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Here’s an interview I did for the largest Athens (Greece) daily paper, about “The Beginning of the American Fall.”
What I sent them, answering their questions, is below (I’m not sure what, from this, was actually used)…
1) How does it feel to be one of the few women in the cartoon world?
It’s hard to make a living as a cartoonist, no matter the gender. In the last decade or so, being female has become much less of a novelty in the cartoon/comics world. I actually don’t think about that very much. In some instances it has probably been one factor (secondary, among others) when I’ve been passed over for jobs or received lower pay, but I can’t control that, so I move on, and keep trying a lot of different things to get my work seen and to find ways of making an income from it. My (far left) political views are actually much more of an obstacle to achieving the traditional view of “success” than anything else. Not to mention the collapse of print media. These have been much more significant factors for me.
2) Politics and cartoons. An uneasy bond?
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Thanks to a lot of great and generous readers, the upcoming book of cartoons-with-texts, “Capitalism Must Die!” is only $60 away from reaching its $6K goal– and with 10 days left, may even surpass it!
[EDITED: Made it just a few minutes later!!]
I’ve launched a fundraiser on Indiegogo for a cartoons-with-text book I’m putting together called “Capitalism Must Die! How to Kill Capitalism Before it Kills Us.” It will last through February 15. The book will contain some of the cartoons and text that appears here on this website, plus other content. Contributors will receive books, artwork and more. I’d very much appreciate it if you could spread the word to your readers, friends, and contacts. Thank you!!
Thanks so much to those who have already contributed!
Here’s the text from the Indiegogo page:
Capitalism Must Die! How to Kill Capitalism before it Kills Us will be a short (approximately 124 pages), simple book (with text, comics and illustrations) explaining capitalism: how it works, why it’s evil, and how to crush it. It’s very basic and accessible theory for the beginning revolutionary. The book will be printed in black and white, as cheaply as possible so more people can get it and use it. There will also be an ebook in full color.
With the funds I raise here, I’ll be able to focus for the next few months on producing this book, without needing to do additional freelance work. If I don’t make my goal, I will still take partial funding and produce the book no matter what (and you will still get your rewards). If I receive extra funding, I have more books planned (two books on general revolutionary concepts, and one on essential principles & practices for effective revolutionaries) and any extra funds will help me produce those too!
As an organizer, I often need materials that will help clarify basic concepts, to assist myself and others in understanding this nightmare of a system, as well as to introduce the theories – the guidelines – that could help us end it. We need to fashion our own tools to build a revolutionary movement. I haven’t been able to find all materials I need, so I decided to make some myself. If I need them, others might need them too.
For this book, I will combine my skills as a long-time organizer, writer, and award-winning cartoonist (RFK Journalism Award 2012, Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi 2010, Adbusters Creative Resistance Award, among others). I’ve learned through my 20-year career as a cartoonist (published in hundreds of venues including the Los Angeles Times, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Daily Beast, Z Magazine and the Occupied Wall Street Journal) that editorial cartoons must be sharp, to-the-point, and easy to understand. Revolutionary theory can be all those things as well.
Topics to be included:
What capitalism is, and what it is not
How capitalism functions: its economic mechanisms and social dynamics
Why capitalism is inherently expansionist
Why war, ecocide and poverty are inevitable effects of capitalism
Why no one – even capitalists themselves– has the power to make the system more humane or less destructive
What must be done to destroy capitalism
Who is in a position to damage and destroy it, and who are their allies in that struggle
What is the difference between profit and surplus value, and why that is important
Why attacking capitalism’s awful effects is not a viable strategy
What are the structural weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the system
This book is an expanded version of a talk and slide show I gave last year at a day-long event called Earth at Risk, at the University of California at Berkeley, organized by Derrick Jensen, with Arundhati Roy and several other speakers. Many people approached me afterward to ask if I would make the talk widely available. This book is the result.
Here’s some recent reader feedback:
“I like what you’re doing with this series of graphic presentations. Very educational, while still remaining fun to look at.”
– Sean Michael Dodd
“I look forward to the new cartoons. Sometimes they are revelatory and I perceive a new insight into something I thought I already had a full understanding of. You are able to encapsulate big concepts in succinct and thoughtful ways.”
