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May Day

A Graphic History of Protest

illustrated by Sam Bradd; Trevor Mckilligan, by Robin Folvik; Sean Carleton & Mark Leier

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publisher: Between the Lines
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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.”

About the Authors

Sam Bradd

Sam Bradd (illustrator) makes prints, posters, and illustrations for a variety of social justice causes. He likes cycling, growing food, and cooking big dinners.
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Robin Folvik

Robin Folvik (writer) holds a degree in Women’s Studies, has a love for learning, and is currently working on a number of projects focusing on the history of work and workers in British Columbia.
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Sean Carleton

Sean Carleton is a historian, teacher, and union organizer committed to changing the world.
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Mark Leier

Born in Ladner, BC, Mark Leier worked at several jobs, including dishwasher, bridge tender, printer, construction labourer, truck driver, cook, and busker before going to university. He received his PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is currently in the History Department at Simon Fraser University. In addition to Rebel Life, he is the author of Bakunin: The Creative Passion (1996); Red Flags and Red Tape: The Making of a Labour Bureaucracy (1995); Where the Fraser River Flows: The IWW in BC (1990); and with M.C. Warrior, The Light at the End of the Tunnel: A History of the Tunnel and Rockworkers Union (1992). A regular media commentator on labour, left, and Canadian history, his work has appeared in daily newspapers as well as academic journals.
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Trevor Mckilligan

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.
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Contributor Notes

Robin Folvik (writer) holds a degree in Women’s Studies, has a love for learning, and is currently working on a number of projects focusing on the history of work and workers in British Columbia.

Editorial Reviews

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

“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

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

“The May Day Graphic History is a wonderful introduction to a major event in labor history and its significance, far too little known in North America.”

— Noam Chomsky

“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


“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

“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

“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

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

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