Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman Bring the Spirit of Protest With RESIST!

Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman are exercising their right to free expression and making a call to RESIST! with a special issue of comics and illustrations geared towards the “political resistance to the forces of intolerance.”

The art editor for The New Yorker and comics writer are teaming up with Gabe Fowler of Brooklyn, New York’s Desert Island to produce a special issue of the tabloid newspaper Smoke Signal. Entitled RESIST!, 30,000 copies of the special issue will be distributed for free on January 20 (Inauguration Day) and January 21 at the Women’s March on Washington. The goal of the publication: to showcase an array of work that actively resists the upsetting political rhetoric that has come to permeate our media and social climate over the past few months. As the website proudly declares, “RESIST forces that would divide up. RESIST! RESIST the normalization of fascism.” And that is just what RESIST! aims to do.

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(c) Gayle Kabaker

The production of the special issue is well underway, but if you are an artist or illustrator interested in contributing, submit through the website here. The absolute latest date for submissions for the print edition is December 10.

In a time when many people feel a sense of helplessness and hopelessness about the future and are concerned about how the new administration may treat free expression, RESIST! reminds us, “making art helps a broken heart.” And more importantly it provides a portal for artists and creators to have their voices heard.

For more information and updates about the project, visit the RESIST! website.

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Contributing Editor Caitlin McCabe is an independent comics scholar who loves a good pre-code horror comic and the opportunity to spread her knowledge of the industry to those looking for a great story!