Sunday, August 10, 2008

Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History

Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History by Harvey Pekar, Paul Buhle (Editor), Gary Dumm (Illustrator)
Pekar constructs a narrative of the history of the Students for a Democratic Society, but frequently steps aside to allow actual participants in that history to tell their own stories, using his casual first-person model of storytelling. The narrative moves through the decade of SDS history and then moves into the participant accounts, offering both a macro and a micro vision of the times. The artwork is mostly by frequent Pekar collaborator Gary Dumm, whose crisp, neutral realism may not be thrilling but does move the story along and does a fine job of conveying the various settings. As a whole, the book acts like a sophisticated handbook on an often misunderstood organization. It's good comics and excellent history.
(Synopsis and Review by Publishers Weekly)

1 comment:

Kirkus Reviews said...

...Learned, passionate and accessible history of the first order, casting a critical but mostly benevolent eye on an often-contradictory movement.