The shocking images of neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the summer of 2017 linger, but so do those of the passionate anti-fascist protestors who risked their lives to do the right thing. In this stirring graphic non-fiction book by the author of The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book, Gord Hill looks at the history of fascism over the last 100 years, and the concurrent antifa movements that have worked fastidiously to topple it.
Fascism is a relatively new political ideology, yet in its short history some of the greatest atrocities against humanity have been carried out in its name. Its poisonous roots have taken hold in every region of the world, from its beginnings in post-World War I Italy, through Nazi Germany, Franco's Spain, and the KKK in America. And today, emboldened by the American president, fascism is alive and well again. At the same time, antifa activists have proven, throughout history and again today, that the spirit of resistance is alive and well, and necessary.
In The Antifa Comic Book, Gord Hill documents these powerful moments of conflict and confrontation with a perceptive eye and a powerful sense of resolve.
Full-colour throughout. Includes a foreword by Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.
About the authors
Gord Hill is a member of the Kwakwaka`wakw nation whose territory is located on northern Vancouver Island and adjacent mainland in the province of "British Columbia." He is also descended from Scottish and Tlingit great grandparents. Since 1990, Gord has been involved in the Indigenous people's movement, including solidarity with the 1990 Oka Crisis, the 1992 500 Years of Resistance campaign, solidarity with the 1994 New Year's Zapatista Uprising, the 1995 Gustafsen Lake and Ipperwash standoffs, the Native Youth Movement (including the 1997-98 occupations of the BC Treaty Commission offices), the 1999 anti-WTO protests, the Cheam fisheries dispute (1999), the 2001 Summit of the Americas riots, the Skwelkwek`welt campaign (Sun Peaks, 2003-06), and most recently the anti-2010 Olympics campaign. He lives in Vancouver.
Mark Bray is a historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalism in Modern Europe. He is the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook (Melville House, 2017) and Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street (Zero Books, 2013). He wrote the foreword to The Antifa Comic Book by Gord Hill. He is currently a lecturer at Dartmouth College.
This brightly colored, action-filled graphic narrative details the long, deep history of fascism and opposition to it ... The book sounds the warning that refusing to recognize the threat and failing to respond physically means failing to learn from history. Even those who oppose Antifa's tactics will find their perspective broadened by this graphic history. -Kirkus Reviews
A riveting and fact-based history that feels more important than ever ... Hill utilizes the boldness of his graphic medium to venerate the struggle against bigotry, but despite this larger than life lionization, he grounds his story in truth and fact. -Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)
An informative and fascinating graphic novel history of fascism and those who fought it. -Vancouver Sun
Other titles by Gord Hill
The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book
Revised and Expanded
The 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book: Revised and Expanded
Revised and Expanded
Direct Action Gets the Goods
A Graphic History of the Strike in Canada
The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book
From the WTO to the G20