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."
Trevor Mckilligan (illustrator) has lived in Vancouver since 2001. He has been a participant in many grassroots projects in East Vancouver. His preferred weapon is black ink.
TheMay Day Graphic History is a wonderful introduction to a major event in labor history and its significance, far too little known in North America.
Labour educators, perhaps especially adult educators, will also be grateful for another teaching tool that should entice students to learn more about the history of workers’ struggles.
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.
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.
May Day is history with a twist: entertaining, insightful, informative, and seen through a critical lens.
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.
This eminently enjoyable graphic book emphasizes working men's and working women's struggle as central to the May Day experience.
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.
A lively, clenched-fist people's history that leaps off the page with a feisty spirit and brilliant artwork.