The newest offering from the Graphic History Project is the graphic biography of Suzanne Voilquin, a French utopian socialist feminist who, even while facing challenges in her own life, continuously pushed boundaries. Although her political and intellectual engagement had multiple points of interest, one of her main goals was to “prove that women could succeed.” Inspired by the French Revolution, and political and philosophical positions that placed her in opposition to the existing power structures, Voilquin was determined to find a place for women and for herself. Through this commitment she developed three goals: to understand what liberty and equality meant to women; to achieve independence; to leave a legacy.
Here is the link to the comic book: http://graphichistorycollective.com/graphic-history-project/project-3-suzanne-voilquin-socialist-feminist/
Growing out of Linda Kelly Alkana’s PhD research, this illustrated biography of Suzanne Voilquin provides fascinating glimpses into the life of a woman striving for equality and justice in the 19th century, charting a journey that took her to Egypt, America and around the world.
Suzanne Voilquin’s story of dedication to these goals should inspire all who pursue social justice and equality.
About this team:
Author Linda Kelly Alkana researches the link between protest and popular culture at California State University Long Beach. She is an Intellectual/Cultural Historian and author of, among others, “Teaching World History with Graphic Novels,” which appeared in the World History Bulletin, Winter 2007.
Illustrator Lorna Alkana is a visual essayist, whose works include a Surreal Coloring Book and multiple blogs. Her works have been shown at various venues in Los Angeles. Her continuously evolving art can been found at www.lornaalkana.com. Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lornaalkanaart, twitter: https://twitter.com/lornaphone and Instagram: http://instagram.com/lornaphone.
Alex Alkana collaborated on this graphic interpretation of Suzanne Voilquin, with Linda Alkana and Lorna Alkana, assisting with the layout and design. His credits include his entry on “Alias” in Salem Press’ Cultural Survey of Graphic Novels.
The Graphic History Project is a collective effort to tell the often forgotten or buried stories of radical history. Artists, writers and historians collaborate to make the history of radical struggle come alive via the medium of graphic novels. This is the third such collaboration. Earlier releases are: Dreaming of What Might Be: The Knights of Labor in Canada 1880-1900 and Portland’s Black Panthers. Upcoming works include comics on labour struggles in Canada during the Great Depression, the history of Live-In Caregivers in Ontario, the history of slavery in New Brunswick and many more!