Category Archives: Graphic History Project

Teasers from an upcoming GHP comic book about the Ontario Days of Action

Writers: Doug Nesbitt, Sean Carleton

Illustrator: Orion Keresztesi



New Comic: “A Brief, Accurate Graphic History of the Environmental Movement (Mostly in Canada)

Project #7 from the Graphic History Collective is A Brief, Accurate, Graphic History of Environmental Activism, Steph Hill’s attempt to fit a broad swath of history into a short little book.

Steph Hill

From Steph:

The idea was to relate the fundamental ideas and some events in environmental history in a way that is conversational, and–with any luck–memorable. It’s a project easier said than done, but maybe I made a little headway. Environmental activism has come a long way since the early days, and the context it works in–governments, business communities, the public–has changed considerably, in good ways and bad. As always, I ended up with more questions than answers about the directions things are heading in.


Read the full comic.
Bio: Steph Hill studied politics at Princeton University and comics at Camosun College. These days you can find her in Vancouver working in publishing, eating spicy noodles, and reading anything that gets too close. You can find her online at or on twitter as @Hill_S_A.

SORWUC Comic Book Teaser

Here is a special teaser from an upcoming comic book on the history of SORWUC, a socialist-feminist labour union in Canada by the Graphic History Collective and the extremely talented Ethan Heitner.



Ethan Heitner is a cartoonist and member of the editorial collective of World War 3 Illustrated, the radical comics magazine ( More of his work can be seen on his blog,

Bill Williamson (Part 1) by Kara Sievewright

We’re excited to announce that Part 1 of Kara Sievewright‘s new comic, Bill Williamson: Hobo, Wobbly, Communist, On to Ottawa Trekker, Spanish Civil War Veteran, Photographer, is now available online. Extensively researched by Kara, the story grows out of two letters Williamson wrote in the 1980s and two interviews with him recorded by the London Imperial War Museum in London, UK in 1990.

Kara’s comic is Project #6 from the Graphic History Project and the third (of four) that focuses primarily on events in the 1930s.



We’re huge fans of Kara Sievewright. You will be too! You can view more of her artwork at Makers of Nets, or follow her on twitter or tumblr.

In addition to her writing and drawing skills, Kara is also skilled at webpage design and is working with us to update our website. Two thumbs up!

New Comic: Stick and Stay, They’re Bound to Pay

Stick and StayStick and Stay, They’re Bound to Pay: The Flint Strike in Comics by Ethan Heitner, Edited by Paul Buhle

The storied Sit-Down Strike in Flint, Michigan has a special significance for today. Led in large part by left-wingers—Communist, Socialist, and Trotskyist alike—it was, more important, the most dramatic part of a movement that swept across the US and Canada. Not so unlike Occupy (or the Wisconsin Uprising), it took everyone by surprise, stunning the participants themselves with their own collective power. Through largely nonviolent action, it changed the landscape for democracy; unlike Occupy, it could halt production and profits. – Paul Buhle

Ethan Heitner is a cartoonist and member of the editorial collective of World War 3 Illustrated, the radical comics magazine ( More of his work can be seen on his blog,

Paul Buhle is an US historian and the editor of many graphic histories including Wobbles!, Che, and Bohemians.

View full comic here

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New Comic- the Battle of Ballantyne Pier

Ballantyne PierWe are very excited to release the fourth comic from the Graphic History Project, The Battle of Ballantyne Pier: An Injury to One is an Injury to All!

Written and illustrated by the multi-talented David Lester, the comic examines the history of longshore work and the violent events that unfolded in 1935 on the waterfront of Vancouver, British Columbia.

More than just a passing interest for Lester, there is a family connection to this piece of history. His grandfather was a longshoreman in Vancouver for most of his life, and was there the day that saw “blood-spattered rocks litter[ing] the streets in which the fighting took place…Bandaged and blood-dripping heads were a common sight, both among police and civilians” (as described by Torchy Anderson, Labour Reporter for the Province Newspaper).

You can read the full comic here

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New Comic Book #3- Suzanne Voilquin A Socialist Feminist

The newest offering from the Graphic History Project is the graphic biography of Suzanne Voilquin, a French utopian socialist feminist who, even while facing challenges in her own life, continuously pushed boundaries. Although her political and intellectual engagement had multiple points of interest, one of her main goals was to “prove that women could succeed.” Inspired by the French Revolution, and political and philosophical positions that placed her in opposition to the existing power structures, Voilquin was determined to find a place for women and for herself. Through this commitment she developed three goals: to understand what liberty and equality meant to women; to achieve independence; to leave a legacy.

Here is the link to the comic book:

Growing out of Linda Kelly Alkana’s PhD research, this illustrated biography of Suzanne Voilquin provides fascinating glimpses into the life of a woman striving for equality and justice  in the 19th century, charting  a journey that took her to Egypt, America and around the world.

Suzanne Voilquin’s story of dedication to these goals should inspire all who pursue social justice and equality.

About this team:

Author Linda Kelly Alkana researches the link between protest and popular culture at California State University Long Beach. She is an Intellectual/Cultural Historian and author of, among others, “Teaching World History with Graphic Novels,” which appeared in the World History Bulletin, Winter 2007.

Illustrator Lorna Alkana is a visual essayist, whose works include a Surreal Coloring Book and multiple blogs. Her works have been shown at various venues in Los Angeles. Her continuously evolving art can been found at Follow her on Facebook:, twitter: and Instagram:

Alex Alkana collaborated on this graphic interpretation of Suzanne Voilquin, with Linda Alkana and Lorna Alkana, assisting with the layout and design. His credits include his entry on “Alias” in Salem Press’ Cultural Survey of Graphic Novels.

The Graphic History Project is a collective effort to tell the often forgotten or buried stories of radical history. Artists, writers and historians collaborate to make the history of radical struggle come alive via the medium of graphic novels. This is the third such collaboration. Earlier releases are: Dreaming of What Might Be: The Knights of Labor in Canada 1880-1900 and Portland’s Black Panthers. Upcoming works include comics on labour struggles in Canada during the Great Depression, the history of Live-In Caregivers in Ontario, the history of slavery in New Brunswick and many more!

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New Comic Book – Project #2- Portland’s Black Panthers

Check out Project #2 of the The Graphic History Project by artist Khris Soden and journalist Sarah Mirk: Portland’s Black Panthers.

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Full comic book available here