“Yours is an especially tough message to hustle — that all these feel good recycling type things individuals are doing mean nothing if we dont shift systemically. We collectively dont actually want to hear this message, we are trying to dodge it. But then your clever cartoons come along. And we like cartoons and we read them, and we are shaken up and we can’t just go back to pretending.”
- Paxus Calta-Star
Please spread the word about this campaign to your friends and contacts.
Thanks in advance to everyone who donates! And to Indiegogo for providing the platform, and to Ted Rall for his very nice narration.
See more of my work here at stephaniemcmillan.org. See the work of One Struggle at onestruggle.net.
CONTACT: I’d be happy to answer any and all questions from potential backers. Please email me at email@example.com
For anyone who has the impulse to say: “Isn’t it hypocritical to be raising money when you’re against capitalism?!?”, I would like to point out that as long as we do live under capitalism, there is still rent to pay, food to buy, printers to pay, etc. I’m seeking subsistence and production costs only, and there’s little danger of me using the money to open a book sweatshop where I put desperate writers and cartoonists to work on my assembly line, while I lie around sipping mojitos… Hm… wait a minute….can I do that?
The official publication date of my new comics-journalism book about the Occupy movement, “The Beginning of the American Fall,” is Tuesday, November 13, 2012. If you are planning to purchase it from Amazon anyway, I’d like to ask you a favor: if you buy it there on Tuesday (tomorrow), you’ll bump up the sales rank on that site, making it more visible and increasing sales overall.
Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can spread the word about it, add reviews to Amazon, and encourage publications and websites to review it as well.
Here’s the Amazon link:
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Top Ten Graphic Novels for Fall 2012!
“American Fall is the definitive, thrilling and inspiring account of the beginning of the first major street-level protest movement since the 1960s: the Occupy Wall Street movement. Stephanie McMillan’s stunning illustrations, personal accounts and first-hand analysis documents the most exciting event in U.S. politics in generations.” —Ted Rall, author of The Anti-American Manifesto
“Stephanie McMillan is an important and courageous political philosopher. This book movingly shows important lessons we can learn from the Occupy Movement and apply as we move forward toward the revolution we so desperately need.” —Derrick Jensen, author of Endgame, and A Language Older Than Words
Can a cartoonist and millions of random strangers change the world? The initial stages of their attempt are chronicled in this book of comics-journalism and written observations.
Stephanie McMillan, long-time activist and cartoonist, 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.
With delightful full-color drawings, interviews, dialogue, description, and insightful reflections, this book chronicles the first several months of the fragile and contradictory movement. It situates detailed personal experiences and representative narratives within the broad context of a truly unique and historical global conjuncture. This book will stand as a record of the emerging movement in accessible comics form.
I just got my copies yesterday from the publisher of my new novel, The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad, co-authored with Derrick Jensen. $15, signed, free shipping. Described as a combination of Monty Python and the SCUM Manifesto.
The patch, pictured on the cover, is also available for $6 each (5 for $25).
Details and order information here: http://stephaniemcmillan.org/shop/
Minimum Security is about to shift gears. The current story, wherein a group of friends attempts to save the world by stopping a geo-engineering project, will draw to a conclusion on September 28.
Following that will be a week long intermission, during which readers are invited to enjoy an original silent ballet interpretation by Victoria guinea pig, performing scenes from Maxim Gorky’s Mother.
Then, starting on October 8, Minimum Security will begin a phase entitled “Proletarian Theory is a Revolutionary Social Force.” Dusty books of heavy academic theory aside, revolutionary politics can be amusing!
The purpose of this project is to promote and popularize the construction of proletarian theory, in an accessible form, as a contribution to the elimination of capitalism and for a classless society liberated from all forms of domination, exploitation and oppression. The cartoons will be linked to supplementary texts.
This is partly an exercise for me to achieve clarity for my own political work, and partly to share what I think — I don’t have all the answers (no one person or group can). So constructive input and exchange of ideas will be appreciated. You are welcome to share the work freely. You could, if you find it useful, use it as an organizing tool.
Topics will include definitions of theoretical concepts, class analysis, forms of organization, and ideas for beginning to develop a political line.
