A designer integrated with Julia Salazar creates a graphic campaign novel
Radical: my year with a socialist senator through Sofia warren is a graphic brief published by Top Shelf Productions in June 2022. A first-hand account of Warren’s experience incorporated into Julia salazar and its staff during their first year in office.
You won the electionâ¦ what now? The activist organization encounters government deadlock as a millennial New York cartoonist follows a first-year senator on her unforgettable journey – from insider to stranger. In 2018, cartoonist Sofia Warren paid no attention to state politics. But that summer, her Brooklyn neighborhood began talking about Julia Salazar, a 27-year-old Democratic socialist candidate for the state Senate whose popular campaign inspired an army of volunteers. When they beat the odds and won, Sofia wondered what would happen next. How does it work when an outsider advocating revolutionary change really has to do the job? So she decided to find out. Told in comics, Radical is a remarkable first-hand account of Warren’s experience with Julia Salazar and her team in their first year in office. From candid conversations and eyewitness experiences, Warren paints a compelling and intimate portrait of a disjointed team of community organizers who strive to bring about meaningful change to some deeply ingrained power structures, especially for Julia’s landmark issue of housing rights. Every step of the way – from building an office to navigating insider politics, public resistance, tough staff meetings, emotional speeches, protest marches, setbacks and victories – Warren is close to Julia and her team, observing, questioning, and drawing, as they try to translate their ideals into concrete legislation. Along the way, Warren searches for answers to questions she didn’t know she was asking: What is a good leader? What does it mean to be part of a community? Can democracy work? And if so, how can ordinary people do it?
All these themes will be explored next June in Sofia Warren’s first graphic novel, Radical: my year with a socialist senator. âMuch of this experience was a surprise to me,â says Warren: âthat during their entire first legislative session, Julia and her team let me be in the room; that âthe roomâ was just as often a food court, or a senior citizen’s center, or a walk in the middle of a blizzard; that they were as open to me about their frustrations as they were about their victories; and that I – an introverted and cynical millennial living under the Trump presidency – could leave the experience so motivated and inspired. I hope readers will leave this book with the same feeling. “” After seeing firsthand how award-winning graphics memories March and They called us enemy have transformed the understanding of countless readers on critical issues, we look forward to bringing Sofia’s book to the world, âthe publisher said Leigh walton. âWhy do the elect act the way they do? Is there another way? Why are we often disappointed with our governments, and how can we speak to them to listen? Radical, in its charming and approachable style, gives us a rare look behind the curtain, filling some of these gaps in our understanding and leaving us better equipped to shape the future. “