SJoCA 3: 2 – Comics Activism

Published: Spring 2018


Complete Issue (pdf)


Table of Contents

Editorial (pdf)

p. 1-2



Magnus Nilsson: Socialist Thought and Comics Form – Narrative and Rhetorical Strategies in Kate Evans’ Red Rosa | Article (pdf)

The main aim of this article is to take a first step towards an analysis of the relationship between the medium of comics and socialist thought, by analyzing the Canadian-British comics artist Kate Evans’ graphic biography of the socialist politician and theorist Rosa Luxemburg, Red Rosa. A central argument is that the medium of comics invites certain narrative and rhetorical strategies that have specific effects for the interpretation of left-wing ideas. One example of this is that in comparison with Luxemburg’s works, persuasion in Red Rosa relies more on ēthos- and pathos than on logos. Another example is that Evans often gives priority to verbal discourse, and that she self-reflexively highlights the narratorial aspects of her visual representation. Thus, Evans’ use of comics form conditions her representation of left-wing ideas and ideals, at the same time as those ideas and ideals can function as catalysts for the development of new narrative and rhetorical strategies.

p. 3-22


Forum Texts

Mikko Poutanen: Comedic Heresy in the Humor of The Boondocks | Forum Text (pdf)

p. 23–38

Martin Lund: Comics Activism: A (Partial) Introduction | Forum Text (pdf)

p. 39–54


Katja Kontturi: A Great Companion to the I.N.D.U.C.K.S. Search Engine

Alberto Becattini: Disney Comics. The Whole Story. Theme Park Press, United States of America, 2016. ISBN 978-1-68390-017-7, 449 pages. | Review (pdf)

p. 55–61