Gesundheit” would not be appropriate!)
You will also receive a free copy of the book when it is released.
Here’s the page where you can buy tickets: http://deepgreenresistance.org/dinnerwithderrick/
Here’s the cover:
This embroidered patch is on the cover of a novel I co-wrote with Derrick Jensen (due out September 2012 from PM Press/Flashpoint). It can be either ironed or sewn on. Measurements: 3.5″ x 3″.
$6 each; $25 for each multiple of five – FREE shipping in US.
My comics-journalism project on the occupy protests is mentioned in Der Taggespiegel (Berlin) (1/3 issue), with an image included:
So bieten die unterschiedlichen Beiträge vor allem sehr persönliche Blicke auf die Bewegung und ihre Entwicklung und portraitieren diese mit all ihren Widersprüchen. Stephanie McMillans „The Beginning of the American Fall“ (Teil 1 hier, Teil 2 hier) zeigt zum Beispiel, wie die beiden zunächst unabhängig entstandenen Bewegungen „Stop the Machine“ und der Ableger der Occupy-Bewegung in Washington D.C. sich immer mehr annäherten, bis sie schließlich ineinander aufgingen. Die seit 1992 als politische Cartoonistin aktive Zeichnerin führt nicht nur unterschiedliche Charaktere vor, sondern zeigt auch deren Zusammenspiel und damit die organisatorischen und konzeptionellen Diskussionen und Planungen im Hintergrund der Occupy-Bewegung. So wird deutlich, dass dort viele verschiedene Interessen aufeinander treffen und der nach außen präsentierte Zusammenhalt der Aktivisten nicht immer selbstverständlich ist.
I’m thinking about the past year and making plans for this one.
Some highlights of 2011:
* I attended “Stop the Machine” for a week in Washington, DC and drew a 10-page comics-journalism piece about it: http://www.cartoonmovement.com/comic/20
* In November, I spoke at Earth at Risk, an all-day conference in Berkeley, with Derrick Jensen, Arundhati Roy, Thomas Linzey, Waziyatawin, Aric McBay, and Lierre Keith: http://www.earthatrisk.net/. A DVD and a book of this event will be released in the coming months.
* I spoke at various events including Left Forum and Spring College Media Convention (NYC), Occupy Miami, and the Society of Environmental Journalists conference (where I also helped organize a rally outside with dozens of local environmentalist organizations).
* The anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist collective that I work with, One Struggle, continued to grow, hold discussions, and participate in local political life. Here’s the website: http://onestrugglesouthflorida.wordpress.com/
* My editorial cartoon, “Code Green,” earned a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
This year so far I plan to speak again at Left Forum and other venues. I have a couple books in the works, including “The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad,” a novel (genre: political comedy) co-written with Derrick Jensen, to be out in September. The current story for “Minimum Security” is all plotted out to finish this summer, after which the format will change. I’m working on a short film with the working title “Capitalism Must Die.”
Oh yeah, and the economy will collapse and we’ll be further along in the process of revolution. Lots to do!