The members of the Graphic History Collective came together specifically to produce a historical account of May Day in Canada in the form of a comic book. For that purpose we received funding from the “Working Histories” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Research Knowledge Cluster initiated by Joan Sangster at Trent university, Peterborough, Ontario. Through our historical research we found many different May Day stories in newspapers, books, and journals, and drafted plans for combining text with images with the aim of making this history educational and inspirational for a cross-section of audiences. Over time new people joined our project, adding their own skills and talents, while sharing a love of history alongside a dedication to issues of social and economic justice. The Graphic History Collective continues to develop graphic history projects to present historical information about issues that remain important and relevant today. Members so far have included Mark Leier, Robin Folvik, Sean Carleton, Julia Smith, Sam Bradd, and Trevor McKilligan. While we have new projects under consideration, we welcome any suggestions from readers for histories that you would like to see in graphic form. If you have feedback or ideas on what should be brought out of the “dustbin of history,” please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In love and solidarity! The Graphic History Collective P.S. We’re on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Graphic-History-Collective
Sam Bradd is a graphic recorder and illustrator, working working with a variety of progressive organizations interested in innovative visuals. His passion is using visuals for increasing engagement, effective communication, and telling your story. Contact him at http://www.sambradd.com. Sam illustrated the May Day and Dreaming of What Might Be comic books.
Sean Carleton is an activist, organizer, and educator originally from Vancouver now living in Nogojiwanong (Peterborough), Ontario. He is a PhD candidate at Trent University studying the history of colonialism and education in 19th century British Columbia. Sean helped write and research for the May Day and Dreaming of What Might Be comic books.
Robin Folvik is currently working on a number of historical projects with a primary focus on 20th century British Columbia. Robin helped write and research for the May Day and Dreaming of What Might Be comic books.
Mark Leier teaches labour and left history at Simon Fraser University. Mark helped write and research for the May Day comic book.
Trevor McKilligan has lived in Vancouver since 2001. He has been a participant in many grass-roots projects in the East Vancouver neighborhood. His preferred weapon is the black ink. Contact him at email@example.com. Trevor helped write and research for the May Day comic book.
Julia Smith is a PhD candidate at Trent University studying the history of bank worker unionization in Canada in the postwar period. Julia helped write and research for the Dreaming of What Might Be comic book.