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The compelling power of graphic narrative to efficiently, potently and evocatively disseminate vast amounts of information and seductively advocate complex issues with great conviction through layered levels has always been most effectively used in works with a political or social component. That’s never been more evident than in this stunning and scholarly new graphic anthology detailing some of the most infamous and effective instances of popular protest.
Comics Review

Fight the Power! is not just a valuable historical reminder, it’s a rallying cry to the disenfranchised. At a time when gay rights are still being defined and economic disparity worsens daily, the message has never been more apropos."
San Francisco Book Review

An accessible and engaging introduction to protestors in history. If you care about social change, read it!
Mary Talbot, Author of 'Dotter of Her Father's Eyes'

Throughout human history, social change has never been doled out by those very few that hold power, but taken by the collective with a common need for justice (like not to starve or be worked to death for pennies). Fight the Power harnesses a chunk of this history and graphically illuminates it with humor and eloquence. It reminds us of the struggles that, against the odds, brought us a better world and empowers us to carry those actions into the future.
Peter Kuper, Co-founder, World War 3 Illustrated and artist/ writer for Mad magazine's Spy vs Spy

...illuminating examples of protest and struggle from the past. But it's not dead history, it echoes on.
Tariq Ali, Writer, Journalist and Filmmaker

All in all, an accessible and engaging survey that should help to counteract our contemporary historical amnesia.
Peace News, November 2013

This is a fantastic book, one that I have dreamt of having to read and use with pupils for years. It covers a range of peoples' protests from the Luddites in 1811-1832 to the very contemporary Occupy protest in an effective and varied comic strip format. The text is clear and concise but still manages to give sound background understanding of major events always from an unashamedly grassroots perspective. In fact I was surprised by how comprehensive it is given the form. This would be an excellent starter text for A Level Politics, Economics or Communication & Culture students, as well as certain strips being very useful in developing contextual understanding for English Literature. - Ingrid Spencer, School Library Association.

An entertaining and informative read for anyone interested in social activism and its history [...] order your copy of Fight the Power and find out what it really means to be one of the 99% -- you won't be disappointed!
Amazon 5 star review

This book was a great starter on several big movements that I (and probably you) really should know more about. [...] Definitely worth a read and a space on your bookshelf.
Amazon 5 star review

Fight The Power! - A Visual History of Protest Amongst the English Speaking Peoples. from Ewan Donaldson on Vimeo.

In his famous history series A History of the English Speaking Peoples Winston Churchill seemed to think that history was about wars and made by great leaders.

Fight the Power! begs to differ and instead presents A Visual History of Protest Amongst the English Speaking Peoples.

Today’s occupy movements are part of a long history of struggle. This book visualises key moments in history where ordinary people have risen up and fought governments, corporations, even empires. When the 99% have stood up to combatexploitation and abuse or in pursuit of freedom of action and a better life. In other words, to show times in history, just like today, when people have struggled forward to FIGHT THE POWER!

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This comic book covers 14 cases of such struggle over the last 200 years and in several English speaking countries including not just the US and UK but Australia, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, India and Jamaica.

  1. The Luddites and Swing Riots (1811-1832)
  2. The Battle of Peterloo (1819)
  3. Colonial Rebellions (1837-1865)
  4. Irish Rebellions (1791-1922)
  5. The Suffragettes (1903-1918)
  6. The Australian General Strike (1917)
  7. The Boston Police Strike (1919)
  8. The UK General Strike and the Battle of George Square (1918 & 1926)
  9. The Battle of Toledo (1934)
  10. Rosa Parks and the Bus Boycott (1955-1956)
  11. The Trial of Nelson Mandela (1964)
  12. Fragging (1969-1971)
  13. The Poll Tax Riots (1989-1991)
  14. Occupy (2011-)

About the authors

Sean Michael Wilson is a comic book writer from Scotland, who now lives in Japan. He has had more than a dozen books published with a variety of US, UK and Japanese publishers. 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).

Benjamin Dickson is a writer whose previous works include the apocalyptic graphic novel Falling Sky (awarded “Best Indie Surprise 2006” and named one of the best graphic novels of the decade by Ain’tIt Cool News), and the science fiction thriller Slumdroid, currently being published by Scar Comics. He has had short stories published by Self Made Hero, Ctrl Alt Shift and Heavy Metal, and also worked on 1001 Graphic Novels to Read Before You Die.

Hunt Emerson is a cartoonist living and working in Birmingham, England. He was closely involved with the Birmingham Arts Lab of the mid-to-late 1970s, and with the British underground comics scene of the 1970s and 1980s. The Emerson graphic novels Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Casanova’s Last Standand other adaptations of classic novels and tales have been successfully sold in numerous countries, and translated into several different languages.

John Spelling grew up in Devon, England amidst undulating green hills and second-hand book shops. Quickly realising he loathed writing C.V.s and committing a fixed definition of himself to paper, and was therefore unlikely to get “a proper job”, he studied illustration. For years he has dabbled on the edges of the comics industry, viewing it as something well suited to an insomniac with limited social skills. He still hates writing about himself. Even in third person. He owns no cats.

Adam Pasion was born in San Jose, California and has been drawing comics since he could grip a pen. He graduated with a degree in history from Azusa Pacific University, and currently resides in Nagoya, Japan where he works as a cartoonist, illustrator and designer. His recent work has been published in The Japan Times, Hyper Hobby Magazine, Japanzine and several other publications. He is the founder of the Uzomuzo art collective in central Japan and has also published several comic books and graphic novels through his own independent imprint, Biguglyrobot. More of his work can be seen at

Eva Schlunke grew up in the Australian bush in an off-the-grid mudbrick house, and moved to the Amazon Rainforest, Peru as a teenager. At 18 she supported herself hand-painting t-shirts, and later managed eco-tourism lodges in the Tambopata National Reserve, Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, and Manu National Parks. She now lives in Manchester, UK where she is an active member of the Peterloo Memorial Campaign and has worked on several graphic novels, campaign props and illustrated books.

Radical political cartoonist and activist Polyp has been working with campaigning organizations around the world for over 15 years, and is the author and illustrator of Big Bad World Cartoon Molotovs in the face of corporate rule and illustrator of Speechless: World History Without Words. He lives and works within a large Co-operative housing block in Manchester, UK.


Fight the Power authors and artists appeared at the following events this year:

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-122-5
Page extent: 176
Dimensions: 260mm x 170mm
Publication date: September 2013

Date added: January 22, 2013

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  1. #1 Sean ODonovan 19 Sep 13

    Surely the Buy Print Version paragraph above should be re-ordered as
    ’You can also buy from your local independent bookshop or Word Power, Abe Books, Barnes and Noble, Blackwell's, The Book Depository, Waterstones (or Amazon if you must)’

  2. #2 ciderpunx 19 Sep 13

    I like it! I'll pass it on and see if we can't get it changed. Thanks Sean.

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