Paul Buhle

Paul Buhle,formerly a senior lecturer at Brown University, produces radical comics. He founded the SDS Journal Radical America and the archive Oral History of the American Left and, with Mari Jo Buhle, is coeditor of the Encyclopedia of the American Left. He lives in Madison.

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    November 05, 2015

    Brooklyn, NY

    Verso Books Brooklyn Office

    Red Rosa launch with Kate Evans and Molly Crabapple

    Red Rosa author and illustrator Kate Evans joins Molly Crabapple in conversation to discuss Rosa Luxemburg and the power of feminist comic art


  • Exclusive Joe Sacco comic: Down! Up!

    As part of our week dedicated to Graphic Novels, here we bring you Joe Sacco's take on the war in Iraq. Originally published in 2007 in War With No End, a collection of writers and activists responding to the ongoing War on Terror, in the strip Sacco puts his incisive reporting to the task of representing the US army's attempt to train a motley bunch of Iraqi volunteers.

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  • Paul Buhle picks his top 5 comics!

    To celebrate our week dedicated to our graphic novel selection we asked Paul Buhle (editor of some of our most popular graphic novels including Wobblies, Che, Bohemians and many more) to pick the five comics that have most inspired his work.

    Comic art has been in my life since at least age 5, when I can recall my (older) sisters reading them aloud, a decisive part of my learning to read. If nonfiction comics happened to be my destiny, then Classics Illustrated, especially the William Tell comic with its heroic attack on the authorities, must have been predictive. Jump down to 1959 and Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book, a classic satirical assault upon modern American business culture-- wholly written and drawn by Harvey Kurtzman, the very first comic to appear as a paperback original—was my first of five. Too bad, for the massively influential creator of Mad Comics, that it was a commercial failure.

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  • The story of radical Comix: Paul Buhle on the history of a genre from 1920 to today

    To kickstart our week dedicated to our selection of non-fiction graphic novels, we bring you Paul Buhle's introduction to Michael Demson's Masks of Anarchy: The Story of a Radical Poem from Percy Shelley to the Triangle Factory Fire. In this piece, Buhle offers us a panoramic history of the development of graphic novels from Gasoline Alley in the 1920s to the current stars of the graphic novel world: Art Spiegelman; Alison Bechdel; Harvey Pekar and Joe Sacco.

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