Also, if you want a look at some content from inside the book before deciding to get it, there is a link the authors provided for a pdf version of pages 66 to 76 which deals with my views and experiences regarding Noam Chomsky, on there site.
Seven Story's description reads: "PARECOMIC is about Michael Albert and his life's struggle as a US left wing activist, reaching right back to the heady days of 1960's student demos and lifestyle rebellions. From the development of the anti war movement, civil rights, the woman's movement, and the black panthers to the establishment of alternative media like South End Press and ZNet. PARECOMIC shows us Michael's story, and at the same time the ideas and issues that influence both our society and the better alternative that we can build via the anarchist influenced system of participatory economics. Or PARECON for short – hence the title for our book, which rather started out as a joke – but has stuck: PARECOMIC."
I interacted often with Wilson as he was putting together the book both to help verify the authenticity of the scenes and the accuracy of the treatment of ideas. At Wilson's request, I also added a substantial text section at the back of the book about Parecon ideas, and the introduction is by Noam Chomsky, who also appears in the book numerous times. The text throughout the book is massaged from past sources or was written explicitly for Parecomic. But what is really special is the integration of the text and graphics, of course.
Publishers Weekly, for example, the main industry trade journal, writes: "As a primer on the history and theory of participatory economics, this title is never short on ideas, tracing the development of Michael Albert’s theories on self-management, social justice, and internationalism, and their origins in the civil disobedience and consciousness-raising movements of the late ’60s and early ’70s. As a student at MIT, Albert was inspired by the culture of activism to found Z Magazine, ZNet, and the International Organization for a Participatory Society. Some readers may wonder why Wilson (AX: Alternative Manga) and Thompson (the webcomie Green Benches) have chosen Albert’s story for treatment as a visual narrative, and that treatment definitely makes some of book’s issues more palatable to a wider audience. Artist Thompson is also very adept at marrying the literal and the symbolic to allow Wilson’s prose, and therefore Albert’s ideas, to resonate with readers. There are moments, though, when the book stalls and readers find themselves wading through lengthy, text-heavy panel sequences featuring shots of Albert discussing a given issue. Still, Thompson and Wilson can be very inventive with their effects. Parecomic is inspired at times, and as a treatise on participatory economics, it’s pretty great. As a comic, though, it’s just pretty good."
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