Black Mask Studios‘ Occupy Comics #3 continues its examination of the Occupy movement through its series of illustrated essays on aspects of the movement.
This installment of Occupy Comics opened with two strong pieces. The first is an illustration by Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt that looks downright iconic. In their cartoon We Are All in This Together, they convey the essence of what ails America in the simplest of terms.
Americans are at war with themselves, not paying attention to the instigators and manipulators pitting us against each other for their own ends. Crabapple and Leavitt put this idea front and center by being direct and simple.
Following this, A History of Nonviolence, written by Caleb Monroe and drawn by Theo Ellsworth, offers up a history lesson on the philosophy of nonviolent protest. Starting with Christianity’s roots in nonviolence and following that path to the present Occupy movement, Monroe and Ellsworth expose the hypocrisy and folly of our country and its religious elements.
Considering today’s 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s I Have a Dream speech in which he marched to Washington D.C. in nonviolent protest, Monroe and Ellsworth prove timely with their illustrated essay.
As per their usual excellence in gathering compelling facts and information, Joshua Dysart and Kelly Bruce’s Casino Nation III with art by Allen Gladfelter takes aim at the top of the deck by exposing the record of four presidents who have contributed to our financial implosion – Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan.
Dysart and Bruce don’t play favorites as each illustration factoid exposes the records of each president and explains what they’ve done to expedite Wall Street’s wishes while imperiling the American people. Casino Nation III compels the American people to consider the Occupy movement’s message and take back their voice.
Finally, Alan Moore puts the finishing touches on his long-form essay Buster Brown at the Barricades. Detailing the burgeoning underground comic movement lead by stalwarts like Art Spiegelman and R. Crumb, Moore makes his strong case for the medium of comics as one of societal change.
He neatly dovetails his points into the Occupy movement by continually making the case for comics as vehicles for societal examination and protest. Also timely are his thoughts on Jack Kirby and the way in which Kirby’s legacy have been pilfered. On what would’ve been his 96th birthday, Kirby’s estate still remains without any rights to the characters he created as Marvel rakes in the bucks. Moore aptly points this out.
Occupy Comics continues to bring varied opinions, voices, and perspectives together in its anthology effectively and without compromise. The latest edition is out today at your local comic shop.