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Radical Jesus


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Paul Buhle, an officer of a local Christian Youth Fellowship (CYF) in his teenage years, has been active in social movements since that time and has contributed to many publications, including the Nation, the Guardian, Journal of American History, San Francisco Chronicle, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Village Voice. Retired as senior lecturer at Brown University, he has written or edited more than forty books, including biographies of William Appleman Williams and C. L. R. James. His graphic works have included comic art adaptations of works by Studs Terkel and Howard Zinn. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Sabrina Jones began creating comics on social justice for the comics anthology World War 3 Illustrated. She has worked with Paul Buhle on radical history titles such as Wobblies!; Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography; Studs Terkel's Working; FDR and the New Deal for Beginners; Yiddishkeit; and Bohemians. She shed graphic light on justice issues for the Real Cost of Prisons Project and Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling. Sabrina is a member of New York City's Fifteenth Street Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) where she facilitates a Bible study group and volunteers at a homeless shelter. Gary Dumm, a frequent collaborator with the late Harvey Pekar, was the principal artist for Students for a Democratic Society: a Graphic History and has contributed to many comic art anthologies including The Beats; Studs Terkel's Working: a Graphic Adaptation; and Yiddishkeit. He is currently working assiduously to complete A Simple, Ordinary Man, Scott MacGregor's historical epic concerning race relations, fresh water, and workers' rights in Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1916. His work has also been published in Cleveland newspapers, the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and France's Le Monde. His wife and colorist Laura Dumm, a painter and book designer, has added color to many of his comic projects. They live in Cleveland, Ohio. Nick Thorkelson is a veteran community activist and comic artist with contributions to many anthologies. The Underhanded History of the USA (in collaboration with Jim O'Brien) was a full-length counter-history to mainstream versions. His other work includes Economic Meltdown Funnies, Fortune Cookies, and The Comic Strip of Neoliberalism. Recently he completed a twenty-three-minute animation, Ou est Fleuri Rose? in collaboration with composer Mark Warhol and animator Amy MacDonald. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.


"A dynamic, enlightening history of faith."

--Milton Knight "Reviews"

"A moving example of how comics can do much more than dazzle readers with colorful fisticuffs. Readers of all ages will find themselves enthralled."

--Kent Worcester "Reviews"

"A powerful, open antidote to the dead ends of late capitalism: growing inequality, permanent war, and savage attacks on the poor and vulnerable."

--Donna Schaper "Reviews"

"A work of faith, hope, peace, and remembrance, rendering the teachings of Christ and the inspiring works of his followers, especially the Anabaptists, in beautiful language and memorable images."

--Bill Kauffman "Reviews"

"An engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking entrance into the social gospel."

--Sean Sagan "Reviews"

"Beautiful, multistyled graphic treatment of the radical nature of life in Christ."

--Jeffry Odell Korgen "Reviews"

"Brings the provocative message of Christ to life, revealing a Jesus who not only died for our sins, but showed us a subversive way to live."

--Mark Van Steenwyk "Reviews"

"Dramatizes faith in action, from the ministry of Jesus to contemporary social movements. Richly informative and beautifully drawn."

--Barbara Melosh "Reviews"

"I've been waiting for a book like this: it connects the dots between the words of Jesus and the struggle for justice here and now."

--Aiden Enns "Reviews"

"In every generation, amongst every people, some arise who breathe aloud the truth that comes through the Holy Breathing-Spirit of all life. Radicals are those who nourish that root. We remember them, as this book does, to emulate them."

--Rabbi Arthur Waskow "Reviews"

"More important than the Dead Sea Scrolls."

--Tom Hayden "Reviews"

"The artists and writers of this collected history have planted a seed that blossoms on every page."

--Peter Kuper "Reviews"

"The evocative images depict the agonies and joys of radical Christian discipleship. [Jesus'] moral vision points us away from violence and passivity toward a third way of radical love for the other."

--David Swartz "Reviews"

"The greatest radical story ever told! Read this graphic novel and spite the devil!"

--Lance Tooks "Reviews"

"The powers that be prefer a Jesus who sits in paintings with peaceful lambs, reassuring us that there's life after death. Radical Jesus shows us a life that challenges death here and now."

--Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove "Reviews"

"Weaves history and faith into the timeless need for social struggle. Hallelujah!"

--E. Ethelbert Miller "Reviews"

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