May Day Comic
May Day Comic
May Day: A Graphic History of Protest
Writers: Robin Folvik, Sean Carleton, and Mark Leier
Illustrators: Sam Bradd and Trevor McKilligan
Published by Between the Lines, 2012
Available to order online
May Day: A Graphic History of Protest traces the development of International Workers’ Day, May 1st, against the ever-changing economic and political backdrop in Canada. Recognizing the importance of work and the historical struggles of workers to improve their lives, with a particular focus on the struggles of May 1st, the comic includes the reader as part of this history, and the story concludes that “We are all part of this historical struggle; it’s our history and our future.”
On May 1st, 2012 our comic May Day: A Graphic History of Protest is being published by Between the Lines press.
Order online here: http://www.btlbooks.com/book/may-day
Radio Canada International host Wojtek Gwiazda profiles May Day: A Graphic History of Protest in this segment featuring Graphic History Collective member Sean Carleton.
In preparation for this years’ May Day – May 1st, International Workers’ Day – celebrations, don’t forget to grab your own copy of the GHC’s first comic book, May Day A Graphic History of Protest (Between the Lines Press, 2012). You can order the comic book online here: http://btlbooks.com/book/may-day Also, the GHC is happy to … Read More
The Graphic History Collective is pleased to announce that Between the Lines Press is offering a FREE enhanced e-book version of “May Day” will come with every order. The e-version has original sketches and special features. Also, remember that until May 31, bulk orders (for conferences, classrooms, union locals, literature departments, and libraries etc.) gets … Read More
If you order before May 31 2015, bulk orders of the Canadian, union-made comic “May Day: A Graphic History of Protest” will receive 40% off and free shipping! The lessons of the May Day comic and Canadian labour history are relevant all year and can help spark important conversations about our strategies and struggles for … Read More
May Day! See you in the streets. Preview of May Day: A Graphic History of Protest is featured on Open Door Toronto today. Stay tuned for a longer interview published with them on May 10th.
These people said nice things about us. We’d be too shy to talk to them at a party, so a big ‘thanks’ for us over here at the Graphic History Collective. “May Day is a grand experiment in reviving the traditional holiday of working people, with lively comic art adding a new dimension to themes that … Read More
The Graphic History Collective is thrilled that May Day: a graphic history of protest is being published on May 1st 2012 by Between the Lines Press. We are trying to spread the word through our networks and the labour movement. Bulk orders over 50 before May 30th receive 40% off. We have had many union locals purchasing pre-orders … Read More
On Rabble.ca today: “An announcement of spring, dancing around a pole, crowning a queen, fertility rituals, assorted festivities — joyful community celebrations of the month of May can be traced back through the ages. May Day or International Workers’ Day — another way of observing the first day of May throughout the world — is … Read More
Praise for May Day
"May Day is a grand experiment in reviving the traditional holiday of working people, with lively comic art adding a new dimension to themes that need badly to be seen and understood by younger generations."
—Paul Buhle, author of A People's History of American Empire
"May Day is history with a twist: entertaining, insightful, informative, and seen through a critical lens."
—Florencia Berinstein, director, Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts
"A lively, clenched-fist people's history that leaps off the page with a feisty spirit and brilliant artwork."
—Craig Heron and Steve Penfold, authors of The Workers' Festival: A History of Labour Day in Canada
"This fascinating work provides an original, accessible window into the history of International Workers' Day and the wider story of grassroots struggle for working-class power."
—Benjamin Isitt, author of Militant Minority: British Columbia Workers and the Rise of a New Left
"What's impressive about this graphic book is its clarity and its attention to labour history and May Day on both sides of the Canada/US border."
—Linda Kealey, author of Enlisting Women for the Cause: Women, Labour and the Left in Canada, 1890-1920
"This eminently enjoyable graphic book emphasizes working men's and working women's struggle as central to the May Day experience."
—Greg Kealey, author and founding editor of Labour/Le Travail
"May Day turns labour history into a wonderful visual experience, accessible to a wide audience; it's a worthy heir to the grand graphic tradition pioneered by the Industrial Workers of the World over a century ago."
—Andrew Parnaby, associate professor, history, Cape Breton University