Bringing together established academics and award-winning comic book writers and illustrators, Portraits of Violence illustrates the most compelling ideas and episodes in the critique of violence.
Bringing together established academics and award-winning comic book writers and illustrators, Portraits of Violence illustrates the most compelling ideas and episodes in the critique of violence. Hannah Arendt, Franz Fanon, Brad Evans, Edward Said, Paolo Freire, Michel Foucault, Susan Sontag, Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, Giorgio Agamben each have 10 pages to tell their story in this innovative graphic title, presenting their theories in a ground-breaking comic format.
About the Authors
Dr Brad Evans is a political philosopher, critical theorist and writer, whose work specialises on the problem of violence. The author of some ten books and edited volumes, along with over forty academic and media articles, he is Reader in Political Violence at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, the University of Bristol, UK.
Sean Michael Wilson is an award-winning comic book writer from Scotland, who now lives in Japan. His book with War on Want, Iraq: Operation Corporate Takeover was widely reported on by a variety of mainstream agencies. He is also the editor of the critically acclaimed collection AX:alternative manga (one of Publishers Weekly’s Best ten books of 2010). He was the lead writer for Fight the Power (Seven Stories/New Internationalist) and Goodbye God? (New Internationalist).
Featuring artwork by a diverse team of male and female artists from various countries: Scottish artist Chris Mackenzie, Japanese artists Inko and Michiru Morikawa, US artist Carl Thompson, Vietnamese artist Yen Quach, and English artist Robert Brown.
This is an attractive collection of the spectacle-of-violence musings of Fanon, Sontag, Arendt, Freire, Foucault, Butler, Chomsky et al, stuffed with seminar-ready questions and brought to life by artists from Carl Thompson to Michiru Morikawa.
Portraits of Violence will likely do a service in bringing these important figures to a wider audience, and for this the authors should be commended.
[If] there’s a single strong underlying message running throughout Portraits of Violence, it’s one of pedagogical change; of the need to educate future generations to view the world through a critical lens, and to forever question the narrative woven by the media. Portraits of Violence is an extremely timely book, then, and one adapted with both reverence and soul.