Many efforts are being made. I offer this one small stream to join the mighty river that will sweep capitalism off the face of the Earth!
I’ve been thinking of quitting drawing “Code Green,” my weekly editorial cartoon about the environmental emergency. My income from paying clients has crashed; if I’m going to continue it, it needs to be supported by readers.
So I’ve started a fundraising campaign.
I’m not going to be pushing this much at all. This is the only post I’m going to make about it. I’m okay with quitting this cartoon. But because some readers seemed dismayed when I talked about quitting, I didn’t feel right about ending it without giving you a chance to keep it going.
So… please support and share if you wish.
(BTW, I’m going to continue my comic strip “Minimum Security” — soon in a new form).
A review of “As the World Burns” in German, at Permakultur-Blog: http://permakultur-blog.de/bucher/die-welt-brennt
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“Fünfzig einfach Dinge die man tun kann um es weiter zu Verleugnen”, so der Untertitel des Buchs “As the world burns” von Derrick Jensen & Stepahnie McMillan. Es ist aber eben kein Ratgeber, wie dieser Untertitel vermuten lässt, sondern analysiert im Gegenteil Tipps um die Welt zu retten aus eben solchen Ratgebern. So rechnet eine der Hauptfiguren vor: Wenn ALLE Menschen die typischen Tipps befolgen würden (Energiesparlampen benutzen, Autoreifen immer aufpumpen, recyclen), würde das die CO2 Emmisionen nur um 21% senken.
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I received the RFK Journalism Award for editorial cartooning this year, for both Code Green and my comics journalism work (“The Beginning of the American Fall”, about the Occupy movement). (I was also named a finalist for this year’s Scripps Howard Award).
Here’s some press coverage about the RFK:
South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
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.
Here’s an interview I did for Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/09/stephanie-mcmillan-occupy-comic_n_1137636.html?ref=dc
HuffPost: Are you coming back to D.C. to do a part three of American Fall?
McMillan: I don’t have specific plans to go back to D.C., but since then I’ve had a chance to briefly visit Occupy Oakland and Occupy San Francisco. I’d love to visit Occupy Wall Street and a few other places. In South Florida, I regularly work with an anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist collective called One Struggle, and we’ve been active at both Occupy Fort Lauderdale and Occupy Miami.
HuffPost: Are you making a cartoon about Occupy Fort Lauderdale?
McMillan: I haven’t yet drawn cartoons about OFtL, but I probably will! I think comics are a very appealing way to document the movement, highlight important details, and explore some of its contradictions.
HuffPost: Are you getting Occupy snowbirds?
McMillan: I don’t personally know of any snowbirds staying at Occupy Fort Lauderdale, but I’ve heard that there are people at Occupy Miami who have come from encampments up north to spend the winter down here.
HuffPost: I love that your cartoons of the Occupation are so affectionate and at the same time you aren’t afraid to poke fun or show and examine flaws. What do people inside the Occupation think of the cartoons?
McMillan: Thank you! I’ve received very nice responses and feedback. People appreciate that I’ve brought out the essence of some of the issues people are wrestling with. Many participants find the movement very contradictory, and have mixed feelings about it — one minute we’re weeping with joy, the next minute grinding our teeth in annoyance. It’s a rollercoaster of love.
HuffPost: Do you have any specific demands? (I have to ask.)
McMillan: I don’t have demands because I don’t recognize the legitimacy of those in power (so why would I demand anything from them?), and I don’t believe that this system can be reformed. But I absolutely have goals: a sustainable way of life free of class divisions and all other forms of domination.
Here’s a story in the Washington Post blog “Comic Riffs” — http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/occupy-comics-cartoon-movement-journalists-sketch-a-multi-city-composite/2011/11/15/gIQAxRvtPN_blog.html
“When I heard about ‘Stop the Machine,’ it seemed to have more potential than traditional protests, because they declared that they weren’t going to leave until their demands were met,” McMillan tells Comic Riffs of one of the D.C. protests. “It promised a higher level of determination and militancy than the usual actions — so I really wanted to go and be a part of it.
