Alternative reading in the time of alternative facts

We look at some of the works in RESIST!, A collection of defiance in the United States.

Described as an Anti-Trump comics collection, RESIST! was aptly released alongside the monumental Women's marches across the United States in January 2017. When news of US president Donald Trump’s victory broke, the owner of quarterly tabloid comics anthology Smoke Signal, Gabe Fowler decided to use her platform to speak truth to power. Calling for submissions, Fowler established RESIST!, a collection of works from over 100 artists of varying ages, genders, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds. In direct response to Trump’s offensive remarks about women, most of the works featured in RESIST were created by women.

They’re now calling for submissions for the second edition scheduled for release in July. It is edited by Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker, and writer Nadja Spiegelman. According to Vice, around 58,000 copies have been printed and are being distributed across the United States. This number is likely to have risen since the publishing of the article.

What makes this collection of works doubly unique is that it does not only feature the works of well-known artists. “...there are also people who can't draw to save their lives, doctors and dentists and auto mechanics that have not until now used comics or drawing. For an art director, this is so exciting because it is such a real visualisation of the energy that drawing can channel when you let it happen,” Mouly was quoted as saying.

Emblazoned across the front of the first issue are the words, “A woman’s place is in the revolution!”, cementing the issue's rally call in the face of rising fascism. Some of the submissions for the second issue are also featured on the publication's website and tumblr page. 

Here's a selection of some of our favourites: 

By Meghan Boehman: “​Every since Donald Trump became the Republican party nomination, I had this idea for a social issues comic brewing around in my head. This image was my idea as my introduction into political art. It is my hope that by channeling my feelings on the subject matter, that it may shine through in my art in such a way that other people can benefit from it. I think it is very frightening that my country is taking a step back from how it views minorities and women, and I want to speak out against it.”
By ​My Ngoc To: “Every morning since the election, I’ve woken up and felt like I have to fight tons of oppressive forces that have gathered on top of me throughout the night. But each morning I do somehow get up, and that to me is a really big form of resistance. ”
By Erika Reir: “If we choose to only consume information that confirms our worldview while cutting ourselves off from all other sources of information it does not matter what the facts of any given situation are.”
Anne van de Linden - Wooden Wall (Issue One)
Kate Berube - Dragon (In Issue One)
Jazmine Boatman - Betrayed (In Issue One)