After 58,000 copies of Resist!, the free comics newspaper edited by Francoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman, were distributed at Women’s March events throughout the country on January 21, the decision has been made to produce a second issue, reports ICv2's Milton Griepp.

When Mouly heard that the TrumpTwit had been elected president, she says, “I was in a state of shock.” The cover image she’d been planning for the week’s issue of The New Yorker — which played on the theme of the first woman president — had to be scrapped. Instead, for the magazine’s November 11 issue, she chose an image of a brick wall stacked almost to the top of the page [see Opus 361 of Rants & Raves at the Usual Place]. And then, like so many Americans trying to adjust to their new reality, she had to figure out what to do next. At this point, her daughter got involved.

“There was a need to be making something rather than sitting around feeling helpless,” Spiegelman told NY Mag, quoted by Toni Airaksinen at redalertpolitics.com. “And this felt like a way of giving voice to something that needed to exist.”

Just after Thanksgiving, Spiegelman and Mouly posted a call for submissions on Facebook, and within hours, thousands responded. At first, most of the contributions came from men, but by December 10, Mouly told Betsy Gomez at CBLDF, there were more women than men: “We were getting many comics by women on the topic of resisting the force of fascism.”

Over 1,000 submissions for the first issue were received in a whirlwind process between the election and the Inauguration, and the 40-page tabloid included pieces from such notable contributors as Alison Bechdel, Lynda Barry, and Roz Chast not to mention offerings from male cartoonists — including a Zippy piece by Bill Griffith, and a piece by a family member of the editors, Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman.

The print run of the first issue was increased from a planned 20,000 to 58,000 after a contribution from Mitch Berger and preorders from thousands of supporters, including retailers.

Submissions for a second issue are now being solicited, with a release date planned for this summer, perhaps around July 4. Visit resistsubmission.com/

The free distribution outside of comic collector channels has driven demand for the post-Inaugural issue higher than supply. Buy It Now prices for the first issue on eBay as this is written range from $14.95 to $79.95. But at the Usual Place (RCHarvey.com), we sampled the issue, a couple of which we’ve posted here.




Irks & Crotchets: The Women’s March, organized as a show of feminist solidarity, was roiled by infighting after some organizers told white women to “check their privilege” so women of color and lesbians could lead the protest. Being white is “not okay right now,” one organizer declared “ especially after 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump.”

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