“Meanwhile, during the period before ‘Stop the Machine’ was due to begin, Occupy Wall Street emerged, and many other encampments in its wake,” McMillan continues. “It seemed that the American people were waking up and deciding that they were no longer prepared to silently tolerate the many injustices that those in power have been perpetrating on the people and the planet.”
The prestigious Society of Professional Journalists’ 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism has been awarded to Code Green by Stephanie McMillan in the editorial cartooning category. Code Green is the only syndicated editorial cartoon in the U.S. about environmental issues.
Judges chose the winners from over 1,400 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2010.
McMillan of Fort Lauderdale, FL, submitted an entry of cartoons published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Los Angeles Times.
During the past year, Code Green has covered:
• The Gulf of Mexico oil spill
• Fukushima nuclear plant disaster
• Global warming
• Fossil fuels and alternative power sources
• Environmental regulations, global agreements and government corruption
• The pacifying roles of “Big Green” non-profits and lifestyle activism
• Sources of pollution, such as mining
• Contaminated water and food
“It is a great honor for me to receive the Sigma Delta Chi Award. I would like to thank the Society of Professional Journalists for recognizing my work and supporting my efforts to bring public attention to the environmental emergency and the need to respond effectively,” said McMillan.
Code Green is available for publication at reasonable rates.
View samples at stephaniemcmillan.org/codegreen
Press Action has awarded me “Cartoonist of the Year” for 2010. Thank you PA!
Here’s the page: http://www.pressaction.com/news/weblog/full_article/awards12032010/
Minimum Security cartoonist Stephanie McMillan took her comic strip’s fans on a riotous journey in 2010 as her cast of characters pondered life in an economically depressed world where the political and corporate elite work hard to dupe the masses into believing a viable future depends on waging endless wars against other people and the Earth. McMillan’s strip explores a wide range of potential strategies and tactics for resistance against the dominant culture. In spring 2010, McMillan took Minimum Security to a new level by transitioning from a joke-a-day format into a long-form narrative. “It’s now a story about how a group of friends goes through twists and turns while figuring out how to effectively fight the system,” McMillan told Mickey Z. in a recent interview. Among her many other projects, McMillan also draws a weekly editorial cartoon called Code Green that focuses on the global environmental emergency.
Thank you, Anarchie Verte!
A review of “As the World Burns” appears in the Turkish national newspaper Gazete Vatan.
Thank you to Serhat Elfun Demirkol for the translation!
Book in my Bag
As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do To Stay in Denial
Think again the trumperies of “Such Simple Things You Can Do To Save The Word”. Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan tackle the solutions driven by ecological consumption in a funny as well as an impressive way, including energy efficiency, recycling, changing faucet knob, etc. With drawings of McMillan and wording of Jensen, it’s an impressive comic. A battle of wild animals, plants and humans remembering the wholeness of nature and that humans are part of this wholeness against alien machines.
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Dünya Yanarken İnkar Etmek
için Yapabileceğimiz 50 Basit Şey
Dünyayı Kurtarmak İçin Yapabileceğiniz Şu Kadar Basit Şey” palavralarını bir daha düşünün. Derrick Jensen ve Stephanie McMillan, enerji verimliliği, geri dönüşüm, musluk başlıklarını değiştirmek gibi ekolojik tüketim çözümlerini eğlenceli ve eğlenceli olduğu kadar çarpıcı bir şekilde eleştiriyor. McMillan’ın çizgisi ve Jensen’in betimleriyle etkileyici bir çizgi roman. Yıkımı durdurmak için bir araya gelen yabani hayvanların, bitkilerin ve doğanın bütünlüğünü ve insanın da bunun bir parçası olduğunu yeniden hatırlamaya başlayan insanların uzaydan gelen makinelere karşı savaşı.
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Here are more translations of six recent comics, courtesy of Anarchie Verte:
My local city paper, the Sun-Sentinel, has been running my Code Green cartoons on the editorial page every other Friday for a couple months.
Everybody knows that newspapers have been in crisis, that audiences have largely moved over to the web. Newspapers no longer have a monopoly on information; they aren’t the opinion-makers they once were.
Still, there’s a special sense of satisfaction, and a feeling of having succeeded as a cartoonist that’s different from any other, to have my cartoons on the Sentinel’s editorial page. I’ve been illustrating a column for the paper for the past year that’s run in the Outlook section, but to make it onto the editorial page is different — it has gravity. It means that my opinion matters. It’s a total thrill when my relatives, and my mom’s friends, and my friends’ children, say things like: “I saw your cartoon in the paper yesterday!” “I cut out your cartoon and showed it to my class!”
I very much appreciate and value every reader I have on the web, of course. But there’s just something special and serious about having cartoons on the editorial page of the newspaper that my parent read when I was a child, that I grew up with, and that has a solid history in this city.
There are translations of some of my cartoons (and a lot of other articles) in the primitivist journal “Vert et Noir,” issue #3. Here is a pdf:
There’s an anthology published by Last Hours (UK) called “Excessive Force,” with comics against police brutality. They included a bunch of “Minimum Security” strips, the sequence when Nikko tries to ask a congressperson a question, and then gets beat up by cops, and saved by Javier.
The summary and purchasing info are here: http://www.lasthours.org.uk/excessive-force/
The Turkish edition of “As the World Burns” will be available 9/15! For readers in the US, it can be ordered from tulumba.com.
I’ve started drawing a weekly cartoon for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, illustrating a column about social networking. Here’s a sample (I’ll post them each week to archive at the AAEC website):
Here is my Code Green editorial cartoon on the website of the LA Times! (Click through to the second one).
And there is another very nice review of As the World Burns on the UK zine website Last Hours.
“Jocular and charming yet ferociously political, poignant and engrossing. ‘As The World Burns’ could just save us all! Give a copy to family members, next door neighbours even your local politician and ask them what they are going to do about the crimes against nature that are occurring every day around the world.”
Erica Landau of Broward/Palm Beach New Times wrote a great review of “As the World Burns.” Here’s an excerpt:
“As The World Burns aims its pen as much at Al Gore’s featherweight ideas and lifestyle liberals as it does at corporate greed, corporate media, capitalism and consumption. While the message is serious, most of the dialogue and artwork is ripe for laughter.”
From a new review of the graphic novel I created with Derrick Jensen —
“That is why books like As the World Burns and others should be standard reading material for anti-capitalists. The delusional aspects of denial and appeasement, the refusal to use violence to stop greater violence (even, or in many cases, especially against corporate property), questions about gradual reform versus armed resistance, and other themes examined in the book are important and need to be brought to the forefront of our conversations, whether we’re fighting huge corporations, organizing for more rights, or simply trying to live in the most responsible way possible as individuals.”
Read the rest at Baltimore’s Indypendent Reader (indyreader.org/content/book-review-as-world-burns).
My website is featured today as the Sun-Sentinel’s “blog of the day”, here. It’s my hometown paper.
And here’s a drawing I did that’s being used on Metromix.
Tomorrow I’m off for a three-week stay at the intentional community Twin Oaks. I’m very excited — I’ve wanted to do this for years.
“As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial,” the graphic novel I did with the brilliant writer Derrick Jensen, is going to be published in Turkey and France. In France, it’s going to be in full color! I’ve been working on coloring the pages, and I also modified the cover (front and back) for that edition. Here’s a draft:
The current print issue of Comics Journal has a four-page review of “As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial.” It’s a love-hate piece, by a guy who is clearly spooked by what we think is necessary to save the Earth (i.e.: destroy its enemies) but who generally seems to respect my comics and Derrick’s books.
I like this:
“McMillan’s expressive style, pared down to the basics and intensified over the years, allows for instant communication of thoughtful rage.”
Exactly. He gets my work.
I didn’t so much like some of the other comments.
Press Action designated me as one of a “Dynamic Dozen.” It’s an honor to be in such great company!
Here’s what they said:
The Minimum Security cartoonist and coauthor of As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial penned a strip a couple days after the November elections that said it all about the Obama mania.
Bananabelle: I can’t believe you won’t let me tell you who won.
Bunnista: All I care about is that the long nightmare is finally over.
Bananabelle: The Bush regime?
Bunnista: The election. Boring politicians, preposterous speeches, and fools who take them all seriously.
Viva Bunnista! Viva Stephanie McMillan!